Call Detail
The Contemporary Print 2019
Entry Deadline: 11/2/18
Application Closed

Entry Fee (Print Austin: The Contemporary Print): $35.00
Media Fee(Per Additional Piece Over 3): $10.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 10
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 3
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 10
Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: International
State: Texas
Event Dates: 11/2/18 - 11/2/18

PrintAustin is thrilled to announce the open call for its 6th annual juried international exhibition, The Contemporary Print. Presented in collaboration with Big Medium, this year’s exhibition will be juried by Dr. Anna Katherine Brodbeck, and be held at Big Medium Gallery during PrintAustin 2019.

The Contemporary Print is a survey of 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, photo polymer plate (i.e. SolarPlates), and monotype.

Solely digital and photographic prints are not eligible. For questions regarding eligible media, please contact

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EXHIBITION DATES  January 18 – February 16, 2019

OPENING RECEPTION  Friday, January 18, 7-10 PM
VENUE  Big Medium, 916 Springdale Road, Austin, Texas

ABOUT PRINTAUSTIN  PrintAustin is an artist-led nonprofit organization working with organizations and individuals throughout the Austin visual arts community to showcase traditional and contemporary approaches in printmaking during its annual festival, held January 15 through February 15.

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ABOUT BIG MEDIUM  Big Medium is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting contemporary art in Texas. Big Medium produces the East Austin Studio Tour, the West Austin Studio Tour, the Texas Biennial, and presents innovative exhibitions throughout the year in the Big Medium Gallery. Big Medium provides affordable studio space to artists, and partners with various organizations in Texas to help foster the arts and facilitate an inclusive cultural dialogue between artists and their communities.

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ABOUT THE JUROR  Dr. Anna Katherine Brodbeck has served as the Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art since January 2017. A Ph.D. in art history, Dr. Brodbeck earned her master’s and doctorate degrees from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, where she focused on Latin American art, as well as Islamic Art.

From 2013 to 2016, Dr. Brodbeck acted as the Associate Curator at Carnegie Museum of Art for a retrospective of the contemporary Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica, co-organized with the Art Institute of Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Previously, she was a curatorial research assistant at The Frick Collection, where she conducted research for Picasso’s Drawings, 1890–1921: Reinventing Tradition (2011). She worked at The Museum of Modern Art on the 2007 exhibition Richard Serra Sculpture: Forty Years as a curatorial intern, as well as gallery assistant at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.


* The PrintAustin Award  $500         

* The Gamblin Award  $200 + $200 Gift Certificate courtesy of Gamblin Artists Colors     

* The Awagami Paper Award  $100 + 50 sheets of  "Awagami Editioning" Japanese washi paper ($250 value)

* The Blick Art Materials Award  $150 Gift Certificate courtesy of Blick Art Materials

ELIGIBILITY Open to local, national, and international artists 18 years or older. Any 2-D or 3-D work including ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, and artist books that uses printmaking as the sole or primary technique in its execution are eligible. Work cannot exceed 72 inches (183 cm) in any direction.

Works that have exhibited in past The Contemporary Print exhibitions are not eligible to be considered for this year’s exhibition. We appreciate your cooperation in helping us provide a fresh and current survey of printmaking today.


SEPT 1                Call opens!

NOV 1                  Registration Deadline! All entries due by 11:59 PM (MT)

NOV                     Jury begins selection

DEC 1                  Email notifications sent to all artists

JAN 8 - 11           Shipped artwork due. Hand-delivery arranged upon request only. International applicants will receive special shipping instructions.

JAN  18                Meet the Juror & Members Preview 6-7 PM; Opening Reception 7-10 PM

JAN 18 - FEB 16  Exhibition dates

FEB  19                Return shipping begins

COMMISSIONS & FEES  We encourage artwork sales. Artist receives 70% commission, while Big Medium and PrintAustin split a 30% commission.

SALES & COPYRIGHTS  Your entry grants PrintAustin permission to use artist statements, artist biography, and image(s) of your work in the PrintAustin 2019 catalog, website, and any marketing or public relations material. PrintAustin will provide image credit with information you provide on your application.

FEES  $35 for up to 3 entries; $10 for each additional entry. Artists may enter multiple images/detail images for entries consisting of installations or 3-D works.

Payment via credit card using PayPal is preferred. Checks are also acceptable form of payment, made payable to PrintAustin mailed to 916 Springdale Road, Bldg. 1, Suite 218, Austin Texas 78702.

Payment must be received by entry deadline of November 1.

ENTRY GUIDELINES  All entries must be submitted through Online System.

File format: JPEG only. (3-D work may be presented in multiple views, counting as one entry.) If you need to submit audio files for installation based work, please contact

File dimensions: No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side.

File resolution: 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution)

File size: 5 MB maximum

File Name: LAST NAME_title of artwork

Images must be uploaded by 11:59 PM (MT), November 1, 2018.

FRAMING REQUIREMENTS  All work must be presented professionally as a cohesive group show. For this purpose, we require the following:

o    Prints should be professionally matted/floated and framed, and be installation ready
o    No sawtooth hangers
o    Plexiglass only
o    White or off-white mats
o    Frames should be white or natural wood only

International artists have the option to ship prints rolled or flat, and unframed (to be hung with a magnet system provided by PrintAustin).

Exceptions to above requirements include only works larger than 40 inches, 3-D works, and artist books.

For any special installation requirements, artist must provide a visual and detailed instructions included in the packaging or via email. We strongly encourage artists to contact to discuss special installation prior to shipping.

To ensure the quality of the exhibition, PrintAustin reserves the right to exclude any entry that presents complex hanging/exhibition problems or is not professionally framed.

PrintAustin may also reject any work that is not accurately represented in the digital file. The decision is final.

NOTIFICATIONS  Email notifications will be sent to all artists by December 1, 2018.


o    Selected artists will receive a shipping stipend, courtesy of Big Medium. Stipend amount TBD.
o    Artists are responsible for return shipping, and must include a prepaid return label. Your work will not be installed without it.
o    Shipped work must be packaged in a reusable carton, box, or crate.
o    PrintAustin will insure all works while in the gallery.
o    Artists are responsible for any damage or loss during transit.
o    Shipped works must be delivered to Big Medium between January 8 - 11, 2018.
o    Hand-delivery arranged upon request ONLY.
o    International artists will receive special shipping instructions.

**IMPORTANT: While selected artists will receive a shipping stipend, courtesy of Big Medium, artists are responsible for arranging shipping. You MUST include an easily located prepaid return shipping label with artwork. If you do not, your work will not be included in exhibit.

A high resolution jpeg of selected work will be required and requested once accepted for catalogue and promotional media use. Loan agreement will be provided by PrintAustin, and will be emailed with your acceptance. Signed agreement must accompany the artwork when shipping.


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