JOIN BLACK WOMEN of PRINT (BWoP)
Black Women of Print is a professional organization for independent Mid-Career and Established printmakers. We envision an equitable future within the discipline of printmaking; therefore, a portion of our mission is to serve our members in amplifying the visibility of their narratives and practice.
Centered as a homeplace, we continue to develop lasting relationships with one another, printshops, manufacturers and shop owners of printmaking supplies, art educators, archivists, art historians, art critics, art curators, art collectors, cultural arts institutions, students and emerging printmakers who are actively participating in an equitable future. Our relationships become an expansion of your access to stakeholders in printmaking through invitational juried exhibitions, speaking engagements, brand partnerships, acquisitions, exhibitions, residencies and workshops.
Black Women of Print is currently welcoming independent Mid-Career and Established Black, of the African Diaspora, women printmakers who are actively practicing within the discipline of printmaking to our homeplace, via an application process.
All prospective applicants are reviewed by Black Women of Print Board Members and our Membership Director, Ann Johnson. Collectively, we have over 20 years’ experience in art development, cultural arts organization, art education and membership coordination. Your application is reviewed with care. As a professional print organization, we also provide individual feedback via a PDF rubric, in the event that your application does not currently meet Mid-Career and Established criteria. We are here to support you; so, wisdom is left with you. Please continue to develop your skill and active participation in printmaking, then reapply once you have developed in those areas.
It brings us great joy to have you apply and become an active member of Black Women of Print—join us on this journey to equity in printmaking.
⟶ Annual Portfolio: an invitation to submit work into the annual Black Women of Print active member portfolio. Previous portfolios are in private collections and public collections such as: Smith College Museum of Art and Getty Research Institute
⟶ Community: an intergenerational and international network of Black Women printmakers and a forum to chat with the community for any inquiries or sisterhood dialogue
⟶ Discounts: to various printmaking supplies manufacturers and shops, offered a few times annually
⟶ Invitations: opportunities to serve as juror of exhibitions, as a lecturer or panelist at speaking engagements, workshop and studio tours, exhibitions, and our annual Black Women of Print portfolio
⟶ Partnerships: equitable collaborations with cultural arts organizations and institutions, printshops, printmaking suppliers and art practitioners.
⟶ Professional development: quarterly live 1-hour video with a Q+A session for wisdom on various themes to assist you with expanding your praxis. Each session is led by a Black woman Mid-Career or Established professional in her field
⟶ Visibility: member profile in our active Black Women of Print Member Directory, Instagram platform highlights, (5) images of your available works in our quarterly Available Works (A.W.) catalogue which is sent to senior prints and drawings curators of art organizations and institutions, collectors, art educators, etc., who have requested to join the A.W. mailing list
The following are required to be considered for a membership.
⟶ Professional Skill Level Criteria Met
⟶ Portrait of Printmaker: High resolution 300 DPI portrait of yourself.
⟶ Bio: 150 words or less. If you need an example, please view our Directory.
⟶ Portfolio Snapshot: 3 high resolution images of completed prints within the past 3 years.
Active Membership: $200/Annually
MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM
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It brings us great joy to have you apply and become an active member of Black Women of Print. Click here to apply.