2022 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.
As we approach 50 years of WEM, we are reflecting on the importance of home and the many different ways Esherick incorporated it into his life’s work. With that, we will be introducing the theme of ‘Visions of Home’ to this year’s Imprint competition. All entries to Imprint 2022 should interpret this theme of home.
The jury will select pieces for an online exhibition at the Wharton Esherick Museum, opening on Sunday, March 13, 2022.
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 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 14, 2022
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. Prints this year should interpret the theme ‘Visions of Home.’
Finalists’ teachers will be notified via email by March 1, 2022 of the jury’s decisions.