Annual Oseroff Memorial Purchase Prize (Summer 2017)


CEPA Gallery and Roswell Park Cancer Institute Announces 5th Annual Oseroff Memorial Purchase Prize. Western New York Artists Are Invited to Submit Photographic Work each summer.

CEPA Gallery is proud to administer the Annual Oseroff Memorial Purchase Prize on behalf of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Roswell Park Alliance Art Committee.

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.

Each year the Oseroff Memorial Purchase Prize is awarded to one regionally significant photographer whose artwork is identified as being of exceptional 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. Past recipients of the Prize include artists Avye Alexandres (2016), Jeannine Mullan (2015), Jennifer Formica (2014) and Kevin Noble (2013).

This year’s winning artwork will be announced by CEPA Gallery on September 1, 2017. The winning artist will be officially welcomed by the Roswell Park Cancer Institute and CEPA Gallery during a private ceremony recognizing the artist and honoring Dr. Oseroff at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY.

Submission Process

The 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. Those who reside outside 100 miles of Buffalo should indicate their connection to Western New York. 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: with ‘2017 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
Retail Price

The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 18, 2017 at 11:59 PM. Submissions will be juried in three rounds. A first round committee will determine a shortlist of finalists. Then the Shortlisted works will then go to a public vote via Facebook and Instagram. Finally, the works will go to a jury panel where the winner will be determined. The public vote for each platform will count towards one vote each and will be tallied along with the juried vote.

The winning artist will be announced on September 1 and a presentation ceremony will be held at Roswell Park Cancer Institute on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 3 – 4pm. The winning artist is strongly encouraged to make themselves available for the presentation ceremony.

2017 Oseroff Winner-Alexis Oltmer, Celestial Humanity, 2016

2016 Oseroff Winner-Avye Alexandres, Portal , 2014

2015 Oseroff Winner-Jeannine Mullan, Our House, 2014


2014 Oseroff Winner-Jennifer Formica, Sulphur Guinea, 2008


2013 Oseroff Winner-Kevin Noble, Red Waterfall, 2008




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