2018-2019 Print Competition

The Competition is now International only.  There is no longer a Chapter Competition. 

2018-19 PPFA International Print Competition piece

2018-19 PPFA International Print Competition piece

PPFA Digital PRINT Qualification for International Framing Competition Finals 2018-19
The PPFA International PRINT Competition is one of the most prestigious in the framing
industry, and is generously sponsored by several vendors, including Tru Vue, Frank’s Fabrics, FrameReady by SoftTouch Solutions, Framerica, Frameware, Larson Juhl, Picture Framing Magazine, Vermont Hardwoods, and Urban Ashes.
 The PRINT piece must be purchased for $40 at The Description Form
and Entry Instructions will be emailed with your receipt. Available to both members and
 There are size, weight and electrical limitations listed in Guidelines 2018-19, listed under Section 3.0.
o PRINT entries are limited to a maximum size of 50″, width + height + depth
prior to packaging, and a maximum shipping weight of 20 pounds, which shall be
strictly enforced. A service fee of $150.00 will be assessed for pieces over
size/weight limitations.
o Electrical needs should be supplied by self-contained batteries. Extension cord
and electrical hook ups must be preapproved ahead of time and will incur an
additional display fee of $150.00.
 Digital PRINT Competition begins May 1, 2018 and closes September 15, 2018 with
an online entry fee of $35. Your receipt and information packet will be emailed directly to you.
 All entrants must be current, fully paid PPFA members at the time of Digital Entry.
 Digital judging will begin October 2018, by three Approved or Accredited Judges
selected by the Competition Board.
 The Top 50 finalists in PRINT will be notified beginning December 1, 2018 to submit
their $75 entry fee to compete at the International Framing Competition Finals, to be
held during the PPFA Convention next January at the West Coast Art & Frame Expo in
Las Vegas. Deadline for the Finals entry is December 31, 2018. The International Entry
Form and Shipping Directions will be emailed with your receipt.
 Finalists will ship or hand-deliver their entry to Las Vegas to be judged by a new set of
three Approved or Accredited Judges.
 All Top 50 entered finalists are eligible for display at the West Coast Art & Frame Expo,
where all in attendance may vote for Popular Choice.
 Framers may also enter the OPEN Competition, with their choice of object or image.
Contact Competition Board at with additional questions.


2016-2017 Print Competition Piece-Grandma’s Buttons

Congratulations to Irvin Stafford of Zelda’s Art World in Brooklyn, NY for winning first place in our Grandma’s Buttons Chapter Competition.  Irvin took his piece to Las Vegas in January 2016 to the National Competition and it looked fabulous!  Thanks to judges Susan Gittlen, Lisa Dromsky and Lauren Rosenthal McManus for judging.

2015-2016 Print Competition Piece-Little Birds by Chris Paschke


IMG_4469The 2015-16 PPFA competition PRINT was a set of four pieces from the Little Bird series by Chris Paschke, well-known artist represented by Wild Apple Graphics, Grand Image and Editions Limited.  Congratulations to Kristen Birdsey of Jerry’s Artarama in Lawrenceville, NJ for winning this year’s competition event. Thanks to Susan Gittlen and Lauren Rosenthal McManus for judging.


2013-14 Print Competition Piece

2013-14 Print Competition Piece

Congratulations to Ursula Hobson of Ursula Hobson Fine Framing of Philadelphia, for winning our Framing Competition.  Thanks to judges Susan Gittlen MCPF, Carla Bates CPF,  Lisa Dromsky CPF and Mark Klostermeyer MCPF for helping out with the judging.

Ursula’s Tech Specs:
“To keep the Asian spirit alive I opted to use a faux ivory frame with beaded lip to draw attention to tiny dots of embroidery on piece. The mat is linen with a 6 ply painted sub mat. The textile was hand-stitched to 4ply rag backing with a square of batting under the image to make it clear that the piece is made of fabric. My goal was to present piece as a precious object with attention to details but still keep it somewhat primitive.”
Frame:  Plaster trowelled onto stretched muslin which when dry was cracked by rolling over edge of table to  simulate ivory. Toned and glued to ½” rounded molding with added beaded fillet painted to match.
Mat: Linen wrapped on 2 ply rag with 6 ply sub mat painted with acrylic to pick up red in textile.
Backing: Hand stitched to rag with batting under image area.
Fitting: Fitted with Optium Plexiglas for clarity and protection.

“Petrolyph / Rock Art” by artist Ron York

And the winners are….
Congratulations to Carla Bates CPF of the Frame Shop for taking first place.  Second place went to Daniel Fenski of Windsor Gallery and third place was captured by Michelle Mendez and Christine Sutherland of Wallflowers Gallery.    Congratulations to Daniel Fenski of Windsor Gallery for placing first in the Open Competition. Also thanks to all who entered.  Entering the competition takes a great amount of time and thought. The entries were all creative and impressive.  Much thanks goes out to Susan Gittlen MCPF, Steve McMillion and Johanna Salvemini CPF for taking the time to judge this competition.

From left: Christine Sutherland, Michelle Mendez, Daniel Fenski and Carla Bates CPF.

2010-11 Print Competition Piece

“Fall Leaf-Blue Sky” by Linda Sutton

Congratulations to Carla Bates CPF of the Frame Shop of Conshohocken for winning the 2010-2011 Competition.
Great entry and thanks for entering,  Carla!

Thanks to Susan Gittlen MCPF of Whispering Woods Gallery, Darlene Ingraldi of the Great Frame Up in Marlton , and Robert Bottge of Framed Image for judging the event.

Fonthill Tile Competition

The tile was a challenging piece and congratulations go out to all that entered.

First Place-The Great Frame-Up of Mt. Laurel, NJ
Second Place-The Frame Shop Conshohocken, PA
Third Place-Whispering Woods Gallery of Holland, PA