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, 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.

As an effort to remedy racial and gender inequity in the art world at large and more specifically in our local printmaking community, CSP is partnering with college level Art History and Printmaking faculty to publish essays on California’s diverse printmaking history. The initial focus will be on California printmakers who are Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and/or female identified.

The primary impetus of this CSP initiative is to bring attention to individuals and collectives who are un- or under- represented in the print world because of their racial, ethnic and/or gender identities, i.e. people who have been overlooked or dismissed because of discrimination. The secondary impetus is to develop academically sound materials on these artists so that their legacies will be further researched and (hopefully) broadly known.


  • Essay length: 1500–3000 words
  • Artwork images: 5–9, photo sources required
  • Artist portrait: at least one, artist in studio if available, photo sources required
  • Author: If the author is a student, the essay is to be written under faculty supervision. Faculty and institution will be noted with publication.
  • Publication platform: CSP Website, News item in CSP newsletter, potential future print publication
  • Rights to republish granted to author.
  • Stipend of $150 for published essays. We will accept publish ready work only. Payment upon publication.
  • Image files: 300 ppi, Adobe RGB, tiff files, smallest dimension 4”, largest dimension 10"
  • Author Bio: 100 words
  • Style: MLA
  • Abstract: required

CSP affiliation is not required of authors or subjects. Subjects must have a significant California connection. We are not seeking autobiographical essays at this time.

Interested authors should submit a brief proposal indicating the research subject and why they are of interest; author status (faculty, student) and institution; and expected completion date. 


At this time, we hope to publish 12 essays a year, approximately one per month. Thus, proposals will be reviewed as they come in. We will respond promptly as to whether your proposal fits our program at this time or not. 

Proposal acceptance does not guarantee publication and payment. These are dependent on the quality and publishability of the final essay and supporting materials, and completion within the agreed upon timeframe.

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.

California Society of Printmakers (CSP) Honorary Member Guidelines
To honor 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.
• 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.
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.
• Nomination packs must be received no later than Feb. 1 for consideration in the current calendar year.
• 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 three ways:

  • Electronically via this submittable application (enter materials below).
  • By email to the current CSP President:
  • Mailed by U.S. Post to CSP, Post Office Box 194202, San Francisco, CA 94119-4202. 

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

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

California Society of Printmakers