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CFP: Brief Histories of California Printmakers

As an effort to remedy racial and gender inequity in the art world at large and more specifically in our local printmaking community, the California Society of Printmakers (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.

Partner benefits include a new publishing platform and professional research experience for art history and printmaking students and faculty; institutional recognition.

CSP benefits include viable action towards racial and gender parity; extension of CSP’s educational mission. Community benefits include increased awareness of California’s rich and diverse printmakers and their histories.

-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 5”, largest dimension 10″
-Author Bio: 100 words
-Style: MLA
-Abstract: required

Note: CSP affiliation is NOT required of authors or subjects.

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. Any questions should be sent to 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.

Please visit the 'External Link' below to access the submission form.

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