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Islands are vessels anchored at sea. Moored between the cultures of two continents, Borikén —the original name of Puerto Rico— has been a center of cultural exchange for centuries, with a rich and complex heritage. From the early engravings on stone, to the intense printmaking production of the 20th Century and the present, Puerto Rican graphic artists have sought cultural interaction with the world by sea and air. PUERTOGRÁFICO will showcase, through artistry, technique and dialogue, one of the strongest callings for our work: the tracing of History.

Welcome aboard.

Las islas son embarcaciones ancladas al mar. Firme entre las culturas de dos continentes, Borikén —nombre original de Puerto Rico—ha sido centro de intercambio cultural durante siglos, sobre una herencia rica y compleja. De los primeros grabados en piedra, a la intensa producción de carteles del Siglo 20 al presente, los artistas gráficos puertorriqueños han procurado la interacción cultural con el mundo por cielo y por mar. En PUERTOGRÁFICO, entre la técnica, la destreza y el diálogo, compartiremos uno de los llamados principales para nuestra obra: el registro histórico.

Bienvenidos a bordo.

Graphic Impressions RETURNS!

The Persistence of Print

Coming December 21, 2019

Submit your proposals here.

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

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Contemporary Printmaking, Artist's Opportunities, and Print Exhibitions

Apply to be a mentor at Puertográfico : Deadline December 15! Link in bio. Becoming a mentor is an outstanding way to serve our membership and foster a new generation of print artists and enthusiasts. Mentors will be notified of acceptance within 4-6 weeks. Accepted mentors will receive their schedule and information about their mentees shortly before the conference. ...

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🐣Early Bird Registration Closes Next Week! Poster by José Alicia❤️ A developing Puertográfico 2020 conference schedule is now online. Thank you to our membership for putting forward such exciting and dynamic proposals for Puertográfico 2020. A few notes on major schedule changes this year: Open Portfolio is on Thursday morning We will be starting early this year, at 8:30 a.m. Saturday will be jam-packed with new events: Open Portfolio Curated Exhibitions and Forum, Student Critiques, Diversity Panel and Inkubators, and more! A full listing with descriptions of Panels, Demos, Inkubators, Special Events, Themed Portfolios, and General Conference Events can be viewed online. Look under the Puertográfico tab on our website for lots more info about the conference and links to register. Early Bird closes Dec 15! Link in bio to website. ...

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#Repost @alexdodgenyc ・・・ New print edition! "The Only Stars Are In Your Eyes" 7 color screen print with braille texture on Bristol. 40 x 30 inches, edition of 40. Limited pre-publication available. Printed with the best crew at Powerhouse Arts @luther.printshop ...

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Puertográfico Schedule: Exciting changes this year! Link in bio to our developing 2020 conference schedule. Early Bird ends Dec 15! #puertográfico #printmaking #etching #lithography #screenprinting #intaglio #woodcut #letterpress ...

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#Repost @davidshrigley ・・・ Linocut Edition of 125 Size 56 x 76 cm The first 25 prints for 650€ Available 10am CET tomorrow from @schaefergrafik ...

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STUDENT GROUP CRITIQUES AT PUERTOGRÁFICO! SGCI is excited to announce a new opportunity for students this year. We’re introducing student critiques to our roster of events. We want you to get to know each other even better and create a forum for you gain feedback on you work from each other. If you indicate that you are interested in student critiques when you register, we’ll place you in a random critique group of undergraduate or graduate students. Student Critiques are scheduled for midday on Saturday, April 4 at the Sheraton. We look forward to seeing you at this free event for all registered student members! Link in bio! ...

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Here’s the Salsa! Week 20: El Yunque Is the Only Tropical Rainforest under the U.S. National Forest System. Just a few hours from San Juan, a trip to El Yunque is a visit to a land that has remained virtually unchanged for millennia. Trail hikes, waterfalls, grand vistas, and a variety of birds, flora, and some wildlife await you. You'll also be happy to know that there are no dangerous animals in the rainforest. Excerpted from; link in bio! ...

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SGCI President's Update to the Membership, November 12, 2019: link in bio! @chasbeneke ...

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