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The Center for Contemporary Printmaking’s Footprint International Competition 2018, is an opportunity for the presentation of current trends and innovations in contemporary printmaking within the bounds of the one square foot (12” x 12”) configuration. The square format was uncommon in art until the advent of abstraction and presents distinct challenges of composition and expression. Within these precise limits, artists must confront a space and create visual order and formal structure.

Susan Tallman, Art in Print, Editor-in-Chief.

Susan Tallman is an art historian who has written extensively on the history and culture of the print, as well as on issues of authenticity, reproduction and multiplicity. Her books include The Contemporary Print: from Pre-Pop to Postmodern (Thames and Hudson),The Collections of Barbara Bloom (Steidl). Most recently she co-authored the catalogue for the British Museum exhibition, The American Dream: Pop to the Present. She is Editor-in-Chief of the journal and website Art in Print, and her writing has appeared in Art in America, Parkett, Print Quarterly, Arts Magazine and numerous books and museum catalogues. She has lived and worked in New York, Amsterdam and Berlin, and currently teaches in the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Eligibility: All fine-art printmaking mediums, including woodcut, intaglio, lithography, screenprint, monotype, and original digital media may be utilized. (No drawings, photographs, or direct reproductions are eligible.) Art must be hand-pulled and generated using at least one traditional printmaking method. Computer generated art is eligible only if it incorporates other methods of hand pulled printing or handwork. Image size must be exactly 12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm). Outside dimensions of the printing paper may not exceed 18 x 18 inches (45.7 x 45.7 cm). Paper beyond these dimensions on accepted prints will be trimmed to the dimensions required for the exhibition.  Only two-dimensional works will be accepted.

Prizes and Awards: $1,000 in cash prizes and purchase awards will be awarded.

In addition to the $1,000 in prizes, the Awagami Paper Award, $300 (50 sheets) in editioning paper will be awarded to one artist.




Download the Prospectus

How to Enter: Submissions are accepted only via CaFÉ ( by March 10, 2018. There is no additional fee to use the CaFÉ online application system. All entries must be uploaded using this online system. Please do not upload digital images that contain borders or text info that is not part of the original work.

Entry Fee:
First Image for CCP Members: $20.00
First Image for Non-Members and International Submissions: $50.00
Additional Images: (2 maximum): $10.00 each

Image: 2016 Best in Show Award Winner: Juha Tammenpää, Sundom, Finland, Gravity, Etching and aquatint.