CWAJ College Women's Association of Japan

Print Show

Young Printmaker Award (YPA)

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 one new print three years after receiving the award. This year CWAJ is pleased to invite the 2013 Young Printmaker Award recipient Yu Ichino to exhibit at the 2016 Print Show alongside this year’s winner Hiroyuki Omori.

2016 Young Printmaker Award Recipient – Hiroyuki Omori


Hiroyuki Omori has graduated with an MFA from Tohoku University of Art and Design. Mr. Omori will use the award money to purchase a copper plate press machine for a studio he plans to build. He intends to share his studio for a small fee with other art college graduates who often have a hard time finding a well-equipped, affordable rental work space.

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