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Traces, Marks and Fragments:

A Juried Exhibition of Traditional Printmaking

Call for entries from California Printmakers 

Entries due October 1, 2011

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art

Central Coast Printmakers an affiliate of the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art presents a traditional print show
Traces, Marks, and Fragments
January 20 — February 26, 2012
Juror Sandow Birk

Open to artists residing or working in California in primarily traditional printmaking methods such as: intaglio, lithography, serigraphy,
monoprints, and monotypes. No reproductions in any medium. Work must be framed with white mats, no filler, and in black frames.

Download the entry form for more information. (320kb PDF)

Central Coast Printmakers is pleased to have Sandow Birk as juror for Traces, Marks, and Fragments. Sandow Birk, a Los Angeles artist, is a well-traveled graduate of the Otis/Parson's Art Institute. Frequently developed as expansive, multi-media projects, his works have dealt with contemporary life in its entirety. With an emphasis on social issues, frequent themes of his past work have included inner city violence, graffiti, political issues, travel, war, and prisons, as well as surfing and skateboarding. He was a recipient of an NEA International Travel Grant to Mexico City in 1995 to study mural painting, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996, and a Fulbright Fellowship for painting to Rio de Janeiro for 1997. In 1999 he was awarded a Getty Fellowship for painting, followed by a City of Los Angeles (COLA) Fellowship in 2001. In 2007 he was an artist in residence at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, and at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2008. Sandow Birk is represented by the Koplin del Rio Gallery in Los Angeles, Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, and P.P.O.W. Gallery in New York City. (
Entry Deadline
October 1, 2011
A juror’s award will be given. The recipient will receive a plaque and his or her exhibit in the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art’s McMeen Gallery under sponsorship of the Central Coast Printmakers
All artwork must be for sale. The gallery will retain 40% commission on any works sold. Price of work should include commission.
Insurance & Liability
Work will be insured at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art but not in transit. The Museum will not assume responsibility for work improperly framed or poorly packaged for shipping.
Entry Fee
There is a (nonrefundable) $30 entry fee for one piece; $40 for two pieces; $50 for three pieces. Entry by CD only. CDs will not be returned. Make checks payable to SLOMA, CC Printmakers
CD Submission Requirements
• Up to three works may be submitted as JPEGS on CD. • Image should be at least 800x800 pixels, no larger than 1500x1500 pixels and saved as JPEGS at the highest quality setting. • Name digital files with the artist’s last name, first initial, and number corresponding to the entry form. ie. Smith_A_1.jpeg • All other information, title, size, medium, is to be mailed with CD on the hard copy entry form. • CDs should be clearly labeled with the artist’s name.
Send CD And Entry Information To:
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, attn: CC Printmakers, PO Box 813, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

Eligibility & Media
Open to artists residing or working in California in primarily traditional printmaking methods such as: intaglio, lithography, serigraphy, monoprints, and monotypes. No reproductions in any medium. Work must be framed with white mats, no filler, and in black frames.
Sandow Birk, from the series The Depravities of War, 2007


Call for Entries


Online entry opens December 10, 2014
Deadline closes May 8, 2015

Willie Cole

Throughout our 68 year history The Boston Printmakers has upheld the highest traditional standards in the field of printmaking, while continually looking toward the future, by embracing innovative and diverse contemporary printmaking media and methods.  Willie Cole, as juror for the 2015 North American Printmaking Biennial, is a refection of those values. Mr. Cole, an inventive printmaker, has work in the permanent collections of MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum as well as scores of international public and private collections. That he works in many media including found object sculpture, drawing and painting in addition to lithography, woodcut and digital printmaking reflects the inclusiveness of printmaking by artists today.

Entries accepted: December 10, 2014– May 8, 2015,

Biennial Venue
The Boston Printmakers 2015 North American Print Biennial is honored to be one of the inaugural exhibitions at The Lunder Arts Center at Lesley University College of Arts and Design, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Calendar 2015
Dec 10, 2014 Application process opens at CaFE
May 8, 2015 Application process closes
Jun 15 Notifications emailed
Aug 24 – Sep 19* Shipped work must be received (*from outside U.S. by Aug 31)
Sep 19 Hand delivered work must be received
Nov 8 Opening reception and events
Dec 12 Exhibition closes
Dec 13 Pick up of hand delivered work
Dec 14 Return of shipped work

Over $10,000 is available in juror-designated purchase prizes and materials awards. The Boston Printmakers’ purchase prizes are placed into permanent collections at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA; and the Boston Printmakers Collection at the Boston Public Library. Additionally, this show generates a large number of sales through Patron and public purchases. 

North American artists 18 years and older are eligible to enter. Original, innovative works in all printmaking media are eligible. Photographs, offset reproductions, or reproductions of artwork originally produced in another medium will not be considered. Submitted work may not have been exhibited in any other Boston Printmakers exhibition.


"The North American Print Biennial, can answer any and all questions about the state of printmaking today...printmaking is alive, well, and thriving.... "

-Roberta Waddell, Curator Emerita, The New York Public Library

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