Imprint 2024


The theme for Imprint 2024 is Rhythms. What does that mean?

Much of Esherick’s creative practice was shaped by the actors and dancers who surrounded him. He consistently found a way to incorporate that graceful movement into his work, from the Rhythms (1922) woodcut print (see image in the enclosed welcome letter) to his Spiral Library Ladder (1969), and beyond! Read more about his adventures at the Gardner Doing Dance Camp in our blog post, Early Rhythms: Wharton Esherick and the Gardner Doing Dance Camp

Looking for more of a challenge? Perhaps, rather than considering this theme literally, you might also think about applying it in other, less conventional ways such as the natural rhythms of life and the patterns in which we all exist. We are eager to see you get creative and, most importantly, have fun! 

How many entries can I submit? 

Teachers may only submit one entry for each student. Schools may submit up to fifteen total entries. Entries must be submitted using the Jotform Entry Form

Can I edit my entries after submission?

Yes! Follow the “Edit Submission” link on the top left or bottom center of your confirmation email! 

How should work be photographed and submitted? 

Photographs should be JPEG or TIFF files, at 300 dpi. Only the work should be visible in the photo. See the Imprint 2023 Exhibition & Competition page for an example of our virtual exhibit. Use this entry form to submit entries.  

How can I incorporate this into my curriculum? What other resources for this might be available? 

Participation in Imprint alone is compatible with PA Education Standards 9.1.12.A, E, H and J. Lesson plans that incorporate Esherick’s work into various curricula, including printmaking, are available on our website here

Who is eligible to enter? 

All high school art students (whether public, private, charter, or home school) from Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties are welcome to participate.  Please note that submissions must be made by teachers. 

When is the deadline for entry? 

Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. 

When will the show open? Will there be an opening reception? 

The show is a virtual exhibition hosted on our website and will open on Saturday, April 6, 2024. Finalists’ teachers will be notified by March 15, 2024, via email. We will be celebrating our young artists with a virtual opening reception on Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 2:00 p.m.

What prizes are available? 

Cash prizes are awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winning high school students and their respective school art departments. First place is $200, second place is $150, and third place is $100. 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. Please contact [email protected] with any questions or to schedule your visit.