PrintEXPO, our annual print fair, will be held on Superbowl Weekend, Feb. 9-11, 2024! Held at Blue Genie on 6100 Airport Blvd–a big and well-lit space large enough to hold around 70 vendors and a crowd–will showcase print artists from all over, include hands-on print activities, and of course, host our opening night fundraiser, The Printmaker’s Ball.
Video by Ben Munoz
Venues across the city including galleries, art studios and educational institutions, open their doors (or computers!) to the public during the PrintAustin festival. Attend a workshop, listen to a panel discussion, visit a gallery–in person or virtually! The festival ends with PrintEXPO, our annual print fair, which includes a steamroller printing event. Lots to see and do! Registration for events begins November 1, so stay tuned as events become populated.
The Contemporary Print and 5x5
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.
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.