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Open Calls

Each year as part of our festival, we offer opportunities for artists and galleries to exhibit and discuss their work and printmaking processes. 

FESTIVAL REGISTRATION FOR GALLERIES AND ART VENUES

Are you in the Greater Austin Area and interested in being part of PrintAustin’s festival by holding print-related event(s) during January 15-February 15 ? Should you wish to hold an event such as an exhibit, panel discussion, or demo during this time period, we will  help you promote your event via our email announcements, social media, and our city-distributed printed brochure. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at info@printaustin.org and include your phone number and a good time to call.  

Rashaun Rucker, Resting In BlackLinocut (18 x 24)

THE CONTEMPORARY PRINT (TCP) — Juried exhibition

The Contemporary Print is presented in collaboration with The Art Galleries at Austin Community College for an exhibit from January 23 through March 13, 2023. Zane Bennett Contemporary Gallery representatives will be extending individual invitations to artists selected to TCP for exhibition in their gallery during Print Santa Fe in April 2023. PrintAustin will be responsible for shipping the work from Austin to Santa Fe. Reception dates TBD. 

JUDGING: This is a blind jury, and works will be judged on traditional printmaking techniques and innovative approaches in contemporary printmaking. While non-traditional or digital output is accepted as a print element, submissions must utilize traditional print media as their primary technique. These include lithography, relief, intaglio, silkscreen, photopolymer plate (i.e. SolarPlates), and monotype. Solely digital and photographic prints are not eligible. For questions regarding eligible media, please contact info@printaustin.org. NOTE: You may enter the same work into 5×5 and TCP should you decide to enter both contests. However, you will be disqualified from winning top prize in TCP should you be selected into 5×5.

ABOUT OUR JUROR:  Rashaun Rucker (b. 1978, Winston-Salem, NC) ) is a product of North Carolina Central University and Marygrove College. He makes photographs, prints and drawings and has won more than 40 national and state awards for his work. In 2008 Rucker became the first African American to be named Michigan Press Photographer of the Year. He also won a national Emmy Award in 2008 for documentary photography on the pit bull culture in Detroit. Rucker was a Maynard Fellow at Harvard in 2009 and a Hearst visiting professional in the journalism department at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013. In 2014 Rucker was awarded an artist residency at the Red Bull House of Art. In 2016 Rucker was honored as a Modern Man by Black Enterprise magazine. In 2017 Rucker created the original artwork for the critically acclaimed Detroit Free Press documentary 12 and Clairmount. His work was recently featured in HBO’s celebrated series Random Acts of Flyness and Native Son. In 2019 Rucker was awarded the Red Bull Arts Detroit micro grant and was named a Kresge Arts Fellow for his drawing practice. In 2020 Rucker was named A Sustainable Arts Foundation Awardee. Rucker was a 2021 resident at the International Studios and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn, New York and is currently a Mellon Resident at the University of Michigan Institute of Humanities. Rucker’s diverse work is represented in numerous public and private collections.

Discounts: PrintAustin members will be able to pay $2 to enter vs the regular $35 fee. Find out more about membership. We have a limited number of waived registration fees regardless of membership status for artists in need should you be experiencing hardship. Please email us at info@printaustin.org if you’d like to check availability.  All applications need to go through the CaFE application system. 

Mission Statement for The Art Galleries at Austin Community College: We believe that community-wide engagement with the visual arts produces important dialogues, creates new ideas, and gives voice to diverse viewpoints. We value arts education and open artistic expression through exhibitions and programming as a service to ACC and our community.

Deadline to apply: November 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (CST)

PrintAustin 5X5 and Print Santa Fe 5X5 — Juried exhibition

Juried exhibitions to be shown during PrintAustin and Print Santa Fe. Only one entry needed to apply to both exhibitions!

