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PrintAustin is thrilled to announce the open call for its 8th annual juried international exhibition. As we are all experiencing unprecedented times with Covid-19, we have decided to shift our typical format of The Contemporary Print (TCP) to focus on a smaller group of selected artists. The Contemporary Print: 5x5 is presented in collaboration with Big Medium and will be juried by Delita Martin. Our exhibition will exist as a virtual platform, including in-depth Artist Features and online programming. 

The Contemporary Print: 5x5 will feature five artists who will be selected based on their collective submission. 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 admin@printaustin.org.

EXHIBITION DATES: January 15 – February 19, 2021

PLATFORM: printaustin.org and bigmedium.org


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.


Big Medium is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to supporting artists and building community through the arts in Austin and across Texas. Big Medium produces the East and 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.


Delita Martin is a Texas-based full time artist and printmaker, and owner of Black Box Press Studio. She received a BFA in Drawing from Texas Southern University and an MFA in Printmaking from Purdue University. Formerly a member of the fine arts faculty at UA Little Rock in Arkansas, her work is nationally and internationally recognized, having appeared in several publications, book covers, and in mainstream movies. Martin has exhibited her work in State of the Arts: Discovering American Art Now, and was named one of sixteen African American artists to watch by the International Review of African American Art. She is also set to be the Keynote Speaker at the MAPC Conference Power of Print: Resistance & Revolution Symposium at Kent State University later this fall.


SEPT 1                 Call opens

NOV 1                   Registration Deadline. All entries due by 11:59 PM (CST)

DEC 1                   Email notifications sent to all artists

JAN 15 - FEB 19, 2021   Exhibition dates 

5x5 Selected artists will receive:

* A stipend of $500

* 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 2021


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 is eligible. As this event is virtual, there is no limit on dimension. Works that have exhibited in past TCP exhibitions are not eligible. Work must be produced within the last 5 years. We appreciate your cooperation in helping us provide a fresh and current survey of printmaking today.


Artists are limited to one application and must submit five cohesive artworks to be considered. For artists selected, all five artworks will be exhibited. Artists may enter multiple images, detail images, audio, or video for entries consisting of installations, time-base works, or 3-D works.

COMMISSIONS We encourage artwork sales during the run of the exhibition. Artist receives 70% commission, while Big Medium and PrintAustin split a 30% commission. Artists would be responsible for shipping artwork to the buyer within a 2-week period from date of sale. Once selected, we will help you price your work to include shipping fees and commission. 

SALES & COPYRIGHTS Your entry grants PrintAustin and Big Medium permission to use artist statements, artist biography, and image(s) of your work on our websites, social media, and any marketing or public relations material. PrintAustin will provide image credit with information you provide on your application.

FEES We understand that the pandemic has affected artists disproportionately. In response, we have made the application fee optional for those that wish to participate but are facing tough financial times. If you are unable to pay the $35 application fee, we ask that you still help cover a $10 processing fee for your application. If either fee is inaccessible to you, please contact us at admin@printaustin.org. For those able to pay and help support our organization, a fee of $35 is due at the time of submission.


All entries must be submitted through our Submittable.com form by 11:59 PM (MT), November 1, 2020.

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 printed catalog

File size: 5 MB maximum

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

NOTIFICATIONS  Email notifications will be sent to all artists by December 1, 2020.

ARTIST STIPEND  Selected 5x5 artists will receive a $500 stipend by the end of February 2021. 

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.