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Gussman Juried Student Exhibition

For over half a century, The University of Tulsa’s Gussman Juried Student Exhibition has celebrated the best in student art including ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking, drawing, graphic design and digital media. The Gussman is the capstone exhibit for each academic year where students have the opportunity to be juried by nationally notable artists.

Gussman 56 Winners

Best in Show: Parker Hammack, How Many Fish in the Sea?, Archival Inkjet Print

Place Awards:

1st Place: Callie Hummel, Picnic in Domino Park, Archival Ink Jet Print

2nd Place: Emma Reinecke, Purple Light Show, Archival Inkjet Print

3rd Place: Lola Webb, Hand Quilted Meditation, Fabric, and thread

4th Place: Gracie Fallis, Fabric Still Life, Graphite, and charcoal on paper

Award of Merit

  • Abigail Ott, Spinning, Silver Gelatin Print
  • Daws Boyd, Fabric Still Life, Graphite on paper
  • Elle Arens, Catharsis, Monotype
  • Group Submission (Denzell Hull, Betty Lam, DJ Turner, and Elias Elliot), Joined at the Hip, Short film
  • Katie Williams, The American Dream Runs on Gator Tears, Oil on canvas paper
  • Leslie Graff, Hillside Horror, Digital Illustration
  • Logan Grisby, Cake Delights, 3D Digital Rendering
  • Matthew Tran, Branches and Reflections, Silver Gelatin Print
  • Sara Moore, Studio Scraps (Photo Series), Silver Gelatin Prints

Departmental Awards:

  • Alexandre Hogue Outstanding Senior: Raquel Rojas
  • Jerri Jones Advanced Study Award (2): Ashton Brown, Reagan Ptacek
  • Teresa Valero Award: Kristin Robert
  • Sarah Clark Awards:
    • Printmaking: Claire Wintle
    • Graphic Design (2): Sara Moore, Daws Boyd
    • Art History: Abbie Rogers-Lee
  • Burt Holmes Awards:
    • Digital Media: Katie Williams
    • Photography: Kyra Ballard
    • Painting: Katie Williams

Winning Works

Best in Show: Parker Hammack, Fish in the sea, digital photo
1st Place: Callie Hummel, Picnics in Domino Park, photography
2nd Place: Emma Reinecke, Purple Light Show, Photograph
3rd Place: Lola Webb, Quilted, Meditations
4th Place: Gracie Fallis, Fabric Still Life, Graphite, Charcol
Award of Merit: Abigail Ott, Spinning, Photograph
Award of Merit: Daws Boyd, Fabric Still Life, Graphite
Award of Merit: Elle Arens, Catharsis, Monotype
Award of Merit Group: Elliott Hull, Lam Turner, Joined at the Hip, Short film
Award of Merit: Katie Williams, The American Dream Runs on Gator Tears, Oil Paint on Canvas Paper
Award of Merit: Leslie Graff, Hillside Horror, Digital 2D
Award of Merit: Logan Grisby, Cake Delights, 3D model
Award of Merit: Matthew Tran, Branches And Reflections, Silver Gelatin Print
Award of Merit: Sara Moore, Studio Scraps, Photograph

2024 Gussman Juror

Allison Glenn is a New York-based curator and writer focusing on the intersection of art and public space, public art and special projects, biennials, and major new commissions by a wide range of contemporary artists. She is also a visiting Curator in the Department of Film Studies at the University of Tulsa, organizing the Sovereign Futuresconvening.

Previous roles include Co-Curator of Counterpublic Triennial2023; Senior Curator at New York’s Public Art Fund, where she proposed and initially developed Fred Eversley: Parabolic Light(2023), the artist’s first public artwork in New York City; Guest Curator at the Speed Art Museum and Associate Curator of Contemporary Art atCrystal Bridges Museum of American Art. In this role, Glenn shaped how outdoor sculpture activates and engages Crystal Bridges’ 120-acre campus through a series of new commissions, touring group exhibitions, and long-term loans. She also realized site-specific architectural interventions, such as Joanna Keane Lopez, A Dance of Us (un baile de nosotros), (2020), as part of State of the Art 2020 at TheMomentary.

She has also acted as the Curatorial Associate + Publications Manager for Prospect New Orleans’international art triennial Prospect.4: The Lotus despite the Swamp; a Curatorial Fellowship with the city of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, culminating with In the beginning, sometimes I left messages in the street(2016), a citywide billboard and performance exhibition; and Program Manager at University of Chicago’s Arts Incubator, where she commissioned Amun: The Unseen Legends (2014), a new performance from Terry Adkin’s Lone Wolf Recital Corps, that included Kamau Patton.

Glenn has been a visiting critic, lecturer, and guest speaker at several universities, including the University of Pennsylvania, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Louisiana State University, and the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Her writing has been featured in catalogs published by The Los Angeles county Museum of Art, Counterpublic Triennial, Prospect New Orleans Triennial, Princeton ArchitecturalPress, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, KemperMuseum, Studio Museum in Harlem, and she has contributed to Artforum, ART PAPERS, BrooklynRail, Hyperallergic, ART21 Magazine, Pelican Bomb, Ruckus Journaland Newcity, amongst others.

She has curated notable public commissions, group exhibitions, and site-specific artist projects by Mendi+ Keith Obadike, Terry Adkins, Kamau Patton, Matthew Angelo Harrison, Maya Stovall, Rashid Johnson, Basel Abbas + Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Lonnie Holley, Ronny Quevedo, Edra Soto, Shinique Smith, Torkwase Dyson, George Sanchez-Calderon, Hank Willis Thomas, Odili Donald Odita, Martine Syms, Derrick Adams, Lisa Alvarado, Sarah Braman, Spencer Finch, Jessica Stockholder, Joanna Keane-Lopez, Genevieve Gaignard and others.

Glenn is a member of Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Public Art Consortium Collaboration Committee and sits on the Board of Directors for ARCAthens, a curatorial and artist residency program based in Athens, Greece, New Orleans, LA and The Bronx, New York. She received dual degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Modern Art History, Theory and Criticism and Arts Administration and Policy, and a Bachelor of Fine Art Photography with a co-major in Urban Studies from Wayne State University in Detroit.

About the Gussman Juried Student Exhibition

On average, over 300 pieces of art are submitted to the Gussman exhibit every year. Around 15,000 works have been submitted in total and approximately 7,500 have received awards.

The idea for a juried student exhibit originated 52 years ago between Herbert Gussman, a Tulsa philanthropist, and Brad Place, the head of the school of art at that time. The two friends wanted some way to validate the students’ artwork and from that simple idea grew the art, design and art history department’s most prominent show. Because the pieces are evaluated by notable working artists in the field, the expected standard of work and the process are more stringent than normal course evaluation, and the selection of the award winners holds more gravitas.

Since its inception, the Gussman has been financially supported by the Roseline and Herbert Gussman family. In 2020, the exhibit received an endowment from the Gussman family that will continue this tradition of generosity and excellence.

Founded in determination, quality and imagination, the Gussman exhibit began a legacy of supporting and recognizing inspired and thoughtful young artists. Many winners have gone on to be internationally known artists, curators, art educators, a few lawyers and even a senator. But more importantly, it provides a legacy for valuing artistic expression and the creation of art, giving a voice and recognition to the creative spirit that lives inside all of us.