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, the CSP has a membership of nearly 300 artists, and welcomes new members each summer and winter. Please note, should your application be accepted, materials and images submitted may be used in social media, online, and/or printed publicity.
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.
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.
CALL FOR ENTRIES - Searching For Meaning
Calling California Society of Printmakers artist members* to apply for the first of our Extraction series exhibitions, Searching For Meaning at Gallery Route One, April 3 - May 9, 2021. Danna Harris Seager will serve as juror.
Details on our second exhibition with the Sanchez Art Center will follow in the coming months. Members are welcome to participate in both opportunities.
Submittable entry form is at the bottom of this prospectus.
The California Society of Printmakers and Gallery Route One appreciate your patience and accommodation as details may change to match the shifting needs and restrictions brought about by the covid19 pandemic.
Juror’s Exhibition Statement
Searching for meaning. That is what artists do. We take the world around us: observations, events, experiences and we extract from that our existing worldview, or sometimes place upon it a new view. A view looking down from above, looking down over the edge. This past year we have all been searching for meaning in a pandemic, in political upheaval and social strife. There will come a time when we will no longer be in the present, when we will be looking at the past, at all that has happened, and the art created during this time. How will we see our shared experiences? How will we form a new view? This exhibit is an opportunity to take a step back, to stand on the edge and look over into the unknown. If we can create the meaning that we all search for, how will we exemplify that? What will it look like?
Dana Harris Seeger is a painter, printmaker and educator. She holds an MFA from San Jose State University and has taught at colleges and universities as well as private institutions all over the United States. Harris Seeger is Co-founder and current Program Director of the School of Visual Philosophy in San Jose, California, an organization she co-created in 2014. She has been a member of the California Society of Printmakers since 2011. Dana was named one of KQED's inaugural 10 Bay Area Women to Watch in 2016 and the SVCreates Artist Laureate for 2020.
Gallery Route One (GRO), 11101 Highway One, Ste. 1101, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956.
Gallery Route One/GRO, founded in 1983, is a nonprofit art organization located in Point Reyes Station, CA, presenting community support programs and exhibitions year round. GRO’s mission is to originate and present contemporary art exhibitions, educational programs and community outreach in order to inspire people to experience the world in new ways.
These dates and times are subject to change. We will maintain every effort to keep timelines updated.
Exhibition Dates: April 3 - May 9 2021
Submission Open: January 10
Submission Deadline: February 7 (on "Submittable" only)
Notification of selected Artists: February 22
Shipped Artwork Received By: March 22
Artwork Drop Off: March 29 & March 30, 10-1pm
Opening Reception: April 4, 3-5pm (as permitted)
Exhibition Talk: TBA
Artwork Pick Up: May 9, 5-6pm & May 10, 10-1pm
*Open to all CSP artist / student / lifetime / honorary members who are current in their artist dues (last three years of membership paid).
Incomplete applications may not be considered. Please adhere to the following submission instructions.
$35 for up to 3 artworks.
Submittable Application opens January 10th and closes/deadline February 7th.
CSP members may enter up to three works.
Entries must be submitted using “Submittable” website and include the following:
• Upload a 5” x 7” image of each work at 300 dpi. Use the following naming convention: 01_Title_LastName .
• A numbered image list that includes the following information for each image in the order and format seen below. Each jpeg number and label must correspond to the number and title on the image list: 1. Artist Name, Title, Medium, Image Dimensions in inches H x W x D, Year, Price.
• Special Display Instructions (optional). Please note if work is sculptural, artist book etc.
• Submit a short publication ready artwork statement as it relates to the theme/juror's exhibition statement.
• Submit a short publication ready artist's bio.
• Select artwork delivery option (see “Delivery Options” below).
Artwork and Bio information may be used in exhibition and publicity materials. Please submit professional publication ready materials.
Email any questions or concerns to email@example.com.
Artwork Requirements / Restrictions
All hand pulled printmaking media, with the exception of works that are solely digital or reproductions of other artworks, are acceptable. 2d framed, 3d, artist books and small scale installation.
Framed artwork limited to 30 x 40 inches, including frame. Other artwork may be no larger than 40 inches wide. For artwork outside of this scope please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a restriction waiver.
Artists are responsible for installing installation artwork during gallery install dates in early April. Exact dates and times TBA.
Artwork must be completed in the past 3 years.
Artwork Sales / Commission
GRO takes a 45% commission on artwork sales. 55% of sale price paid to Artist.
Prints must be clean, framed, wired and ready to hang or place on a base. Please label artwork on the back/bottom with: Artist Name, Phone #, Email Address, Title of work, Medium, HxWxD, Price.
Insurance and Liability
Insurance will not be provided by GRO or CSP during artwork transport or exhibition. GRO and CSP will exercise the utmost care in handling all artwork, but will not be responsible for damage/loss whatever the cause. Exhibiting artists are required to sign an insurance release form provided by GRO.
Work that does not arrive by the below deadlines will not be included in the exhibition.
Drop off Artwork
March 29th and March 30th, 10am - 1pm (or by appointment)
Gallery Route One (GRO), 11101 Highway One, Ste. 1101, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956.
Shipped work must arrive by March 22nd. Contact person and shipping address will be provided with acceptance notification.
All shipped work must have a prepaid UPS or FedEx return shipping label included in the box. Work must be shipped in a sturdy, reusable container. Work that does not arrive by the shipping deadline will not be included in the exhibition.
May 9th 5pm-6pm or Monday May 10th 10am-1pm (or by appointment). GRO will charge the artist a daily fee for work left after this date.
PROPOSED VIRTUAL PROGRAMING
At the time of this exhibition call for entries the impact of the global covid19 pandemic is still prevalent in our California communities. To that end, the California Society of Printmakers will arrange several synchronous and asynchronous virtual engagement opportunities in the event that group, in-person events are not possible. In an effort to host a robust virtual exhibition experience in lieu of onsite events, CSP intends to organize several social distanced, virtual and/or online program additions if necessary.
As state and local ordinances allow
• Artwork will be installed in the Gallery setting.
• Social Distance, in-person gallery visit sign ups (date, time and visitors limits).
If physical gatherings are prohibited
• Virtual, public opening reception with juror + artists.
• Digital/Online catalog (possibility of print on demand option with CSP volunteer effort).
• Video exhibition walk through (as site access is allowed).
Work can be submitted via submittable at: www.californiasocietyofprintmakers.submittable.com/submit
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.
• 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