Janet Turner National Print Competition

Call for Entries: Building New Traditions 2012

Entry Deadline- September 23, 2011
Works by national, independent printmakers— both established and emerging artists— will be on display at the 9th National Janet Turner Print Competition Exhibition, January 30–March 4, 2012, at both The Turner, Meriam Library, and the University Art Gallery, Taylor Hall. Some of the exhibited prints will be for sale.

Franklin Sirmans, Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, will be the juror for the 9th Biennial Janet Turner National Print Competition. He has taught at Maryland Institute College of Art and Princeton University, and worked for Dia Center for the Arts and Flash Art magazine. Sirmans has written essays for the New York Times, Time Out New York, Essence, and Grand Street.

Janet Turner used her collection of fine art prints as a teaching tool to both inspire and instruct her students about different approaches to printmaking. Referring to her collection, Turner herself wrote, “I bought as many styles and techniques as possible, regardless of the reputation of the artist, because, in teaching and printmaking, every new technique is interesting. I believe in teaching by example— offering different ideas and different styles to interest different students as opposed to teaching only one method and viewpoint.”


Eligible artists

Any ten-year postgraduate art major (BA, BFA, MA, MFA) is eligible to submit work created in the past two years.

Entry Fee

Enclose $25 per each entry submitted.

Entry Deadline

Entries must be postmarked by September 23, 2011 and include the entry fee. No late or incomplete entries will be accepted.

Entry Format

Submit entries on CD or thumb drive. Each device must be clearly externally and internally marked with name, title, year, and technique for each entry. Still works should be digital images at 300 dpi resolution. Time-based work should identify the program used and must be able to play on a Mac. Each entry must be accompanied by a hard copy entry form, entry fee, and a working e-mail address. SASE required for return of submission.

The Janet Turner
Print Museum

California State
University, Chico
8th Janet Turner National Print Exhibition catalog
Awards: Best in Show Friends Prize: Solo exhibition in 2013
Other cash and purchase awards total up to $3,000

Entry deadline: Entries must be postmarked by September 23, 2011 and include the entry fee. No late or incomplete entries will be accepted.

Notification of accepted artists: All entrants will receive an e-mail acknowledging acceptance by November 7, 2011. Accepted artists will be notified as to shipping dates and instructions. Shipping and return costs are at the artists’ expense. Works appropriate to framing should be sent framed.

Entries should be mailed to:
The Janet Turner Print Museum
CSU, Chico
400 W. 1st Street
Chico, CA 95929-0820

Printable entry forms available from: or

Questions? Contact Catherine Sullivan, Curator at: or 530.898.4476

Axis Gallery 7th NATIONAL

Call for Entry Competition:

Axis Gallery 7th National Juried Competition & Exhibition

Juror, Apsara DiQuinzio, assistant curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Competition Deadline: May 28, 2012 (postmark)

Exhibition Dates: Aug 4 – 26, 2012
Preview Reception: Aug 9, 6:00-8:00pm
Second Saturday Reception: Aug 11, 2012, 6:00-9:00pm

exhibiton image

Social Justice

The INK Shop/ Printmaking Center & Olive Branch Press
Postmark deadline July 18!

Opening Reception Fri, Sep. 2, 5-8pm
Sep. 2 - Sep. 28

This exhibition is a reflection and a statement about current social justice issues and events on a local, national, and international level. The topics of social justice are vast: racism, classicism, sexuality, poverty, etc. Submitted work may be any technique of printmaking: narrative, abstraction, figurative, and conceptual. This art serves to educate and sensitize the viewer to various issues while conveying an underlying philosophy to the commitment to social justice, humanism, and collective responsibility. Expressions of strength, pain, humor, as well as defiance used by the artist reflect not only their diverse personal views and opinions, but also are used to facilitate awareness and promote dialogue.  Daumier, Kathe Kollwitz, Goya, Sue Coe, ASARO, The Beehive Collective, John Hitchcock, and Eric Avery serve as good examples of artists whose work continues in the long tradition of social justice advocacy. We encourage submissions using all forms of printmaking techniques.

Submission Guidelines
• CD (Digital Slide): Artists may submit up to 3 images. Digital images must be high resolution: 300 dpi at 6” longest length and should be in jpeg (JPG) format. The name of each file must begin with the artist’s last name followed by the image number and correspond to the submission form.
Example: Herbig1classicism.jpg

To submit electronically:
email :,

  1. attach submission form PDF
  2. attach up to 3 jpegs

Mail Submissions to:
The Ink Shop Printmaking Center
RE: Social Justice
330 E. MLK/State St.
Ithaca, NY 14850

In person deliveries can be made to the address above.   

Timeline (postmark deadline)
Submission Deadline July 18, 2011
Notification August 5
Artwork Delivery August 25 (must arrive by 8/25!)
Opening Reception September 2
Exhibition duration September 2- 28
Pick up/ Return works by October 8

Rules & Important Information
• Entry fee is $30 per artist for up to 3 submissions.
• Exhibition is open to artists nationally, 18 years or older, submitting any form or style of printmaking (no photography or painting)
• $200 cash prize for 1st place.
• Prints must be ready for gallery display, matted
and framed with Plexiglas only please.  Please provide specific instructions for any non-standard display method.
• Insurance for all artwork in transport is the responsibility of the artist.
• Shipping costs to and from exhibit are the responsibility of the artist. Enclose return postage in your package.
• Please provide a SASE if you would like submission materials returned.

Juror’s Statement:
First, I would like to thank the committee at the Ink Shop, for inviting me to select work for this exhibition. Social Justice is a particularly poignant subject for the title of a national exhibition in today’s complicated sociopolitical climate. Given the constant tide of fresh and recurring subject matter for activist artists to explore, the opportunity to select work for this exhibition should be a diagrammatic experience of current issues.

During a recent lecture by a prominent social activist, I was empowered, hearing references and explanations to the term stability, and instability on numerous occasions. This terminology describing subtle interpretation of foreign policy, and its definitions, resonated with me and will certainly find its way into future creative research and academic expectations.

This recent experience and my invitation to jury this exhibition were serendipitous and rejuvenated the rigor in my activist/artistic practice.  With fresh perspective about what sociopolitical priorities might be, I look forward to seeing what the artists of 2011 have to say about our world, both good and bad.

Dusty Herbig is an Assistant Professor of Art, and the Director of Lake Effect Editions at Syracuse University, where he teaches lithography, intaglio, serigraphy, relief, digital printmaking, letterpress, and all levels of advanced and graduate print courses. Herbig earned an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002, and his BFA from Fort Hays State University, in Hays, KS in 1996.

Herbig exhibits nationally, participating in juried exhibitions from Los Angeles to Miami to New York City, and internationally, including shows in Canada, Spain, Taiwan, Brazil, Germany, South Korea, Scotland, Pakistan, China, Argentina, Japan, and Poland. His socially provocative work is in the permanent collections of many institutions, including: The Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, KUMU: The Art Museum of Estonia, Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, KS, The Hunterdon Museum of Art, Hunterdon, NJ The Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, NYC, among others. He currently lives and works in Syracuse, NY.                  View Herbig’s work.

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