February 8, 2023

On the Mark: PrintAustin 2019 Launches

More than 50 events celebrate Austin's robust fine art printmaking culture


Artists and printmakers Cathy Savage and Elvia Perrin launched the first PrintAustin in 2014 out of a seemingly obvious, though ultimately profound, realization.

With several well-established and nationally-regarded professional fine art print shops (Flatbed Press, Slugfest Press, Coronado Studio); a couple of nationally-recognized university printmaking programs (Texas State, University of Texas); an internationally acclaimed print collection (the Blanton Museum of Art); and a thriving local printmaking community, why wasn’t there a regular celebration of Austin as the fine art printmaking hub that it is?

Now launching its annual sixth iteration Jan. 15 through Feb. 15, PrintAustin once again wrangles together more than 50 events in the month-long festival, including 26 exhibits, 10 print demonstrations or workshops, four artist talks as well as a number special events.

Admission to most happenings is free; some art-making workshops have fees.

Need an entry point to all the PrintAustin events. Here’s a few recommendations:

The Contemporary PrintOpening: 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 18, Big Medium, 916 Springdale Road.
This year’s PrintAustin juried exhibit was selected by Katherine Brodbeck, assistant curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Koichi Yamamoto: Aspect Ratio, Artist’s talk 4 p.m., opening 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 18, Gallery Shoal Creek, 2232 E. MLK, Jr. Blvd. Exhibit continues through Feb. 23.
An installation of intaglio printed kites by Koichi Yamamoto.

Intaglio kite by Koichi Yamamoto

Amze Emmons: Momentarily & Yoonmi Nam: Arranged FlowersGrayduck Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. Exhibit continues through Feb. 17.
Two exceptional printmaker create delicate yet quietly bold artworks.

Women Of Flatbed: A Retrospective, A Discussion2 p.m. Jan. 26, Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E. 44th St. Exhibit continues through April 28.
Soon after its inception in 1989, Flatbed Press co-founder Katherine Brimberry realized the dearth of women printmakers. Now half of Flatbed’s printers are women who are celebrated in an exhibit, with Brimberry joining several of them in a panel discussion.

Judy Youngblood, “Unexpected Moon: Stormy Weather Suite,” soft ground, spit-bite and stage bite aquatint multi-plate etching, 2017

PrintEXPO + Steamroller 2019, 12 to 5 p.m. Feb. 2, Blue Genie Big Top, 6100 Airport Blvd.
Check out — and perhaps buy — the reasonably priced work by more than 48 artists at PrintEXPO. And the Steamroller event? Yes, it’s creating very large-scale prints using a steamroller.

Sightlines is a media sponsor of PrintAustin.

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
An award-winning arts journalist, Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the founder and editor-in-chief of Sightlines.

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