Submissions are closed

If you applied: look out for an email around December 30th.

If you didn’t apply: look out for a catalog with lots of great work that will be posted here in early March.

To everyone: we’ll post details about David Jone’s lecture at the end of February when possible.


ONLY THIRTEEN HOURS LEFT TO ENTER (even if you don’t live in Hawaii)!

Southern Illinois Printworks, a student organization from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is pleased to announce the first ever Four Rivers Print Biennial. This national call is open to both traditional and digital forms of printmaking and the exhibition will be held at a brand new gallery, 304, home of Carbondale Community Arts.

Southern Illinois is located in the heart of the largest watershed in the contiguous United States. Bordered by the Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Wabash rivers, it is also surrounded by regions rich with the traditions of fine art printmaking. Much like the convergence of waterways, the Four Rivers Print Biennial will act as the confluence of contemporary prints by artists from across the country.

We are thrilled to present our inaugural juror, David Jones, Founder, Master Printer and Executive Director of the former Anchor Graphics, now merged into The Center for Book, Paper & Print at Columbia College in Chicago. Jones is also the current President of Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI).

Eligibility and Fee:
Artists must reside in the United States. Works submitted must measure no more than 60 inches in any direction and be completed within the last three years. Prints should be framed or otherwise ready for professional presentation. Framed works must use Plexiglas, NO GLASS. 3D forms of printmaking will also be accepted, including sculptural prints and artists’ books. If your work requires a pedestal you must indicate that on your submission list. Pieces requiring complex installation methods should not be submitted. Any specialty hardware or accessories must be provided by the artist.

The fee for three image submissions is $25. Pay fees to the following PayPal link: Artists are responsible for the cost of shipping to and from the gallery; a UPS or FedEx return shipping label must be sent with accepted work. 

Submission Guidelines:
Images: All images should accurately reflect the work submitted. Images should be in JPEG format, 72 pixels per inch resolution with maximum dimensions of 1000 pixels. File names should include your name and the title of the artwork in the following format: “LastName_FirstName_Title.jpg”.

Send submissions to: Your email should include your PayPal Transaction ID number from your receipt and a list of the works you are submitting in a Word document or PDFList of works should use the following format: Title, Medium, Size (Height x Width x Depth), Date, Special requirements for installation.

Awards and Sales:
Cash and printmaking vendor awards (including sponsored prizes by Renaissance Graphics, Speedball Art Products, and Dick Blick) will be selected by our juror. All accepted works will be included in a PDF exhibition catalog. Carbondale Community Arts will take a 30% commission on works sold during the exhibition. A closing reception including an award ceremony and gallery talk by David Jones will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2016.

Entry deadline: Midnight, December 11, 2015
Acceptance notifications: December 30, 2015
Work must be received by January 27, 2016
Exhibition dates: February 1 through February 27, 2016
Closing reception: Saturday, February 27, 2016

Two More Sponsored Prizes!

We’re thrilled that Speedball Art Products will be sponsoring two prizes for the Four Rivers Print Biennial. One prize will be the winner’s selection of Speedball products. The second prize is a pack of 22″ X 30″ Arnhem paper. Get your entries in soon! Only four days are left until the deadline!