Tokyo International Mini-Print Triennial 2015
Exhibition for the 80th anniversary of the foundation of Tama Art University

The world of printmaking—a unique, rich method of artistic expression of transferring images with plates—while developing with unique characteristics by country or region, has evolved to incorporate reciprocal influences resulting in the diverse histories and techniques that exist in printmaking today.

Tama Art University has organized Tokyo International Mini-Print Triennial 4 times since 1995 with the aims of showing the world's latest contemporary prints and collecting scholarly data on materials, techniques, and expressions of printmaking. Taking advantage of an innate characteristic of printmaking, the project began from the idea that "any applicant can participate in this exhibition from anywhere in the world by sending a print by mail", with the size prescribed as within 20 cm x 25 cm. This event has come to draw great attention as an art university organized international open exhibition.

On this occasion, in order to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the foundation of Tama Art University, we made the application form available online to encourage participation from the widest global range of artists as possible, and received 2,174 entries from 84 countries and districts. With the advancements in technical progress, the concept of printmaking has been greatly expanded. From the large number of submission, we have selected 324 works and 20 award-winning pieces from among them.

Don’t miss the chance to see the printmaking of today from throughout the world on show in this exhibition.

Exhibition information

Tama Art University Museum
1-33-1 Ochiai, Tama-city, Tokyo, Japan
Tel. +81-(0)42-357-1251
Admission free
(Sat.) Sep. 26, 2015 - (Sun.) Nov. 8, 2015
Open Hours:
10:00 - 18:00 (last admission at 17:30)
Tuesdays (except for Nov. 3) and (Wed.) Nov. 4
7 minutes from Tama Center Station (Keio Sagamihara Line, Odakyu Tama Line, Tama-monorail)


“Tokyo International Mini-Print Triennial and the Future of Contemporary Printmaking”

Akira TATEHATA (President of TAU),
Kunio MOTOE (Professor of TAU),
Tatsumasa WATANABE (Professor of TAU),
Tatsuo MATSUYAMA (Chief editor of “Hanga Geijutsu”magazine)
Date & Time:
(Sat.) Oct. 31, 13:30 - 15:30
Seating capacity:
Advance reservations not required
Free of charge
Tama Art University Museum, B1F

Tamabi Printmaking Workshop

  1. Demonstration of Ukiyo-e Woodblock Printing
    Date & Time:
    (Sat.) Oct. 17, 13:30 - 16:30
    Tama Art University Museum, B1F
    Hiroko FURUYA (Professor of TAU)
  2. Try Printmaking with Gel Medium and Gampi
    Date & Time:
    (Sun.) Oct. 18, 13:30 - 16:30
    Tama Art University Museum, B1F
    Graduate Students of Department of Printmaking at TAU
  3. Limestone Lithography Workshop
    Date & Time:
    (Sun.) Oct. 25, 13:30 - 16:30
    Tama Art University Museum, B1F
    Kuniko SATAKE (Associate Professor of TAU)

Applications to workshops 2 and 3
Please fill in and email us all the necessary information below.

(1) Title of the workshop
(2) Postal address and zip code
(3) Phone number
(4) Emergency contact (name and contact information)
(5) Name
(6) Gender
(7) Age

Contact information:
Tel. +81-(0)42-357-1251
Fax. +81-(0)042-357-1252
Application deadline: (Sat.) Oct. 3
Selceted candidates will receive an email notification of the result.
*We use the submitted personal information only for communication with the applicant.

Ayaka Yamada, Japan, 'Dream III - Melancholy of a knight'
Ayaka Yamada, Japan, "Dream III - Melancholy of a knight"
Mehrdad Khataei, Iran, 'I Offer My Hands To The Shades'
Semi Grand-Prix:
Mehrdad Khataei, Iran, "I Offer My Hands To The Shades"
Praween Piangchompu, Thailand, 'Inside the soul'
Semi Grand-Prix:
Praween Piangchompu, Thailand, "Inside the soul"