January 3, 2016

Diana Gaston is Tamarind's fourth in a succession of visionary leaders at Tamarind Institute!

For the past twelve years, Diana has helped build and curate the Fidelity Investment Corporate Art Collection. As a corporate curator, Diana traveled widely, establishing a network of artists and galleries across the US, Canada, the UK and Asia. She is a champion for works on paper, which is evident in the number of Tamarind lithographs she acquired for Fidelity during the past twelve years.

In addition to an impressive list of connections, Diana brings a comprehensive knowledge of Tamarind's vast archives housed at the University of New Mexico Art Museum, where she was curator of prints & photographs from 1989-1993. She also held positions as curator at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, and associate director of SF Camerawork in San Francisco. 

She received both her B.A. (1985) and M.A. (1988) in Art History from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, where she focused on postwar American photography and contemporary works on paper. She completed the museum studies program at the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., which led to a National Endowment for the Arts curatorial internship at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. 

Diana has a keen eye for contemporary art, an awareness of contemporary issues, and is a talented writer. She has authored numerous catalogue essays, reviews, and articles for magazine such as Art on Paper, Aperture, Art New England, and Art in America

In its 55 years, Tamarind has had only three directors: June Wayne, who founded Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles in 1960; Clinton Adams, credited with moving Tamarind to the University of New Mexico in 1970; and Marjorie Devon. After the first two directors had fulfilled much of Tamarind’s original mission, to revive fine art lithography in the United States, Devon expanded the scope to an international level.