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Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition

Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition
Deadline: July 31

Awagami Factory
Tokushima, Japan

Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition (AIMPE) 2013 was held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Awagami’s Hall of Awa Japanese Handmade Paper. 

In 2019, we mark the 30th anniversary of Awagami’s ‘Hall of Awa Japanese Paper Museum’ by hosting AIMPE 2019.

Both Japanese and International artists are all invited to enter prints to AIMPE ‘19. Prizewinning works will be awarded as a result of skilled multi-level jurying. These prints shall be notably exhibited in Awagami’s Hall of Awa Japanese Handmade Paper Museum. 

The purpose of this exhibition is to introduce ‘washi’; Japan’s traditional handmade paper (and cultural treasure) to international printmakers. In so doing, we are pleased to provide an opportunity for artists to exhibit their prints and to promote expressionistic fine art printmaking.

This year, award-winning works will be displayed within Awagami’s Hall of Awa Japanese Handmade Paper Museum. All other prints will be displayed in Awagami’s spacious post-industrial gallery “Inbe Art Space”. Award-winning prints from prior years will be displayed at satellite venues in Japan. Additionally, an exhibition of commissioned works by printmakers hailing from both Japan and the US entitled “Awagami and Print Expression” will be held concurrently at Inbe Art Space

All artists are invited to submit works to the AIMPE exhibition and we look forward to receiving a great number of wonderful miniprints. During the AIMPE exhibition, printmaking specialists and selected artists will conduct workshops and print-related symposiums at the exhibition sites. 


  • Grand Prize of ¥300,000

  • Runner-up Prize of ¥100,000

  • 5 Excellence Prizes of ¥50,000 

  • 3 Awagami Factory Prizes of ¥30,000 yen (for best digital prints)

  • 1 Yoshinogawa City Mayoral Prize of ¥30,000

  • 1 Minoru Fujimori Prize of ¥30,000 (for best woodblock print)

  • Several Jury Prizes of ¥10,000

  • Several Material Award Prizes

Note: The first 500 artists registered by May 31st will receive a free sample pack of Awagami washi papers suitable for printmaking.


Earlier Event: July 31
NXTHVN Curatorial Fellowship
Later Event: July 31
NXTHVN Studio Art Fellowship