Call for Entries
86th Annual International Competition: Photography
October 19, 2011
**New format: Selected artists will be featured in an online exhibition, June 2012 – March 2013. Three artists will be chosen to mount solo exhibitions at The Print Center, which will take place January – March, 2013.
October 19, 2011
Jennifer Blessing, Curator of Photography, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum,
Most recently Blessing organized Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performanceand Catherine Opie: American Photographer. In addition to curating photo-based exhibitions, she is responsible for developing the museum's photography collection. Her next project is the exhibition and catalogue, Rineke Dijkstra: Retrospective.
Awards + Prizes
A purchase award for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, up to $3,000 in purchase, cash and material prizes and a two-year contract from The Print Center Gallery Store. Selected artists included in the online exhibition are eligible to receive all awards. Three artists will be chosen to mount solo exhibitions at The Print Center, which will take place January – March, 2013.
About the Competition
The Print Center’s Annual International Competition is one of the most prestigious and oldest competitions in the United States. Alternating yearly between printmaking and photography, it provides a unique opportunity for local, national and international artists to compete in a forum which emphasizes individual talent and expressiveness. The Print Center is particularly interested in highlighting artists who utilize photography in intriguing ways, both in terms of content of the imagery and process in which it was made. Artists whose work pushes the boundaries of traditional photographic practice are encouraged to enter.
If you are not already a member, your entry fee to the competition entitles you to a one-year membership to The Print Center.
Entries are accepted online only. For guidelines and the application, go to:
Non-member $45 ($60 outside US)
Current Members $5 processing fee
Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards are accepted
The competition is open to all artists. All forms of art are acceptable as long as photography is a critical component of the work. Work submitted must have been completed in the last three years. Submitted works cannot have been exhibited within 50 miles of Philadelphia or in any prior exhibition at The Print Center. Up to five images may be submitted and only one entry per person.
An online exhibition on The Print Center’s website will highlight the selected artists and will include all images submitted by those artists, biographical information and links to artists’ own websites. A group of ten finalists will have more extensive information on the site, with additional images and supporting commentary from the juror and/or The Print Center’s Curator. Selected artists will be contacted by The Print Center for additional information and images.
Three artists will be selected from the ten finalists to receive solo exhibitions at The Print Center. Those artists will receive a $200 honorarium. (Pending funding, especially for international artists, this amount may increase) Artists are responsible for delivering or shipping their work to and from The Print Center and all related costs, including framing when appropriate. The Print Center will install and de-install work.
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Entry Deadline: October 19, 2011
Notification (by email): February 1, 2012
Online Exhibition Dates: June 2012 – March 2013
Solo Exhibitions: January – March 2013
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