Call for Submissions: 2014 Oseroff Memorial Purchase Prize

CEPA Gallery is proud to be administering the 2nd annual purchase prize on behalf of Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The Oseroff Memorial Purchase Prize is named in memory of Dr. Allan R. Oseroff, Chief of Dermatology from 1989 until his death in 2008.

Dr. Oseroff, a world-renowned expert in photodynamic therapy, had a life-long interest in photography and the visual arts. He was an empathetic physician who blended true caring with the latest scientific advances to become greatly loved by his patients and fellow staff. The prize is supported by an endowment from grateful patients and friends with a major contribution from his wife, Dr. Stephanie Pincus, and children Ben, Tamara and Matt. The prizes are designed to enhance the environment for all members of the Roswell Community.

Dr.Allan Osserof

Dr.Allan Osserof

Each year the Oseroff Purchase Prize is awarded to one regionally significant photographer whose artwork is identified as being of exceptionally quality.

The selected work will become part of the permanent collection of Roswell Park Cancer Institute and be prominently displayed in a public area of the hospital alongside the work of many of this region’s notable artists. The winning piece will be presented to the Institute during a public ceremony recognizing the artist and honoring Dr. Oseroff.

Last year the shortlist comprised of James Sedwick, Gigi Gatewood, Katie Schneider, and Michael Donner, with the prize being awarded to Kevin Noble for his piece “Red Waterfall”(pictured top).

The 2014 Oseroff Memorial Purchase Prize will be in the amount of $1,000 and will be administered as follows:
The chosen work will be selected from an open call for submissions by photographers residing within 100 miles of Buffalo, NY, or those living outside the area who have strong ties to the region. The intention of the fund is to purchase a single work of art as opposed to multiples or a series. The retail value of the work should be in proximity to the prize amount. The purchased work does not need to be framed as the fund will accommodate mounting and framing.

To be eligible for the Oseroff Memorial Purchase Prize artists are asked to submit up to three photographic works of art, along with image information, an artist resume, and a biography to: submissions@cepagallery.org with ‘Oseroff Memorial Purchase Prize’ in the subject line. Images should be in jpeg format and be no larger than 1MB each. Please label each image with artist’s last name and number them 1 – 3. (For example: lastname1.jpg) For each submitted image please include:

Title of work
Date produced
Medium
Size
Retail Price

The deadline for submissions is September 7th at 11:59 PM.
Submissions will be juried in two rounds. Shortlisted work will be publicized on CEPA Gallery’s website and Facebook pages on September 15th; the public will be able to comment on shortlisted works and the public comments will be considered during the selection of the Oseroff Memorial Purchase Prize. The winning artist will be announced on Monday, October 5th with a presentation ceremony to be held at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in early November, 2014.

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