The jury will select pieces for an online exhibition at the Wharton Esherick Museum, opening on Saturday, April 6, 2024. We are excited to be joined this year by guest jurors and local printmaking artists, Katie Garth and Nikki Gilliam.
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 16, 2023
The works will be judged 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 ‘Rhythms.’
Finalists’ teachers will be notified via email by March 15, 2024 of the jury’s decisions.
A virtual opening reception will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2024 at 2:00 pm.
There are four awards given to selected students. They are: First Place, Second Place, Third Place, and Viewer’s Choice. An Honorable Mention may also be awarded at the jury’s discretion. First, Second and Third Place 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. First-place winners will also receive a free field trip to the Wharton Esherick Museum for a class of up to 16 people. For larger groups, we are proud to offer a free virtual program.