The Lohmann & Van Sinderen Prizes for Excellence in Undergraduate Printing and Design aim to recognize and celebrate the broad range of interest in planning, craft, and invention that gives under­g­raduate design and printing at Yale its singular character. The judges are eager to see printed work of all kinds in order to reward skill, discipline, and imagination. These prizes were established in 1967 in honor of Carl C. Lohmann, Class of 1910, founding member of the honorable company of college printers, lifelong typophile, and secretary of the University from 1927 to 1953. Since 2015, they have been supported by the Adrian Van Sinderen Book Collecting Prize fund. 


Eligible pieces must have been planned and executed in the past academic year by a current Yale undergraduate. They may include publications and ephemera, class assignments, and self-initiated publishing projects. Professional studio work will not be considered, nor will printmaking projects, per se. Entries can be made by both digital and traditional methods, although final renditions cannot be screen-based. View past entries here. 

Submission Guidelines

Please print and complete a submission form for each entry. Forms can be accessed here.

Submit entries to Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library Special Collections, 180 York Street, lower level (open Monday through Friday, 12–4:45 pm).

The deadline for submissions is 1:30 pm on Thursday, April 18, 2019. 

Prizes of up to $500 will be awarded at an informal ceremony on April 18 at 5 pm at the Haas Family Arts Library, where all entries will be on view. 

Note: All winning entries become part of the Yale Residential Colleges Student Printing Collection (AOB 34) immediately following the awards ceremony. The Arts Library encourages all entrants to donate their submissions to help build the collection.


Please direct to all queries to Maura Gianakos at the Office of the University Printer.