Imprint 2020 is currently on view in our Visitor Center through May 24, 2020. While the Museum is temporarily closed due to COVID-19 precautions, the exhibition may also be viewed online.

2020 Imprint Competition

The Museum continues Wharton Esherick’s artistic vision he expressed through woodblock prints by hosting an annual high school competition titled Imprint. We currently invite art classes from the Chester, Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery & Philadelphia Counties to enter each year and hope to continue to expand our range in the future. Our aim for this program is to inspire new generations of young artists through Esherick’s prints and legacy.


The jury will select pieces to be exhibited at the Wharton Esherick Museum, from March 8, 2020 – May 24, 2020. The opening reception and award ceremony will be held in the Visitor Center on March 22, 2020 from 2:30 – 4:00 PM.


The competition is open to high schools in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties. Public, private, charter, and home schools may enter. Prints may be woodcut, linoleum, E-Z or soft cut only. All prints must be available for the duration of the exhibition.


The works will be judged, without revealing the artist’s name or school, by a jury composed of museum staff and professional artists and/or art teachers. The jury will select twelve to fifteen entries for a spring 2020 exhibit at the Wharton Esherick Museum. The Best of Show, second and third place winners will receive a cash prize as will their art departments. A Viewer’s Choice Award will be voted on through our Facebook page. While there is no cash prize for Viewer’s Choice, the print may already be one chosen by the judges or be voted into the show through the public’s participation.

Criteria for selection are creativity and craftsmanship. There is no theme required this year. Entrants will be notified by February 15, 2020 of the jury’s decisions.


Each high school student may submit only one entry, with each school limited to 15 entries total. Each submission must have an accompanying entry form signed by the students. Prints and accompanying entry form must be postmarked by February 3, 2020. Please include any special instructions regarding displaying, etc., and any other comments you believe are pertinent. Please check your entry form for accuracy and legibility, as this information may be used for signage and publication.

Mail submissions to: The Wharton Esherick Museum, PO Box 595, Paoli, PA 19301. The school is responsible for costs associated with shipping the print(s) to the Museum.

2020 Imprint Entry Form


There are four awards given to selected students. They are: Best in Show, Second Place, Third Place and Viewer’s Choice. The first three awards come with a monetary prizes of $200, $150 and $100 which are given to the student as well as the art department of the school that participated. The Best of Show’s art department is also awarded a free field trip for up to 30 students to the Wharton Esherick Museum.