New Impressions

New Impressions Exhibition 2024

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. This is the 9th year of the New Impressions exhibition. 

THE CALL FOR ENTRIES IS NOW CLOSED. 

2024 Calendar 

  • April 6, 2024 – Entry submission due on Artcall.org 
    DEADLINE EXTENDED: April 10, 2024
  • May 15 – Notice of acceptance via e-mail
  • June 22 – Artwork due at Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum
  • July 2 – Exhibition opens
  • Friday, July 12, 4-6pm CDT – Gallery Reception in Two Rivers
  • August 24, 12-1pm CDT – Virtual Reception
  • September 28 – Exhibition closes at Hamilton
  • Spring 2025 – 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 5 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 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.

    Jurors
    Celene Aubry, Hatch Show Print
    Celene Aubry is the Director and Shop Manager at Hatch Show Print, the iconic letterpress print shop continuously operating since 1879 in Nashville, Tennessee. While the business thrives as a letterpress poster and design shop, expanded programming includes a visiting artist program, a gallery showcasing print-centric art, and offering hands-on tours and workshops from the education space. In between poster runs and whatnot, she also enjoys analog photography, making cyanotypes and van Dyke photoprints specifically.

    hatchshowprint.com

    instagram.com/hatchshowprint

    instagram.com/caubry4

    Naomi Kent, Ink Squasher
    Naomi Kent is the senior technician in the printmaking department at Birmingham City University, UK. She specialises in letterpress printing and in particular non-linear typesetting and is inspired by the artistic printers of the late 19th century. Her MA degree looked into reviving some of these traditional obsolete printing processes using equipment available at the local school of jewellery to replicate some of these techniques. Her approach is experimental and breaks the traditional typesetting rules by bending the brass rules. With access to a laser cutter Naomi has revived the adjustable circular chase and the Figgins angular and circular quads, enabling letterpress printers and of course the students she teaches to set type at an angle, on a curve or embark on rotational printing, with ease! Passionate about networking and encouraging young letterpress printers on their journey Naomi founded Student Letterpress Workers in 2018 which brings together students from universities across the UK on a 3 day collaborative printing workshop.

    inksquasher.com

    Jim Moran, Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum Master Printer emeritus
    Jim Moran, retired as the Master Printer and Collections Officer at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in 2023. Jim ran letterpress workshops, archived the collection and maintained the museum on a daily basis. Previously he had volunteered at Hamilton and donated presses and equipment from his Green Bay, Wisconsin, printing firm, Moran’s Quality Print Shop, where he worked as apprentice, pressman, partner and owner with his father and grandfather for over 35 years.

    instagram.com/jimmyonthepress

      Artists are welcome to contact us with questions and comments; call +1.920.794.6272 or email info@woodtype.org.

       

          See the New Impressions 2023 Catalog online below or purchase the printed catalog from the Hamilton Dry Goods Store