Boston Printmakers 2023 North American Print Biennial

Presenting the best in contemporary and traditional printmaking, the North American Print Biennial has long been recognized as one of the most prestigious events in printmaking. Founded in 1947, the mission of the Boston Printmakers is to promote public knowledge of printmaking, encourage and support artists working in printmaking, and promote excellence and innovation within the field of printmaking.

Over $10,000 is available in juror-designated purchase prizes and materials awards. The Boston Printmakers’ purchase prizes are placed into permanent collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA; and the Boston Printmakers Collection at the Boston Public Library. Additionally, this show generates a large number of sales through patron and public purchases.


All delivered work must match the juried image; substitutions of accepted works will not be allowed. All work must be framed in simple (Nielsen like) black metal or black wooden frames no more than ½” thick on the front edge. All frames should have Plexiglas, and a standard white or off-white window mat, minimum 3 inches wide. Your print must be securely mounted to the backing board. Frames must be ready to hang with wire or D-rings. Place your framed print into a clear plastic bag before boxing. Where appropriate, due to size or aesthetics, these directions may be amended and must be included in your entry on the CaFE site. Also, please include in your submission the same, clearly explained description of special hanging instructions that was written in CaFE entry. With your acceptance letter, you will receive labeling forms, detailed packing and shipping instructions, and a loan agreement to complete and sign. *PLEASE NOTE: Artwork information, including the price of framed work (with 35% commission), cannot be changed from what is entered in the official CaFE entry.

All shipped work must be sent in appropriate and re-usable packaging. It must be sent pre-paid via UPS. It must include a UPS prepaid return-shipping label held in a clearly marked envelope taped to the back of the framed work of the art. Work will not be exhibited without a UPS pre-paid return packing slip, which includes shipping insurance.

Artists living outside of the U.S. who are not able to provide a return UPS label will be billed the cost of return ground shipping (including insurance) via a carrier chosen by The Boston Printmakers. These artists agree to pay these charges promptly on receipt of the invoice.

A 35% commission will be charged on all sales. Artists must assume the expense and responsibility of supplying to purchasers any additional prints in the edition that may be sold. The Boston Printmakers is a non-profit organization that uses proceeds from commissions for exhibition expenses. *PLEASE NOTE: Artwork information, including the price of framed work (with 35% commission), cannot be changed from what is entered in the official CaFE entry.

Every precaution will be taken in handling the prints accepted for the Biennial. Boston University will assume responsibility for those works chosen for exhibition from the time they are delivered to the gallery until they are picked by the artist or shipper. Artwork in the gallery will be insured for 35% less than the selling price. Artists must insure their work while in transit to and from the exhibition. The Boston Printmakers assumes no responsibility in case of loss or damage to submitted or accepted works.

Juror: Elizabeth M. Rudy, Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Curator of Prints at the Harvard Art Museums

Location: 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA

Deadline: May 12, 2023