Imprint 2023


The theme for Imprint 2023 is Storytelling. What does that mean?

In short, Storytelling can be interpreted as creatively as you like! Esherick’s printmaking practice is grounded in storytelling, from the block-printed illustrations that helped tell the stories of other writers to prints centering his own life, family, and friends. What stories matter most to you? We’re excited to see was stories you want to tell!

How many entries can I submit?

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

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. For an example of our virtual exhibit, see the Imprint 2022 Exhibition & Competition page. Use this entry form to submit entries.

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

Email [email protected] to ask about scheduling a virtual program with one of our staff members to explore Esherick’s prints with your class!

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?

Monday, February 13, 2023, 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, March 18, 2023. Finalists’ teachers will be notified by March 1, 2023, via email. We will be celebrating our young artists with a virtual reception on Sunday, March 19, 2023 at 2:00 pm.

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 the entire class, when we are once again able to safely welcome large groups to the Museum.