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.

Call for Proposals: Membership Engagement Grants for Projects to be completed in 2023, 2024 and 2025

The CSP Board of Directors are setting aside monies for member-initiated creative projects which engage the CSP membership. Projects are limited to your imaginations. We are especially interested in projects which engage the membership beyond the San Francisco Bay Area.

The next review of proposals will be in early November.

Proposal submission deadline: October 16, 2022

Notice of acceptance sent by December 1, 2022

Proposal/Project Parameters:

  • Projects must engage a minimum of seven current CSP Members.
  • Request for amount of financial assistance is open, yet must be reasonable and financially sound. Most projects will fall between $250–$1250. We will consider projects which request funding beyond $1250 and this will be based on perceived merit.
  • Projects are to be initiated during 2023, and completed by the end of 2025. Projects which extend into 2025 will likely be due to venue availability/booking. Extensions to the timeline will require a formal request to and approval of the board of directors.
  • Completed projects will require official documentation in the form of a written report with images. Video is optional. Documentation may be published by CSP on a variety of platforms.
  • If the project involves an edition, CSP will hold two copies: one for our archives at the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley; and one for possible exhibitions and/or fundraisers.
  • Projects must recognize the support of CSP at all stages. Acknowledgment of CSP with the credit line “Recipient/Project was generously supported by the California Society of Printmakers through a Membership Engagement Grant, (year). This project was independently curated and executed by (awardee).” Crediting CSP in the publication or promotion of the project increases visibility for the project and the organization, and supports our mission to advance printmaking, bookmaking, and the graphic arts.
  • Monies will be paid at project completion and will require: receipts and invoices; two from the edition, if the project is an edition; submission of project documentation to the board of directors; and the above acknowledgement of CSP support on all pubic presentations.
  • Projects which involve publications may involve additional stipulations.
  • This opportunity is open to all current Artist, Student, Lifetime and Honorary members.

Proposals need include the following:

(Submit as a single pdf file with items numbered and ordered as below. Incomplete proposals may not be considered.)

  1. Project Title
  2. Project Description
  3. Statement of the project’s value and/or interest to the larger CSP and/or additional printmaking communities
  4. Project Management Personnel and their email addresses (the person(s) submitting the proposal and their worker buddies)
  5. Number of CSP member participants
  6. How participants are selected to participate if a call, and/or names of participants if already selected
  7. Action plan / Project needs for success
  8. Additional CSP resources requested such as access to CSP accounts for Submittable, Zoom, Social Media; or the CSP Website
  9. Project Timeline including year of completion
  10. Project Budget. Itemized. This should include any stipend(s) for the organizer(s) and/or participants. Consider also if the project requires professional documentation, materials, packaging, venue rental, promotional materials, or administrative work. Include the minimum amount needed to fund the project; whether the project will be co-funded by another entity or by the project participants, and if so by how much. Note: While current board members are encouraged to both participate in and manage projects, according to the CSP bylaws they are not eligible to receive compensation for services rendered. Article 3. Section D.

A sample budget and timeline worksheet may be found here: https://www.caprintmakers.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Sample_Project_BudgetTimeline.pdf

Documentation of completed Membership Engagement Grant Projects may be viewed here: https://www.caprintmakers.org/membership-engagement-grants/

Proposal Evaluation Criteria:

  • The number of CSP members that will be able to participate
  • The number of CSP member participants involved in relation to the amount of funding requested
  • The feasibility of project success based on the soundness of all elements of the project proposal
  • The anticipated value and/or interest of the project to the larger CSP and additional printmaking communities

Questions to: communications@caprintmakers.org

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.

Parameters:

  • 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. 

Questions: website@caprintmakers.org

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.

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

THIS OPPORTUNITY FOR CSP ARTIST, STUDENT, LIFETIME MEMBERS ONLY.

For the 2022 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.

2022 California Society of Printmakers Artist in Residence

Juried by host:

The W.O.R.K.S,  Vallejo, CA

CALENDAR:

Project submissions due October 7, 2022.

Selected artist will be notified by October 11, 2022.

The residency at The W.O.R.K.S will begin October 25, 2022.

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.

What areas of Printmaking can I apply to pursue?:

The W.O.R.K.S is an oil based screen printing studio. Mineral spirits are used for clean up. Please be aware of this when considering to apply for a project with Thomas Wojak, and if oil based screen inks are acceptable to you. Artist will meet with Thomas Wojak 7 or 8 times,

(typically Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays) to be agreed upon between the artist and master printer. Artist is responsible for the cost of any digital film positives needed and printing substrates. All other materials will be supplied by the studio.

ELIGIBILITY:

CSP Artist membership must be current.

ENTRIES:

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: October 7, 2022.

All submissions must be submitted through SUBMITTABLE.

Hardcopy and email submissions are no longer accepted.

