Each year, a panel of ten photographers and editors spend nine days at the University of Missouri in Columbia to recognize and select the best in news and feature photography. In 1997, the competition drew more than 29,000 photographs from 1,722 photographers and editors. Pictures of the Year, an exhibition featuring fifty of the best photographs from 1998, opens at University of Connecticut's Homer Babbidge Library at Storrs on March 25, 2000.
Pictures of the Year was established in 1943 to recognize excellence in news and feature photography. Cliff Edom, known as the father of photojournalism, worked to dispel the notion that newspaper photographers were just reporters "with their brains knocked out." His philosophy of image making, "to tell the truth with a camera," has become a motto for many photojournalists and the philosophical foundation for the competition.
Pictures of the Year is curated by Bill Kuykendall and Catherine Mohesky from the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri - Columbia. The exhibition is toured by ExhibitsUSA.
The purpose of ExhibitsUSA is to create access to an array of arts and humanities exhibitions, nurture the development and understanding of diverse art forms and cultures, and encourage the expanding depth and breadth of cultural life in local communities.
ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance, is generously supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the H&R Block Foundation, Cooper Foundation, Richard Florsheim Art Fund, Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Sprint, the Embassy of Australia, Washington, D.C., the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Stevens Gallery, Level B
Curators: Steven Batt and Jane Recchio 486-6020