The Washington Print Club [WPC] was founded in 1964 by twelve collectors, business leaders, and museum professionals.
The WPC aims to nurture a greater understanding and appreciation of the variety of often complex and interwoven printmaking processes. Moreover, prints and other works on paper often are more affordable and therefore a gateway for art lovers to build a collection.
The Washington Print Club welcomes print enthusiasts of all sorts—collectors, artists, scholars and students—to apply for membership.
Unlike some other print clubs, the WPC is a totally volunteer driven organization without official commitment to any of the numerous local museums and arts institutions. Its day-to-day operation is overseen by a purely volunteer board of directors. A volunteer advisory board is available to assist the directors when requested.
In the furtherance of its mission, the WPC conducts a robust educational program. Educational programs are held monthly—except during the summer—and are announced in the Club’s Bulletin and online. These enrichment opportunities range from curator-led exhibition tours and gallery visits to tours of private collections, artist’s studios, and print workshops.
The WPC also maintains active Instagram and Facebook accounts aimed at educating its social media followers about works on paper, the printmaking process, and events of interest.
Throughout its existence, the WPC has published a magazine featuring articles on a wide and broad array of topics. Our current periodical, On Paper, is published semi-annually. In addition to the articles, each issues has a full write-up on an area artist of note with full color illustrations of their work.
Over the course of its existence, the WPC has mounted a broad series of exhibitions both of member artists works as well as of works on paper from member collections. Since 2007, four exhibitions of member prints have been held at the American University Museum at the Katzen Center. The show in 2020 was devoted to portraits from member collections.
The Washington Print Club is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization formed under the District of Columbia Not-For-Profit Corporation Law.
To encourage and stimulate interest in prints and the Arts, including but not limited to history, study, education, printmaking, drawing, photography, collecting, preservation, making, techniques and enjoyment of prints and the Arts.
Lorena Bradford, Editor, On Paper
Melissa Fast, Website Administrator
Joan Filson, Secretary
Nancy Hirshbein, Membership Chair and Social Media Coordinator
Brian Weinstein, Treasurer
Beverly With, Program Chair
Christopher With, President