How do I get a Press Pass to attend the annual Print Fair?
for the Print Fair is open to all journalists commissioned to cover this year's fair and includes access to the Fair on Opening Night as well as for special press events. Upon completion of the application, a representative from Blue Medium will be in touch within one business day. The deadline for online applications is October 24th. Members of the press with qualifying credentials may attend the Fair at any time during public hours by visiting the Press Desk to obtain passes. In order to secure a press pass at the Fair, applicants must be able to show that they are active, accredited members of the media reporting on the IFPDA Print Fair. For further information, media inquiries, or press images, please contact Kat Mills at Blue Medium directly: kat[at]bluemedium.com or (212) 675-1800.
How do I set up an interview with a member?
The IFPDA membership comprises a wide range of art historical knowledge concerning artists who have used printmaking to express unique ideas. Individual dealers can provide market perspective and insights on collecting, artists, and periods relevant to their specific area of expertise. To find the best person suited for an interview request, please register for press credentials
and we’ll be happy to assist you.
About IFPDA and the Foundation
What is the IFPDA?
The International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) is the authority on fine art prints and their connoisseurship and collection. As the leading non-profit organization of international art dealers, galleries, and publishers, IFPDA is dedicated to increasing the appreciation for works on paper among collectors and the general public through exhibitions, programs, art fairs, and the IFPDA Book Award. Through its network, online presence, and public programs, the IFPDA fosters understanding and growth within a global art community interested in prints.
What is the IFPDA Foundation?
The Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization established by the IFPDA | International Fine Print Dealers Association in 2009 to inspire and fund educational projects aimed at fostering connoisseurship in the field of fine prints for a new generation of collectors, curators, and specialists. The Foundation provides financial support to museums and educational institutions for exhibitions, lectures and educational materials, and funds curatorial internships annually in museum print collections.
What is a fine print?
A "fine" or "original" print is a work of art which the artist creates as a unique work. It is not a photo-mechanical copy of a painting or a work in another medium. An artist makes a print by drawing, etching or carving a composition on a hard surface such as a woodblock, metal plate, or stone. This surface is then inked and the image is transferred to paper or another material by applying pressure, resulting in an “impression” or print. Prints usually exist in multiple impressions, called editions, each of which is pulled by hand from the inked surface. There is a wide range of techniques for printmaking, each which yields its own distinctive appearance. To learn more about prints, see What is a Print?
How does one become a member of the IFPDA?
Election to membership takes into account years in business, expertise, the quality of art offered for sale, exhibitions and published catalogues as well as community service. To be considered for membership, a candidate must be recommended by a current IFPDA member and meet the requirements for eligibility. Membership is by invitation from the Board of Directors following a thorough vetting process. Membership in the IFPDA does not guarantee acceptance to the Print Fair. Currently there is a two-year waiting period for admittance to the Fair for new members.
Who exhibits at the IFPDA Print Fair?
Exhibitors at the Fair are selected from the IFPDA's membership, showcasing the Association's wide range of interests and specialties in printmaking from the sixteenth century to present day.
What are the exhibitors offering?
Exhibitors are chosen from the IFPDA’s membership to present nearly six centuries of printmaking from early woodcuts and traditional engravings, etchings and lithographs to innovative contemporary projects. The wide historical spectrum of artists' works on view includes Old Masters; Japanese prints; 19th and early 20th century American masters; European Impressionists and Modernists, as well as German Expressionists. Editions publishers will premiere new editions by contemporary artists, both prominent and emerging.
Are prints at the Fair for sale?
Yes, all works on view are available for purchase. Prices are either displayed on the work's label or on a price list in the dealer’s booth. Exhibiting dealers are all members of the IFPDA and buyers are therefore assured of each dealer's expertise and professionalism, and of the authenticity and condition of artwork available for purchase.
How do artists exhibit their work at the Fair?
Artists do not exhibit at the Fair. Exhibitors are galleries, art dealers, and publishers of editions. Each exhibitor makes their own choice about the artists' works they will exhibit at the Fair.
Who attends the Print Fair?
10,000 visitors attended last year's show. The Fair's reputation for rare and exceptional works draws the elite collectors and curators in the field, while young collectors are attracted to the high quality and wide range of its affordable works. Given its stature as one of the most important events for the medium, it also draws artists, scholars, educators, museum patrons, and art enthusiasts. Tickets to the event cost $20 per day or $40 for all four days, and are available for purchase either at the door or in advance.
Does the IFPDA give grants?
Through its grants program, the IFPDA Foundation aims to motivate museums and educational institutions to sustain and fortify their commitment to this important form of artistic expression by providing financial support for exhibitions, lectures and educational materials. Grants are made to non-profit organizations in the United States that are certified tax-exempt under section 501(c) (3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service code. Organizations outside the United States that are able to document not-for-profit status are also eligible. The IFPDA’s Grants Committee meets once each year to consider the year’s applications and generally announces awards in the fall. Applicants may submit only one proposal in each award year. Visit ifpda.org
for guidelines on how to apply.
Richard Hamilton Acquisition Prize
What is the Richard Hamilton Acquisition Prize?
Through the generosity of Champion & Partners
, the Richard Hamilton Acquisition Prize provides $10,000 for a Museum’s acquisition of one or more prints from any period at the IFPDA Print Fair. In naming the prize, Champion & Partners has chosen to honor the artist, Richard Hamilton
, as a tribute to the artist’s profound influence on their own appreciation of prints, and to acknowledge his impact on generations of printmakers.
To be eligible for consideration, museums must be primarily devoted to the exhibition of works of art, be open to the public, and be legally organized nonprofits or government entities. Institutions who wish to be considered may make their request in writing to the IFPDA Foundation, in accordance with the application guidelines