More info about the Print Excellence Awards and Print Week Events for 2020: 

2020 Pw Std

Join us to review and honor all the wonderful printed work in Ohio, N.Kentucky and Michigan. Put your region's event on your calendar and celebrate the best of the best AND take part in choosing the best of the best. Attend one (or more) of the regional banquets and you can vote for that region's People's Choice Award.  Registration is now open!

Print Week Events:

In the South, join in the fun at our annual Bierstube at Taft's Ale House in Cincinnati, OH on Tuesday, January 21st from 5:30-7:30 pm.  Bring your press operators, bindery workers customer service reps and your graphic designers for a few hours of fun and networking. This is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones. Registration is $37.50, Non-member is $75, and a Member table of 10 is $325.

New Location this year:

Taft's Ale House
1429 Race St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

 To register, CLICK HERE.

Also in the South, you can attend the annual Southern Region Banquet to honor the Print Excellence Award winners and vote for the People's Choice Award winner. We will also be presenting the 33rd Maxwell Winner Award and the 58th Printer of the Year Award.  The Southern banquet is set for Thursday, January 23rd starting at 6:00 pm. Registration is $80, and Non-member is $160. 

New Location this year:

The Madison Event Center
700 Madison Avenue
Covington, KY 41011

To register, CLICK HERE.


The Central Region Banquet will honor Print Excellence Awards winners at the Creekside Conference and Event Center in Gahanna on January 30th at 6:00 pm.  The banquet will start at 6:00 p.m. Registration is $80, and Non-member is $160. 

Creekside Conference and Event Center
700 Creekside Plaza
Gahanna, OH 43230

To register, CLICK HERE.


The Northern Region combines the fun and the awards at the annual Ben's Bash. Join us on Thursday, February 6th at 6:00 pm. This event will be the highlight of the print scene; don't miss it! Registration is $55, and Non-member is $110. 

100th Bomb Group
20920 Brookpark Road
Cleveland, OH 44135

To register, CLICK HERE.


The Michigan Region will recognize it's first year Print Excellence Awards winners in conjunction with the February Regional Advisory Council Meeting on Tuesday, February 11th. The PEA winners will be recognized at this joint event with the Detroit Craftsmen Club. The event begins at 5:30 pm.

Printing Industries of America's President, Michael Makin, will present the State of the Industry and address what the future holds for the printing industry! He will also discuss the upcoming PIA and SGIA merger. Registration is $25.

Allied Printing
810 Rosewood street
Ferndale, MI 48220

To register, CLICK HERE.

Register now for your region's events.  We're looking forward to seeing you there!


One of the highlights of Printing Week events is recognizing those in the graphic arts industry who have made a notable contribution not only in our industry, but also to their communities. Each of our regions searches for, nominates and gives a prestigious award to a deserving recipient.

It is time to set our sights on next year’s recipients. Each region is now accepting nominations for their respective awards. Who do you think stands out among the rest? Nominate him/her or the company for a deserving recognition. The criteria, mailing information and deadlines are listed below.

We will accept nominations until December 13th, 2019.


North — Hall of Distinction
Each year Graphic Media Alliance, in collaboration with the Graphic Arts Council of Cleveland, recognizes outstanding individuals of the Ohio graphic arts community who have given of their time and talents to help further the goals of the Graphic Arts Community by honoring them with membership in the Hall of Distinction.  These individuals represent the best the industry has to offer and are selected based on the following criteria:

  • Widely recognized success in the graphic communications industry.
  • Significant contribution of time and talent to trade and professional organizations.
  • Help and encouragement for young people interested in careers in the graphic communications industry.
  • Advice and counseling for those seeking employment in the industry.
  • Contributions to the general northern Ohio community outside of the industry including charitable participation and contributions, fundraising, volunteer support and promotion of civic initiatives.

Hall of Distinction Nomination Form

Nominations are now being accepted for the Hall of Distinction Award. Please explain why you believe this person should be recognized and send your nominations to:

Jim Cunningham
Graphic Media Alliance
P.O. Box 819
Westerville, Ohio 43086 

If you have any questions, contact Lisa Udowski, at 440.822.7997 or ludowski@graphicmedia.org


Central — Franklinton Award
In the early 1970s, the Printing Industry of Central Ohio and the Columbus Club of Printing House Craftsmen created the Franklinton Award to be presented to individuals or groups who have made outstanding public contributions to the Central Ohio community. The first award, named in honor of Benjamin Franklin, the patron figure of the American printing industry, was awarded in 1974.

In 2008, the Graphic Media Alliance began presenting this prestigious award to a member of the industry who had made significant contributions to our central Ohio graphic arts community as opposed to a community leader/contributor.

The Franklinton Award is presented to a person who:

  • is of high principles and integrity;
  • shares time and talent to work toward the advancement of the Printing Industry;
  • works for the betterment of society through civic, community or religious involvements;
  • has current or recent (within past 5 years) involvement with the Graphic Media Alliance

Franklinton Nomination Form

Nominations for the 2018 Franklinton Award are now being accepted. Please take a few minutes to think of those in the industry deserving of this award and send your nominations to Jim Cunningham:

Jim Cunningham
Graphic Media Alliance
P.O. Box 819
Westerville, Ohio 43086

If you have any questions, contact Jim Cunningham at 614.794.2300 or jcunningham@graphicmedia.org.


South — Printer of the Year and the Maxwell Award
Since 1963, the Southern Region Printing Week Council, in collaboration with the Cincinnati Litho Club has recognized a Printer of the Year. The nominee should be actively engaged in any field of the graphic arts industry, have at least 15 years experience and have distinguished himself/herself by their contributions to the industry. Additionally, the nominee should be involved in community and/or civic affairs and, if selected, be able to attend all functions during Printing Week.

The Maxwell Award is given to a graphic arts organization that has distinguished itself in the manner of the city’s first printer, William Maxwell. The organization should be forward thinking, a market leader, and recognizable for its contributions to the industry.

The Council is accepting nominations for these 2020 awards. Please send nominations to the Southern Region Printing Week Council explaining why you believe this person and/or company should be recognized.

Send your nominations to:
Southern Region Printing Week Council
c/o Jim Cunningham
Graphic Media Alliance
P.O. Box 819
Westerville, Ohio 43086-0819

If you have any questions, contact Rachel Rossman at 614.794.2300 or rrossman@graphicmedia.org.

Contact your Business Development Director or the Central office for an application for any of these awards.

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Southern Region Bierstube

January 21, 2020
5:30-7:30PM

Southern Region Banquet

January 23, 2020
6:00-9:00PM

Central Region Banquet

January 30, 2020
6:00PM

Northern Region Print Week Celebration

February 6, 2020
6:00-9:00PM

Michigan Region Joint Council Meeting and Print Week Celebration

February 11, 2020
5:30-8:00PM

Allied Printing, 810 Rosewood St., Ferndale, MI 48220

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