Exhibit your work at WPG! Apply for membership and join our cooperative art gallery.
To apply for membership, click here to contact us. If your membership application is approved by a vote of the existing membership, you will be expected to exhibit your work on the gallery walls, in the bins and flat files, on the electronic display, and on this website. Since this is a cooperative art gallery, you will be expected to volunteer for some gallery tasks and sitting assignments.
Printmaking at WPG is a ‘big tent’ idea. Printmakers who are experimenting at the edges of traditional printmaking are encouraged to consider applying for memberships. Photographic printers, 3-D printmakers, printmakers experimenting with interactions of printmaking methods with sculpture, painting, and drawing are also welcome to apply. Printmaking has always been – and remains — the core mission at WPG, but printmakers working creatively at the edge of that mission are quite welcome to apply.
Washington Printmakers Gallery is a dynamic cooperative of accomplished artists that has provided original prints to residents of the DC metro area and its visitors since 1985. WPG members enjoy gallery representation yet maintain the freedom to set prices and select work to display. Our artists often exhibit prints at other national and international venues. As well, members are afforded the opportunity to learn new techniques from their peers by joining this inspiring printmaking community. The Gallery provides a street-side retail location in the Washington DC ‘arts area’ with another half dozen galleries nearby. As such, WPG attracts national and international arts audiences, news media, print collectors, and other purchasers.
Monthly membership fees support this professional, contemporary exhibition space in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., just south of the Book Hill Park. We are dedicated to the art of printmaking. Ideally, sales of prints offset membership fees.
Membership Changes: Full and Shared Memberships
After many years, some long-time members are leaving, providing six slots for some exceptional new artists. Our break-even target is a total of 24 memberships. A recent re-assessment of membership categories and current expenses allows the Gallery to lower dues to a $150 per month.
The Gallery will also now consider Shared Memberships, where two people together split the $150 per month membership dues, and also split monthly exhibit space and solo shows, but get a full Artist Page on this website. Shared memberships will be juried into the Gallery as a pair — with paired members both meeting quality standards and splitting time contributed to Gallery activities.
Membership privileges include:
• Your work on view in the gallery at all times.
• Solo show every 2-3 years.
• Full voting privileges in all gallery affairs.
• Opportunities to have hands-on experience in the ongoing workings of the gallery.
• Gallery-supported advertising and monthly press releases.
• Access to and representation on the WPG’s professional website, which includes sales opportunities.
• Opportunities to attend WPG-sponsored special events, outings, lectures, and other affairs.
• Shared information regarding exhibitions of interest and juried exhibition opportunities.
• Artists receive 60% on sale of their artwork. Artists set the price of their work.
In addition, as a WPG member, you will engage with the programs of the Washington Print Foundation, which promotes fine-art printmaking by fostering the creation and appreciation of artist-made prints through education, exhibition, and community outreach programs.
Questions? Want to join? Please contact our Gallery Director with your questions or to submit a membership application.