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Old 08-09-2007, 02:31 AM
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Print Galleries, Print Studios, Print-specific sales venues

I did a search through the forum to see if we had anything along these lines. I couldn't find quite what I was looking for, so bear with me. If there are threads, perhaps you could link to them in this one? I was hoping we could make this a "catch all" type thread (maybe sticky? we'll see where it goes) where everyone could post links to print-specific galleries or print studios where you can join and sell work, or other print-specific venues for sale of work. Maybe if you've had experience with joining the studio as a member, or whatever, that information would be useful, too. Please indicate the location (i.e. city, state, country), if you have specific contact information or details, and if you've got links to info, that'd be grand!

What got me thinking was Brian's comment in this week's Brayer:

Originally Posted by bridog
It would be so nice to have the market you have in the greater Vancouver region. I live in a small city of 110,000 (with the occasional tourist passing through). I would say art appreciation is limited to a small percentage of the local population really and printmaking only accounts for a fraction of that since watercolours appear to be the most sought out artwork by those who puchase art.

I know there MUST be opportunities out there for artists who aren't in major population centres to sell their stuff, and not just on the internet. While the internet is a great vehicle, there sure is something to be said for supporting actual galleries/studios that sell actual prints and promote printmaking.

Before I get into the print-specific groups, I'll give you a little information about one group I do belong to. The Federation of Canadian Artists http://www.artists.ca/FCA-1.html (although you don't have to be Canadian to join). They have different levels of membership. If you'd like to enter juried shows, you need to start with "Active" status, which you have to submit an application for approval (i.e. you have to prove that you're work would be likely to be accepted into juried shows). Once you've been accepted as Active status, and pay your yearly membership, you can apply to various juried shows (to have a look at what shows have been on in the past, go to http://www.federationgallery.ca/). They often have shows which might be of specific interest to printmakers, including an Open Print Show (which has so far been every other year, but it's only been twice, so I don't know if it'll continue. I'm sure going to try to encourage it!), although they do accept prints into others shows, too.

So here's links that I'm aware of so far:

Malaspina Printmakers Society
Located on Granville Island in Vancouver, BC, Canada
They have a few different levels of membership. I just became a member, and as a result, I can enter to have my work in their twice-yearly members shows, and I can also enter to have my work in their "print bin" shrink wrap section. Both of these require jurying in. Haven't yet done so, so if there are any Malaspina printmakers out there with further comments, I'd love to hear them! There is also an artist membership level where you have to go through a mentorship program to get used to the workshop etc., but if you're not interested in using their facility, then I the individual membership is handy.

Dundarave Print Workshop
Also located on Granville Island in Vancouver, BC, Canada
As far as I'm aware, they only have one type of membership. You take your stuff in to get reviewed by a selection committee, send in your application, and wait for an opening. They do require some level of committment/volunteering to run the gallery, so this option may only be reasonable for Vancouver-area resident printmakers. Any Dundarave printmakers out there to comment on this?

SNAP - Society of Northern Alberta Printmakers
Located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canda
It looks like anyone can submit a proposal for an exhibition at their gallery, so if that is your cup of tea, submission deadline looks like September 1, every year. Don't know if they have a similar membership structure to Malaspina where if you pay fees you're eligible to submit for a "print bin" or "membership show(s)". Now I KNOW we have some northern Albertan printmakers - so do you have further information about this?
BTW - they used to have an international triennial competition, but that's been on hold indefinitely. I've heard rumour that they're working on getting it up and running again, so any further rumours would be interesting to hear.

Open Studio
Located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I'm not 100% clear as to whether artist members HAVE to rent the studio space, or if you can be an artist member without using the studio, nor whether there's any restriction on residency, etc. Artist membership includes participation in their Print Sales program. Anyone with further information on this?

Print Arts Northwest
Located in Portland, OR, USA
They have a review of submissions to join in April and October of every year, but this is only open to printmakers in Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii, Alaska, British Columbia & Alberta, so if you're not in any of those states/provinces, . Again, members are asked to volunteer to help with the organization in some way, and are asked to donate an edition (or part thereof) for annual fundraising programs.

Women Printmakers of Austin
Located in Austin, TX, USA
Looks like you can join regardless of gender or location, but I'm not sure what print sales opportunities are like there.

The Print Center
Located in Philadelphia, PA, USA
Artist membership includes entry into annual International Competition and can apply for inclusion in exhibitions and The Gallery Store.

Edinburgh Printmakers
Edinburgh, Scotland
They have artist memberships which enable you to submit prints for sale and have workshop access (of course after having a session to make sure you won't break stuff), but again, I don't know if this means you have to be a member who goes and uses their workshop, or if you can be a "distance" member and just submit stuff if you pay the fees...?

OK - that's all I've found so far. Looking forward to replies, and more groups if possible...

Amie Roman, AFCA
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