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SGCI 2020 Virtual Open Portfolio

There's no stopping this tradition. Our printmaking community is ALWAYS TOGETHER!

Join SGCI’s 2020 Virtual Open Portfolio by posting a carousel of your artwork to Instagram and hashtag it #sgci2020op.

SGCI 2020 Virtual Open Portfolio



"Nuevas Tierras"
Here's a print I did towards the beginning of the semester. It was for my first portfolio exchange! I ran into a lot of technical issues with this as well, but got them all resolved! All I needed to do was wait for the relief ink to dry before printing the etching on top. The exchange is "We All Come from Somewhere" which would have been on display at SGCI in Puerto Rico.
I've been working on a new woodcut and will hope to be practicing my hand printing skills soon!
#wooodcut #relief #etching #aquatint #chinecolle #mixedtechniques #printmaking #printlife #portfolioexchange #missingthestudio #weallcomefromsomewhere #sgci2020op

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My (art)work has never been so relevant and so irrelevant. #sgci2020op ...

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Bringing some of these Santa Juanita screenprints to the #printexpo tomorrow for printaustin! I’m sharing a booth with katyseals, 11-5pm on Saturday. Sunday hours are 11-3pm. 6100 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX. Bring money! 😛
#printmaking #screeprints #printaustin2020 #printaustin #inkladies #handmadeprints #texasprintmakers #txprintmaking #handmade #artistsofinstagram #sgci2020op

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I hope you are all doing well. Here's another print that never got onto social media.
This was another print I had been working on earlier in the semester. I still need to go back and get some good prints out of this block. Unfortunately it's still in the print studio, so that will have to wait.
#woodcut #relief #printlife #printmaking #growinguphispanic #icecreamcart #alwaysinthestudio #missingthestudio #sgci2020op

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2019 – 20 Members Traveling Exhibition

Meet SGCI’s New Web Editor & Web Curator

Louise Fisher, our Web Editor is, an Iowa-based printmaker and a 2019 graduate of Arizona State University. She was the 2018 recipient of the SGC International Graduate Fellowship Award. Louise states about her process and artwork that she is “an interdisciplinary artist working in the expanded field of print; using methods of layering, impressing and repetition for it’s literal and visual enactment of time and the body. By integrating constructed and celestial time, geometric and organic forms, and digital and hand-drawn printmaking processes, I point to the complexities of our current experience with nature. Through an investigative visual language, I aim to rekindle an appreciation for natural light and ask viewers to consider how their rhythms are impacted by this new incessant LED world.” To get to know Louise a little better, you can read her complete bio and artist’s statement on her website and check out her interview from VoyagePhoenix.

Blake Sanders, our Web Curator, is a printmaking and foundations Instructor at Southeast Missouri State University. He has been an active member of SGCI since 2005 and has participated conference portfolios, exhibitions—both sanctioned and peripheral—and chaired two panels. His work looks “beyond anthropocentrism, emphasizing humans as a part of a global community—residents, not lords of the manor—who should be good neighbors to each other and all of nature.” In works that range from diverse print media to collaborative installation he strives to “provoke compassion within the culture” by intently observing himself and his family “to mine for the universal within the personal.” One of Blake’s most recent projects, Encountering Our Indelible Mark, is an exhibition that was installed in Santander, Spain at IMPACT10: Encuentro and an accompanying extensive web catalog. In an essay originally intended to be published in Graphic Impressions, Adriane Herman has reviewed this project. We are publishing Disrupting Our Disruption: Recycling Our Indelible Mark to mine a “wee bit of hope”  here so that you can get to know Blake and his curatorial work.

Look out for further announcements about the development of the written and visual content that Louise and Blake will be leading for our website. The submission process will be launching soon.


