RIT Library began its Photo Purchase Prize Awards program in 1981 to
provide a visual history of RIT's School of Photographic Arts and Sciences and
to complement its well-established Fine and Applied Arts Purchase Prize Awards
program. Each year up to nine works are purchased for the collection, chosen
from the Student Honor Show, a juried exhibition open to students in all
departments of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. A rotating
committee of two faculty members from the school and the Art and Photography
Librarian makes the annual selections, attempting to capture in its final
choices not only the best work in the exhibition, but also the diversity of the
show as a whole. A complete list of the Photo Purchase Prize Award Committee
members is included here after the catalog of the collection.
This catalog is a complete record of the Photo Purchase Prize Collection
through the 1996 awards. Each entry includes the following information:
artist's name, the title of his/her work, the type of print (or other medium),
the unmatted size of the work in inches, the year it was made, and the year the
work was awarded the Purchase Prize.