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 22nd year and is no longer limited to residents of the tri-counties (Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo).