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CWAJ Young Printmaker Award (YPA) – 2017 Winner Announcement

The 2017 Young Printmaker Award Committee is pleased to report that we have selected Tamaki Ayano as this year’s recipient out of nine applicants. This outstanding young artist and her works will be further introduced at this year’s Print Show.

Print Show – CWAJ Young Printmaker Award (YPA) – 2017 Winner Announcement

CWAJ established the Young Printmaker Award in 2005 as part of the 50th Print Show celebration to encourage the development of young artists. Eligible applicants are the creators of the top 30 prints selected at the Annual Exhibition of the Association of Japanese Art Colleges held every year in December at the Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts. The recipient of this annual award of 500,000 yen is selected on the criteria of a project proposal, artistic potential, and creativity.

In addition to the cash prize, the Young Printmaker is invited to exhibit in the CWAJ Print Show and also invited to exhibit new print(s) three years after receiving the award. This year CWAJ is pleased to invite the 2014 Young Printmaker Award recipient Ikumi Okada to exhibit at the 2017 Print Show alongside this year’s winner Ayano Tamaki.

Ayano Tamaki has graduated with an MFA from Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts. This is the first time an artist from Okinawa won the YPA. Ms. Tamaki will use the award money to purchase new silkscreen tools and materials to broaden her expressions, and eventually hold a solo exhibition in Naha City.


YPA Tamaki photo

Misa Yasukawa, 2017 Director of Print Show

Brid Turner and Naoko Yagura, 2017 YPA Selection Committee Coordinators