Biennial 2019

Shelley Langdale
Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings

Miguel Aragon, NY, Aplacado (El Veladero), Woodcut

Lindsey Clark-Ryan, MA , Return, Woodcut

Mei Fung Elizabeth Chan, NY, The Magic Gourd, Lithograph

August 26 – September 29, 2019

Acceptance letters have been sent, April 15.
Selected artists may log into their CaFE account to see their entry information for accepted works.

Biennial Venue:
Jewett Art Gallery at Wellesley College
106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA

Opening reception and events: Sunday, September 8, 2019
Juror’s Talk: 1pm
Public Reception:  2 – 5pm
Additional Events: TBA
Biennial Gallery Hours: TBA

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About the Boston Printmakers 2019 North American Print Biennial
Presenting the best in contemporary and traditional printmaking, the North American Print Biennial has long been recognized as one of the most prestigious events in printmaking. Founded in 1947, the mission of the Boston Printmakers is to promote public knowledge of printmaking, encourage and support artists working in printmaking, and promote excellence and innovation within the field of printmaking.

Shelley R. Langdale is the President of the Print Council of America and the Park Family Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Before her tenure in Philadelphia, she worked at the Fogg Art Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Over the years Langdale has organized and collaborated on an extraordinary range of exhibitions including: Battle of the Nudes: Pollaiuolo’s Renaissance Masterpiece; Popular, Pop & Post-Pop: Color Screenprints 1930s to Now; Edvard Munch’s Mermaid; and About Face and Place: 19th-century American Drawings. In 2010 she was a member of the curatorial team for the international contemporary art festival, Philagrafika held throughout the city of Philadelphia. Currently, she is curating an exhibition of the work of the last great ukiyo-e woodcut master, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1992), scheduled to open in spring of 2019 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which owns the largest collection of the artist’s prints outside of Japan. Although her interests are wide-ranging, she has always held a particular fascination for the history and development of materials and techniques and insights into artistic practice and intent that one can gain from a greater understanding of how objects are made.

Over $10,000 is available in juror-designated purchase prizes and materials awards. The Boston Printmakers’ purchase prizes are placed into permanent collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA; and the Boston Printmakers Collection at the Boston Public Library. Additionally, this show generates a large number of sales through patron and public purchases.

Calendar 2017
October 15, 2018 Application process opens at
March 20, 2019 Application process closes
April 15, 2019 Notifications emailed
May 12-22, 2019 Period to receive shipped work (*from outside U.S. by May 15)
Sunday, May 19, 2019 Hand delivered work received at Lesley University, Cambridge MA
Sunday, September 8, 2019 Public Reception and Juror’s Talk
Sunday, September 29, 2019 Exhibition closes
Sunday, October 6, 2019 Pick up of hand delivered work at Wellesley College
October 8, 2019 Return of shipped work

North American artists 18 years and older are eligible to enter. Original, innovative works in all printmaking media are eligible. Photographs, offset reproductions, or reproductions of artwork originally produced in another medium will not be considered. Submitted work may not have been exhibited in any other Boston Printmakers exhibition. Artists may submit up to three digital images of original prints completed within the past two years, 2017-2019.

Entry Procedure
All entries must be submitted online at Entries must be submitted on or before March 15, 2019. Review all entry information carefully before submitting. No changes can be made once submitted. Should you need to view your entry after submission, you can see your submission at

Upload requirements for image files:
File format: JPEG only
File dimensions: No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longer side
File resolution: 72/ppi/dpi
File size: 5 MB maximum

Entry Fee
$30 USD for members of the Boston Printmakers with coupon code* (Code will be sent after receipt of 2019 membership dues, dues reminders will be sent in December of 2018.)
$45 USD for non-members
The non-refundable entry fee entitles the artist to submit up to 3 works. The entry fee is payable by credit card at

Results of the jurying will be emailed on April 15, 2019 at which time the list of the accepted artists will be posted on our website at

All delivered work must match the juried image; substitutions of accepted works will not be allowed. All work must be framed in simple (Nielsen like) black metal or black wooden frames no more than 1/2 inch thick on the front edge. All frames should have Plexiglas, and a standard white or off-white window mat, minimum 3 inches wide. Your print must be securely mounted to the backing board. Frames must be ready to hang with wire or D-rings. Place your framed print into a clear plastic bag before boxing. Where appropriate, due to size or aesthetics, these directions may be amended and must be included in your entry on the CaFE site. Also, please include in your submission this clearly explained description of special hanging instructions. With your acceptance letter, you will receive labeling forms, detailed packing and shipping instructions, and a loan agreement to complete and sign.

All shipped work must be sent in appropriate and re-usable packaging. It must be sent pre-paid via UPS. It must include a UPS pre-paid return-shipping label held in a clearly marked envelope taped to the back of the foam core backing of the art. Work will not be exhibited without a UPS pre-paid return packing slip, which includes shipping insurance. Artists living outside of the U.S. who are not able to provide a return UPS label will be billed the cost of return ground shipping (including insurance) via a carrier chosen by the Boston Printmakers. These artists agree to pay these charges promptly on receipt of the invoice.

A 35% commission will be charged on all sales. Artists must assume the expense and responsibility of supplying to purchasers any additional prints in the edition that may be sold. The Boston Printmakers is a non-profit organization that uses proceeds from commissions for exhibition expenses.

Every precaution will be taken in handling the prints accepted for the Biennial. Wellesley College will assume responsibility for those works chosen for exhibition from the time they are delivered to the gallery until they are picked by the artist or shipper. Artwork in the gallery will be insured for 35% less than the selling price. Artists must insure their work while in transit to and from the exhibition. The Boston Printmakers assumes no responsibility in case of loss or damage to submitted or accepted works.

Filing of the entry form constitutes an agreement on the part of the entrant to all conditions set forth in the prospectus, including permission to use images of the exhibited work in print or online media for promotional, educational, or archival purposes and for the creation of a catalog of the exhibit.

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