Each year as part of our festival (January 15-February 15), we offer opportunities for artists and galleries to exhibit and discuss their work and printmaking processes. We have begun to expand our programming outside of that window. Open calls can be found below.
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 email@example.com and include your phone number and a good time to call.
THE CONTEMPORARY PRINT (TCP) — Juried exhibition
The Contemporary Print is presented in collaboration with ICOSA for an exhibit from January 19 through February 17, 2024. 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, don’t hesitate to get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org. NOTE: You may enter the same work into 5×5 and TCP should you enter both contests. However, should you be accepted to both exhibits, you can only accept one. There will be a $500 prize for best in show.
ABOUT OUR JUROR: Mark Pascale is a lithographer and curator with an in-depth knowledge of contemporary and historical techniques of printmaking. He has been active in the Chicago art world for over forty years, as a curator, researcher, and teacher. Currently, he is Janet and Craig Duchossois Curator in the Department of Prints and Drawings at The Art Institute of Chicago, and concurrently Senior Lecturer in Print Media, at School of the Art Institute. He has an impressive record of exhibitions and publications, most recently for the exhibition catalogues Lygia Pape: Tecelares, Joseph E. Yoakum: What I Saw, Hairy Who? 1966–1969, Charles White, Along the Lines: Selected Drawings by Saul Steinberg, Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions, Contemporary Drawings from the Irving Stenn Jr. Collection, and Jasper Johns: Gray. In addition, Pascale remains active as a lecturer and presenter, with venues including The Museum of Modern Art, Cranbrook Academy, Chazen Museum, University of Wisconsin-Madison; IMPACT IV International Printmaking Conference, Berlin and Poznan, Poland (Session Chair); and the Mid America Print Council Conference at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (panelist). Currently, he is working on exhibitions including a retrospective of the work of Christina Ramberg (2024), as well as a focus on four Chicago artists, Evelyn Statsinger, Ted Halkin, Barbara Rossi, and Christina Ramberg.
Discounts: PrintAustin members will be able to pay $10 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 email@example.com if you’d like to check availability. All applications need to go through the CaFE application system.
Deadline to apply: October 1, 2023 at 11:59pm (CST)
PrintAustin 5X5 — Juried exhibition
Juried exhibition to be shown during PrintAustin.
We’re excited to announce the 4th iteration of 5X5, our juried exhibition with extended artist features. Our juror is J Myszka Lewis. We will publish the works on-line and have an in-person element at Georgetown Arts Center in nearby Georgetown, TX. The 5X5 will feature five artists which will be selected based on their collective submission. Each winner will be awarded a $500 stipend.
The 5X5 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 2024
- Work chosen to hang in an in-person exhibition at Georgetown Arts Center, January 12-February 11, 2024.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT OUR JUROR:
J Myszka Lewis is a visual artist who uses print media, embroidery, and painting to consider various concepts that stem from considerations of pattern and repetition. Lewis received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2010 and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015. She has participated in many group exhibitions at places such as the International Print Center New York (New York, NY), Charles Allis Art Museum (Milwaukee, WI), Soap Factory (Minneapolis, MN), Museum of Wisconsin Art (West Bend, WI), Trout Museum of Art (Appleton, WI), and the Chazen Museum of Art (Madison, WI). She has participated in residencies at the Jentel Foundation in Banner, Wyoming and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Nebraska. She has been a finalist for a Luminarts Cultural Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship, the Hopper Prize, and the Forward Art Prize. In 2018, she received the Edna Wiechers Art in Wisconsin Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Division of the Arts.
Lewis has also been a curator at Tandem Press since 2015. In this role, she has curated numerous exhibitions of Tandem Press artworks, including solo presentations by Suzanne Caporael, David Lynch, Judy Pfaff, Alison Saar, and T.L. Solien. She has presented Tandem Press at internationally-recognized art fairs such as The Armory Show, EXPO CHICAGO, IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair, INK Miami, and others. She is based in Madison, Wisconsin.
FEES AND DISCOUNTS: PrintAustin members will be able to pay $10 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 email@example.com if you’d like to check availability. All applications need to go through the CaFE application system.
Deadline to apply: October 1, 2023 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 from September 1- October 15. The call is open to all local, regional, and international printmakers. We will notify artists by November 1.
Dates: PrintEXPO will be held February 9-February 11, 2024.
Tenative schedule: Friday we will be open to the public from 6-10pm, Saturday, 12pm-6pm, and Sunday, 12pm-5pm. Vendors are expected to be at their booth, or within the facility, during all operating hours.
Prices: 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 PrintAustin’s board of directors.
Celeste de Luna. PrintAustin’s 2021 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.”
Todd Lucas, TAMU-Kingsville
This event will be held during PrintEXPO on Saturday, February 11, 2023, starting at noon and ending when all blocks are printed, around 4pm.