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Call for Work - Near and Far - Print Exchange


“Near and Far” is a themed print exchange engaging artists with the question: How do we sustain ourselves and others emotionally and physically? In the past several months it has become increasingly important to understand our needs and seek to connect and support each other. Artists are asked to submit original prints dealing with this theme. Some connected points of departure may be prints about home, place, touch, distance, race, gender, sexual orientation, health, the body, exercise, meditation, mental health, language, listening, reading, isolation, screen time, gardening, cooking, family, or habits, among many more. We are excited to see what you make and share with us. 


“Near and Far” is hosted and presented by Morlan Gallery at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. Works submitted to the print exchange will be displayed in an exhibition running from October 26 - November 30, 2020. 


Note: “Near and Far” may take place in either a physical or virtual exhibition format, depending on COVID-19 safety recommendations at the time. 


How It Works

After registering, each participating artist sends us an edition of 12 hand-pulled original prints. In return, we send each artist 10 randomly selected original prints by other artists. We retain two prints from every edition we receive. One edition will become part of Transylvania’s permanent collection and exhibited by Morlan Gallery in a show titled “Near and Far” from October 26 - November 30. The second edition will be available to be exhibited as a traveling “Near and Far” exhibition. 


Dates and Deadlines

Official registration date - Friday, June 5

Registration closes - Tuesday, September 8,

Prints relieved by - Friday, October 9

Exhibition of prints - October 26 - November 30

Portfolios mailed to artists - October 30



There is no fee to register; however, you must register before shipping your prints to us. Please do so by filling out the Near and Far Print Exchange Registration Form.


Eligibility/Acceptable Print Media

The “Near and Far” print exchange is open to all printmakers. It is limited to 200 participants, in order of registration.


All forms of editionable handmade prints are acceptable, including but not limited to woodcut, intaglio, lithography, linocut, letterpress, collagraph, and screenprint.


Digital printmaking is acceptable only if combined with a traditional printmaking process. Darkroom and alternative-process forms of photography such as black-and-white film, cyanotype, or transfers will also be accepted.


Paper Dimensions, Edition Size, and Identification 

Paper size must be 14” x 18” (image does not need to fill the paper).


The complete edition must be 12 prints, each one signed and numbered (1/12 - 12/12).  You may retain artist proofs (marked A/P) only. Titles are optional, and you may sign and number your prints on the back instead of the front if you wish.



Your submission must be packaged in a single shipment with slip sheets of interleaving or glassine between each print and include a filled-out Near and Far - Print Information Form. Prints must be shipped to:


Transylvania University

Attn: Anthony Mead / Morlan Gallery

300 N. Broadway, Lexington, KY 40508


Contact Us

For any questions, contact Anthony Mead, Director of the Morlan Gallery at Transylvania University, at

Anthony Mead 
Director of Morlan Gallery
Copyright © 2020 Transylvania University/Morlan Gallery, All rights reserved.

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