Southern Graphics Council International

Connecting artists of original prints, drawings, books, and handmade paper.

Mark Raymer from À la Poupée & the Chine-Collés

Join Our Community!

Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) aims to encourage public interest in printmaking, drawing, and other graphic arts. We share professional information among artists and related individuals, organize and circulate exhibitions of prints and drawings in educational and arts-focused institutions, and recognize outstanding contributions to these arts through awards. Additionally, we engage and support artists and communities from diverse backgrounds in our activities, and keep members and the public informed about relevant activities and information through publications. Our goal is to foster study, research, enjoyment, and the advancement of printmaking, drawing, and graphic arts. SGCI is the largest print organization in North America and artists from all 50 states and international attendees from Canada, South and Central America, and Europe attend the conference. 

“SGCI Conferences remain, by my estimation, the most incredible way to meet passionate and dedicated people in our field of printmaking.”

-Miranda Metcalf: Director, Curator, and Found of Hello, Print Friend

Become A Member!



• Voting on Board of Directors & organizational decisions
• Apply for Student Fellowships & Sponsored Awards 
Access to Opportunities Page listings: job posts, grants, residencies, etc.
• Create an Online Profile
• Apply to participate in Themed Exchange Portfolios / SGCI Archive
Submit for SGCI Graduating Class & I’m Searching for Graduate Programs
• Consideration for inclusion in Graphic Impressions, our social media, and special online programming

$35/Year for students

 • In-Person conference attendance
• Opt to participate in conference add-on events such as Open Portfolio / Open Portfolio Exhibitions (at an added fee)
• Participate in Mentoring, either as a mentor or mentee
• Participation in Member Print Exchange / SGCI Archive 


Donor Level 1 Sustaining

Donor Level 2 Patron 

Take your commitment a step further by becoming a Sustaining or Patron Member of SGCI. Your membership will significantly contribute to our operational costs, ensuring we continue to deliver outstanding programs. Alternatively, you can make a direct, tax-deductible donation here.

$1000/One-time payment

A Lifetime Membership ensures you never need to renew again!


  • 5 student advocate memberships to SGCI and supports your institution’s commitment to SGCI for one year.
  • Your institution will be listed as an Institutional Patron on the website along with other colleges and universities that support SGCI through this membership.


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Student Resources

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View Our Members’ Traveling Exhibition

Heather Parrish, Transverse Atopia
Screenprint, 2017, 22″ x 30″,


A few weeks ago, I started my new job as Programming Director at a major art centre in Bangkok, Thailand, all thanks to a chance encounter at SGCI San Francisco in 2013. Waiting for the conference bus outside one of the venues, I struck up a conversation with a group of printmakers from the Eastern Hemisphere –Australia and Thailand. As we continued to talk, I learned that one of them ran an incredible publishing studio in Chiang Mai. Ove... Read More
Miranda Metcalf, Director, Curator, and Founder Hello, Print Friend
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. Immediately after my first SGCI conference, I knew I wanted to get more involved. Having the opportunity to show a demo the following year was a great experience, and I still regularly contact printmakers I met ther... Read More
Mizin Shin: Emerging Artist Graduate Student Award Winner 2017
Images control self-esteem. After joining the board, I have been in the company of kindred spirits inculcated with a sense of duty to recalibrate print practice in the 21st century. As someone who directly benefited from being a member of SGCI and a supportive print community, serving on the board of SGC International gave me the opportunity to give back, open doors, and create opportunities for younger artists. I strongly believe in SGCI and it... Read More
Dr. Faisal Abdu’Allah University of Wisconsin-Madison, SGCI President 2020-2022
Leadership in the SGCI is a tremendous way to create opportunities for colleagues, especially students and emerging artists and teachers, and in this way, to ensure the future of printmaking. I  have attended most SGCI conferences since 1986, and have served on the board, was SGCI president, edited the organization’s newsletter Graphic Impressions for four years, and have been involved in hosting four conferences. While often challenging, t... Read More
Beauvais Lyons Chancellor’s Professor, UT Knoxville SGCI President 1994-1996
Serving on the SGC Board was an expression of gratitude. It was a way to say thank you. Being on the Board introduced me to many people that I would not have otherwise met. It also allowed me to solidify and continue building preexisting friendships from across the country and internationally. Being on the Board is a lot of work. The caveat is that with minimal bureaucracy positive and beneficial changes can take place.
Anita Jung University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa SGCI President 2006-2008
As someone who directly benefited from being a member of SGCI and a supportive print community, serving on the board of SGC International gave me the opportunity to give back, open doors, and create opportunities for younger artists. I strongly believe in SGCI and its mission, and encourage anyone with the time and means to volunteer, to do so. With each new board comes a unique opportunity to make SGCI a better organization.
Joseph Lupo, Professor of Art Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Printmaking Program Coordinator The School of Art and Design West Virginia University
I love SGCI! I am an artist/educator/writer specializing in mokuhanga–Japanese woodcut–and give classes at workshops and colleges around the country. Teaching mainly short workshops my focus is somewhat different from full time educators. SGCI has been essential in showing me what goes on at universities in different parts of the country, what new techniques are being taught, what students are interested in now, and what attitudes th... Read More