New Impressions Exhibition 2019

The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin is dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type. New Impressions is an international, juried exhibition to showcase exploration and creativity with letterpress printing techniques. From this age-old tradition, we strive to challenge and inspire artists to continue the love of printing. 2019 is the 5th year of the New Impressions exhibition. Please check out the stellar work from the last four exhibtions in our digital catalogs available on Issuu.

2019 Calendar

  • February 19 - Entry submission due
  • March 10 - Notice of acceptance via e-mail
  • April 12 - Artwork due at Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, 1816 10th Street, Two Rivers, WI 54241
  • April 17 - Exhibition opens
  • May 25 - Exhibition reception and awards
  • June 30 - Exhibition closes at Hamilton
  • Fall 2019 - Exhibition Travels

Eligibility & Media

  • This international exhibition is open to artists 18 years of age and older.
  • Submitted work must have been completed within the last 3 years.
  • Open to both traditional and non-traditional printmaking arts media; must include letterpress printing. Submissions in traditional, new and hybrid printmaking media are encouraged. Exclusively digital prints or photographs will not be accepted.
  • Work must not be framed.
  • Accepted work will become part of the permanent collection at Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. Work will not be returned to the artist.
  • Size of work must not exceed 35 x 40 inches or 76.2 x 101.6 cm.
  • Work must not have been previously exhibited in a New Impressions exhibition.
  • Incomplete and 3D entries will not be accepted.

Jurors’ Criteria
The jurors’ criteria for the exhibit includes quality craftsmanship and creative original use of the medium. Artwork must include at least one element of letterpress printing. The jurying process is anonymous; however artists must submit an Artist Bio and Description of Process.


Dafi Kühne - Dafi Kühne is a Swiss designer who works with analog and digital techniques to produce fresh and unique letterpress-printed posters. Using very different kinds of tools — from a computer to a pantograph — for his compositions, he pushes the boundaries of design. Never afraid of getting his hands dirty in his creative workshop, Dafi Kühne embraces the labor involved in the entire process of creating a poster, from initial idea to finished product. Fusing modern means with the century-old tradition of letterpress, he forms a new vocabulary for how to communicate through type and form in a truly contemporary way. Not retro, his work is a clever response to the search for new possibilities of graphic expression: true print.

Mary Mashburn - Mary Mashburn’s first memory of a printing press in action was a four-color web press running the Sunday comics at the Marin Independent Journal. That field trip sparked a career in journalism and then graphic design, and it took another few decades for her to realize she really wanted to be a printer. She founded Typecast Press more than a decade ago, and her obsession with letterpress printing and collecting as many presses as she can cram into her studio was born. Mary orchestrated the move of Baltimore’s Globe Poster collection to MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), where she is on the Printmaking faculty. Globe, founded in Baltimore in 1929, was best known for its R&B and soul posters, often printed in vivid Day-Glo. The wood type, hand-carved blocks, and photo cuts of stars including James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Marvin Gaye now serve as tools and inspiration for a new generation of artists and scholars at MICA and beyond. Mary has worked with former Globe owner Bob Cicero, Globe Manager Allison Fisher, and the talented students at MICA to create new work in the Globe style for clients including New York’s Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Institution, Sanrio’s Hello Kitty, and the Baltimore Museum of Art, among others.

Jessica Spring - Jessica Spring learned to set real metal type in 1989 and has been a letterpress printer ever since, most recently inventing Daredevil Furniture to help other printers set type in circles, curves and angles. Her work at Springtide Press—artist books, broadsides and ephemera—is included in collections around the country and abroad. She also collaborates on the Dead Feminists broadside series with illustrator Chandler O’Leary. Their book Dead Feminists: Historical Heroines in Living Color is available from Sasquatch Books. Spring has an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and teaches letterpress printing and book arts at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington where she also has co-organized the annual Wayzgoose for over a decade. She has led workshops and residencies around the country, including Penland, Paper & Book Intensive, Wells Book Arts Institute, Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum and the International Printing Museum.

Awards will be announced at the artist reception on May 25, 2019 and posted on our website.

  • Aetna Award: $250
  • Directors Cut: $100
  • People’s Choice: Hamilton Printer’s Apron and Letterpress Poster

Agreement to Participate
An application form indicates the artist verifies the following:

  • Submitted work is original and uninhibited by copyrights.
  • The conditions of entry and exhibit as outlined are agreed upon.
  • The artwork is available and will ship or be delivered to the museum should it be selected for exhibit.

Permanent Collection and Sale of Work
All work accepted into the exhibition will become part of the permanent collection at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. Pieces on exhibit will not be returned to artists. This allows us to continue to exhibit the show in it’s entirety after the initial exhibition schedule.

Artists that would like to sell work through this exhibition may do so. If a piece is accepted the artist may send up to 5 additional prints of the same artwork to sell on consignment during the 2019 exhibition cycle and through March of 2020. Hamilton will receive 40% of work sold from the exhibition, and the artist will receive 60%. Works will be sold via the museum store, Hamilton Dry Goods, and online at If submitted work is for sale, the list price must be included in the application. Hamilton will not increase the list price to include commission. If work is sold, artists’ payments are mailed within 90 days. Any pieces that do not sell will be returned in March of 2020 and not before.

Shipping of Work
Accepted work must arrive unframed at Hamilton by April 12, 2019. Work must arrive clearly labeled with artist information. Labels can be printed from portal. Accepted work that differs significantly from the entry images or suffers from poor presentation will be disqualified.

Work may be shipped or personally delivered during museum hours (Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm).

Hamilton and our exhibition partners will be photographing the exhibition. Photographs taken may be used for future promotional materials. By submitting an application and participating in the exhibition the artist waives all rights of photographs taken for publicity purposes.

Artists are encouraged to insure their work. Hamilton is not liable for damage caused during shipping for any reason, including mishandling by carrier or failure of packaging to protect work in transit. Artists are responsible for damage caused to submitted work by failure of the work itself, its mounting systems installed or provided by the artist, disintegration/degradation due to the nature/quality of materials or craftsmanship or incidental damage to work whose artist-directed presentation methods put them at risk.

Artist Bio, Description of Process and Images
For documentation and publicity purposes, an artist bio and short description of your process for each submission is required with the application. This exhibition is intended to showcase exploration and creativity with letterpress printing techniques; your description will help inspire and inform viewers of this show. Each should be less than 200 words.

Please make sure that submitted images are clear, professionally presented and accurately represent the work. These images will be used for the digital catalog produced by Hamilton.

Entry Fee and Submission

  • A nonrefundable entry fee of $30 USD entitles the artist to submit up to three entries. Artists may not submit more than 3 entries.
  • Only one jpeg image per artwork entry will be accepted.
  • Only publication-ready jpeg files will be accepted.

Artists are welcome to contact us with questions and comments; call +1.920.794.6272 or email

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