2020 Pacific States Biennial North American Print Exhibition

Dear Artists:

Thank you so much for supporting the 2020 PSBN with your entry. We have had a reasonable number of entries considering the circumstances. However, because of the current decision for UH Hilo to go completely online for a majority of classes this semester, the Art Department has decided to postpone the PSBN until 2022. It is our mission to ensure that this high quality exhibition is visible to both the university and surrounding community. With a major reduction of students on campus and possible restrictions for non-students visiting buildings, it is best to wait. We hope that you will enter again in 2022!

Entry fees will be returned in full to each artist. Please allow up to six weeks for café to process these refunds. They are backed up too with other exhibition cancellations.

Be well and stay safe! Jon Goebel

Opening Reception - Live Discussion

The 2020 PSBN opening at the University of Hawaii at Hilo Campus Center and the East Hawaii Cultural Center galleries will include a virtual conversation on the state of printmaking during these unprecedented times. The link to join the live discussion will be posted to this page in early November.

Printmaking in 2020 - a conversation to celebrate the opening of the PSBN will take place on November 6th, 2020 at 6pm eastern time via Zoom following:

  • a virtual presentation of the 2020 PSBN exhibition
  • award announcements, and
  • remarks from Juror Kurt Kemp

This discourse will feature juror Kurt Kemp, retired Printmaking Professor at Sonoma State University, and Phil Sanders, former Director/Master Printer E.F. Robert Blackburn Print Workshop, Founder/Director of PS Marlowe Inc and author “Prints and their Makers”, in a moderated conversation with entrepreneur Isabella “Bella” Hughes, co-founder and Director Emeritus of the Honolulu Biennial.

The audience will be invited to participate in a Q&A following the discussion.


The Pacific States Biennial National juried printmaking exhibition was established by the Art Department Print Studio at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo in 1982 and is now the Pacific States Biennial North American. The exhibition is open to all artists 18 years or older presently residing anywhere on the North American continent, its islands, and outlying US territories. This premier Hawaiʻi biennial exhibition is hosted in conjunction with the Campus Center Gallery with support from the Student Activities Council and the East Hawaiʻi Cultural Center.

Juror: Kurt Kemp

A native to the Midwest, Kurt Kemp was born and raised in Mason City, Iowa. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Marycrest College 1979 and continued his studies in printmaking as a graduate student at the University of Iowa. Kemp completed his MFA in 1984 after working closely with the legendary intaglio artist, Mauricio Lasansky. After graduate school, Kemp went on to teach for a short while at the University of Iowa, followed by the University of Texas at El Paso. In 1989, he moved to northern California, where he became a full-time professor of Art in Printmaking at Sonoma State University, eventually retiring in 2019.

The Chicago Imagists were an early influence for Kemp, referencing absurd illustration, which surrealistically subverted previous forms of the figure. His own figurative prints are edged with pathos and superb draftsmanship. Not only are these works visually stunning, but they are intellectually engaging and poetic. His artworks leave open narratives that are evidence of the complex human condition.

Kemp's passion and dedication to education and the craft of printmaking has sent ripples throughout university printmaking programs and print shops around the world. His roster of national exhibitions spans from coast to coast and additionally includes exhibitions in China, Egypt, Poland, Brazil, Croatia, Australia, New Zealand, and Slovenia. His works are included in numerous public and private collections throughout the U.S and abroad.


  • First place: Artist residency at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo to cover travel, lodging, per diem, and honorarium.
  • Additional awards include $2000 of Purchase Awards.


Open to all artists 18 years or older presently residing anywhere on the North American continent, its islands, and outlying US territories.


  • August 21, 2020 CaFÉ entries due
  • September 4, 2020 email notification
  • September 18, 2020 accepted work due
  • November 6, 2020 exhibition opens
  • December 31, 2020 exhibition closes

Legal Agreement

Original work in all printmaking media and digital/traditional hybrid prints are eligible. No photography or digital reproductions of original works will be accepted. Works must be completed within the last 2 years.

The paper size dimension for submitted work must not exceed 30” x 40” or it cannot be framed/exhibited. Please measure your work exactly to ensure that it does not exceed the maximum dimensions.

Selection will be based on juror review of jpeg image(s) that have been prepped and submitted following CaFÉ entry media specifications.

No original work should be sent until requested.

Work submitted following juror selection must correspond to the CaFÉ entry for the 2020 PSBN. Work that does not correspond to the accepted online entry will not be included in the exhibition.

Accepted work must be sent without mat or frame in a reusable mailing tube or flat package and sent to arrive by the accepted work deadline 9/18/2020. All work in the exhibition must be available for the duration of the exhibition.

Artists selected for the show implicitly agree to the rules and specifications of the PSBN.

UH Hilo will cover the cost of return shipping to artists.

All participating artists will receive one color catalog of the exhibition at no cost.

Please allow 6-8 weeks for the return of the work.

The University on Hawaiʻi at Hilo reserves the right to use digital images submitted with registration for the catalogue or for publicity purposes.

Every precaution and care will be exercised in the handling and the exhibition of the work. However, the Art Department and the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is not liable in the event of accidental damage or loss of work.

Selected PSBN works will be exhibited at UH Hilo Campus Center Gallery and the East Hawaiʻi Cultural Center. Sales will include a 20% commission.

Entry Fee

$35.00 (USD) per artist. The fee is non-refundable and entitles the artist to submit up to 2 works completed within the past 2 years. Credit card payment accepted with CaFÉ registration online, or via check or money order payable to: Research Corp. of the University of Hawaii. All form of PSBN entry fee payment must be received August 21, 2020.


National shipping via U.S. Post Office Priority Mail is recommended. All works will be returned via U.S. or International Priority Mail. Artists are encouraged to ship larger works in a sturdy tube. Containers exceeding U.S. Post Office Priority Mail regulations will require prepaid return shipping. International artists are especially encouraged to ship prints rolled in a tube. International shipments should be marked clearly on the outside: “Printed Matter, No Commercial Value.”

Accepted work must be sent without mat or frame in a reusable mailing tube or flat package and arrive by the accepted work deadline 9/18/2020.

Mailing/Shipping Address

2020 PSBN
Professor Jonathon Goebel, Art Dept.
University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
200 West Kawili Street
Hilo, HI 96720-4091


Jon Goebel

Entry Details

Enter the 2020 PSBN Here

PSBN will use the CaFÉ system of the Western States Art Federation to receive and process all entries. CaFÉ registration is free. Artists may submit up to two digital images of original prints completed within the past two years.

For first time users of CaFÉ, go to www.callforentry.org/register.php and follow the directions for creating a login name and password. Once registered, click on "My Portfolio" to upload images for the application. Size your submissions to 1920 pixels for the longest dimension (3mb maximum file size). Once your images are uploaded into your portfolio, click on “Apply to Calls” and select the listing, Pacific States Biennial National and click "apply to this call." Follow directions from there.