Exhibition Review

Disrupting Our Disruption:
Recycling Our Indelible Mark
to mine a “a wee bit of hope”

Adriane Herman

SGC International on Instagram

Contemporary Printmaking, Artist's Opportunities, and Print Exhibitions

Bright Days Ahead:
Announcing the 2020-22 SGCI Executive Board Slate of Nominees
Link in bio!

SGC International is thrilled to announce the 2020-22 Executive Board Slate of Nominees formed by our Nominating Committee. We are certain that you will agree, this inspiring group of individuals eager to lead our community into the future is indeed an example of optimism we are all reaching for today!
Under normal circumstances we would have made this announcement much earlier and voted today to affirm this slate of candidates. This year, however, our attention has been laser focused upon our current world circumstance and its effects upon Puertográfico. Given the complexity of SGCI’s current challenges the 2018-20 Executive Board has agreed to remain in place until May 1. It is our desire to hand off the leadership of our community with a clear financial picture and without involved, unfinished business. Over the course of the coming weeks we will be working earnestly to tighten matters up, share our perspectives, and present our incoming board with a clear path forward.
The SGCI membership will be affirming our next Executive Board through online voting. We are currently in the process of designing this process and plan to open this election for voting on April 15. We will be reaching out with details soon.
Best wishes to you all! We have bright days ahead!


Charles Beneke
SGC International, President

Who says we can’t have an SGCI Open Portfolio? Let’s make it virtual!
Post an Instagram carousel of your prints and hashtag it #sgci2020op.
Follow on Instagram or walk the room in our SGCI 2020 Virtual Open Portfolio on our website. Our printmaking community is  ALWAYS TOGETHER!
💜 PS—This is not just for SGCI Members! We’d love for all to contribute 💜

SGC International Puertográfico 2020 Registration Fee Handling Options: Link in Bio
SGC International is offering Puertográfico registrants three options for the handling of their registration fees. Registrants must log in to their SGCI account to make their choices. • Donate 100% of your registration fees to SGCI.
• Apply 100% of your conference registration fees towards our 2021 conference, Verified by Proof, in Providence, RI. • Request a refund of your conference fees. Students and Vendors—100% refund. Professionals—85% refund. Institutional Members—85% refund after the deduction of membership fees for the professionals covered by the Institutional Membership.

Donations and retained registration fees will help offset a projected $85,000 conference loss and prevent further damage to SGCI’s current assets. Funds will cover non-refundable expenses and commitments including payroll and professional expenses, bank and merchant fees, travel expenses, exhibition costs, and awards honoraria.
Registration fee handling choices must be made by June 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM PST. No transfers or refunds will be processed after this date.

SGCI membership fees will not be refunded. These fees cover annual operating expenses—payroll, insurance, accounting fees, website hosting and maintenance, and other essential expenses. Without membership fees SGCI would not be able to function.

Please read the link in our bio for more specific details about the development and rationale behind this Puertográfico registration fee handling plan.

Dear Puertográfico Registrants,
We want to update you on the Puertográfico postponement. We have spent much of this week reconciling our accounts and producing reports that precisely detail registration income and non-refundable expenses for Puertográfico. SGCI is currently finalizing plans for the handling of registrants’ conference registration fees. We are in the process of programming a page on our website that will allow each member to log in and handle their Puertográfico registration. We hope to make this page live to the membership next week. SGCI shares the urgency many of you feel in having this process resolved. We appreciate your continued patience as we work through the remaining logistical and technical details.
Thank you to those who have sent us messages; we have been heartened to receive your support during this difficult time. We wish all of you the best and look forward to continuing to connect with you virtually for now.
If you have further specific questions, please email
Thank you,
Charles Beneke
President, SGC International
Image: John Giorno
14 3/8 x 14 3/8 in
Coventry Rag 335g/m2

Amos Kennedy #amoskennedy @kennedyprints
Reach out to your print friends. We’re all in this together!

