Upcoming Fall Portfolio Review!
Portfolio Review and Member Reinstatement
Next portfolio review: SUNDAY, November 9th, 2014
Drop off location: Academy of Art, 60 Federal Street, 5th floor, SF CA 94107
Drop off times: Portfolios may be dropped off at the Federal Street location between 11:00 am – 12:00 pm on the day of the review. For other drop off accommodations please contact the portfolio review coordinator. Portfolios may be dropped off up to a week early and picked up a week late with prior arrangement.
Pick up times: Between 4:00 – 5:30 pm on November 9th, 2014
60 Federal Street is between Brannan and Bryant off Second street. It is only accessible from Second Street. You may also contact the portfolio review coordinator to arrange drop during the week prior to review. Please pick up the portfolio on the review date between 4:00 – 5:30 pm.
Note: Former CSP artist members should follow the procedure for Reinstatement of Artist Membership at the bottom of the page.
The CSP accepts artist members without geographical restrictions on the basis of a portfolio review of an artist’s work. The only criteria for acceptance are artistic merit and technical skill. All forms of printmaking will be considered, including intaglio, collography, lithography, silk screen, relief printing, monotypes, monoprints, experimental printmaking techniques, artist books or mixed media incorporating original prints, and hybrid prints combining digital images with any of the above printmaking techniques. Prints that are solely digital, such as giclee or iris prints, or prints that are solely reproductions (such as scanned or Xeroxed copies) of works created in another medium, will not be considered.
An application for artist membership requires the following.
- Completed Artist Membership Application form.
- Portfolio of recent work.
- Artist resume.
- Brief artist statement of approximately 100 words.
- $50 application fee (first year membership dues.)
- For non-traditional printmaking techniques a description of the printmaking processes used in the print portfolio is recommended.
We recommend that you submit a cohesive body of similar work that demonstrates your personal vision, rather than a sampling of unrelated works. Even if you do more than one kind of printmaking, you are strongly advised to submit only one type for the portfolio review.
A print portfolio should consist of 10 unframed prints, signed and numbered (monotypes and monoprints need not be numbered), completed within the past three years. Please use plastic sleeves or interleaving between prints. Do not submit matted, framed, or shrink-wrapped work.
Book artists should submit three books produced in the past three years. Books must include at least one original print that meets the criteria above. Book artists may also submit up to three additional original prints if the prints are related to the books. These prints may include letterpress or broadsides. Please do not submit unrelated prints along with the books.
High resolution 8 1/2″ x 11″ digital prints or photos with an accompanying CD of images will be accepted in lieu of a portfolio of original prints only for oversized prints (prints that cannot be shipped via US Postal Service, FedEx or UPS), 3-dimensional prints, or prints that require an installation, or from artists outside the United States. Artists living in the San Francisco Bay Area should hand deliver their portfolio if the work is oversize.
In reviewing your work, we will look at the following factors:
- Whether work demonstrates a professional level of proficiency in the medium submitted
- Whether work as a whole shows a consistent, well developed artistic vision.
- Whether the prints are professionally presented. In evaluating the presentation of the work, we look at things such as whether the print margins are attractive and clean, and whether the work is well protected by plastic sleeves or interleaving.
Applicants will be notified within two weeks of the portfolio review. The $50 application fee will be returned to applicants who are not accepted. There is no limit on the number of times an artist may apply for membership.
Reinstatement of Artist Membership
An artist member whose membership has lapsed may be reinstated as an artist member as follows:
- If it has been three years or less since the artist was an active artist member, the artist should send a check for the current year’s dues ($50), with a letter requesting reinstatement as an artist member, to the CSP at P.O. Box 194202 San Francisco, CA 94119. Reinstatement is automatic.
- If more than three years have passed since the last year of artist membership, the artist must request reinstatement and provide documentation of current work as a printmaker, as follows:
- Send a letter to the CSP Board requesting reinstatement as an artist member.
- Include a current resume.
- Include documentation (jpgs or photos or digital reproductions no larger than 8-1/2″ x 11″) of five works (or two artist books) created in the past 2 years.
- Include a check for the current year’s dues ($50).
The request for reinstatement can be made at any time by contacting the portfolio review coordinator. The Board will take up the request at the next Board Meeting, and will notify the artist promptly of action on the request. Former artist members who continue to be active as printmakers will routinely be readmitted.