Student Members are juried into the organization by current and past members of the CSP Board. Portfolio Reviews for membership are held twice a year in the summer and winter (application deadlines: June 1 and December 1). Membership in the CSP is open to artists from anywhere in the world who create hand-pulled prints. This includes artists who use traditional printmaking techniques, such as etching, lithography, relief printing, and silk screen. It also includes artists who make hybrid prints, monoprints, and artist books, so long as some hand printmaking is involved. Artists who use solely photographic or digital methods are not eligible for artist membership.
Annual Members Exhibition. The CSP presents an annual non-juried exhibition for its Artist Members. This exhibition is usually held in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Juried Exhibitions. The CSP also sponsors juried exhibitions for its Artist Members in a variety of venues. Although many are held in the Bay Area, others have been held throughout the country and internationally.
Artist-In-Residence. The CSP presents a season of short residencies for current CSP members. Selections are made by featured Master Printmakers from around the Bay Area and each residency receives a stipend to facilitate a Print-based project focused in the area of specialty of the Master Printmaker.
CSP Members Newsgroup. The CSP newsgroup provides members with information on CSP events and exhibitions, artist opportunities and other information of interest to the membership. Members are encouraged to post information about their own exhibitions and other items of professional interest.
CSP Publications. Members receive the The Caifornia Printmaker: The Journal of the California Society of Printmakers once a year.
Member Events. The CSP presents informational panels, talks, and workshops several times a year, where members can learn about issues in printmaking and about specific printmaking techniques. These events give members an opportunity to network and to exchange professional expertise.
Annual Meeting. At the CSP Annual meeting, usually held in March, an invited speaker or artist panel discusses topics of interest to printmakers. The annual meeting also provides an opportunity for members to meet other print artists and supporters of the print arts, learn of upcoming CSP opportunities and programs, and share food and beverages in a lively, informal setting.
Kala Art Institute Discount. Take 10% off all classes and workshops. All CSP members are entitled to a special ongoing offer from KALA ART INSTITUTE. Located in West Berkeley, Kala offers some of the best printmaking and digital media classes in the Bay Area. Browse classes online at www.Kala.org. Then call Kala at 510-549-2977 to register and take advantage of the discount.