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:
⭐️🗳Members: Vote on conference programming! Link in bio! 🗳 ⭐️ Have you ever wished that you could choose what events happen at the SGCI conferences? That day is here! SGCI is pleased to announce it’s first-ever popular voting on conference programming. Voting is open to any SGCI member with a Tier 2+ membership level.
Voting is accessible through MakeReady, our new online resource center, voting site, and social platform. Log in today to cast your vote. Link in bio!
Thank you to all our members who put forth their ideas. We're excited for our first Virtual Event, and we can't wait to see you all there. Cast your vote today and be part of our democratic process!...
David Hammons: Body Prints, 1968–1979 at The Drawing Center
“The first museum exhibition dedicated to David Hammons’s pivotal early works on paper, David Hammons: Body Prints, 1968–1979 brings together the monoprints and collages in which the artist used the body as both a drawing tool and printing plate to explore performative, unconventional forms of image making. More than a half century after they were made, these early works on paper remain a testament to Hammons’s desire to reinterpret notions of the real; his celebration of the sacredness of objects touched or made by the Black body; his biting critique of racial oppression; and his deep commitment to social justice.” #davidhammons #contemporaryprintmaking #bodyprints...
Announcing... SGCI ELECTIONS!
Vote between now and February 15, 2021! Link in bio.
SGCI is pleased to announce it’s first-ever popular vote for Board Members and Subcommittees. Voting is open to any active SGCI member, including our $5 Friend members.
Voting is accessible through MakeReady, our new online resource center, voting site, and social platform. Log into your account today to vote for a special election to fill the roles of: VP of Outreach, Web Editor, and Bylaws Subcommittee members. Information about each candidate is available through the drop-down arrow; You can learn more about each of these roles on our website.
We are grateful to these individuals for their willingness to help guide the direction of the organization during this exciting time of change and development.
Thank you for being part of our democratic process!
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...