We’re excited to announce its 3rd iteration of 5X5, our juried exhibition with extended artist features. We’ve added a new dynamic this time and will have two jurors pulling from identical submissions, creating two exhibitions. Our jurors are Holly Borham, Curator of Exhibitions at the Blanton Museum of Art for the Austin exhibit and Jordan Eddy, Gallery Director at Zane Bennett, for the Santa Fe exhibit. For PA 5×5 we will have an in-person element at Link & Pin Gallery in Austin (Jan-Feb, 2023) for artists chosen by Holly Borham, and for PSF 5×5, an exhibition at Zane Bennett Gallery in Santa Fe (April 2023) of works chosen by Jordan Eddy. The 5X5 will feature five artists per juror, with artists selected based on their collective submission. Each winner will be awarded a $500 stipend.  

The ten 5X5 Selected artists will receive: 

  • A stipend of $500
  • Catalog of exhibition
  • A podcast interview with either Hello, Print Friend or Studio Noize
  • An invitation to participate in our Instagram Residency where they will take over PrintAustin’s Instagram account for up to 3 days to help promote their work 
  • The opportunity to participate in additional programming such as IGTV, Zoom conference, podcast, or panel discussion related to their work or studio practice
  • An Artist Feature in one of our weekly e-newsletter blasts during PrintAustin or Print Santa Fe 2023
  • Two pieces chosen to hang in an in-person exhibition at Link & Pin, mid January – February, 2023
  • All five pieces to hang in an in-person exhibition at Zane Bennett, April 2023

JUDGING: This is a blind jury and works will be judged on traditional printmaking techniques and innovative approaches in contemporary printmaking. While non-traditional or digital output is accepted as a print element, submissions must utilize traditional print media as their primary technique. These include lithography, relief, intaglio, silkscreen, photopolymer plate (i.e. SolarPlates), and monotype. Solely digital and photographic prints are not eligible. For questions regarding eligible media, please contact info@printaustin.org. 

ABOUT OUR JURORS:

Holly Borham has been at the Blanton Museum of Art since 2017, where she is Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings, and European Art. Her exhibitions include Fantastically French! Design and Architecture in 16th to 18th-Century Prints (2022), After Michelangelo, Past Picasso: Leo Steinberg’s Library of Prints (2021), and Copies, Fakes and Reproductions: Printmaking in the Renaissance (2019). Holly earned her PhD in Art and Archaeology from Princeton University and is a member of Print Council of America.

Jordan Eddy is a Santa Fe-based writer, curator, and gallerist. He is the director of form & concept and Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, and he is cofounder of the project space No Land. He has contributed to multiple print and digital publications. 

FEES AND DISCOUNTS: PrintAustin members will be able to pay $2 to enter vs the regular $35 fee. Find out more about membership. We have a limited number of waived registration fees regardless of membership status for artists in need should you be experiencing hardship. Please email us at info@printaustin.org if you’d like to check availability.  All applications need to go through the CaFE application system. 

Deadline to apply: November 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (CST)

PrintEXPO — our annual juried print fair

This fair is held at Blue Genie, a 9,000 square foot space in Central Austin.  We will be accepting registrations between September 1 and November 1 and the call is open to all local, regional, and international printmakers.  We will notify artists by December 1.

Dates: PrintEXPO will be held February 10-February 12, 2023. 

Tenative schedule: Friday we will be open to the public from 6-11pm, Saturday, 11am-5pm, and Sunday, 11am-3pm.  Vendors are expected to be at their booth, or within the facility, during all operating hours.

Prices: In 2023 we will be having a different floor plan than in past years. Vendors will be able to purchase wall space in a variety of formats/prices vs. the booth style shown to the left. Stay tuned as we work out these details. We know that fairs are expensive when combined with travel, lodging, and BBQ and we will keep our prices as low as possible.

Jurors: Our fair will be juried by members of PrintAustin’s Board. 

Celeste de Luna. PrintAustin’s 2021 Trade Portfolio

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. Artists complete an edition of 12 prints and receive a portfolio of 10 collated prints from the other participants. PrintAustin retains two prints from each edition, which will be sold to benefit our programming. Theme: none, however, the paper size is restricted to 12×12.”