2021 Imprint Competition

Imprint, our annual high school student printmaking exhibition, has been a cornerstone program for the Wharton Esherick Museum for a decade. Nearly a century ago, Wharton Esherick found his true calling through printmaking; Imprint encourages young people to explore this art form and make artistic statements through it for generations to come. We currently invite art classes from the Chester, Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery, Berks, Lehigh, and Philadelphia Counties to enter each year. Our aim for this program is to inspire new generations of young artists through Esherick’s prints and legacy.

THE COMPETITION

The jury will select pieces for an online exhibition at the Wharton Esherick Museum, opening on Sunday, March 14, 2021.

ELIGIBILITY

The competition is open to high schools in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Berks, Lehigh, and Philadelphia Counties. Public, private, charter, and home schools may enter. All submissions must be printed or include printed components. They may be one of the techniques that Esherick used (woodblock, linoleum, soft or E-Z cut), but don’t have to be! We are eager to see you get creative with your printmaking!

DEADLINE TO APPLY

February 15, 2021

SELECTION

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 First, Second, and Third Place winners, who 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. Finalists’ teachers will be notified by March 1, 2021 of the jury’s decisions.

PRIZES

There are four awards given to selected students. They are: First, Second Place, Third Place and Viewer’s Choice. The first three awards come with monetary prizes of $200, $150, and $100 which are given to the student as well as the art department of their respective school. The First Place winner will also receive a free field trip to the Wharton Esherick Museum for their art class (up to 30 students), once we are once again able to safely welcome large groups to the Museum.

Entry Guidelines

1. All submissions must be printed or include printed components. They may be one of the techniques that Esherick used (woodblock, linoleum, soft or E-Z cut), but don’t have to be! We are eager to see you get creative with your printmaking! Don’t forget to tell us what you made under “Medium and Materials,” below. If you use additional materials or specific types of paper for your print, please note that as well.

2. Teachers may only submit one entry for each student. Schools may submit up to fifteen total entries. Each entry must be submitted individually using this form.

3. Photographs should be JPEG or TIFF files, at 300 dpi. Only the work should be visible in each photo.

4. Artwork should have a title – be creative!

5. Deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, February 15, 2021.

6. All entries should be submitted online, using this entry form.

Have questions or need more information? Please email maria@whartonesherickmuseum.org or give us a call at 610-644-5822.

Submit Entries Here