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  • Cleo Wilkinson, Australia, Then III, Mezzotint, First Place 2018





The Center for Contemporary Printmaking’s 7th Biennial Footprint International Competition, 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.



  • ***DATE EXTENDED Submit work online via CaFÉ by June 21,  2020
  • Await acceptance notification by July 10, 2020
  • Upon notification, ship prints for arrival at CCP by August 15, 2020
  • Exhibition on view September 13  – November 22, 2020
  • Prints returned by December 31, 2020



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.



Apply via CaFÉ here.

View Prospectus here.

Each artist may submit up to two prints. Submissions are accepted only via CaFÉ ( and must be complete by June 21, 2020. All entries must be uploaded using this online system. There is no additional fee to use the CaFÉ online application system. Please do not upload digital images that contain borders or text that is not part of the original work. Images must be cropped to the edge of the print.

Jane Kinsman, Distinguished Adjunct Curator, previously Senior Curator of International Prints, Drawings and Illustrated Books, National Gallery of Australia

The submission fee is $40 for up to two entries. CCP members will receive a 50% discount code. The fee must be paid online via the CaFÉ online application system. Artists interested in becoming a CCP member can sign up online at:


  • $1,000 in cash prizes and purchase awards will be awarded.
  • $250 Binnie Birstein Memorial Scholarship Award
  • Awagami Paper Award – 50 sheets of Awagami Editioning papers valued at $300


Accepted artists will be notified via email by July 10, 2020.

ONLY WORKS SELECTED BY THE JUROR NEED TO BE SHIPPED TO CCP – Please do not mail works unless notified.
Prints must be sent flat and unmatted and must include a self-addressed return package sized to fit the prints. Outside package dimensions may be no larger than 20 x 20 x 2 inches (50.8 x 50.8 x 5.08 cm). Prints should be packed in reusable containers or packaging. Any work received without a return package becomes the property of CCP.

Works must arrive at CCP on or before August 15, 2020. COD deliveries will not be accepted.

  • United States Entries: Artwork must be shipped prepaid via UPS, USPS, DHL, or FedEx and include a prepaid return shipping label for works to be returned.
  • International Entries: Artwork must be shipped via your preferred shipping company. Return shipments will be sent via the United States Postal Service.

All accepted entries will be matted and exhibited behind plexiglass by CCP and must remain on display for the entire exhibition. CCP and the juror reserve the right to reject any accepted prints that do not accurately reflect the image or medium presented for jurying.

All prints must be for sale. CCP will retain a commission of 50% on all works sold. Artists may choose to donate all proceeds to support CCP programs.

Unless additional exhibition opportunities are secured for work, CCP will return unsold works by mail by the end of the year.

Although reasonable care will be given to work submitted to this exhibition, CCP is not responsible for loss or damage to entries. Entry by artist confirms acceptance of these conditions.