SGCI is the largest print organization in North America. Our annual conference is the biggest gathering focused on the field of printmaking. Artists from all 50 states and international attendees from Canada, South and Central America, and Europe regularly attend the conference.
MakeReady is SGCI’s social platform, App, voting site, and member file repository. MakeReady allows our members to share resources, ideas, projects, observations, and inquiries to broaden our discourse.
To get started: on your phone, go to where you download your apps, and search for SGC International.
Our vibrant network of 2,500+ artists, educators, and arts professionals is a resource for ideas, inspiration, and innovation. Through our programs, members can learn about career opportunities, apply for SGCI grants, be part of our mentoring program, and more!
An SGCI Membership gives access to inspiring dialogue about the making of original prints, drawings, books, and handmade paper. Through our resources, SGCI supports the inquiry, learning, and study of print education from a global perspective.
Lead a panel
Hold a demonstration
Submit pre-recorded content
We invite you to submit your proposals relating to our 2021 theme, MakeReady! The Virtual Event will happen via Zoom; Panels and demos will happen live, and pre-recorded content will also be featured throughout the conference. We welcome spoken word, performance art, and musical performances in addition to printmaking demonstrations, discussions, and more. Help us create a new format for sharing, connecting, and collaborating!
Please note: Due to the unique circumstances of 2020, we have a few changes to our Call for Participation structure:
• Thanks in part to the generosity of our donors, SGCI will be providing modest honorariums for each presenter.
• There will not be a Round 2 Call for Participation; panelists will compile their own panel
Find out more about how panels and demos are structured on our Conference FAQ page.
View our Members Traveling Exhibition 2019-2020
Heather Parrish, Transverse Atopia Screenprint, 2017, 22″ x 30″, www.heatherparrish.net
Recent months have brought much uncertainty about SGCI’s lineup of conferences. While we are disappointed to announce that we must postpone the Providence conference until a safer time, we are pleased to announce the following lineup:
25% Discount on Prints and Their Makers, a new book from Princeton Architectural Press, for SGCI Members! Valid through 01/14/21. Thanks to our friends at Princeton Architectural Press, SGCI is pleased to offer a 25% discount to SGCI members on the new publication Prints and Their Makers.
Download our new app to your phone to access the discount code! Search your app store for "SGC International" and check out SGCI's most recent post for the discount code and link to purchase!...
Call for Participation for MakeReady, a Virtual SGCI Event ⭐️ Apply by February 15th to:
⭐️Lead a panel
Hold a demonstration
Submit pre-recorded content ⭐️
Link in bio to application forms!
We invite you to submit your proposals relating to our 2021 theme, MakeReady! The Virtual Event will happen via Zoom; Panels and demos will happen live, and pre-recorded content will also be featured throughout the conference. We welcome spoken word, performance art, and musical performances in addition to printmaking demonstrations, discussions, and more! Help us create a new format for sharing, connecting, and collaborating!
Necessity drives the evolution of new technology; the current pandemic forced us to rapidly embrace virtual engagement on a large scale. The need for social distancing has impacted every facet of our lives and challenges the notion of printmaking as a cooperative process.
SGCI released MakeReady as a social platform for its membership—allowing members to share ideas, resources and collaborate on projects and create an online community that exists to produce accessible information for current and future printmakers exceeding even international limitations and drive the content for the organization. Programming developed for this conference will be hosted by SGCI long term and made accessible for members as we rethink SGCI’s digital capabilities.
Join us in launching SGCI’s online programming and celebrate the internal changes within the organization made to better serve the membership.
The MakeReady App was created by Kate McQuillen and Bryce Meyer....
New! Tiered Memberships starting at $5! Link in bio. Image credit: @tugboatprintshop
SGCI is pleased to announce a new Tiered Membership structure, designed to address flexibility, inclusivity, and our new virtual connectedness. Tier One starts with a $5 SGCI Membership rooted in MakeReady, our social platform, now available in desktop and mobile App formats. Like a makeready process of preparing a work for printing, this platform allows our members to and share resources, ideas, projects, observations, and inquiries to broaden our discourse. It also allows for voting on organizational decisions, giving each member a direct voice in SGCI’s governance.
