Students enrolled at a college or university during the calendar year 2017. Limit of 3 entries per person. All entries must use Arnhem 1618 Printmaking Paper.

Individual Awards

Undergraduate Category:
Speedball will award prizes for the best entries in seven printmaking categories: Lithography, Screen Printing, Relief Printing, Etching, Monotype, Wildcard and a Graduate Student Category. Each category will have (3) winners.

Graduate Category:
Speedball will award prizes for the best (3) entries submitted by graduate students, regardless of type of print.


1st Prize: $500 Product Credit for both the student AND his or her school’s art program.
2nd Prize: $300 Product Credit for both the student AND his or her school’s art program.
3rd Prize: $150 Product Credit for both the student AND his or her school’s art program.
Honorable Mention:  $100 Product Credit for both the student AND his or her school’s art program.

School Spirit Award

$600 Product Credit to the School with the most entries.
$600 Product Credit to the School with the most individual winners.

Product Credit will be good for anything in Speedball product portfolio, including Speedball, Akua, or Arnhem 1618 products (at manufacturer’s suggested retail prices).


All winning pieces will be featured at the following:
The Sawtooth School for Visual Arts Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC, April/May, 2020
The Speedball website beginning February 2020.
The Speedball Booth of the 2019 Southern Graphics Conference.


James Flames
James Flames is a storyteller who uses illustration and print-making to share tales of discovery and exploration, one image at a time. From his illustrations, he creates limited edition screen prints, which he hand-pulls, and they go out into the world as official rock posters, licensed movie posters, gallery pieces, and private releases.

James honed his skills in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY before moving to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC, where he currently works and resides. He creates rock posters for some of today’s biggest touring bands and musicians, including Billy Joel, Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews Band, Phish, and Widespread Panic. And his artwork has been featured in galleries all over the world, as well as on officially licensed movie posters, album covers, beer bottle labels, magazines, comic books and, well, you get the idea. He creates everything by hand in his studio tucked away in the woods.

Sean Star Wars
Sean Star Wars lives in Laurel, MS with his wife and five young children. Sean earned his MFA in Printmaking from Louisiana State University. In addition to making woodcuts for over twenty-five years, Sean has been an Adjunct Professor, a janitor and a used car salesman. Sean currently works full-time as a printmaker and he makes about a dozen visiting artist appearances a year at many of the nations’ leading art programs. Sean is a proud member of the legendary Outlaw Printmakers and his work is in numerous public and private collections. Star Wars’ work can be seen on book covers, album covers, magazines, television programs, films and commercials. He is currently embarking on his most challenging project ever, a woodcut a week “FOR LIFE”. Sean drinks more Mountain Dew than anyone who has ever lived and he can beat you at Ms. Pacman.

Eliana Rodriguez
Eliana Rodriguez was born in New York in 1996 and grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Rodriguez is a recent graduate from Appalachian State University where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Printmaking and a minor in Dance Studies. Upon her 2018 graduation, Rodriguez worked as a Summer Resident at Odyssey Clay Works in Asheville, NC where she now resides. Rodriguez is currently a Lead Instructor at the Roots + Wings School for Art and Design and serves as the Student Representative on the board for the Southern Graphics Council International Printmaking Conference.

Rodriguez has been awarded with an Honorable Mention award in a 2016 Fine Arts Festival, and has won first place in the Relief category of the 2016 New Impressions Printmaking Competition. In this stage of her art career, Rodriguez she is exploring the use of Printmaking and Ceramics to discuss social justice topics, self-care and Rodriguez’s exploration of her ethnic heritage.

Entry Procedure:

Entry Procedure:
Send entries to newimpressions@speedballart.com, recommended format: 300dpi with the longest dimension being 8”, submitted in PSD, TIF, JPG or PDF format. Limit three entries per person.

Please note the following in your email submission:

Your Name

Your School

Type of Print

Dimensions of Print

Type of Arnhem Paper Used: White/Warm White and 245gsm/320gsm

Name format for each image: last name_first name_image#

All entries must use Arnhem 1618 Printmaking Paper.

Images must be available for the exhibition – no substitutions. Speedball reserves the right to disqualify accepted pieces that appear inaccurately represented in the submission photo.

Entries will be accepted from March 15th – December 31st, 2019.
Winners will be notified by February 7th, 2020.


Speedball Art Products reserve the right to reproduce accepted entries for exhibition and other publicity purposes.