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.

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.

Eligibility:
• 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.
Benefits:
• 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 two ways:

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

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

The CSP Membership Engagement Grant program is once again helping to fund a project dedicated to the investigation of Risograph printing as a tool for traditional printmakers. Following in the footsteps of Ideal Engagements, a 2021 portfolio of CSP members working with Risograph, this project will present as an anthology publication in book form. 

The Risograph Anthology Publication will feature work by seven members of the CSP created specifically for working in 1-3 color printing with the Risograph. Each artist will contribute a series of 4-8 works in length which will then be bound in to a book in an edition of 200, to be sold at an anticipated price point of $45 per book. Each participating artist will receive 10 copies of the publication. 

Printing, binding, and Riso education will be provided by Zach Clark / National Monument Press / Chute Studio in East Oakland. Initial introductions to Risograph will occur in March and April, with printing occurring over the Summer months with the goal of a Fall 2023 release window. 

Application Information:

  • Application Deadline: Friday February 17th. 
  • Selected Artists will be notified the first week of March.
  • CSP members of ALL levels from ANY location are welcome to apply, education and printing can happen remotely. 
  • You do NOT need to submit a formal proposal or images to apply, only a website/social media and a brief explanation of why you are interested in working with Risograph & why your work may translate to the medium well. The hope is for this to be a low risk application. 
  • There is no application fee, however there will be a $40 participation fee for selected artists to cover costs of initial workshops and education. 
  • Applications will be juried by Zach Clark as well as Rachel Shelton, Co-Owner of Mirabo Press in Buffalo New York. Rachel Shelton centers an experimental and process-based practice around printmaking, expanding into book arts, enamel, public art, and sculpture. She received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her MFA from SUNY at Buffalo. Rachel is also a Co-Founder and collaborative printer at Mirabo Press, a fine art printmaking studio in Buffalo, NY. 
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