Fresh Ink: Contemporary Explorations in Printmaking

1 Below - Colorful print by Carolyn Muskat

Fresh Ink: Contemporary Explorations in Printmaking

November 16 - January 4, 2024

Juried by Carolyn Muskat

The Umbrella Arts Center

40 Stow Street, Concord, MA

The Umbrella Arts Center is pleased to accept submissions for the juried exhibition Fresh Ink: Contemporary Explorations in Printmaking.  Printmakers from all across New England are invited to submit works created using printmaking processes that push the boundaries of the medium and speak to contemporary audiences.  All work must include handmade techniques.  No digital prints.  Variations and combinations of woodcuts, linocuts, lithographs, aquatint, screenprinting, monoprints, etching, collagraphs, engraving, etc. will be considered.

Prizes will be awarded.

Best in show: $1,000

Juror’s choice: 5 awards at $100 each.


Juror: Carolyn Muskat is a Master Printmaker, who owns and operates Muskat Studios, a professional printmaking studio in Somerville, MA where she creates her own work and collaborates with artists to produce original fine art prints.

Deadline for applications: Saturday, September 30, 2023

Notification and selection announcement: Monday, October 16, 2023

Shipped work: Must be received by Friday, November 10 and include a prepaid return shipping label

Artwork drop off:  Friday, November 10, Saturday, November 11, 2023, 12-4pm

Show Opening: Thursday, November 16, 2023

Artists Reception: Sunday, November 19, 4-6pm with remarks by the juror and prize winners starting at 4:45pm/

Artwork Deinstallation/Pickup: Thursday, January 4th, 4-6pm, Friday, January 5th, 10-1pm or by arrangement.


How to Apply:

  • Fill out the online application form HERE. You may submit up to three works for consideration. If you are submitting more than one work, fill out the form completely for the first submission. For the second or third, fill out a separate application for each with only your name, title of work, statement, medium. dimensions, price, and image. You do not need to resubmit your bio or resume on additional forms.
  • After you submit the application form, you will be prompted to make an online credit card payment of $35 for up to three works on our secure site. Be sure to click the link provided immediately to pay.  If we do not receive payment, your work will not be considered.
  • We prefer for work to be dropped off and picked up in person.  If you live further away, you may send by UPS or Fedex WITH A PREPAID RETURN LABEL. Any work that does not have a prepaid return label will not be shipped back.

Submission and payment must be made by the deadline of Saturday, September 30th


Artwork Specifications:

  • Artworks should not exceed 36” in length or width or 12” inches in depth.
  • All artwork must be original and created within the last 3 years.
  • Exhibitors reserve the right to reject work that differs significantly from the submitted images.
  • All artwork must be ready to hang.
  • If any special display instructions are required, please provide the hanging hardware and contact  Anything too specialized should be installed by the artist themselves.


  • Sales will be managed through The Umbrella Arts Center's online ArtCloud gallery.
  • The Umbrella takes a 30% commission on all sales.
  • All sold artwork must remain on display at the exhibit through the exhibit close date. 
  • Buyers must pick up their artwork at The Umbrella at or following the closing of the exhibition unless the artist agrees to ship the work. The Umbrella does not ship work to buyers.


  • Artists grant Exhibitors the right to use text and images associated with the exhibit for promotional purposes, provided that the artist’s name and title of work are included.


  • Artists are responsible for the delivery, pack, transport, and return of their artwork at their own risk and expense.
  • Insurance for the retail value of work on loan or consignment is provided by The Umbrella. The Umbrella is responsible for the insurance deductible on their policy. The Umbrella is not responsible for any injury, losses or damage that might occur during transport to or from the exhibition The Umbrella site.



Portrait of Carolyn MuskatCarolyn Muskat owns and operates Muskat Studios, a professional printmaking studio in Somerville, MA where she creates her own work and collaborates with artists to produce original fine art prints.  Recent exhibitions of Carolyn’s work include the solo exhibitions “Carolyn Muskat: Moving Forward, Looking Back” at the Nesto Gallery, Milton, MA and “Here and Now: Prints by Carolyn Muskat” at the Irving Arts Center, Irving, TX, and “Waystation” at Art House 5 in Hanoi, Vietnam.  Carolyn has represented the US at international arts festivals in Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia and has attended Lithography symposia in Germany, Sweden and the US.  She is one of the few non-Vietnamese artists to be awarded the Vietnam Art Medal, and in 2019 received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Southern Graphics Council International.  Her work is in numerous collections including the Hanoi Fine Arts Museum, the DaNang Fine Arts Museum, the Boston Public Library, and the Mellon College of Science: Carnegie Mellon.  Muskat Studios will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in the fall of 2023.