Jill Gussow - Mixed Media, Mosaic, Tile, and Collage Artist and Art Teacher in Rochester, NY


Jill Gussow
153 Averill Avenue · Rochester, NY 14620 · (585) 232-1802

Awards and Recognitions

  • New York State Council on the Arts-Decentralization Program, Artists Projects, 2000 (Tile Mural, Highland Hospital).
  • Special Opportunity Stipend New York Foundation for the Arts, 1999.
  • Constance Saltonstall Foundation Artist In Residency, 1997.
  • Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Inc., 1994.
  • NY Foundation of the Arts "NYFA" Grant, Photography, 1990-1991.
  • LIFT grant recipient from Monroe County and the New York State Council on the Arts administered by the Arts for Greater Rochester, 1987.
  • New York State's Creative Artist Public Service Grant (CAPS) Photography, 1980-1981.

Public Projects

Mosaic Mural Natural Pet Foods. Rochester, NY. 24 square feet.
Mosaic Mural East End Garage. Rochester, NY. 456 sqare feet.
Tile and Mosaic mural University of Rochester. Wilson Commons, Rochester NY. 78 square feet.
Tile and Mosaic mural Women's Coffee Connection, Rochester, NY. One panel 8 square feet.
Tile and Mosaic mural Healing Arts Initiative. Two panels 148 square feet.
Tile and Mosaic mural Healing Arts Initiative. One panel 78 square feet.
These two "Healing Arts Initiative" projects were created in collaboration with Marcia Smith and involved using tiles created by patients, families and hospital staff at Highland Hospital, Rochester, NY. I designed and created the tiles and mosaic patterns that encompass the body of the murals.


  • "Pregnant Pictures: The Work of Women in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" Authors, Sandra Matthews and Laura Wexler, Routledge, 1998.
  • "Fotografia Pensante" Author, Luiz Guimaraes Monforte, Editora SENAC Sao Paulo, 1997.
  • "Kalliope—a journal of women's art" Volume XVII, No.2 Florida Community College at Jacksonville, 1995.
  • "Photo Metro" Magazine. Volume 8, Issue 67, March, 1989.
  • "Images of Women" Catalog. Division of Continuing Education, University of Kansas, 1987.
  • "Acid and Light — Contemporary Photo-Etchings" Catalog. Allen Memorial Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, 1987.
  • "Off the Press — 16 Contemporary Photo-Printmakers" Catalog. College Art Gallery, SUNY College at New Paltz, Gallery Association of New York State, 1984.
  • "The Art of Photography — Image and Illusion" Author, Gene Markowski, Prentice-Hall Inc. 1983. "Newsletter for Graphic Arts and Photography Instructors," Kodak Volume 132, No. 1, 1979.


  • Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. MFA, Photography, 1978. Concentrated on photographic etching and other non-traditional photographic processes.
    Graduate assistant, 1976-1978.
  • Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York City, NY. BFA, Sculpture and Photography 1973.

Solo Exhibitions

Twenty Questions: Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral Hartnett Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.
Installation: Beyond the Studio, in conjunction with Blurring the Boundaries Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY.
In My Father's Garden—Photographs by Jill Gussow—Sculpture by Roy Gussow, Mercer Gallery, Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY.
Lessons on Being Female, Installation. A collaboration with poet Alice Glarden Brand, Writers and Books, Rochester, NY.
Lessons on Being Female, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY.
The Other Side of Midnight/When the Animals Walk, Burchfield Art Center, Buffalo, NY. Manipulated photographs.
Dawson Gallery, Rochester, N.Y. Painted wood reliefs.
Weekly-A-Musing — In-progress Wall Installation, Mercer Gallery, Rochester, NY.
Little Gallery, Nazareth College, Rochester, NY. Painted wood constructions.
What is Fun in Art? — A Visual Dialogue, between Gruen and Gussow, Village Gate Art Center, Rochester, NY. Manipulated photographs and paintings.
Village Gate Art Center, Rochester, NY. Manipulated photographs.
Photo Etching on Brass, Foto Gallery, New York City, NY.
Two Artists, Gallery of Contemporary Metalsmithing, Rochester, NY. Photographic etching on brass.
Queens Artists, P.S. 1, Long Island City, NY. Photo images on metal and fabric.

Group Exhibitions

Saltonstall Residents and Grant Recipients, State Of The Art Gallery, Ithaca NY.
4 Studio USEPN SESC Senai De Technologias De Imagens, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Invitational.
Out Of The Drawing Room: Art By and About Women Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY. Invitational.
Beyond the Label Curated by Julia Ballerini, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, Hartford Connecticut.
Working with Tradition — The Academic Artist Curated by Donald Kuspit, Burchfield Art Center, Buffalo, NY.
But is it Art? . . .Currents in Electronic Imaging, Pacific Lutheran University and University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington.
Fabric/aided Photography, Textile Arts International, Inc. Minneapolis, MN.
Current Works 90, Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City, MO. Juried exhibit.
Upstate Invitational, Pyramid Art Center, Rochester, NY. Painted wood reliefs.
Acid and Light: Contemporary Photo-Etching, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH. Invitational Exhibit.
Images of Women, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. Juried Exhibit. Manipulated photographs.
Photo-Works, Fine Arts Gallery, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. Invitational Exhibit.
Regional Photo Exhibit, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY. A juried exhibit held in conjunction with the Society for Photographic Educators Conference.
Art in a Big Space, Village Gate Art Center, Rochester, NY. An invitational installation exhibit. Paper constructions.
International Photo Exhibit, The Light Factory, Charlotte, NC. Juried Exhibit.
Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY. First prize—Memorial Art Gallery Award, 1985. Photographic etching with painting.
Off the Press — 16 Contemporary PhotoPrintmakers, College Art Gallery, SUNY College at New Paltz, NewPaltz, NY. Invitational Exhibit.
Faculty Exhibit, Tower Fine Arts Gallery, SUNY College at Brockport, NY.
CAPS (Creative Artist Public Service) 1981 Photography Exhibit Traveling exhibit within New York State. Final exhibit — Nikon House, New York City, NY.
Photograph Gallery, New York City, NY.
Link Gallery, Rochester, NY. Participated in three person show. Van Dyke Brown on Fabric and Paper.
Metal: Function and Form, Cypress College of Art Gallery, Cypress, CA. Invitational exhibit. Photographic etching on brass.
Young American: Metal, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York City, NY. Traveling exhibit through December 1981. Juried exhibit.
Women's Caucus for Art, Photography Show, Akron-Summit County Library, Akron, Ohio, Juried show.
Thesis Exhibit, Icons and Attitudes, Photographic images on brass and fabric. MFA Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.
Arena 78 Art Open, Binghampton, NY. Juried show. Photographic images on brass and fabric.
The Magic Silver Show, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky. Third prize winner, juried show. Photographic etching.
Museu De Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, Brazil Invitational. One piece in permanent collection. Photographic images on fabric.
Queens Museum, Queens, NY. Juried show of twelve artists. Ten pieces. Photographic images on Kodalith film.

Workshops and Lectures

  • George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
  • University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
  • SESC, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • SNACI, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY
  • Women Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY
  • Community Darkroom, Rochester, NY
  • Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
  • SUNY College at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
  • Nazareth College, Rochester, NY
  • Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York City, NY
  • Jamaica Arts Center, Jamaica, NY
  • SUNY College at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
  • Penland School, Penland, NC

Work Experience

  • INSTRUCTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY , PAINTING AND DRAWING, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY., Adjunct 1984-1985 and 1997-2004, Fulltime 2001-2002.
  • ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR OF DESIGN AND PHOTOGRAPHY, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. 1995-1997.
  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY, State University of New York, College at Brockport, Brockport, NY. 1983-1994.
  • INSTRUCTOR OF ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY, Rochester Institute of Technology, Learning Development Center, Kids on Campus program, Rochester, NY. 1982-1985.
  • COMMUNITY DARKROOM INSTRUCTOR, Rochester, NY. 1981-1995.
  • PHOTOGRAPHER, Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum, Rochester, NY. 1979-1982.
  • ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR, Short term, Monroe Community College and St. John Fisher 1996-1998
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