Oseroff Memorial Photography Purchase Prize



CEPA Gallery is proud to be administering a new 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.

Each year the Oseroff Purchase Prize will be 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. 

The 2013 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.


Submissions will be juried in two rounds. Shortlisted work will be publicized on CEPA Gallery's website and Facebook pages on July 15; 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, August 5 with a presentation ceremony to be held at Roswell Park Cancer Institute October 22, 2013, 5 - 6pm.