Diana Gaston has been named the new Tamarind Institute director. Gaston is only the fourth director in the 55-year history of Tamarind Institute.
For the past 12 years, Gaston has helped build and curate the Fidelity Investment Corporate Art Collection. As a corporate curator, Gaston 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.
Gaston brings a comprehensive knowledge of Tamarind's vast archives housed at the University of New Mexico Art Museum, where she was curator of prints and photographs from 1989 to 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 BA and MA in Art History from the University of 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.
Gaston 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 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.