Washington Print Foundation Mission & Programs
The Washington Print Foundation promotes fine-art printmaking by fostering the creation and appreciation of hand-pulled, artist-made prints through education, exhibition, and community outreach programs.
Members of the foundation include print collectors, professional printmakers, and others interested in preserving traditional printmaking. Become a member.
The Washington Print Foundation’s strong series of programs are designed to educate the public on the beauty, value, history, and artistic importance of printmaking.
Through exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops, lectures, and community events, the Foundation seeks to retain and underscore the importance of keeping the traditional arts alive even as colleges and universities increasingly embrace digital art and computer technology.
Annual January Invitational Exhibition – showcases and celebrates the work of master printmakers, who have influenced subsequent generations of artists, and brings them to the attention of the broader community. Past Invitees include: Clare Romano, Hung Liu, Renee Stout, Karen Kunc, Tanja Softic, Lou Stovall, Aline Feldman, and Helen Frederick.
Annual National Small Works Exhibition – exhibits prints by artists from across the nation. Past jurors have included Eric Denker (Senior Lecturer National Gallery of Art); Krystyna Wasserman (Director of Library and Research Center, The National Museum of Women in the Arts); Linda C. Simmons (Curator Emeritus, The Corcoran Gallery of Art); Joann Moser (Senior Curator of Graphic Art, The Smithsonian American Art Museum); Katherine L. Blood (Curator of Fine Prints, Library of Congress); Stephen Phillips (Assistant Curator, The Phillips Collection); Greg Jecmen (Associate Curator, Old Master Prints and Print Room Supervisor, National Gallery of Art); Anne Shafer (Assistant Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Baltimore Museum of Art); Helen Frederick (Founder and longtime director of Pyramic Atlantic); and Jane Famer (independent curator). The artist who is awarded first prize receives a solo show at Washington Printmakers Gallery the following year.
The Lecture Series – hosts guest speakers on art-related topics and demonstrations of traditional and/or contemporary printmaking techniques. In recent programs, artist Takuji Kubo offered a lecture/demonstration of copper engraving, Professor Tran Van Dinh spoke on “The TAO of Art: Artistic Inspiration”. The lecture series also met at the National Gallery of Art’s Department of Prints and Drawings for a lecture about paper and papermaking by NGA Paper Conservator Kimberly Schenk.
The Docent Series – provides demonstrations of printmaking techniques to docents and other volunteers working at Washington-area museums and galleries such as the Foreign Language Docents from the National Gallery of Art in Nov 2008 and the Weekend Docents of NGA in Feb 2009.
The Foundation also supports and funds artist exchanges; residencies; publications and receptions for printmaking-related events; and, together with The Washington Print Club, an annual Excellence in Printmaking Award for a student graduating in printmaking studies.