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PrintAustin is an artist-led nonprofit working with local venues and artists to showcase traditional and contemporary approaches in printmaking. Join us during our annual festival, January 15-February 15, 2022, when we offer printmaking-focused experiences and virtual programming. Calls for artists open August 1
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The Art of Printmaking

Below find videos from our 2021 programming and PrintEXPO Conference–something for both collectors
and experienced printmakers! More can be found on our YouTube channel.

Caster Printing Workshop with Sheila Goloborotko

Aiming to find a substitute for an Etching Press that would provide quality printing for Intaglio plates, artist and professor Sheila Goloborotko discovered that printing with a caster resulted in similar results. During this session, she shares her findings and demonstrates this new-found technique.


Artist Talk with Jennifer Anderson
Join Printmaker Jennifer Anderson as she discusses her process of how she brings Ideas to Prints. Anderson works in multiple media prior to developing an image on a printmaking matrix, and finds that her work in charcoal, watercolor & graphite help inform her printmaking process. She will offer many examples, live from her studio, as well demonstrate her approach to the beginning stages of a drypoint print.

Printmaking and Its Influence on French Impressionism: Lecture by Daryl Howard

Join Daryl Howard as she shares the development of the Japanese Print from its beginning to the current day. She talks briefly about the technique itself and how it changed through history. Howard relates how Impressionism rebelled against the French Academy and utilized many elements from the Japanese print to begin their new path.

Carving and Printing Relief Blocks on the Letterpress

Join Kat Hartley of One Straw Press as she demos carving and printing relief blocks on the letterpress. This will be a combination of recorded and live content.

Lego and Be: Demonstration by Martin Mazorra

In this 20-minute presentation, Brooklyn-based Artist Martin Mazorra shares how they came to terms with making art during quarantine without access to the tools and facilities traditionally used to make woodcuts and letterpress prints. By showing images of the steps and missteps, Mazorra reveals how through mindful play they adapted toy Lego building blocks to stamp a richly layered multi-color series of Coney Island sideshow-themed artworks.

Art as Activism: Talk by Ann Johnson and Rabéa Ballin

“This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.” — Toni Morrison-1984. The power of art in times of distress, resistance, and rebellion has reemerged. Rabéa Ballin and Ann Johnson examine process, content and ultimately artists using their passion and creativity as a form of activism.

Programs

Exhibitions, Talks, Demos & Workshops

Venues across the city including galleries, art studios and educational institutions, opened their doors (or computers!) to the public during the PrintAustin festival. 2021 looked different than past years due to necessary accommodations to support health guidelines addressing the pandemic, but the festival still forged ahead. We’re looking forward to more in-person experiences in 2022! 

The Contemporary Print: 5x5

The Contemporary Print: 5x5

The Contemporary Print (TCP) juried exhibition is a survey of traditional printmaking techniques and innovative approaches in contemporary printmaking. Presented in collaboration with Big Medium, TCP: 5×5  2021 was juried by Delita Martin and presented as a virtual exhibit January 15 – February 19. Artist features and interview podcasts with Pine.Copper.Lime. and Studio Noize Podcast are still available on our Blog.

PrintEXPO

Our annual print fair was reimagined for 2021 as a virtual experience where artists showcase and sell their latest prints online, and attendees can discover techniques and processes via a one-day virtual conference on February 6, 2021. See recorded conference content and artist profiles at printexpo.org.

Sponsors

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, and by the Still Water Foundation.

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