For such a specialized interest, there are a lot of organizations that include “Washington Print” in their name. All are separate identities, but if printmaking interests you, and you’re in the DC area, here’s a run-down of some of the “Washington Print” groups to follow:
Washington Printmakers Gallery–This is us! We are, as you probably know, the only gallery in the mid-Atlantic focusing exclusively on contemporary, artist-pulled prints. We have woodcuts, lithographs, monotypes, silkscreens, etchings….come on in and see all the work, our shows change monthly!
Washington Print Foundation–this is the non-profit sister organization of WPG. The Foundation promotes fine-art printmaking by fostering the creation and appreciation of hand-pulled, artist-made prints through education, exhibition, and community outreach programs. WPF helps to fund three WPG exhibitions each year: the January Invitational, Excellence in Printmaking, and National Small Works Exhibition. Other projects are considered on a case by case basis and change yearly. If you like the mentioned exhibitions, and want to help promote the art of printmaking, we encourage you to donate!
Washington Print Club–we’ve mentioned WPC before, but in case you missed it–they’re definition of print is a little broader than WPG or WPF (but totally valid!). If you like prints, photography, or works on paper this is a great group to join. They have wonderful event opportunities for their member and also publish a great Quarterly with articles and reviews on area exhibitions and artist profiles.
Washington Print Calendar–This calendar comes out every year and contains 12 original prints by predominately DC area printmakers. These calendars are in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress, Smithsonian Museum of American History, and the Corcoran. WPG almost always has a few on-hand-the current year if it’s near the beginning of the year and possibly back-calendars. Call us for more information!
Other printmaking organizations in the are include The Old Print Gallery-the print gallery in Georgetown, and Printmakers Inc, the printmaking collective at the Torpedo Factory. As you can see, there’s a lot for print aficionados to be excited about in DC!