Prized Images: The Knight Purchase Award for Photographic Media 1991-2006

Arnstein, Bidwell and Isroff Galleries

Prized Images features photographic works from the museum's collection acquired through the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Purchase Award for Photographic Media. Established in 1990 by an endowment gift from the Foundation, the award is given annually to a living artist working with photographic media. Among the 107 works on view in Prized Images are photographs by Vito Acconci, Sophie Calle, Gilbert & George, Mary Ellen Mark, Thomas Struth, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Carrie Mae Weems. The Knight Purchase Award allows the museum to deepen and broaden its representation of the history of photography, a special focus of the museum's recent acquisitions. The works in Prized Images mirror the seismic changes in scale, technique and approach that have occurred in photography over the past two decades. Prized Images occupies three of the museum's new changing exhibition galleries. Prized Images is organized by the Akron Art Museum and made possible by a generous lead gift from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation with additional support from the museum's new Evelyne Shaffer Endowment for Exhibitions.