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experience contemporary printmaking

PrintAustin Collective, an artist-led nonprofit, works with local venues and artists to showcase traditional and contemporary approaches in printmaking. Join us during our annual festival, January 15-February 15, when we offer printmaking-focused experiences and virtual programming.
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PrintEXPO

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. 

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Programming

Exhibitions, Talks, Demos & Workshops

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: 5x5

The Contemporary Print and 5x5

The Contemporary Print (TCP) and 5×5 are juried exhibitions that are a survey of traditional printmaking techniques and innovative approaches in contemporary printmaking. 2023 artist features and interview podcasts can be found on our Blog. Be sure to join our mailing list, below, or follow us on instagram @printaustin to stay aware of releases. Check out our events page for information on these exceptional exhibitions and their opening receptions. 

PrintEXPO

We’re excited for 2024 so mark your calendars for February 9-11, 2024 for our annual print fair! In December you’ll get a chance to  peek at the vendor roster. Until then, discover techniques, processes, and artist panels via our past recorded conference content found on printexpo.org. We look forward to seeing you!

The Printmaker's Ball

The Printmaker’s Ball will be held February 9, 2024, as an opening night for PrintEXPO, our annual print fair featuring over 60 artists and galleries held that Saturday and Sunday. At the Ball, get a jump on any purchases while sipping signature cocktails and mingling with the artists in a fun atmosphere. Visit our EXPO website for vendor profiles presenting over the weekend.

Trade Portfolio

Inspired by the collaborative tradition and democratic nature of printmaking, our Trade Portfolio is an opportunity for artists to participate in a print exchange. The Trade Portfolio will be exhibited at PrintEXPO and virtually on our PrintEXPO website. A limited number of prints will be available for purchase. 

Artist Directory

Artists who are part of our member community help support our programming while showcasing a bit of their work through their artist profile.

Resources

Check out our exhibition catalogs, visit recorded artist talks, and see videos from our 2021 online PrintEXPO Conference–something for both collectors and experienced printmakers! More videos 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 Rashaun Rucker
Rashaun Rucker, our 2023 juror for The Contemporary Print, gives a glimpse into his life and art practice in this animated and inspiring talk, recorded and hosted by The Art Galleries at Austin Community College.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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