call for entries

For three decades, the Parkside National Print Exhibition has shown some of the finest examples of original (small) prints from artists nationwide, and it is one of the longest-running competitive print exhibitions in the Midwest. The tradition continues, and it’s doing so in a big way: prints are no longer restricted by size.

It's NOT Small Anymore.


Parkside Print Exhibition


Entry deadline

February 8, 2019

Notifications to artists

February 26, 2019

Delivery deadline

March 20, 2019

Exhibition opens 

April 1, 2019


April 11  |  5-7 pm

Exhibition closes  

June 30, 2019


Eligible Artists
Artists 18 years or older currently residing in the United States.

Eligible Prints
Prints utilizing traditional, hand-pulled media, including hybrid works combining hand-pulled techniques with new media forms. Prints must have been created within the last two years. Work must arrive exhibition ready. If choosing to provide framed works, works must be framed in Plexiglas (not glass) if shipped. 3D prints and prints employing alternative display methods will be considered. 

And remember, it’s NOT small anymore. There are no size restrictions.


A $30 non-refundable entry fee for submitting up to four works (one image per work) processed through

$500 AWARD

One $500 Best in Show award will be selected by the juror and announced at the reception.


Artists are responsible for covering shipping costs to and from the Gallery. Artist must supply return shipping label from UPS or FedEx with submitted work. Works must be shipped in reusable containers that will be used for returning artworks. Prints must arrive either framed or otherwise ready to display. Framed works must be framed in Plexiglas (not glass) if shipped. Work also may be hand-delivered and picked-up on dates specified by Gallery at time of acceptance.


Accepted work will be insured while on exhibit, but the University will not be liable for damage or loss in transit. Artists must fill out and return an insurance form for works to be covered under the University’s insurance.


Works may be listed as either for sale or not for sale. The gallery retains a 20% sales commission for sold works, which is used to support gallery educational programming. Indicate NFS for prints not for sale, but please list an insurance value. Framed works must list both a framed and unframed price if being offered for sale.

Are you ready to submit to the 26th Parkside National Print Exhibition?


Works cannot be removed from exhibition prior to exhibition closing date. Any work requiring an intricate and unusual installation will require the artist to be present to install the work him/herself. The UW-Parkside Gallery reserves the right to refuse any works for misrepresentation or improper packaging. Accepted work must be received by Gallery by specified deadline to ensure inclusion in exhibition. By entering the exhibition, artist grants consent for the use of submitted images to be reproduced for publicity and educational purposes, including reproduction in the exhibition catalogue.


Colin Matthes, Gallery Director  |

About The Juror

  • Sarah Smelser

    Sarah Smelser
    Professor of Art | Associate Director of the School of Art
    Illinois State University

    Manneken Press

    Sarah Smelser received her BA from University of California at Santa Cruz, her MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. She has been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center; The Franz Masereel Center in Kasterlee, Belgium; Artica in Bilbao, Spain; Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA; Jentel Artist Residency in Banner, WY; Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Skopelos, Greece, Anchor Graphics in Chicago; and the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ballycastle, Ireland. Her work is in such collections the Readers' Digest Association, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, the Jane Vorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, the Spencer Museum at University of Kansas, Hallmark Corporate Collection, and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts.

  • Smelser has had solo exhibitions at Bridgewater/Lustberg & Blumenfeld in New York City, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York City, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI, Carnegie Mellon University, Bradley University, University of Wyoming, Diablo Valley College, Luther College and Spencer College. Her work has been included in many invitational and juried shows, and been shown at numerous art fairs including Art Frankfurt, Estampa (in Madrid), the Affordable Art Fair in New York, Art Miami, Red Dot Art Fair in New York and Miami, Art Santa Fe, Art Chicago, EDITION Chicago, Boston Print Fair, Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair, Editions/Artists’ Book Fair, and the Los Angeles Art Show. 

    Smelser's work has been reviewed in Art on Paper: The Journal of Prints, Drawings and Photography, as well as Abstract Art Online, and has been reproduced in New American Paintings. Most recently Smelser was the featured interview in Monotype, Monoprint, & Strappo Ezine.

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