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 23nd year and is no longer limited to
residents of the tri-counties
(Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo).