The Art of Diversity Showcase and Competition

The arts are more crucial than ever during times of crisis as they provide a cathartic and thought-provoking outlet for self-expression. All members of the Pitt and regional community are invited to submit creative works of any kind, relevant to aspects of their cultural identity, sociocultural topics, or social justice issues for entry in the Art of Diversity Showcase.  In need of some inspiration?  Check out these PittPrompts from the Center for Creativity.

Creative works will be displayed on the Showcase gallery and University web and social media channels (with attribution to the artists).  All works are eligible for award distinctions and awardees will be announced at the 2020 Diversity Forum (Wednesday, July 29).

Showcase Gallery

Thank you to the artists who have shared their work!

Showcase Gallery Archive

Showcase Competition


Social Justice

Winner - Chant, by Bria Walker (Faculty)

Honorable Mention - The Black Struggle, by Dhael Monfiston (Student)

Honorable Mention - Our Boys, by Juhi Farooqui, alias Shooooz (Student)

Cultural Identity

Winner - End of Winter, by Yanchen Ge (Student)

Honorable Mention - Emerge, by Morgan Overton (Alumni)

Painting of a woman emerging

Honorable Mention - Food Is Culture, by Alyssa Khieu (Student)

drawing of food tied to artist's culture

Sociocultural Topics

Winner - Viral Blame, by Lori Huang (Student)

Graphic art depicting representation of COVID molecule with fingers pointed toward Asian woman

Honorable Mention - Thrift, by Jasmine Green (Staff)


Honorable Mention - You remember this day when your father cried, by Alivia Vaughns (Student)


Reviewers Award 

Winner - Queen, by INEZ (Community)

Nominee - Konkha (Follow), by Mathew Tembo (Student)

Nominee - Free Kamau, by Hannah McBean (Staff)

Nominee - When Peace Isn’t Quiet, by Merry Ryding (Faculty)

Nominee - Smog, by Eric Reynolds (Student)


  • $500 each for winners in three categories (Cultural Identity, Sociocultural Topics, Social Justice)
  • $500 Reviewers' Award winner
  • $500 People's Choice winner 
  • $250 each for honorable mentions in three categories (Cultural Identity, Sociocultural Topics, Social Justice)


  • Angie Bedford-Jack, Digital Accessibility Coordinator, Office for Equity, Diversity, and  Inclusion
  • Beatrice Fadrigon, Diversity & Inclusion Chair, Student Government Board
  • Betsy Farmer, Dean, School of Social Work
  • Gemma Jiang, Director of Organizational Innovation, Swanson School of Engineering
  • Jazzkia Jones, Vice President of Programming, Graduate & Professional Student Government
  • Steven Jones, Academic Ceremonies & University Events, Equipoise Co-Chair
  • Chaz Kellem, Director, Office of PittServes
  • Eric Macadangdang, President, Student Government Board
  • Erik Schuckers, Manager of Communications & Programming, Center for Creativity
  • Ellen Smith, Senior Lecturer, Department of English
  • Tahirah Walker, Manager of Teaching Support, University Center for Teaching & Learning