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9th Biennial FOOTPRINT International Competition

9th Biennial FOOTPRINT International CompetitionAcceptable Dimensions of FOOTPRINT 12 inches square


March 17, 2024 (Via CaFÉ) –CLOSED–

April 13, 2024

Sunday, June 2, 2024, 2-4 PM

June 2 – August 25, 2024


The Center for Contemporary Printmaking’s Footprint International Competition 2024, 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.

Click Here to download the 9th Biennial FOOTPRINT Prospectus


IMAGE: Lynita Shimizu, USA, Sunbreak, Mokuhanga woodcut, Honorable Mention 2022


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.)

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.

Awards Juror

Laurel Garber
The Park Family Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Prizes and award

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

How to enter

Submissions are accepted only via CaFÉ ( by March 17, 2024. 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

The submission fee is $40 for up to two entries. CCP members can use a 50% discount code (contact us if you didn’t receive it). The fee must be paid online via the CaFÉ online application system. Artists interested in becoming a CCP member can signed up on our membership page.


Accepted artists will be notified via e-mail by April 13, 2024.
ONLY WORKS SELECTED BY THE JUROR NEED TO BE DELIVERED—Please do not mail works unless notified.

Works accepted

The result of this competition is an in-person exhibition of selected prints in the Center for Contemporary Printmaking’s premier gallery. Artists selected will be provided with details for delivery of work within their Juror Notification Packet.


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.


Although all reasonable care will be given to work submitted to this exhibition, CCP is not responsible for loss or damage to entries.