The California Society of Printmakers (CSP) is a non-profit 501(c) arts organization which promotes the practice and appreciation of fine art contemporary printmaking. Our mission is to support both the integrity of traditional printmaking and provide a home for artists  exploring new directions in contemporary print methods. Currently, CSP has a membership of nearly 300 artists, and welcomes new members each summer and winter. 

Please note, should your application for any CSP activity be accepted, materials and images submitted may be used in social media, online, digital and/or printed publicity.

Entry fees collected for CSP activities are considered charitable donations and may be fully tax deductible, depending on the tax laws of your homeland.

California Society of Printmakers (CSP) Honorary Member Guidelines
 The purpose of the Honorary Member category is to honor individuals who have a history of major, sustained contributions to the practice of printmaking based on work in the field by an artist, historian, curator, or related arts professional in any country.

 Please submit a short letter outlining your nominee's accomplishments in the field of printmaking and the reasons that you feel they would make a great California Society of Printmakers honorary member.
 You are encouraged to submit supporting images, link(s) to an artist website, publications or other relevant information.


• One or more printmakers, art historians, curators, or related arts professionals may be honored at a CSP annual meeting.
 • Current members of the CSP Board of Directors are not eligible for honorary status.


• Life-time paid CSP membership with all rights and privileges of CSP artist members.
 • Access to a broad base of independent printmakers.
 • Opportunity to participate in Society events such as exhibitions, studio visits, panel discussions.
 • Opportunity to join the CSP listserv for information on exhibition opportunities, exhibitions, printmakers in the news, printmaking materials for sale, workshops, etc.
 • Receipt of all CSP publications and mailings.


• We ask that nomination packs be received by  Feb. 1 for consideration in the current calendar year. For late nominations, please submit using this form and contact or

Nomination Procedures:

• Nominations are made in the form of a letter written under one or more signatures by CSP artist members, or CSP honorary members.
 • Nomination packets should include one or more letters of support for the nomination, including why you feel your nominee should receive this award, the nominee’s biographical information, and any relevant supporting documentation. Supporting letters may be submitted by both members and non-members.
 • All nomination packets will become property of the CSP Archives at the Bancroft Library, University of California.
 • Nomination packets may be submitted in one of two ways:

  1. Electronically via this submittable application (enter materials below).
  2. By email to the current CSP Vice President:

• The decision of the CSP Board of Directors is final.

Adopted by the CSP Board of Directors Aug. 19, 2014



For the 2024 CSP Residency season, we will be doing individual applications and announcing host sites and projects individually. If you have previously received a residency, please wait three years before applying again.


2024 California Society of Printmakers Artist in Residence 

Juried by host:

Graphic Arts Workshop, San Francisco, CA


Project submissions due 6/14/2024.

Selected artist will be notified by 6/28/2024.

The residency at Graphic Arts Workshop will begin 9/14/2024.


What is the CSP Artist in Residence?:

The California Society of Printmakers presents a variety of short residency opportunities for current CSP members. Selections will be made by host Printmakers.

The Graphic Arts Workshop, or GAW, was founded by faculty from the California Labor College in 1952. Over the years, the GAW membership has included many distinguished artists, undertaken national and international art exchanges, and hosted traveling exhibits. Today, the cooperative has approximately 23 members working in traditional fine art printmaking techniques.

What areas of Printmaking can I apply to pursue?:

Equipment includes Sturges etching press and American French etching press, Griffin litho press (large and small), litho stones, rollers, Vandercook letterpress, aquatint boxes, heating plates, acid room, and some equipment for silk screen. Residents must complete 15 hours of supervision before they can use equipment on their own. Once the 15 hours are completed, the resident will have 24/7 access to GAW.



CSP Artist membership must be current.


There is a $25 submission fee to submit proposals with up to 10 images. All images must be of work completed within the last 3 years.

Artist application deadline: 6/14/2024.

All submissions must be submitted through SUBMITTABLE.

Hardcopy and email submissions are no longer accepted.


More on the Jurors:

Mark Brodie: Photography had been my primary artistic outlet for the last 30 years but I’ve always had an appreciation for works on paper, so I was not surprised to find myself combining the two processes using photography with photopolymer plates, also referred to as solarplates.

Clare Metague: After graduating from CCA in Oakland, Clare enjoyed many years working as a graphic artist before turning her attention to the fine arts — initially to figure drawing and painting — later in-depth exploration in the fine art of printmaking. Clare has a studio at the Hunter's Point Shipyards and is a member of City Arts Gallery in San Francisco where she often exhibits her monoprints and paintings.

Eddie Lee: I have been exploring different types of printing techniques: letterpress, monotype, dry points, linoleum cuts, wood cut and other unconventional techniques.

Leslie Lowinger: Leslie Lowinger was born in New Orleans grew up in Detroit.  She lived in New York for 15 years and  San Francisco for the last twelve.  Her work has been shown various places including: Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, Foundation 3.14 in  Norway and Fashion Moda, New York. She has received a N Y S C A Independent Artist’s Grant and is the collection of the DIA Foundation.

Toru Sugita: Sugita is an artist who recently moved back to the Bay Area from Grand Junction, Colorado. Originally from a small town in Japan, he has traveled around the world. Toru is active in the visual arts, especially printmaking and painting.

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