The Print Center (PA), Call for Entries: 94th Annual International Competition for Photographers & Printmakers, with honorarium

The Print Center (PA), Call for Entries: 94th Annual International Competition for Photographers & Printmakers, with honorarium

Deadline: June 14th, 2019 11:59pm EST

The Print Center is very pleased to announce the 94th Annual International competition, one of the oldest and most prestigious competitions in the United States. Any international or national artist using Photography and/or Printmaking as critical components in their work are invited to participate.

The Print Center is particularly interested in highlighting local, national and international artists who utilize photography and printmaking in new and intriguing ways, both in content and process. Work submitted must have been completed in the last three years.

Up to 5 images may be submitted and only one submission per person is allowed. Entries can only be submitted online.

Accepted formats:

• Images: Up to 5 MB/each: jpg, png, gif
• Videos: Up to 250 MB/each: mov, wmv, flv, mp4
Each uploaded file must be labeled with Title, Date, Medium (e.g. etching, inkjet, gelatin silver, lithograph) and Dimensions (paper size, video duration or installation measurements).

Jurors: Charlotte Cotton and Gretchen Wagner. Cotton is a curator of photography and author, she is Curator-in-Residence at the California Museum of Photography, Riverside and recently published Photography Is Magic (Aperture, 2015). Wagner is the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Saint Louis Art Museum and co-curator/co-author of Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now (Saint Louis Art Museum, 2018).

Awards + Prizes-The jurors will select a group of approximately 25 Semifinalists and 10 Finalists eligible for prizes including:

  • Three Solo Exhibitions at The Print Center
  • Stinnett Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection Award
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Purchase Award
  • Two-Year Print Center Gallery Store contract
  • The Print Center Honorary Council Award of Excellence
  • Online Exhibition
  • Awagami Paper Award
  • The Photo Review Award
  • BOMB Magazine Award
  • Renaissance Graphic Arts Award
  • Trinity Framing Award
  • Other cash and material prizes

Solo Exhibitions: Three of the Finalists will be selected by The Print Center’s curator to receive solo exhibitions at The Print Center (January – March 2020) along with an honorarium. Artists are responsible for delivering or shipping their work to and from The Print Center and all related costs, including framing when appropriate. The Print Center provides a printed, color exhibition brochure; professional installation and de-installation of the exhibitions; promotion via press release, mailed announcement cards, website, weekly email newsletters and social media posts; and professional photographic documentation of the shows.

Two Digital Exhibitions: Portfolios of work from the Finalists and Semifinalists will be presented digitally at The Print Center during the Solo Exhibitions (January – March 2020) and permanently online on The Print Center’s website.

Stinnett Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection Award: Selected by a curator from the Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. One work will be accessioned into the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Permanent Collection.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Purchase Award:Selected by Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art. One work will be accessioned into the Museum’s permanent collection.

Entry fee: $45

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About: The Print Center’s mission is to support printmaking and photography as vital contemporary arts and encourage the appreciation of the printed image in all its forms. The Print Center is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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