Our shops may be closed and we aren’t gathering for the annual SGCI conference, BUT the energy of camaraderie, friendship, and love found in our printmaking community never stops traveling. The strength of the print world is boundless and our bonds are resolute. Through the distance that we are all living and feeling, SGCI is determined to help keep us together. Today, a little Corita Kent to fill your hearts. Wishing you all well! #coritakent #sistermarycoritakent ...

PUERTOGRÁFICO 2020 TO BE RESCHEDULED. Due to to health concerns surrounding the Coronavirus, Puertográfico 2020 has been postponed. Please read the link in our bio for a letter from President Charles Beneke. ...

SGCI Coronavirus Survey: Are you registered to attend Puertográfico 2020? Link in bio.
SGC International needs your assistance in helping us with Puertográfico 2020 conference planning related to the coronavirus. The SGCI Executive Board and the Puertográfico 2020 Steering Committee want to make informed decisions and adjustments to conference planning as needed. There are a myriad of interrelated factors involved in SGCI conferences. One seemingly simple change often affects the dynamics of complex systems underlying our yearly gatherings. We need to hear from you about any changes to your plans to attend Puertográfico so that we are making decisions effectively.

Please take a minute to fill out this anonymous survey if you are registered to attend this year's conference in San Juan. These five quick questions will take you only a moment, but they will help us immeasurably.

If your institution has enacted a travel ban that will prevent you from attending the conference, please send a PDF of the announcement that you received informing you of this action to This documentation will be very helpful to us.

Thank you so much for participating actively and contributing to the well-being of our community.
Charles Beneke
President, SGC International

Each year, SGC International awards two student fellowships;
one undergraduate ($500) and one graduate ($1000). And due to the generosity of our friends at @awagami_factory and @gamblincolors we are able to offer a number of sponsored awards.
We are proud to announce this year’s awardees for Puertográfico 2020:

Undergraduate Fellowship: Lu Colby @onceinalumoon
Murray State University

Graduate Fellowship: Juana Estrada Hernandez @juanaseemyprints
University of New Mexico

Awagami Award
Mirela Malimban, @mirelajade Emily Carr University of Art & Design

The award of 100 sheets of ‘Awagami Editioning’ washi papers will be shipped directly to Mirela by Awagami Paper Mill in Japan.

Gamblin Awards
Gamblin Undergraduate Award: Maria Alfaro, #mariaalfaro Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design

Gamblin Graduate Award: Erin Wohletz, @erinwohletz University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Gamblin Emerging Artist Award: J. Leigh Garcia, @j.leighgarcia Assistant Professor at Kent State University

Gamblin presents awards to SGCI members who use their materials in their standard practice; the awards are given in the amount of $150.

Image by @onceinalumoon Shame, Shame!
144” x 144” x 42”
French paper, lithograph on mulberry, stool

#Repost @robertasmithnyt 💚 Nina Chanel Abney’s very big new prints are among the highlights of the ADAA fair. They’re printed in stages, then collaged together. Very physical. The saturated color and background patterns may be felt in her paintings. Or not. This is part of a very fraught triptych featuring flags, weapons, a black cat, some voyeurism and a very fraught notion of patriotism. ...

MEET THE CURATORS:⭐️ Puertográfico Open Portfolio Exhibitions⭐️ Laura Bravo López: Puerto Rican Curator ⭐️ Hugo Ivan Juarez: SGCI Student Curator ⭐️ Gretchen L. Wagner: Open Call Curator ⭐️ Link in bio for more info ⭐️ Open Portfolio Exhibitions: This year SGCI is putting a new twist on the Open Portfolio! We’re transforming it into a live, malleable “happening” where exhibitions will be culled from the work shown by Open Portfolio participants and featured at the conference as the 2020 Open Portfolio Exhibitions. The Open Portfolio, which will be held on Thursday morning this year, will provide content for the conference and the curated Open Portfolio Exhibitions will highlight members’ work and focus upon the ideas evidenced in the moment at our annual gathering. ...

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