The Santa Barbara Printmakers (SBP) is a group of artists dedicated to creating and presenting prints that are made using hand and press printing techniques: etching, drypoint, monotype, mono print, woodblock, collagraph, linocut, clay, lithography, serigraphy, transfer, and digital programming.
The SBP has approximately 75 members
and operates under the guidance of a
coordinating committee. We present
several exhibitions each year and
disseminate news and information
about printmaking activities in the
Santa Barbara area via email,
this website, and occasional
field trips. Members include
emerging and established artists.
We are a volunteer organization and support our activities through dues and the talent, skill, and energy of members. The current Santa Barbara Printmakers community evolved from a small group of artists known as the Monotype Guild,
which started in 1989 with weekly monoprint
workshops and occasional exhibitions
of their work. The membership greatly
expanded with the decision to include
all types of hand-pulled prints in the
annual Open Juried Show, which is now
in its 24th year and is no longer limited
to residents of the tri-counties
(Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo).
Annual dues are $40, due at the end of March.