The Print Center is very pleased to announce the 93rd ANNUAL International Competition juried by José Diaz and Lisa Sutcliffe. Diaz is the Chief Curator at The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. Lisa Sutcliffe is the Curator of Photography and Media Arts, Milwaukee Art Museum.

The ANNUAL is one of the oldest and most prestigious competitions in the United States. The Print Center is particularly interested in highlighting local, national and international artists who utilize photography and printmaking in new and intriguing ways, both in content and process.

Any artist using Photography and/or Printmaking as critical components in their work can enter. Artists whose work pushes the boundaries of traditional photographic and printmaking practices are encouraged to enter.


José Diaz, a native of Miami, is the Chief Curator at The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, and a 2018 fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL). Diaz focuses on the life and legacy of Andy Warhol. He recently curated the first museum solo exhibition of Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri. Prior to joining The Andy Warhol Museum, he was the Curator of Exhibitions at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach where he curated artist commissions by Athi-Patra Ruga, Sylvie Fleury, the exhibition GOLD and organized One Way: Peter Marino. He has worked at the Tate Liverpool and the Liverpool Biennial. Diaz received a MA in Cultural History from the University of Liverpool, and a BA in Art History from San Francisco State University. In 2003 Diaz tenured as a Curatorial Intern at The Rubell Family Collection and launched a nomadic curatorial project called Worm-Hole Laboratory.
(Photo by Abby Warhola)

Lisa Sutcliffe is Herzfeld Curator of Photography and Media Arts at the Milwaukee Art Museum, where she oversees the Museum’s Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts. She has organized several exhibitions for Milwaukee, including Postcards from America: Milwaukee (2014); Rineke Dijkstra: Rehearsals (2016); Penelope Umbrico: Future Perfect (2016); and Paul Druecke: A Social Event Archive, 1997–2007 (2017). From 2007-2012 she served as Assistant Curator in the Photography Department at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), where she organized Naoya Hatakeyama: Natural Stories (2012) in association with the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and The Provoke Era: Postwar Japanese Photography (2009), the first survey of SFMOMA’s internationally renowned collection of Japanese photography. She holds an MA in the History of Art from Boston University, where she specialized in the History of Photography, and a BA in Art History from Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA.
(Photo by Carlos Arrieta)


José Diaz

We asked Diaz about Andy Warhol and how printmaking is central to his work.

I think Warhol pushed the medium and allowed for a broad audience to access and interpret his work. Today, contemporary artists can take this one step further by utilizing print to reach the masses with important content that tackles current affairs and concerns, especially during the current political climate.

Lisa Sutcliffe 

We asked Sutcliffe, when there is so much discussion of moving beyond medium specificity in the arts, how do you approach the field of photography? 

At this moment when there is so much discussion of moving beyond medium specificity in the arts, I see my role as engaging with the questions that the medium of photography raises. I have always been interested in photography as a technology, and not just as an art form.   

And, about what she was working on now.   

I'm organizing an exhibition entitled The San Quentin Project: Nigel Poor and the Men of San Quentin State Prison, which debuts a series of visual documents made collaboratively by artist Nigel Poor and the men incarcerated at the prison, as well as photographs from the prison's archive and audio featuring stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it. The exhibition offers an opportunity to experience how personal narrative can illuminate and counter common stereotypes. As part of the program, there will be a symposium with the Haggerty Museum, Marquette University to envision the role of the arts in criminal justice reform.


Alice Hargrave, White Stork (calls), 2018
Lauren Davies, Buffalo, 2017


We are pleased to announce the winners of the Solo Exhibition Award for our 93rd ANNUAL. Thank you to our esteemed jurors José Diaz and Lisa Sutcliffe who selected the 10 finalists and 25 semifinalists from the 456 international artists who applied.

Rafael Soldi

Jason Urban & Leslie Mutchler


Chinn Wang

These exhibitions will be presented January 18 - March 30, 2019.

Rafael Soldi, Veer, 2015
Jason Urban & Leslie Mutchler, Ordinal Solid, 2018
Chinn Wang, APR 66 (Wisteria), 2018


Elizabeth Albert
Gary Burnley
Nancy Floyd
Tarrah Krajnak
Antonio McAfee
Mark Rice
Kathleen Sharp
Rafael Soldi
Jason Urban & Leslie Mutchler
Chinn Wang


Ben Altman
Theo Artz
Lucy Wood Baird
Charles Beneke
Joan Lobis Brown
Jill Burks
Leyla Cardenas
Stephen Chalmers
Briar Craig
Francis Crisafio
Lauren Davies


Carrie Ida Edinger
Christine Elfman
Dominic Episcopo
Jon Feinstein
Alice Hargrave
Candace Jensen
Richard K. Kent
Andy Mattern
Daniel Melo
Christine Osinski
Gregory Paone
Liad Shadmi
Eszter Sziksz
Rob Tarbell

Awards + Prizes

  • Three solo exhibitions at The Print Center
  • Online Exhibition
  • Stinnett Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection Award
  • Michener Art Museum Photography Patrons Circle Purchase Prize
  • NEW PURCHASE AWARD: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Purchase Award
  • Two-Year Print Center Gallery Store contract
  • NEW PRIZE: Awagami Paper Award
  • Over $2,000 in other purchase, cash and material prizes


Solo Exhibitions

Three artists will be selected from ten Finalists to receive solo exhibitions (January – April 2019 at The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA). These artists will receive a modest honorarium. Artists are responsible for delivering or shipping their work to and from The Print Center and all related costs, including framing when appropriate. The Print Center will install and de-install work; promote the exhibitions through a press release, mailed announcement cards, website, email newsletter and other social media outlets; provide photographic documentation of the shows; and provide an exhibition brochure.

Online Exhibition

An online exhibition of 10 Finalists and approximately 35 Semifinalists selected by the jurors will be mounted on The Print Center’s website. This will be comprised of the images submitted to Slideroom by those artists as part of their application, as well as biographical information and links to the artists’ own websites. Finalists will have more extensive entries on the site, including additional images (Finalists will be contacted by The Print Center to obtain additional information and images).


Stinnett Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection Award

Selected by a Curator from the Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, one work will be accessioned into the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Permanent Collection.

Michener Art Museum Photography Patrons Circle Purchase Prize 

Selected by the Curatorial Department of the Michener Art Museum, one photograph by an American artist will be accessioned into the Museum’s Permanent Collection, with a preference for photography representing the Mid-Atlantic region.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Purchase Award

Selected by Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art.


Entry Deadline: June 12, 2018, 11:59 PM (EST)

Notification (by email): September 5, 2018

Solo Exhibitions: January – April 2019

Online Exhibition: Begins January 2019



If artworks are available for sale, The Print Center will facilitate those transactions for the solo and online exhibitions of the ANNUAL. The Print Center will receive a 50% commission on works sold. The Print Center will pay the artist’s commission within 90 days of the close of the sale. Payment will be made by check and will include a statement listing work sold and the purchaser (if available).



The Print Center is not responsible for damage to work during shipping or delivery, although care in handling onsite can be assured. Works will be insured against fire and theft while on The Print Center’s premises.


About The Print Center

In 2016 The Print Center began its second century of encouraging the growth and understanding of photography and printmaking as vital contemporary arts through exhibitions, publications and educational programs. An international voice in print, The Print Center presents a variety of programs for the public including exhibitions; an extensive series of educational programs and special events; the longest running competition for photographs and prints in the country; and The Print Center Gallery Store, which offers the largest and most diverse selection of contemporary prints and photographs in Philadelphia.


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