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Call for Entries: National Small Works 2014

Washington Printmakers Gallery is now accepting entries for the 2014 National Small Works exhibition, which will take place in August. This exciting show features small prints by 50 artists who live and work in studios located across the United States. This year’s juror – Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator, American University Museum at the Katzen – will review all work that is submitted on or before our deadline, which is Saturday, May 31.

2013 NSW First Place Winner | "Waiting for Godot" by Diane Alire | Photogravure Print

2013 NSW First Place Winner | “Waiting for Godot” by Diane Alire | Photogravure Print

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.

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); and, 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.

For more information, to view the full NSW prospectus (PDF), or to submit your entries, please visit our overview page for this competition.

Dec. 31 deadline: Excellence in Printmaking 2014

A quick reminder: The deadline for all entries for the 2014 Excellence in Printmaking exhibition is this coming Tuesday, December 31 at midnight.

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; 18-24 years of age in February 2014; and, creating prints using traditional, hand-pulled media. Digital and photographic prints are not eligible.

The grand prize for this show: 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. Visit the Excellence in Printmaking program page for a full list of awards.

A big thank you to our friends at the Washington Print Club for continuing to sponsor this prize!

Want some inspiration? Check out the slide show of some of the accepted prints from last year’s competition, here. Good luck!

Open your eyes to South Africa

(Untitled) by Mfundo Mkhize

(Untitled) by Mfundo Mkhize

Have you checked out our Power2Give project yet?  If not, we hope you do:  Through an exciting partnership with the Johannesburg’s Vula Amehlo Art Development (“Vula Amehlo” means “open your eyes” in Zulu), we are hard at work to produce an exhibition featuring some outstanding South African printmakers.  These artists, the majority of whom are black, range in age from early 20s to mid-30s, and are just launching their careers as artists–developing skills, resumes, and networks that will help them pay the bills with their incredible talent.

This exhibition is scheduled for January 2014, but there’s a lot of work to do before then, and we need your help!  As little as $1 can help us buy the necessary  display materials, create the exhibition brochure, and send any unsold works back at the end of the exhibition.  We are so thankful to Anne Gordon of Vula Amehlo for coordinating the shipping of the works to the US, and the members of Washington Printmakers Gallery for volunteering their time to frame the works and install the show!  Through their efforts, it is estimated we are saving over $4,000 in labor and shipping fees!  But, we still need $1,840 in donations to make our goal of $2,072 in fundraising for this exhibition.  If you donate soon, Monument Bank will provide $0.50 in matching funds for every $1 donated–making your gift go further!  Please take a moment to check out this project, share it with your friends, and donate.  There’s some pretty great thank-you’s available, too!

Power2Give is coming!

p2g logoOn June 12, 2013, AHCMC will launch Power2Give, a new fundraising platform to support arts and humanities projects in Montgomery County. Power2Give is already live in 14 communities across the country, and has raised over $2.2 million for cultural organizations of all different sorts.  Power2Give offers a unique way to match local arts and cultural projects to individuals and businesses interested in making a difference in many different ways-one of the most exciting being matching funds, which means donations made through Power2Give go further! Our sister non-profit, Washington Print Foundation, is excited to be a part of the introductory round.  WPF has benefitted from both AHCMC’s and Power2Give’s extensive advice about building a successful fundraiser, how to market a good fundraising campaign, and again–given us access to matching funds!  We hope you’ll check out this great program on June 12 and see what cultural projects in your community could use your help.  Check back soon!

Artist Opportunities May 2013

We have a lot of recent graduates out there (congratulations, all!), and you may be wondering what to do with that art degree.  One of the easiest ways to get your feet wet in the art world is apply to a few juried shows.  If you get in, it can be a great resume booster, but also just a good learning experience in general.  If you’ve already got a portfolio organized, you can start with our 16th Annual National Small Works–the call for entries ends tonight at midnight.  If you need a little more time, check out these upcoming opportunities:

Press Room Mini Solos:  Ok, we had to plug one more of our own.  We are seeking artists age 18+ working in printmaking, papermaking, and book arts for our 2014 Press Room exhibition season.  This 10×17 former vault is a great place to show a suite of prints or the beginning of a new body of work.  Applications are due August 17.

14th Annual Will’s Creek Survey-put on by the Allegheny Arts Council in Maryland, this exhibition is a juried exhibition of contemporary artwork that is open to visual artists from across the United States, juried this year by Lauren Schell Dickens: assistant curator of contemporary art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.  Over $5,000 in artist awards (including $2,000 for Best of Show) are at stake.  Entry deadline is July 1.

Vox IX: An exhibition of emerging artists at Vox Populi Gallery, this year’s jurors are artist Hilary Harkness and arts writer Hunter Braithwaite.  There are no prizes, but Vox takes no commission on any sales made.  Deadline is June 7.

Press Room Mini Solos 2014

"Entanglements" by Robin Gibson

“Entanglements” by Robin Gibson

We’ve had (and have scheduled) some great Press Room shows for 2013, including the current exhibition, In My Nature by Robin Gibson.  Are you a printmaker interested in having a show in the Press Room this year?  It’s great for a student (or student group) just starting to build a resume of solo shows, for an artist wishing to exhibit a smaller body of work or a specific suite of prints, or for someone who wants to try out something that’s a little more experimental–we’re really looking forward to the multi-media installation by Refugee Art Project next month!  As long as the work is 75% related to paper-making, print arts, or book arts, we’ll consider it.  There is NO FEE to apply!  Deadline is August 17, and notifications go out in mid-September.  Want more information? Check out the full prospectus on our website.


NSW 2012 Grand Prize Winner:  "Not the Center of the Universe" by Cianna Valley (California), etching, aquatint, and spitbite.

NSW 2012 Grand Prize Winner: “Not the Center of the Universe” by Cianna Valley (California), etching, aquatint, and spitbite.

Director Annie Newman will be out of town on the original deadline–which just didn’t seem fair for anyone having any last-minute registration problems.   So, we’ve extended the deadline to Wednesday, May 22 for National Small Works Entries. Remember, this year’s juror is Philippa Hughes of the Pinkline Project and the grand prize is a solo show in August of 2014.  You can read about our other prizes, as well as how to apply, at our website.