New Impressions 2018

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. See last year's work in the digital catalog via pdf by clicking here or you can view it on issuu.

Ready to apply? You will find the online application here.

2018 Calendar

  • February 10 - Entry submission due
  • March 1 - Notice of acceptance via e-mail
  • April 10 
- Artwork due at Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum
  • April 17 - Exhibition opens
  • June 16 - Exhibition reception and awards, 5-7pm

  • June 30
 - Exhibition closes at Hamilton
  • Fall 2018 - Exhibition Travels

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.
  • Accepted work will become part of the permanent collection at Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. Work will not be returned to the artist.
  • Size of work must not exceed 35 x 40 inches or 76.2 x 101.6 cm.
  • Work must not have been previously exhibited in a New Impressions exhibition.
  • Incomplete and 3D entries will not be accepted.

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

Macy Chadwick
– Macy Chadwick is a letterpress printer and book artist publishing as In Cahoots Press, in Oakland, California. Macy received an MFA from The University of the Arts and she teaches at Academy of Art University and San Francisco Art Institute. Her current project is establishing In Cahoots Press and Residency, a space for collaboration, artist’s books and printmaking.

David Wolske, University of North Texas – David is an Assistant Professor of Communication Design in the Department of Design, College of Visual Arts and Design, University of North Texas. David received a BA in Studio Art from Marian University, Indianapolis, Indiana, and an MFA in Graphic Design from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. His work is exhibited and collected around the world and he teaches typography, graphic design, letterpress printing, and book arts classes and workshops across the United States. David’s methodologies combine the traditions of letterpress and fine art printmaking with digital tools and design thinking into a unique cross-disciplinary workflow.

Richard Zauft, Lesley University – Richard is the Dean of the Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He served as the President of the College Book Arts Association and President of the Society of Printers. In 1983 he organized the first national traveling exhibition of artists' books, and in 1990 organized the first national exhibition of printed broadsides. In 1998 he established the printing facility at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum and launched their visiting artist residency program. He currently serves on the artistic board at the museum. His letterpress work is included in many institutional special collections, among them Brown University, Harvard University, Dartmouth College, Smith College, Wellesley College, University of the Atlantic, New York Public Library, University of California-Berkeley, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Centre Romand d’Art Graphique in Lausanne, Switzerland. Zauft holds an MFA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Awards will be announced at the artist reception on June 16, 2018 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.

Permanent Collection and Sale of Work
New This Year:
All work accepted into the exhibition will become part of the permanent collection at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. Pieces on exhibit will not be returned to artists. This allows us to continue to exhibit the show in it’s entirety after the initial exhibition schedule.

Artists who would like to sell work through this exhibition may do so. If a piece is accepted, the artist may send up to 5 additional prints of the same artwork to sell on consignment during the 2018 exhibition cycle and through March 2019. Hamilton will receive 40% from work sold, and the artist will receive 60%. Works will be sold via the museum store, Hamilton Dry Goods, and online at 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. Any pieces that do not sell will be returned in March 2019 and not before.

Shipping of Work
Accepted work must arrive at Hamilton by April 10, 2018. Work may be shipped or personally delivered during museum hours (Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm). Work must arrive clearly labeled with artist name and artwork title. Labels will 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.

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.

Apply by mail or electronically:

Mailed Applications

  • Download the entry form here.
  • Include submission jpeg images on disc.
  • Include editable, electronic versions on the disc or e-mail your artist biography and a short description of your process, each not to exceed 200 words, to
  • Discs will not be returned.
  • Entry fee must accompany entry form and disc.
  • Make $25 USD checks payable to Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum
    • Mail completed entry form, disc and entry fee to:

Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum

Attn: New Impressions

1816 10th Street
Two Rivers, WI 54241

Electronic Applications

  • Complete application at
  • Upload jpeg images in the spaces provided.
  • To complete the application, the entry fee must be submitted through PayPal. Upon confirmation of the submitted form, a link to PayPal is provided.

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