Excellence in Printmaking Exhibition

Call for Entries

Deadline: December 31, 2013


Image: 2013 First Place Winner
Karen by Kevin Frances
(Rhode Island School of Design)

2014 Call for Entries


Since 2004, The Washington Print Club has joined with Washington Printmakers Gallery and its nonprofit arm, the Washington Print Foundation, to award an annual Excellence in Printmaking student prize. The aim of this award is to encourage printmaking and the use of traditional, non-digital techniques. Originally a regional competition and exhibition, this event now hosts work created by student artists from around the country. This year’s juror is Christopher With, President, The Washington Print Club. In 2014, The Washington Print Club celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Exhibition and Awards

The 2014 “Excellence in Printmaking” exhibition, on view at Washington Printmakers Gallery in February 2014 (see important dates at right), will feature 50 prints, including four prize-winning works, selected by Mr. With:

GRAND PRIZE: A one-year WPG Emerging Printmaker Membership, awarded by the family of Nuong Van-Dinh Tran in memory of her vast contributions to the organization; plus a one-year gift membership in the WPC.

1ST PRIZE: $150 plus a one-year gift membership in the WPC to the winning artist and their University Art Department.

2ND PRIZE: A one-year gift membership in the WPC & a $75 gift certificate to Plaza Art Supplies.

3RD PRIZE: A one-year gift membership in the WPC & a $50 gift certificate to Plaza Art Supplies.


A student applicant should be:

  • an undergraduate not more than four semesters (40 credits) from graduation OR an MFA degree candidate, a declared major or minor in printmaking, or have taken at least two courses in printmaking;
  • attending an institution in the continental US (US residency is not a requirement);
  • 18-24 years of age by February 1, 2014; and,
  • creating prints using traditional, hand-pulled media. Digital and Photographic prints are not eligible.

How to Apply

Please CAREFULLY read the criteria of eligibility for this exhibition. Submissions that are not qualified will NOT receive a refund.

  • To apply, visit Smarter Entry and sign up for an account. This part of the process is FREE.
  • Click “Purchase Competitions” under Available Competitions
  • Select “Excellence in Printmaking 2014″
  • Pay for your images: $15 for the first 3, and $5 for each additional image. This must be done BEFORE uploading your images.
  • Upload your images. Be sure to include the title, date, media, and size of each print.
  • If you wish to change the images you submitted or update your information, you may do so until the end of the entry period (December 31, 2013, 11:59 pm) by logging back into your Smarter Entry account.


If you have any questions about the Excellence in Printmaking Exhibition and Award, or want a prospectus with the above information emailed to to you, please contact Damon Arhos at 301.273.3660 or info@washingtonprintmakers.com.

Important Links

The Washington Print Club
This non-profit membership organization was founded in 1964 to encourage knowledge and appreciation of prints, drawings, and other works on paper through frequent programs and tours, exhibitions, awards, and through its publication, the Quarterly.

Washington Print Foundation
Established in 2005, this non-profit organization fosters the creation and appreciation of hand-pulled, artist-made prints through education, exhibition and community outreach programs.

Important Dates

December 31, 2013,
11:59 pm

Deadline for entry submissions

January 11, 2014
Acceptance notifications sent out

January 25, 2014, 5pm
Deadline for delivery to WPG of all accepted prints and additional documentation

January 29, 2014 -
February 23, 2014
Excellence in Printmaking exhibition on view
(award ceremony/receptions: TBA)

February 23, 2014 -
March 1, 2014
Pick-up or shipment of all works during gallery hours (see “How to Apply” at left); all shipping costs are the responsibility of the artist

More Artist Opportunities

National Small Works Exhibition
Press Room Mini Solo Exhibition

Apply for WPG membership
Apply for a WPG internship