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(Clockwise, from top left) Ling Zheng’s honorable mention entry; “Looking Glass” by Fernanda Arcos-Villareal; “Selma” by Morgan Evans; “Zeeschildpad” by Claire Hartemink, and “Humbled Perspective” (below) by Jeehae G. Young.

(Clockwise, from top left) Ling Zheng’s honorable mention entry; “Looking Glass” by Fernanda Arcos-Villareal; “Selma” by Morgan Evans; “Zeeschildpad” by Claire Hartemink, and “Humbled Perspective” (below) by Jeehae G. Young.

The Wharton Esherick Museum in Malvern, Pa., recently opened its 10th annual high school print competition, “Imprint 2019”, that celebrates the art of woodcut printmaking, a technique that involves carving into a wood block to create an image. Through printmaking, Wharton Esherick transitioned from a young painter to an internationally recognized artist and furniture designer.

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“The museum continues Wharton Esherick’s artistic vision he expressed through woodblock prints by hosting an annual high school competition,” the museum said in a statement. “Our aim for this program is to inspire new generations of young artists through Esherick’s prints and legacy.”

A field of 120 entries was whittled was down to 18 finalists. Morgan Evans, representing Springfield Township High School in Springfield, Pa., won the competition.

Claire Hartemink from The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa., was the runner up. Third went to Jeehae G. Young from Abington Senior High School in Abington, Pa., and Ling Zheng of Upper Darby High School in Drexel Hill, Pa., earned honorable mention.

Imprint 2019 is on display at the museum’s visitor center from Mar. 2 through May 26.

For more, visit www.whartonesherickmuseum.org.

This article originally appeared in the April 2019 issue.

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