We are also introducing a mid-level, $35/$15 Tier Two, which will give members access to a new series of virtual events that we will be running in the coming months. Tier Three represents the traditional $75/$35 SGCI Membership, with the ability to be an attendee at the conference or in-person events.
We also offer Sustaining and Patron Memberships, for those who choose to support SGCI with an additional donation. Your support makes a difference! Please note that in January of 2021, our Lifetime Memberships will be increasing to $1000 from the current amount of $500.
SGCI is committed to creating a non-profit that is equitable, accessible, and relevant to our printmaking community. After a one-year trial process, SGCI is hopeful that this tiered structure can become permanent for the organization. We invite you to join us in this experiment to create a new model for SGCI: Sign up today, spread the word, and download MakeReady to your phone!...
Prayer Flags for Puerto Rico, a Special Event organized for Puertográfico 2020, has taken shape despite the conference postponement! SGCI Member's Prayer Flags are being exhibited in Puerto Rico by Proyecto Matria, Inc., an organization dedicated to feminist entrepreneurship and human rights. In this new project, called Arepa Chic, Proyecto Matria are creating jobs for 30 women heads of households.
Four organizations in Puerto Rico were selected to receive sets of the flags, with each getting more about 200 flags: @Hispanic_Federation @pecesinc @ProyectoMatria @TallerSalud . Each are using the flags in their own unique way.
Thank you to all SGCI members who participated, and to the organizers, Beauvais Lyons and Justin Lenton at @utkprint
Learn more about @arepachic on their Instagram page.
Participating artists include:
Katie Emily Redd
Five Reasons to Give to SGCI this Giving Tuesday! 🎁 Link in bio to donate!
1️⃣Help us provide the highest level of closed captioning possible during MakeReady, our virtual event
2️⃣Provide honorariums to artists during MakeReady.
3️⃣A donation to SGCI is a donation to community. The arts are a vital tool for unifying communities. Members donations will help SGCI's support its mission to connect artists making original prints, drawings, books and handmade paper.
4️⃣”As someone coming from another country, building a network of colleagues and friends is never easy but the SGCI conferences have given me so many opportunities to contribute to growing the relationship between artist and community.” --Mizin Shin, Graduate Student Award Winner 2017
5️⃣As the nation’s first non-profit dedicated to the support of educators in printmaking, we’ve been fighting for printmaking’s worth in our world for a long time! We advocate for printmaking to be held in the highest esteem amongst the arts. You can help lift our voice!
#givingtuesday #contemporaryprintmaking @mizinshin @randy.garber2...
Please consider supporting SGCI this Giving Tuesday! Link in bio! Your donations will help us provide: Honorariums & Artist Fees for Presenters • Closed Captioning • at our Virtual Event this spring!
Featured artwork by SGCI member Randy Garber: “Diminuendo.” Sound, intaglio, relief, hand painting on player piano scrolls, boxes. @randy.garber2 #givingtuesday #closedcaption #contemporaryprintmaking #deafartists...
Du-Good Press is the first and only Black Woman owned fine art printshop in New York. Help Leslie reach her goal to expand her business!
#Repost @dugoodpress with @get_repost
“Looking Back To Find A Way Forward” 9” x 12” screenprinted edition of 666 by Leslie Diuguid on 540gsm Ebony Colorplan Published by Du-Good Press $60 (link in bio)
Exploitation can happen repeatedly to the individual Black Woman. This miscalculation of ability because being denied equal pay and opportunities for advancement result in a generationally compromised self-worth. Society historically fails to credit Black Women’s achievements. We, as Black Women, have been taught that exploitation is commonplace and to overcome this one must overachieve to get a fighting chance at meritocracy. This veiled existential death by a thousand cuts has had a significant effect on the foundational pillar of the Black family, its psychology and how others see and perceive Black Americans.
