About the Julius Shulman Institute

The Julius Shulman Institute (JSI) promotes understanding and appreciation of photography of the built environment. Architectural photographer Julius Shulman founded the Institute at Woodbury University in 2005 spurred by his passion for education. His endowment supports students, career artists, and commercial photographers who encourage us to look at our physical environment from a unique and critical perspective. In pursuit of this mission, we offer public programming, including exhibitions, workshops and symposia; disseminate information through publication and diverse media; support scholarship; and award excellence. Find out more about this year’s student photography competition.

Each year we present the prestigious Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award to an early photographer who honors Shulman’s legacy and our mission by challenging the way we look at physical space. Awardees include Iwan Baan (2010), Richard Barnes (2011), Pedro E. Guerrero (2012),  Catherine Opie (2013), Grant Mudford (2014), and Hélène Binet (2015). As part of our ongoing effort to reach out to the art and architecture community, we team with curators like Karen Higa (Japanese National American Museum) and Eve Schillo (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) who help develop exhibitions and forge connections between Woodbury University and the public. These exhibitions have garnered extensive attention in the national and international press. We also support student photographers, most recently by working with the San Fernando Valley branch of the AiA to provide scholarships to winning entries in our JSI Amateur Photography contest.

For more information on the Julius Shulman Institute, please contact:

Barbara Bestor
Director, Julius Shulman Institute