New Impressions 2017

The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum is dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type. New Impressions is an international, juried exhibition to showcase exploration and creativity with letterpress printing techniques. From this age-old tradition, we strive to challenge and inspire artists to continue the love of printing.

The call for entries for New Impressions 2017 is now closed. We will email notifications of acceptance by March 10, 2017.

2017 Calendar

  • February 22 - Entry submission due
  • March 10 - Notice of acceptance via email
  • April 5 
- Artwork due at Hamilton
  • April 15 - Exhibition opens
  • June 17 - Exhibition reception and awards, 5-7pm

  • June 30
 - Exhibition closes at Hamilton
  • Fall 2017 - Exhibition Travels to School of Visual Concepts in Seattle, Washington
  • March 2018 - Artwork returned to artists

Eligibility & Media

  • This international exhibition is open to artists 18 years of age and older.
  • Submitted work must have been completed within the last 3 years.
  • Open to both traditional
and non-traditional printmaking arts media; must include letterpress printing. Submissions in traditional, new and hybrid printmaking media are encouraged. Exclusively digital prints or photographs will not be accepted.
  • Work must not be framed.
  • Size of work must not exceed 35 x 40 inches or 88 x 101.6 cm.
  • Work must not have been previously exhibited in a New Impressions exhibition.
  • Incomplete and 3D entries will not be accepted.

Eva de la Rocha
, Familia Plómez – Eva’s interest in typography began in 2001 when she was working as a guide at "Imprenta Municipal" in Madrid. There she fell in love with letterpress and began to work in the workshop printing several publications of poetry. In 2011, she and fellow printers created Familia Plómez, a non-profit printing co-op.

David Shields, Virginia Commonwealth University – David is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Previously an Associate Professor of Design at The University of Texas at Austin, he served as the Design Custodian for the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection. David holds a BFA from Memphis State University and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He currently serves on the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum artistic board of advisors.

Jenny Wilkson, School of Visual Concepts – Jenny founded the letterpress program at the School of Visual Concepts (SVC) in 2001 and is Editor in Chief of Letterpress Commons. She keeps SVC’s creative karma alive and well by overseeing the operations, curriculum, and community outreach of the letterpress shop.

Jurors’ Criteria
The jurors’ criteria for the exhibit includes quality craftsmanship and creative original use of the medium. Artwork must reflect the exhibit theme including at least one element of letterpress printing. The jurying process is anonymous; however artists must submit an Artist Bio and Description of Process.

Awards will be announced at the artist reception on June 17, 2017 and posted on our website.

  • Aetna Award: $250

  • Directors Cut: $100

  • People’s Choice: Hamilton Printer’s Apron and Letterpress Poster

Agreement to Participate
A signed application form indicates the artist verifies the following:

  • Submitted work is original and uninhibited by copyrights.
  • The conditions of entry and exhibit as outlined are agreed upon.
  • The artwork is available and will ship or be delivered to the museum should it be selected for exhibit.

Donation and Sale of Work
Artists are not required to sell or donate their exhibited work, but they may choose to list a selling price or donate the work to the museum’s permanent collection. Hamilton will sell work on consignment only for the duration of the exhibit. Hamilton will receive 40% of work sold from the exhibition, and the artist will receive 60%. If submitted work is for sale, the list price must be included in the application. Hamilton will not increase the list price to include commission. If work is sold, artists’ payments are mailed within 60 days of the exhibition close.

If the artist wishes to donate accepted entries to the Hamilton permanent collection, check the box “For Museum Permanent Collection.” Return shipping will not apply. If the artist wishes to donate the work to the museum in the event that work does not sell, please list the work price/value and check both “For Sale” and “For Museum Permanent Collection” boxes. Return shipping will not be required if this option is selected.

Return of Work
Accepted work must arrive at Hamilton by April 5, 2017. Work must arrive clearly labeled with artist name and artwork title. Labels will be downloadable on our website and will also be attached as a PDF to the acceptance letter. Accepted work that differs significantly from the entry images or suffers from poor presentation will be disqualified.

Work may be shipped or personally delivered during museum hours (Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm). Shipped work requires easily reusable packaging with prepaid return shipping. Work lacking return postage will not be returned.

By March 2018 work with prepaid return shipping will be returned in the same manner as delivered. The work will be traveling to an exhibition partner(s) for display in Fall 2017. If delivered in person, the work must be picked up from Hamilton by that time. Work not claimed by March 31, 2018 will become property of Hamilton.

Hamilton and our exhibition partners will be photographing the exhibition. Photographs taken may be used for future promotional materials. By submitting an application and participating in the exhibition the artist waives all rights of photographs taken for publicity purposes.

Artists are encouraged to insure their work. Hamilton is not liable for damage caused during shipping for any reason, including mishandling by carrier or failure of packaging to protect work in transit. Artists are responsible for damage caused to submitted work by failure of the work itself, its mounting systems installed or provided by the artist, disintegration/degradation due to the nature/quality of materials or craftsmanship or incidental damage to work whose artist-directed presentation methods put them at risk.

Artist Bio, Description of Process and Images
For documentation and publicity purposes, an artist bio and short description of your process is required with the application. This exhibition is intended to showcase exploration and creativity with letterpress printing techniques; your description will help inspire and inform viewers of this show. Each should be less than 200 words.

Please make sure that submitted images are clear, professionally presented and accurately represent the work. These images will be used for the digital catalog produced by Hamilton.

Entry Fee and Submission

  • A nonrefundable entry fee of $25 USD entitles the artist to submit up to three entries. Artists may not submit more than 3 entries.
  • Only one jpeg image per artwork entry will be accepted.
  • Only publication-ready, 300 dpi jpeg files will be accepted. Maximum jpeg size is 8 MB.
  • Name each image file with artist last name, first initial and artwork title separated with underscore. Each title within the file name must correspond with the title on the entry form.
    • Example: Hamilton_J_Woodtype.jpg, Hamilton_J_Clarendon.jpg, Hamilton_J_Roman.jpg
    • Submitted images may be used for promotional purposes, including a digital catalog.
    • Apply by mail or electronically.

Artists are welcome to contact us with questions and comments; call +1.920.794.6272 or email

The call for entries for New Impressions 2017 is now closed. We will email notifications of acceptance by March 10, 2017.