I am the first and only Black Woman owned fine art printshop in New York.
With your support, the first 100 sales of this print will pay for my security deposit and first month’s rent on my new storefront studio in Brooklyn.
666 sales will pay my rent for three months. And I will be prepared to ship the first week of December and beyond.
Part of my resilience as a Black Woman lies in the fact that I, too, have overcome being exploited countless times and have managed to walk away with dignity and a vision. I recognize this as a shared attribute among my gender and race. Contributions Black Women make to society are easy to identify, but their presence is grotesquely absent atop industry leadership and in decision-making roles. My goal in making this print available is to launch the next chapter of my collaborative art practice and to lead by example to build the future we need.
The power an individual can have in owning this message helps fund the solution both by investing in the growth and expansion of a Black Female owned business and by reminding the collector to work toward equity in the future of our society.
The link in my bio will take you to my website where you can purchase this print......
Announcing: SGCI GIVING TUESDAY
Honorariums & Artist Fees for Presenters • Closed Captioning
When community members share small acts of generosity, it adds up to a greater good. Link in bio to donate!
This spring, we hope to make our virtual event as equitable and accessible as possible. Please consider donating to this initiative to help us provide greater accessibility to our content, and give back to the artists who will share their work with us. SGCI membership will be the only cost to members to attend the virtual event.
You can take part! Make your gift early, share our campaign with your network, and post on social media about why you give to SGCI. Link in bio.
Giving Tuesday: December 1, 2020
Image: Randy Garber, Silence Takes Its Measure, 2000.
11' h x 10" w, four plate etching. @randy.garber2 #givingtuesday #contemporaryprintmaking...
MAKEREADY: A VIRTUAL SGCI EVENT
Spring of 2021 💚 We missed you! Reconnect with SGCI and fellow printmakers around the world this April!
Save the date: members, mark your calendars for April 10th and 11th for MakeReady, a weekend of virtual events with SGCI:
There’s more big news about SGCI Memberships just around the corner! Keep an eye on our social media and this space for updates, or sign up for our mailing list. #printmaking #contemporaryprintmaking #intaglio #lithography #serigraphy #silkscreen #reliefprint #woodcut #letterpress #risograph...
Serve on the SGCI Board, or nominate others! Thank you to our past and present board members for their testimonials about their service. ⭐️ Link in bio to learn more and access the nomination forms....
Congrats to SGCI’s President, Dr. Faisal Abdu’Allah, on his interview with @pine.copper.lime! ⭐️ Link in bio to podcast and images ⭐️ Many thanks, Miranda!
In this episode of pine|copper|lime Miranda speaks with Faisal Abdu'Allah @fauhaus . Faisal is known for his ambitious and political installation art pieces which utilise photography and printmaking. We’ll talk about his childhood growing up in London as the son of Jamaican immigrants, the place of the barber shop is his Afro-British community and how it left an indelible mark on his art practice, as well as why media and process and integral to his ideas, and how he centres community in his exhibitions. Faisal is also the current president of the Southern Graphics Council International @sgcinternational so we get a first hand account of how the organisation is adapting 2020 and the future of our beloved conferences. Listen now! Link in bio ⤴️
Recent months have brought much uncertainty about SGCI’s lineup of conferences. While we are disappointed to announce that we must postpone the Providence conference until a safer time, we are pleased to announce the following lineup:⠀
2022: University of Wisconsin-Madison⠀
2023: Puertografico, San Juan, Puerto Rico⠀
2024: Providence, Rhode Island⠀
For those of you who have transferred your registration to Providence, we will soon have a system in place to allow you to request one of the following:⠀
•Credit on your account that can apply to any SGCI related membership/registration whether it be virtual or otherwise⠀
Please contact us directly if you need immediate assistance with your funds.⠀
For those of you who applied to the Call for Participation, we will be in contact via email soon about your submission. ⠀
We look forward to engaging with you virtually in the coming months.⠀