Southern Graphics Council International

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

Mark Raymer from À la Poupée & the Chine-Collés

Multiple Layers

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Seattle Multiple Layers

Live events will take place at Pratt Fine Art Center – a hub for community printmaking in the Central District in Seattle. These events will be sponsored in part by Seattle Print Arts, a dynamic member-run organization working to promote print arts and community. The satellite conference events will center around a live panel diving into the underfunding and underrepresentation for the Latine/x community in Seattle.

In addition to a panel, we will have a poetry reading, print portfolio display and host a social gathering all at Pratt Fine Art Center’s print studio. There will be multiple educational and academic organizations providing recorded content in conjunction with gallery shows and open studios during that weekend.

Capacity 100

Zea Mays Printmaking

Flocculating Acrylics in the Screen Printing Studio

Learn a simple method of keeping harmful acrylics generated in the art studio out of the waste water stream. In this interactive, hybrid presentation Zea Mays Printmaking artists will share about their internship experience researching, testing and implementing a system for reducing acrylic particles in their screen printing studio’s wastewater and share techniques participants can use in their home, school or community studios. This process is relevant to any artists working with acrylic mediums, including screenprinters, block printers, and painters. The presentation will consist of a livestream demonstration of the flocculation process, a video on how to make a flocculation bucket, a livestream discussion of adapting the system to both a community studio and a home studio, followed by a live Q&A. This hybrid form allows for an interactive conversation both virtually and in person, and all participants will leave with comprehensive written information, instructions, and links to in-depth video content detailing the process.

Do it Yourself - Auburn University

The Department of Art and Art History at Auburn University is pleased to host events in association with SGCI’ “Multiple Layers.” This satellite location of the conference will focus on preparing artists to use readily available materials and home-brew processes to create prints regardless of access to fancy equipment.
This event will support the East Alabama Community.
Iney Kulick


Miami, FL – The Printmakers Playground, an SGCI Multiple Layers Conference Event, will take place on March 10th and 11th at IS-Projects in Miami, Florida. Joseph Velasquez of Florida Atlantic University organized the event with participation from Florida International University, Florida State College Jacksonville, University of North Florida, and Florida State University. This will take place in Miami at the incredible printmaking studio, ISprojects. The studio has many presses for indoor demonstrations and a large fenced in parking lot that will be used for our Printmakers Playground carnival of ink!

Kennesaw State University - Printmaking in Dreamland

Join us on site at Kennesaw State University’s printmaking department for some serious printmaking fun! Saturday March 18 from 10am – 4pm

On site participants will include demonstrations and pop-up shops by:

NOOSH studio (featuring KSU alum Christopher Neuenschwander)

Demonstrations by KSU Print Club

­Ongoing virtual presentation in the studio that will also be available online:

Cynthia Lollis and Daniela Deeg’s international book making presentation.

And much more!!


Western Illinois University - Within the parameters of printmaking processes

Three 45 minute demos and open portfolio

Pizza, refreshments and discussion 

Susan Czechowski
Silkscreen technique called “scratch away”

Molly Borth + Grace Lessen
Flocking, glitter and other non-traditional fun

Claire White
How to Marble a Litho Stone

Boston, MA SMFA at Tufts Iron Print

Muskat Studio (Carolyn Muskat)

Students form a four-person teams and participate in an “Iron Print” competition to create an edition of 10 prints. An orientation occurs one week before the event. During that week, each team can plan their approach to making their image.

On the day of the event, within a set time limit, the teams compete against each other to create their image. It must combine lithography, intaglio, relief, and silkscreen, and incorporate a bag of mystery ingredients as well.

A panel of professional artists judge each teams’ edition based on the quality of their image, the quality of their edition printing, their team work, and their sheer creativity. Prizes are awarded at the end of the day.

Join our community!

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.

SGCI is the largest print organization in North America.  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 Founder of pine | copper | lime Podcast


Artist: John Paul McCaughey

Student Resources

Artist: Tyanna Buie

Tier: Online


• 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

Tier 2: Virtual Events + Online
$15/Year for Students

Tier 1 Benefits +

• Virtual Event attendance
• Present at the conference (run a themed portfolio, panel, demo, etc) either in-person or virtually
• Voting on programming
• Apply to lead or participate in Pop-Up Exhibitions at Conferences, either in-person or virtually
• Discounts at Partner Institutions

Tier 3: Conference Attendee + Virtual Events + Online
$35/Year for students

Tier 2 Benefits +

• 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 (Includes Tier 3)

Donor Level 2 Patron (Includes Tier 3)

Member donations have been invaluable in helping SGCI weather the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent months, donors and members have helped SGCI plan upcoming online events. And there’s more to come! Please consider a Sustaining or Patron Membership to SGCI to assist the organization with operational costs during this ongoing pandemic, or make a direct donation here. Your donation is tax-deductible.

Lifetime (Includes Tier 3)
$1000/One-time payment

A Lifetime Membership ensures you never need to renew again!

Institutional Patron Membership (Includes Tier 3)

Tier 3 Benefits +

  • 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.

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