New Impressions

New Impressions Exhibition 2023

Applications Now Closed for New Impressions 2023

On display: April 21–July 29, 2023

Virtual Reception via Zoom: April 29, 2023, 12-1pm CDT 
In-person Reception and awards: June 10, 2023, 4-6pm CDT

Each year the museum looks forward to showcasing new and exciting work being done in letterpress printing. New Impressions 2023 attracted 237 diverse submissions from over 100 artists. Forty-one pieces will be on display. Artists included in the exhibition are from Brazil, Italy, Slovakia, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States. View the exhibit in our online gallery

This is the eighth year for this international, juried exhibition, which showcases exploration and creativity with letterpress printing techniques. The jurors this year are Erin Beckloff, Clint Harvey, and Heather Moulder. New Impressions includes a full exhibition in the gallery, an event poster and a printed and digital catalog, a virtual exhibition, awards, and the opportunity for artists to sell work in our musuem shop, Hamilton Dry Goods.

The letterpress printed exhibition poster and catalog were designed and printed by Nick Larson. You can purchase the poster and this catalog online here.

The exhibition is on display at the museum from April 21–July 29, 2023 with the reception and awards on June 10. There was a virtual reception via Zoom on April 29 at 12pm Central. 

A huge Hamilton thank you goes out to our Sponsor for New Impressions 2023:

The Pressroom

2023 Calendar

  • April 21 – Exhibition opens
  • April 29, 12-1pm CDT – Virtual Reception 
  • June 10, 4-6pm CDT – Gallery Reception in Two Rivers, Wisconsin
  • July 29 – Exhibition closes at Hamilton
  • Fall 2023 – Exhibition Travels

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.

The jurors for New Impressions 2023 are Erin Beckloff, Clint Harvey, and Heather Moulder.

Erin Beckloff is a connector in the printing community. She is the co-director and writer of “Pressing On: The Letterpress Film.” For over a decade she served as a professor of Communication Design at Miami University where she revitalized the Curmudgeon Press and developed letterpress courses. She coordinates LEAD: Letterpress Educators of Art & Design, fostering a network of letterpress educators working to advance research and scholarship and substantiate the value of letterpress education as an essential practice in contemporary learning. Most recently she co-founded The Printing Stewards, a non-profit foundation focused on the legacy of Gregory Jackson Walters, whose mission is to take a systemic approach to printing history by preserving together unique machines, documentation, ephemera and skills.

After owning and running Deign College Australia for over ten years Clint Harvey now has his hands full building a mobile letterpress lab within a 40’ shipping container. The mobile lab will allow Clint to share his passion, knowledge and skills of typography and letterpress printing with the emerging generation of designers, students and letterpress in remote and regional Australia. Clint’s typographic and printing insights are anchored in a deep appreciation of typography and its heritage. It was while visiting the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in the United States that this passion was taken to new heights. Clint was inspired to arm himself with detailed knowledge of Australasian typographic and print history. On his return and filling a spare classroom at his college with presses, font collections, type drawers, rare books and type specimens, his own working museum, the Bacon Factory was born. The Bacon Factory under Clint’s watchful eye was the perfect setting for students and other lovers of typography and print culture to learn from the past and connect the dots to the present. Step into Clint's world and you’ll be reassured that the future of analogue typography and letterpress printing in this corner of the globe is in safe hands.

Heather Moulder is a graphic designer, printmaker, and piano player from Woodbury, TN. Since 2011, she has worked for Hatch Show Print designing and printing posters for everything from toilet companies to Grand Ole Opry stars. Through the Hatch Show Print internship program, letterpress conferences, high school and college workshops, and virtual classes she has been fortunate to teach folks from around the world about experimental print processes and poster design. Heather also serves as White Oak Program Coordinator at the Arts Center of Cannon County, where she helps manage their gallery spaces and coordinates their long-running White Oak Craft Fair. She creates her own work, freelance design projects, and the occasional song at her home studio, Lordymercy.

Awards will be announced at the artist reception and posted on our website.

  • Aetna Award: $250
  • Directors Cut: $100
  • People’s Choice: Hamilton Printer’s Apron and Letterpress Poster (Online and In-Person)

See the New Impressions 2023 Catalog online.