The Call for Entries for our 2014 National Small Works exhibition is now closed.


National Small Works Exhibition

Call for Entries

Deadline: May 31, 2014


Image: 2013 First Place Winner
Waiting for Godot
Photogravure Print by Diane Alire

The 2014 Call for Entries

Brian Garner (center) holding a print for artist Bill Frick

NSW 2012 juror Brian Garner, holding a print for artist Bill Frick

About NSW – The National Small Works is an annual juried exhbition that has been hosted by Washington Printmakers Gallery every August since 1997. Featuring contemporary prints, NSW exhibits an impressive array of technique as well as subject matter by limiting the size of print entries (maximum size of 170 square inches). Each year a curator from an area institution acts as juror. Past jurors have included Robert K. Newman (owner and director of the Old Print Shop in New York, NY); Eric Denker (Senior Lecturer National Gallery of Art); Linda C. Simmons (Curator Emeritus, The Corcoran Gallery of Art); Katherine L. Blood (Curator of Fine Prints, Library of Congress); Helen Frederick (Founder and longtime director of Pyramic Atlantic); and Philippa Hughes (Founder and Chief Creative Contrarian of the Pinkline Project, as well as DC Commissioner for the Arts and Humanities); to name a few. We are excited to announce this year’s juror is Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator for the American University Museum at the Katzen.


First Prize: Solo Show at Washington Printmakers Gallery in August 2015
Second Prize: Graphic Chemical & Ink, Co. Purchase Award ($200 Gift Certificate)
Third Prize: Renaissance Graphic Arts Award ($100 Gift Certificate)

Criteria for Entry Submission

This exhibition is open to any artist 18 years of age or older residing in the United States of America. Submitted works must be:

  • Original hand-pulled or digital inkjet prints*;
  • Completed within the past two years.
  • NO LARGER THAN 170 square inches (image);
  • NO WIDER THAN 18″ (frame);
  • Photographs will not be considered.
  • *Please note: All prints exhibited at WPG are original works of art created by the artist. Archival, signed, limited-edition inkjet prints are acceptable, as long as the image was initially created by the artist directly on the computer. Reproductions of existing artwork in any media are not acceptable.

    Conditions for Exhibition of Accepted Works

    Detailed instructions will be sent to artists with accepted works. As a general guideline, accepted works must be:

  • Matted and framed to professional standards using ARCHIVAL materials in neutral colors;
  • Listed for sale. When setting prices, please note: WPG will retain a 50% commission on all sales;
  • Shipped PREPAID in sturdy, re-usable containers and packing materials, with repacking instructions.
  • Packed with PREPAID UPS or FEDEX return label. Any entries that are submitted without a return label will not be exhibited.
  • Work that arrives damaged, or that does not meet the conditions for exhibition, or that differs markedly from the entry image submitted, will be disqualified.
  • Submission Instructions

    Artists may submit up to four entries for a non-refundable entry fee of $30. Additional images may be submitted for $5 apiece. The deadline for all submissions is 11:59pm on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

    To submit your work:

  • Please read the criteria of eligibility for this exhibition carefully. Submissions that are not qualified will not receive a refund.
  • To apply, sign up for an account at:
  • Click “Register for Shows,” and select “National Small Works 2014.”
  • Pay for your images: $30 for the first four, and $5 for each additional image.
  • Upload your images. You will be required to include title, date, medium, size, and price for each print. A brief biography and artist statement are also required.
  • If you wish to change the images you’ve submitted or update your information, you may do so until the end of the entry period (May 31, 2014, 11:59pm) by logging back on using the link above.
  • Liability

    Washington Printmakers Gallery insures works on display in the gallery but cannot assume responsibility for works in transit. Insurance during shipping must be carried by the artist. Entering this exhibition shall constitute understanding and agreement on the part of the artist with the conditions stated.

    Have questions? Contact our gallery director with your inquiry.


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Important Dates

May 31, 2014
Submission deadline for all entries: $30 for first four images, $5 for each additional

June 28, 2014
Notifications of acceptance sent via e-mail

July 20-26, 2014
Works accepted, shipped or hand-delivered to the gallery

July 30, 2014
Exhibition opens

August 2, 2014
Opening reception and awards: 1-4pm at WPG

August 31, 2014
Exhibition closes

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