The Museum continues Wharton Esherick’s artistic vision he expressed through woodblock prints by hosting an annual high school competition titled Imprint. We currently invite art classes from the Chester, Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery & PhiladelphiaCounties to enter each year and hope to continue to expand our range in the future. Our aim for this program, is to inspire new generations of young artists through Esherick's prints and legacy.




The 9th Annual
Wharton Esherick Museum
Imprint Competition and Exhibition
Wharton's Cabinet

If you would like more information, entry forms, or to be added to the mailing list, please email Laura Heemer at: laura@whartonesherickmuseum.org

Update: Though the entry forms specify various forms of relief prints, for the 2018 competition we will accept etchings.

Imprint was originally established by Museum staff and a generous anonymous donor but to sustain and grow the competition we need you! Would you like to support this competition for young local artists?

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Competition Requirements

The Competition/Exhibition
The jury will select pieces to be exhibited at the Wharton Esherick Museum, from March 3 - May 13, 2018, with the opening reception on March 11 from 1 -4 pm.

We're excited to announce our partnership with the Philadelphia International Airport and their Art at the Airport program for 2019! Prints from the 2018 Competition will travel to the Philadelphia Airport to be on display March - September 2019.

The competition is open high schools in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties. Public, private, charter, and home schools may enter.

The works must follow this year's theme: The Life & Work of Wharton Esherick

Prints accepted are made by woodcut, linoleum, ez or soft cut. For the 2018 competition only, we will accept etchings.

The print(s) must be available for the duration of the exhibition. Please check your entry form for accuracy and legibility, as this information may be used for signage and publication.

The works will be judged, without revealing the artist’s name or school, by a jury composed of museum staff and professional artists and/or art teachers will select twelve to fifteen entries for
a spring 2018 exhibit at the Wharton Esherick Museum. The Best of Show, second and third place winners will receive a cash prize as will their art departments. Due to this year's parternship with the Philadelphia Airport, a second round of additional finalists will be selected for exhibition at the airport.

A Viewer’s Choice Award will be voted on through our Facebook page. While there is no cash prize for Viewer’s Choice, the print
may already be one chosen by the judges or be voted into the show through the public’s participation.

Criteria for selection are:

- Creativity
- Craftsmanship

Entrants will be notified by February 16, 2018 of the jury's decisions.


Entry Process
Each high school student may submit only one entry, with each school limited to 15 entries total. Each submission must have an accompanying entry form signed by the students.

There are four awards given to selected students. They are: Best in Show, Second Place, Third Place and Viewer's Choice. The first three awards come with a monetary prizes of $200, $150 and $100 which are given to the student as well as the Art Deparment of the school that participated. The Best of Show's art department is also awarded a free field trip for up to 30 students to the Wharton Esherick Museum.

Prints and accompanying entry form must be postmarked by
February 2, 2018. Please include any special instructions regarding displaying, etc., and any other comments you believe are pertinent.

Mail to:
Wharton Esherick Museum
PO Box 595
Paoli, PA 19301-0595
This address accepts only USPS mailings.

Shipment of Selected Pieces
Selected pieces are due, postmarked by, February 2, 2018. The school is responsible for costs associated with shipping the print(s) to the Museum.

Due to our partnership with the Philadelphia Airport, we will not return any prints from this year's competition.




     Wharton Esherick Museum
     P.O. Box 595
     Paoli, PA 19301-0595