Five things to do at PrintAustin this year: Printmakers showcase their work across town – Arts

The order of entropy by Anna Trojanowska

The PrintAustin collective was co-founded in 2013 by local printmakers Cathy Savage and Elvia Perrin to bring attention to Austin’s vibrant printmaking scene. Together, they produced with their advisers the first month-long festival in 2014 (January 15-February 15). PrintAustin has since grown to include over 60 print-focused events serving thousands of members of the public each year, with returning and new attendees each year. That means there’s a lot to try and take in, citizen – even without considering those damn ronas that are still messing up the work this year – and so here are five recommendations for you. But, yes, check the relevant websites (especially for any last minute schedule changes caused by a pandemic.

Contemporary print

Ah, Big Medium in the Canopy Complex in Springdale – it’s PrintAustin’s epicenter from the start, and it’s still a must-see founding exhibit for every festival. Witness a survey of traditional printmaking techniques and innovative approaches to contemporary printmaking, curated by John Hitchcock, professor (and professor of printmaking for 20 years) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The show has an opening reception on Friday January 14, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., which serves to inaugurate the entire festival. Note: they will make an appointment for 30-minute tours in the gallery with a capacity of only 10 people for each time slot, and of course everyone will be masked.


This is a Slugfest show, but it’s not at Slugfest – so you won’t be able to pet the kittens that reign over this historic bastion of local print excellence. No, Tom Druecker and Margaret Simpson and their inkblot cohort – Shailee Thakkar, Theresa Bond, Alan Tull, Jill Thrasher and Carol Hayman – exhibit their recent projects at Link & Pin, accompanied by the presence of the annual business portfolio, “Terms extreme weather. ” And it starts with a reception on Saturday January 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Link & Pin, 2235 E. Sixth # 102

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Not very close to town, but in Contracommon, near the Bee Cave’s Galleria, this show is a great excuse to take a drive and end up in a booth-style group exhibit examining contemporary feel in Austin and across. the central Texas area. The exhibition includes works in a variety of printing techniques, including monotype, collography, intaglio, cyanotype, screen printing, linocut, woodblock print and alternative relief printing – by talents like Forrest Aderholt, Molly Knobloch, Taylor Bailey, Kyle Saldaña, Ashlyn Briscoe, Brock Caron, Denise Elliot Jones, Qarthian, Stephanie Khattak, and more.

Vernissage: Sat, Jan 15, 6-9 p.m.
Contracommon, 12912 Hill Country Blvd., Ste. F-140

Boykins by Ryan O’Malley

PrintAustin 5×5

We’re going to send you back to Canopy with this one, because on Friday January 21 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Ivester Contemporary is hosting the reception of this virtual exhibit with a jury from Caitlin Clay, Curator of Exhibitions at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, presenting works by five contemporary artists from the United States, Mexico and Poland – Kena Kitchengs, Ryan O’Malley, Junli Song, Anna Trojanowska and Linda Whitney – offering a broad survey of printmaking from around the world.
Ivester Contemporain, 916 Springdale, Bât. 2, # 107

The engravers’ ball and the printing fair

And here is the big fundraiser and the opening night of the PrintExpo of the last weekend. This exhibit is where you can purchase original prints directly from the artists, watch live demonstrations, and experience the large-scale limning of steamroller printing (done in conjunction with the Art Department of Texas A&M ) – and all the action takes place in the expansive Blue Genie Bazar des Arts. Note: All Ballers will get their first impressions of the prints during a cocktail-fueled mix & mix, and the VIPs of the evening will also get to see Bob Schneider’s work up close and personal, with a chance to meet the artist.
Ball: Fri 11 Feb 7-10 p.m.
$ 20 ($ 75, VIP)
Expo: February 12-13; Sat, 12 pm-6pm; Sun, 10 am-2pm
Blue Genie Art Bazaar, airport 6100

PrintAustin 2022, Jan.15-Feb. 22.

A version of this article appeared in print on January 14, 2022 with the title: Five things

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