Ends on November 1, 2019

$35.00 USD


PrintAustin is thrilled to announce the open call for its 7th annual juried international exhibition, The Contemporary Print. Presented in collaboration with Big Medium, this year’s exhibition will be juried by Claudia Zapata and be held at Big Medium gallery during PrintAustin 2020. 

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 admin@printaustin.org.

EXHIBITION DATES  January 17 – February 15, 2020

OPENING RECEPTION  Friday, January 17, 7-10pm

VENUE  Big Medium, 916 Springdale Road, Bldg 2 #101, 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.

Visit www.printaustin.org to learn more about our open calls, and other exhibition and collaboration opportunities. You may also find us on Instagram, and Facebook.

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.

ABOUT THE JUROR  Texas-born curator, artist, and doctoral candidate, Claudia Zapata, joins us from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where she currently acts as the Latinx art curatorial assistant in support of their upcoming exhibition ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965-Now. Claudia's passion for Chicanx and Latinx art, and identity-based exhibitions has inspired her previous work as the Curator of Exhibitions and Programs at Mexic-Arte Museum, the Co-Founder of the Puro Chingón Collective, and now the pursuit of a Ph.D. in Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture at Southern Methodist University. 

To learn more about Claudia and her work, visit claudiaelisazapata.com/about.

AWARDS  The PrintAustin Award ($500 cash) is given to one outstanding artist part of The Contemporary Print 2020.

ELIGIBILITY Open to local 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 6 - 10          Shipped artwork due. Hand-delivery arranged upon request only. International shipping will receive special instructions.

JAN  17                Opening Reception 7-10 PM

JAN 17 - FEB 15  Exhibition dates

FEB  18                Return shipping begins

COMMISSIONS & FEES  We encourage artwork sales during the run of the exhibition. Artist receives 70% commission, while Big Medium and PrintAustin split a 30% commission. Please consider commissions when pricing your work.

SALES & COPYRIGHTS  Your entry grants PrintAustin and Big Medium permission to use artist statements, artist biography, and image(s) of your work in the PrintAustin 2020 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. Artists may enter up to 3 images, detail images, audio or video for entries consisting of installations, time-base works, or 3-D works. Payment must be received by entry deadline of November 1.

ENTRY GUIDELINES  All entries must be submitted through this form by 11:59 PM (MT), November 1, 2019. 

File format: JPEG (“Quality” set to Maximum).  Audio and video files may be submitted if essential to represent the work (i.e. time-based works, etc.). MP3 files may be submitted for audio. MP4 files may be submitted for video. All submissions must include at least one JPEG. 

File dimensions: Images must be at least 5” or 1500 pixels wide

File resolution: 300 dpi for print

File size: 5 MB maximum

File Name: First Name_Last Name_Image # (e.g.: Albrecth_Durer_1.jpg.)

INSTALLATION 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 if 2D, and be installation ready

o  No sawtooth hangers

o  Plexiglass only

o  White mats and frames 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 (102 cm) on either side, 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 admin@printaustin.org 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 to the installation requirements above. 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, 2019.

ARTIST STIPEND  Selected artists will receive a stipend. Stipend amount TBD.


o  Artists are responsible for 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 that can be used for return shipping.


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 6 - 10, 2020.

o  Hand-delivery arranged upon request ONLY.

o  International artists will receive special shipping instructions.

LOAN AGREEMENT  Loan agreement will be provided by PrintAustin, and will be emailed with your acceptance. Signed agreement must be digitally submitted before artwork is shipped OR a signed printed copy may accompany the artwork when shipping.


ATTN: PrintAustin - TCP 2020

Big Medium

916 Springdale Road, Bldg 2 #101

Austin, Texas 78702