2nd Impression – Round Rock Arts PRINTS Show

Open Art Call: Deadline NOV 22, 2021

Collagraphs by Artist, NJ Weaver (Juror): Website: NJWeaver.com and Instagram: @NJWeaver

What is “2nd Impression” – 2 iterations of the same plate

Show Dates: JAN 12 – MAR 11, 2022

Exhibited at: Downtowner Gallery – 231 East Main Street, Suite 160, Round Rock, TX

The technical processes of printmaking are unlike most other art forms with the majority of the creative process happening before ink ever touches paper. Even after all that planning, with all of the specific skills and equipment, the outcome can be varied by the way you pull the print.

In this show, we invite the viewer in for closer looking to appreciate the nuances which make this art form so unique; ultimately to understand why each print is an original in its’ own right.

The beauty of printmaking is the ability to create multiple originals. We want to hang 2 of “the same” prints side by side so that the viewer gets to compare the distinctions. 

For each entry to this show, you will submit 2 impressions from the same plate but reflecting distinct differences. It might be an etching inked with different colors. It might have hand painted or collage elements. It might be one you consider final and one that is an artist’s proof. It might be the first pull from a monoprint and the ghost image. It might be reduction woodcut at one of the stages when there’s no turning back. It might show a registration difference. Our juror will want to see two of “the same” that are “not the same” –  any part of your working process or final results which you pulled 2 very different prints from the same plate.

Yes, 1st impressions matter. So do 2nd Impressions.  

Our primary focus will honor traditional hand pulled printmaking techniques. These include relief, intaglio, silkscreen, lithography, monotype, and photopolymer plate (i.e. Solarplates). Innovative approaches in contemporary printmaking (digital) will be considered as long as traditional print methods are still the primary technique. Purely digital and photographic prints are not eligible.

Submission is $20 for 1-3 sets/pairs (from the same printing plate). Each set of 2 impressions will upload under one entry, there will be 2 links per entry for each print in the SET to be uploaded.

No size restrictions. Two-dimensional visual art will be the primary focus of this show, but we will consider three-dimensional objects if printmaking is involved. 2D work must be framed and wired (see below).

Help us market your work! In collaboration with Print Austin, we can publicize up to 10 additional events. Do you have a print-focused event, workshop, demo, signing, talk, panel, or art happening in mind? It can be either in real life or a virtual format. We invite you to pitch your concept to us at info@roundrockarts.org.

Round Rock Arts is a proud supporter of artists in our community. We are pleased to consider your artwork for this juried art exhibit. Since we do not take commissions from sales, artists are encouraged to donate a portion of potential sales to Round Rock Arts to support future programming (indicate at submission). We sincerely appreciate any contributions from our artists.

If you have any questions, please email info@roundrockarts.org

Meet our Jurors:

NJ Weaver is a Texas mixed media artist and printmaker with a studio in Round Rock. Her intuitive abstract art is rich in color, texture and light. Using primarily monoprint, collagraph, chine collé, and other relief methods, she enhances the surfaces with paint, encaustic, paper, photography, miscellaneous objects and ephemera. NJ is a member of Women Made Gallery and a PrintAustin board member. Find her work at: NJWeaver.com Instagram @NJWeaver

Ernie Wood works principally in relief woodblock and linocut using the reduction technique. He has studied printmaking at North Carolina State University (Raleigh), where he also did graduate work in architecture; Art School at Laguna Gloria (Austin); Flatbed Press, (Austin); and Austin Community College, which has purchased his work for its permanent collection. Ernie has worked as an art columnist/critic for newspapers in New Jersey and North Carolina, editor of “North Carolina Architect” magazine and Design Editor of “Southern Living” magazine. Find his work at: Instagram @ErnieWood_printmaker


  • Show runs:  January 12 – March 11 2022 
  • Reception (if possible): Saturday January 22 2022, 4:00 – 6:00pm
  • Call Deadline: Monday November 22 2021, 5:00pm
  • Artist Notification: Friday, December 17 2021
  • Drop off / Deliver artwork: Sunday, January 9 2022, 2:00 – 4:00pm
  • Pick up artwork: Sunday, March 13 2022, 2:00 – 4:00pm


  • Works chosen will be hand pulled prints done with traditional printmaking methods (not digital or photographic). Other printmaking methods may be considered if explained to jurors.
  • No size limitations. Work MUST be framed and wired (with D-rings to hang flat on the wall).
  • We accept only original works, created by the artist/entrant.
  • Entrants must be at least 16 years old at delivery of artwork. Parental consent required for artists under 18.
  • Artwork must be hand delivered (may NOT be mailed or shipped). No storage either before drop-off dates, or after pick-up dates. Shipped art will be rejected at delivery.
  • Artists may not substitute another work for an accepted work nor withdraw that work once it is accepted.
  • All artwork must be exhibited for the duration of the exhibit.
  • Only submit work that is available to exhibit. Do not submit the same piece to multiple venues.
  • Art must be family friendly as it will be displayed in a public space.
  • Selected artists must sign the artist agreement and Waiver of Liability form to be submitted electronically or printed and dropped off along with the artwork.


  • Label your work with and ARTWORK TITLE _YOUR LAST NAME: for example: Starry_Night_VanGogh.jpg
  • Formats accepted: jpeg, png, or gif. Max = 2 MB per image.
  • Each artist may submit 1-3 (one to three) pairs / sets of images for $20.
  • Price: use whole numbers only, no decimals or $ signs.  
  • Complete the Artist Information and Waiver of Liability.


  • Safety in the gallery and of security of the artwork is our priority! If work is deemed unsafe or difficult to display, it will be REJECTED from the show at our discretion. Artist will be notified.


Originality: In consideration of the opportunity to display my work to the public and other good and valuable consideration, the adequacy and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, I, the undersigned artist, certify that the art that I am submitting is my original art and that I am the author and creator of such art. I acknowledge that RRA reserves the right to accept or deny any submission with or without cause.

Promotion and Publicity: I grant RRA permission to publish in all media my name, artwork, and location for use in promotion through print media, television, and the internet. I further allow RRA to release such information to other persons and entities. My name will be attributed to my pieces that are shown by RRA or other persons or entities.

Responsibility: I understand that RRA and its partner gallery sponsors do not assume responsibility for loss or damage to my artwork(s) or the loss or damage to frames or glass, no matter how sustained. Reasonable safety and electronic security precautions are in place to ensure added protection of my work. I also understand that RRA strongly recommends that I carry my own personal property insurance. Current partners include Williamson County (Jester Justice Center), the city of Round Rock (The Downtowner Art Gallery), and Texas State University- Round Rock Campus.

Artwork remains in the gallery until the end of the exhibit: I understand that if my artwork is accepted for the show that the work may not be removed from the exhibition until the pick up date described in the Call for Art. It is my responsibility to notify RRA in writing or by email of a third-party pick-up of artwork at the conclusion of the exhibition. Artwork accepted by the judges, if sold prior to the exhibit, must be placed in the show. Replacement pieces are not accepted.