New Impressions Exhibition 2020

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. 2020 is the sixth year of the New Impressions exhibition. Please check out the stellar work from the last five exhibitions in our digital catalogs available on Issuu.

2020 Calendar

  • February 8 - Entry submission due
  • March 3 - Notice of acceptance via e-mail
  • April 7 - Artwork due at Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, 1816 10th Street, Two Rivers, WI 54241
  • April 15 - Exhibition opens
  • May 30 - Exhibition reception and awards
  • June 30 - Exhibition closes at Hamilton
  • Fall 2020 - 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.
  • Framed work will not be accepted.
  • 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.


Stephen Coles is Editorial Director & Associate Curator at Letterform Archive, a nonprofit center in San Francisco with an extensive collection of letterpress printed design. He wrote the book The Anatomy of Type, and he co-founded Fonts In Use and Typographica, online resources that embody his passion for the creation and use of type.

Brenda McManus is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design in the Art Department at Pace University–NYC. Brenda’s research encompasses typography, integrating antiquated and contemporary technology and methods of making and collaborative design processes. Brenda received her MS and MFA from Pratt Institute’s Graduate Communication Design Program and has experience in design research, design management, art direction, design writing and a passion for typography.

Claudio Rocha, graphic artist and typographer, was born in São Paulo in 1957. He is a founding partner of OTSP – Oficina Tipográfica de São Paulo, one of the contemporary references when it comes to letterpress. He is also a type designer (from the digital foundry NowType ) and has authored some fonts of the ITC - International Typeface Corporation catalog. He is author of some books on typography and co-editor of the Brazilian magazine Tupigrafia, dedicated to typography and calligraphy. He lived (and occasionally still lives …) in Italy, where he is a regular contributor to the Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione (a Mecca of letterpress) and was co-editor of its magazine Tipoitalia. In 2019, Claudio took part of the Letterpress Workers summit, in Milan, and also went to the Azores archipelago, where he gave a lecture and conducted a workshop at TIPO – A Meeting of Letterpress Printers.

Awards will be announced at the artist reception 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 by the deadline to the museum should it be selected for exhibit.

Donation to Permanent Collection and Sale of Work
Artists may choose to donate their exhibited work to the museum’s permanent collection. This allows us to continue to exhibit the show after the initial exhibition schedule. If the artist wishes to donate accepted entries to the Hamilton permanent collection, check the box “For Museum Permanent Collection.” Return shipping will not apply.

By March 2021 work that is not donated to the museum will be returned in the same manner as delivered. Do not send a pre-paid label. The museum will contact the artist and invoice for return shipping. Work not claimed by March 31, 2021 will become property of Hamilton.

Artists who would like to sell work through this exhibition may do so. If a piece is accepted the artist may send up to 10 additional prints of the same artwork to sell on consignment during the 2020 exhibition cycle and through March 2021. 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 180 days. Any pieces that do not sell will be returned in March 2021 and not before.

Shipping of Work
Accepted work must arrive unframed at Hamilton by April 7, 2020. 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).

Shipping Address:
Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum
Attn: New Impressions
1816 10th Street
Two Rivers, WI 54241

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 must 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.
  • Three jpeg images 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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