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The Print Center: 91st Annual International Competition

This year The Print Center celebrates the beginning of its second century. We are very pleased to announce the two jurors for the 91st Annual International Competition, both curators at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Kelly Baum, the Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Curator of Contemporary Art, will be joined by Jennifer Farrell, Associate Curator, Drawings and Prints. Baum and Farrell bring broad expertise and critical interest in the role of print and photography in contemporary art and society, traits that we embrace as core to our mission.

The Annual International Competition is one of the most prestigious and oldest competitions of its kind in the United States. The Print Center is particularly interested in highlighting local, national and international artists who utilize photography and printmaking in intriguing ways, both in content and process.

Any artist using Photography and/or Printmaking as critical components in their work can enter. Artists whose work pushes the boundaries of traditional photographic and printmaking practices are encouraged to enter.

Deadline: November 15, 2016

Entry Information: Entries are accepted online only. Click here to apply:

Entry Fee - $45: Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards are accepted.

Eligibility: Any artist using photography and/or printmaking as critical components in their work can enter. Work submitted must have been completed in the last three years. Up to five images may be submitted and only one submission per person is allowed.

Accepted formats: Images: Up to 5 MB/each: jpg, png, gif

Videos: Up to 60 MB/each: mov, wmv, flv, mp4

Each uploaded file must be labeled with Title, Date, Medium (e.g. etching, inkjet, gelatin silver, lithograph) and Size (paper size, video duration or installation size).

Awards + Prizes
Three solo exhibitions at The Print Center to be held May-August 2017; inclusion in online exhibition of portfolios; Stinnett Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection Award; and over $2,000 in other purchase and material prizes.

Online Exhibition
An online exhibition of the Finalists and Semifinalists selected by the jurors will be mounted on The Print Center’s website. This will be comprised of the images submitted to Slideroom by those artists as part of their application, as well as biographical information and links to the artists’ own websites. Ten Finalists will have more extensive entries on the site, including additional images (Finalists will be contacted by The Print Center to obtain additional information and images).

Solo Exhibitions
Three artists will be selected from the ten Finalists to receive solo exhibitions May - August 2017 at The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA. These artists will receive a $200 honorarium (pending funding, especially for international artists, this amount could be larger). 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 will install and de-install work and promote the exhibitions through a press release, mailed announcement cards, website, email newsletter and other social media outlets.

Entry Deadline: November 15, 2016

Notification (by email): January 31, 2017

Solo Exhibitions: May – August 2017

Online Exhibition: Begins May 2017

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