Sponsored by the Washington Print Club.
- June 15. Deadline for entries (11:59 PM)
- By June 21. All entrants notified by email. Contact Washington Printmakers Gallery if you do not receive notice.
- July 18 – 25. Shipped and hand-delivered work to arrive in Washington.
- July 30-31. Prize Winners Notified.
- August 1. Exhibition Opens.
- August 17, 2-4 pm. Reception & Awards.
- August 25, 2019. Last day of exhibition.
- August 29 & 30 Noon-5:30 PM. Pick up artwork.
- Grand Prize: Solo exhibition in 2020 at the Washington Printmakers Gallery in Georgetown.
- 1st Prize: $500 cash award from Washington Print Club
- 2nd Prize: $150 Solarplate Award gifted by Dan Welden
- 3rd Prize: $100 Gift Certificate from Dick Blick
- 4th Prize: $100 Materials Award from Renaissance Graphic Arts.
- 5th Prize: $100 Plaza Art Materials gift card
- Juror’s Award for Best Screen Print: $250 cash award
Washington Printmakers Gallery seeks small works completed in the last two years from artists nationwide.
- This exhibition is open to any artist 18 years of age or older residing in the United States of America except members of the Washington Printmakers Gallery. A maximum of 4 original works created within the past 2 years may be entered.
- Hand-pulled prints, screen prints, digital prints, photographs, and three-dimensional work with print components.
- Original, editioned, and archivally printed and framed. (We accept editions of one, that is, 1/1, of monoprints, etc.)
- For two dimensional work, image may be NO LARGER THAN 100 square inches, with framed size NO LARGER THAN 250 square inches.
- Three-dimensional work may be no more than 250 cubic inches needing no frame.
- All work must be visibly signed by artist (front or back) and include edition numbers and certificate of authenticity for hand-pulled prints and photographs. Works must be priced for sale or marked POR (price on request).
Entries and Submission Fees
- Artists may submit up to four entries for a non-refundable entry fee of $35. Artists should submit one high resolution JPG image for two-dimensional pieces, and may submit up to three images for each three-dimensional piece. As a guideline, we recommend that you set the pixel dimension to approximately 2000 pixels on the longest side to provide the best image for the juror.
- Please REVIEW SIZE LIMITATIONS, to be sure the work you submit meets the size requirements.
- A short biography and artist’s statement are required.
- Only one artwork from each applicant will be chosen for exhibit; that is, no entrant will have more than one piece selected and put on display. Accepted pieces are submitted only after the jurying process.
- Images of accepted works may be used at the sole discretion of Washington Printmakers Gallery for promotional purposes including but not limited to the invitation, catalog, web site or on a subsequent year’s prospectus. Image will include attribution whenever possible.
Delivery, Presentation, & Installation:
- All work delivered to the gallery must have the following information affixed to the non-viewing side of artwork: Artist Name, Address, phone number and email, Title of the work, medium and price.
- Work must arrive or be delivered on scheduled dates.
- Measure to ensure work meets size limitations before delivery, include outer edges of frames. Work not in compliance will not be exhibited. No exceptions.
- Two-dimensional work must be suitably framed (clip frames not allowed) and under Plexiglass. Frames should be ready for hanging, using wires — no saw-tooth hanging tabs. Work that does not meet these standards will not be included in the exhibition and will be returned at the artist’s expense.
- Shipped work must be packed in a sturdy, re-usable box. No packing peanuts. Instructions for re-packing work should be included. All shipped work must include a pre-paid return shipping label. Work shipped without pre-paid return receipt and/or acceptable packing material will not be returned.
- All work will be handled with all possible care, but pieces submitted for exhibition are at the artist’s risk. In the event of damage or theft, Washington Printmakers Gallery will not be held liable. If insurance is desired, the artist must carry it.
Washington Printmakers Gallery
1641 Wisconsin Avenue
Washington, DC 20007
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.
The juror is JD Talasek, the director of Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences. Mr. Talasek is creator and moderator for a regular salon called DASER (DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous) held at the NAS and he organizes a similar salon in Austin, Texas. He has served as a creator, organizer, and advisor for numerous conferences, publications, and symposia. Mr. Talasek has taught at the University of Delaware and Essex and Howard Community Colleges, and has curated exhibitions at the National Academy of Sciences and the University of Delaware. He holds a B.S. in photography from East Texas State University, an M.F.A. in studio arts from the University of Delaware, and a M.A. in museum studies from the University of Leicester.
Susan J Goldman (artist, master printmaker, filmmaker, and teacher); Scott Hutchison (Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Georgetown University); Susan Calloway (Owner and Director of Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Washington D.C.); Christine Neptune (Founder, Neptune Fine Art in Washington, D.C.); Greg Jecmen (Associate Curator of Old Master Prints and Print and Drawing, Study Room Supervisor, National Gallery of Art, Washington); Eric Denker (Senior Lecturer National Gallery of Art); Krystyna Wasserman (Director of Library and Research Center, The National Museum of Women in the Arts); Linda C. Simmons (Curator Emeritus, The Corcoran Gallery of Art); Joann Moser (Senior Curator of Graphic Art, The Smithsonian American Art Museum); Katherine L. Blood (Curator of Fine Prints, Library of Congress); Stephen Phillips (Assistant Curator, The Phillips Collection); Anne Shafer (Assistant Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Baltimore Museum of Art); Helen Frederick (Founder and longtime director of Pyramic Atlantic); Jane Famer (independent curator); and Philippa Hughes (Founder and Chief Creative Contrarian of the Pinkline Project, as well as DC Commissioner for the Arts and Humanities.)
About Washington Printmakers Gallery
Established in 1985, the Washington Printmakers Gallery is a cooperative print gallery located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC, near Book Hill. Read more…
About the Washington Print Club
Founded in 1964, The Washington Print Club is open to all who are interested in fine art prints and the graphic arts: collectors, connoisseurs, artists, and just plain folks who enjoy prints and other works on paper as an art form.
The Club organizes frequent programs for its members. These include curator-led tours of important print-related exhibitions and visits to significant private collections and artists’ studios in the DC area, panel discussions, lectures, and invitations to gallery openings, as well as trips to other areas to see important shows, collections, and artists’ studios.
Each year, the Club awards a cash prize to the best print student in an arts program at a college or university in the Baltimore-Washington area each year. The first prize award in the National Small Works Exhibition is another way the Club supports and encourages artists working in print.