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The Contemporary Print

The Contemporary Print is presented in collaboration with The Art Galleries at Austin Community College for an exhibit from January 23 through March 13, 2023. Zane Bennett Contemporary Gallery representatives will be extending individual invitations to artists selected to TCP for exhibition in their gallery during Print Santa Fe in April 2023. PrintAustin will be responsible for shipping the work from Austin to Santa Fe. Reception dates TBD.

JUDGING: This is a blind jury, and 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 NOTE: You may enter the same work into 5×5 and TCP should you decide to enter both contests. However, you will be disqualified from winning top prize in TCP should you be selected into 5×5.

ABOUT OUR JUROR: Rashaun Rucker (b. 1978, Winston-Salem, NC) ) is a product of North Carolina Central University and Marygrove College. He makes photographs, prints and drawings and has won more than 40 national and state awards for his work. In 2008 Rucker became the first African American to be named Michigan Press Photographer of the Year. He also won a national Emmy Award in 2008 for documentary photography on the pit bull culture in Detroit. Rucker was a Maynard Fellow at Harvard in 2009 and a Hearst visiting professional in the journalism department at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013. In 2014 Rucker was awarded an artist residency at the Red Bull House of Art. In 2016 Rucker was honored as a Modern Man by Black Enterprise magazine. In 2017 Rucker created the original artwork for the critically acclaimed Detroit Free Press documentary 12 and Clairmount. His work was recently featured in HBO’s celebrated series Random Acts of Flyness and Native Son. In 2019 Rucker was awarded the Red Bull Arts Detroit micro grant and was named a Kresge Arts Fellow for his drawing practice. In 2020 Rucker was named A Sustainable Arts Foundation Awardee. Rucker was a 2021 resident at the International Studios and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn, New York and is currently a Mellon Resident at the University of Michigan Institute of Humanities. Rucker’s diverse work is represented in numerous public and private collections.

Discounts: PrintAustin members will be able to pay $2 to enter vs the regular $35 fee. Find out more about membership. We have a limited number of waived registration fees regardless of membership status for artists in need should you be experiencing hardship. Please email us at if you’d like to check availability. All applications need to go through the CaFE application system.

Mission Statement for The Art Galleries at Austin Community College: We believe that community-wide engagement with the visual arts produces important dialogues, creates new ideas, and gives voice to diverse viewpoints. We value arts education and open artistic expression through exhibitions and programming as a service to ACC and our community.

Deadline to apply: November 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (CST)

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