More on the Juror:

Thomas Wojak is a master printer, artist and Professor Emeritus (CCA) who founded

The W.O.R.K.S, a screen printing studio, in 1972 in San Francisco. The studio specializes in limited edition work for local, national and international artists, and works extensively with the Bay Area design and technology communities. Recent projects with Apple and Google have been of particular note. Over the years, his prints in the field have been honored by both the San Francisco Art Directors Guild and the New York Art Directors Association. Projects include editions for the Estate of Jerry Garcia, prints and mixed media pieces for artists such as Carrie Mae Weems, Mayumi Oda, Primo Angeli, Larry Sultan, Steve Wolfe, Nance O’Banion, Charles Hobson, Ester Hernandez, James Gobel and work with a group of Berlin painters. The graphic elements for Francis Ford Coppola’s winery and movie museum in the Napa Valley, as well as screen printed pieces for the Alcatraz Island renovations, Contemporary Jewish Museum and SFMOMA were significant projects.

Thomas relocated his studio and home to historic downtown Vallejo, CA, in 2002. His own work, consisting of print and mixed media pieces, deals with “creating a present from the fragments of the past” and has been exhibited extensively locally, nationally and internationally. He has participated in a broad cross section of group and invitational shows, as well as spearheading many local curatorial projects, in particular a series of shows entitled: Paper Cuts, featuring work from all graduate programs in the Bay Area doing works on paper. A recent show at the Jen Tough Gallery, (Vallejo/Benicia) entitled CA inked featured many artists from the California Society of Printmakers.

He was awarded Certificates of Recognition from the California State Assembly and Senate, acknowledging his work in helping revitalize downtown Vallejo, CA. The Mayor and City Council of Vallejo appointed him to the Percent for Art Advisory Group to help craft guidelines for establishing a Public Art program in Vallejo.

Thomas is Professor Emeritus in the printmedia program at the California College of the Arts (formerly CCAC) in Oakland, CA. and has taught there for over 30 years. He has also taught workshops at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, and occasionally at Penland School of Crafts in NC, and the Mendocino Art Center, in Mendocino, CA. He served on the steering committee assisting in bringing the Southern Graphics Council International to San Francisco in Spring 2014. His work can be found at http://www.thomaswojak.com

108th Annual Membership Exhibit


The CSP Annual Exhibition will be in person at the Piedmont Center for the Arts for most of November.  Entry is free for all current CSP artist members to enter one piece. In order for us to have enough space to include all members' work in this popular exhibition, frame size may not exceed 36” in any dimension. All work must have a hanging wire affixed across the back, and be set up to display professionally; framed or mounted on a panel. Please, no sawtooth hooks, magnets or clips.

Pedestals for display of 3D work are limited, but available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please consider signing up to help hang the show,  do a gallery sitting, or help with pick-up. We will need your help to make the exhibition a success!


Thank you,

CSP Exhibitions


CALENDAR:

September 2nd: submissions open

October 1st: Submissions close

October 22nd to the 27th: Shipped work must be received during this time.

October 30th: artwork drop off at Piedmont Center for the Arts, 2:00 to 6:00

November 6th: Exhibition opens  11:00 to 2:30

November 11th: Artist Reception 6:00 to 9:00

November 27th: closing reception 2:00 to 4:00 / pick up artwork 4:00 to 5:00


ELIGIBILITY: Open to current Artists, Students, Lifetime, and Honorary CSP members.
Venue:  Piedmont Center for the Arts
Entries: CSP members may enter one work. Entries must be submitted using “Submittable”  website and must include the following:

  1. Upload one image at 72ppi, and 1000 pixels on the largest dimension.
  2. Include your first and last name and the artwork title in the file name.
  3. Save as a jpeg.
  4. Artwork Label Information: Please make your images and text "publish ready" so they do not need any cropping or image processing, etc. Please include:
  • Artist Name
  • Title
  • Medium
  • Dimensions of image in inches, use standard h x w x d (include all 3 dimensions if 3-D)
  • Year

No special characters or quotation marks for size or title.
Example: Tam Jones, Dreams, Solar Plate Etching, 11 in x 24 in, 2021


ARTWORK SALES AND COMMISSION: Sales are to be handled by the artist directly. Artists are asked to donate a 25% commission on any artwork sales (15% to CSP, 10% to Piedmont Center for the Arts).


REQUIREMENTS FOR ARTWORK:
All printmaking media, with the exception of works that are solely digital, are acceptable. Works may combine traditional printmaking techniques with digital or other media.

Piedmont Gallery contract specifies: “Artist agrees that no installation may protrude more than twelve inches (12”) from any wall; any and all three-dimensional artworks must be approved prior to installation. The Center reserves the right to reject the display of any work depicting nude or semi-nude figures or subjects of an extreme macabre nature (due to the use of the Hall for children’s classes.)”


Email any questions or concerns to exhibitions@caprintmakers.org

California Society of Printmakers