Rebecca Iasillo, a rising senior in the Purchase College School of Art+Design’s photography program, received the Nikon Gordon Parks Photography Scholarship awarded by the Gordon Parks Foundation to honor a photography student whose work reflects the passion, vision, and humanity of Gordon Parks. Jared Ray, a rising sophomore in the film program, received the HBO Gordon Parks Film Scholarship.
The awards were bestowed on Tuesday, June 5 when The Museum of Modern Art, New York City, hosted the Gordon Parks Centennial Gala, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the renowned photographer, filmmaker, musician, and writer. A seminal figure in 20th century photography, Parks died in 2006.
The Purchase College library is home to the Gordon Parks Archives. The collection of 4,000 prints and 20,000 negatives has been preserved and catalogued for public study.
For more information about the Gordon Parks Foundation: http://www.gordonparksfoundation.org
For more information about Purchase College, SUNY and the School of Art+Design: http://www.purchase.edu/