For over 30 years, Purdue University Galleries has been committed to providing a showcase for the best of small-scale contemporary printmaking. Dates for this, the 19th installment of the exhibition, are Tuesday, January 16 through Friday, February 16, 2018.  

Open to artists over the age of 18 residing in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.  Entries must be original fine art prints in any medium. Image size may not exceed 60 square inches (height x width).  For three-dimensional prints, the multiple of the two largest dimensions may not exceed 60 square inches. Current faculty, staff, and students at Purdue University are ineligible. Artists may submit up to three (3) images of original works completed in the last three years (2015 - 2017).

Jurors will be Monika Meler, associate professor of art and graphic design, University of the Pacific-Stockton, CA, with Liz Erlewine, interim director for Purdue University Galleries.

Guest juror Monika Meler earned her B.F.A. from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. She continued studies in printmaking at Purdue University, where she earned an M.A., followed with an M.F.A from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Solo exhibits include Liminal Passages at Longwood College in Virginia, The Distance Between at the Limerick Printmakers Gallery in Ireland and Contain/Retain at the Cocoon Gallery in Kansas City.  

Upon notification of acceptance, all 2D works to be exhibited should be shipped matted with white, hinged mats (preferably rag board) in dimensions of 16” x 20”. Do not frame, glaze or shrink-wrap entries. Exhibited prints will be presented behind plexiglas during the exhibition. Three-dimensional prints are exempt from matting specifications, but they must include detailed instructions for assembly. Purdue Galleries reserves the right to reject oversized prints or works upon receipt that differ significantly from the images originally submitted.

A catalogue will be produced for the exhibition. Each entrant will receive a copy of the catalogue.

Purchase awards and Awards of Merit totaling will be presented at the discretion of the jurors. The Purdue University Galleries holds a substantial collection of contemporary North American printmaking. Sales will be encouraged. All work will be considered for sale unless otherwise indicated. Purdue University Galleries will not take a commission from the purchase of works from the exhibition.

Do NOT send any actual prints until notified of acceptance. Individual artists will be responsible for payment of shipping accepted entries to the Purdue University Galleries. Artists will assume responsibility for customs duties on any piece not shipped as “printed matter.” Accepted works will be due at Purdue Galleries by Friday, December 15, 2017. Entries will be returned in the same carton in which they arrive. Purdue Galleries will cover the cost of return shipping, sending international works as “printed matter.”

All accepted entries will be insured while at Purdue Galleries. Exhibiting artists are expected to insure their own works during transit to Purdue Galleries. Every precaution will be taken in handling the entries, but Purdue University will not be responsible for loss or damage however caused.

With the submission of artwork to the Sixty Square Inches review, the artist agrees to all terms set forth in this prospectus and grants permission to photograph and reproduce any accepted work for the catalogue, an exhibition website, and for publicity purposes.


November 17, 2017 - entries due by midnight (EST).
November 21, 2017 - notification of acceptance e-mailed by midnight (EST)
December 15, 2017 - accepted, matted works due at Purdue Galleries
January 15 - February 16, 2018, exhibition on display at Fountain Gallery, 330 Main St, Lafayette, IN 47904
March 1, 2018 - return of exhibited work begins

For more information, contact:
Liz Erlewine, interim director

4th Annual High School Student Online Art Competition at Purdue University

This competition seeks artworks in all media and subject matter. All high school students residing in the United States (grades 9-12) are eligible to enter. Cash prizes will be awarded for all grade levels.

DEADLINE: Friday, November 3rd, 2017

All high school students (grades 9 – 12) residing in the United States are eligible to enter. Entries must be original works of art. All-media are eligible: 2D (drawing, painting, printmaking, photography), 3D (sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, textiles), and digital (video, coding, etc.). Up to four works per student may be submitted.

Fabian Winkler, Associate Professor of Electronic and Time-Based Art at Purdue; Min Kim Park, Assistant Professor of Photography at Purdue; Christine Wuenschel, Associate Professor of Art at Purdue; Charles Gick, Professor of Art at Purdue.

All accepted works will be displayed online. An awards ceremony will be held on Friday, December 1st, 5:30 – 7 pm, in the Rueff Galleries, Pao Hall. The online exhibition will be displayed on the Rueff Galleries’ website by Friday, December 1st, 2017. (cla.purdue.edu/rueffgalleries/HIGHSCHOOL)


Cash prizes will be awarded, including: 1st prize, 2nd prize, and 3rd prize. Other prizes will be awarded at each grade level.


ENTRIES DUE: Friday, November 3rd, 2017
Monday, November 10th, 2017
AWARDS CEREMONY: Friday, December 1st, 2017