SGCI 2022: Madison Our Shared Future


March 16–19, 2022

Madison, Wisconsin

The SGC International annual conference brings together over 1,000 printmakers and arts professionals in all stages of their careers. We look forward to bringing our membership back to the Midwest!

Registration is open! $359 for Professionals and $249 for Students. Registration ends on February 14, 2022.

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Call for Participation

Want to submit an event for the conference?

Open Call for SGCI conference event proposals:

  • Panel Discussions
  • Print Demonstrations
  • Pop-Up Exhibitions
  • Inkubators
  • Mobile Print Events
  • Themed Portfolios
  • Outside the Box Events (Submission ideas that do not fall under any of the above events)

Event proposals should engage the conference theme, “Our Shared Future,” which allows for a range of sessions, exhibitions, portfolios, and other activities. UW-Madison and our hosting institutions celebrate a broad definition of “print,” to include an interdisciplinary approach and expansion of print media.

Learn more about making an event proposal on the Conference FAQ page.
Learn about the criteria and evaluation for event proposals here.

Questions about the Call for Participation? Please email

Important Dates

Call for Participation Round 2 Opens: November 8, 2021 (Round 2 will be available on the SGCI Website and applicants will submit directly to accepted Round 1 Event Organizers)

Call for Participation Round 2 Closes: November 22, 2021

Round 2 Applicants Notified by Round 1 Event Organizers: November 29, 2021

Apply Now!

Opportunity for UW-Madison Alumni

UW-Madison Alumni are invited to apply to the UW-Madison Juried Alumni Exhibition. Details and application may be found here.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2021
Exhibition Dates: February 11, 2022 – March 21, 2022

Volunteers Wanted!

This year’s conference, Our Shared Future, is a call to artists to consider how our studio practice makes culture and knowledge visible through socially engaged graphic arts of the past, present, and future. 

 Your service will make a difference!

If you are interested in volunteering for the Madison 2022 conference, please sign up through this form.

This is a non-paid volunteer opportunity; however, volunteers will receive a discount code for $45 off of Our Shared Future conference registration. Volunteers must be in attendance to serve.

Time Commitment: Three consecutive hours total. There are limited opportunities for a full registration waiver with a greater time commitment (see below).

Potential Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers will report to a volunteer SGCI Board Member, Steering Committee Member, or UW-Madison Event Services staff member in charge of each category.

We are asking for three consecutive hours of volunteer time in the following areas:

Open Portfolio
Mentorship Sessions (as a mentor)
Vendor Fair
Badge Check
Door Counting
Registration & Check-In
Pop-Up Exhibitions
Panel Timer

 The following areas require several hours daily of volunteer time over 2-3 days in exchange for a full conference waiver:

Members’ Exchange Portfolio (assisting organizer)
Conference Photography for Archives

Please contact with any questions.

Thank you for considering!

I want to volunteer!

2022 Conference Theme

Our Shared Future

Our Shared Future printmaking conference is a call to artists to consider how our studio practice makes culture and knowledge visible through socially engaged graphic arts of the past, present, and future. 

Printmaking can deepen our understanding of the world, inherently challenge systems of oppression, and can push against histories of colonization, unwarranted violence, and systemic racism. 

Artists share in the responsibility to shape our future. The 2022 SGCI printmaking conference is implicitly guided by the social and environmental ecology of a place and seeks to affirm the role of graphic arts within Our Shared Future.

Who We Are

UW-Madison Printmaking

The Art Department and the School of Education are honored to bridge the international and national SGCI community with the dynamic printmaking legacy of UW-Madison. The UW-Madison printmaking area faculty wish to acknowledge that we are living and working within the ancestral lands of the Ho-Chunk Nation. Our future is understood through our past.

The Art Department faculty and students are diverse. Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community.

What’s Happening

March 16–19, 2022

UW-Madison welcomes the national and international printmaking community to engage with historical print collections, shared research, studio demonstrations, and contemporary exhibitions curated by our partners at the Chazen Museum of Art, Tandem Press, Kohler Art Library, Ebling Library, and Memorial Library Special Collections. 

We invite you to participate in panels, portfolios, performances, exhibitions, INKubators, demos, mentor sessions, and live print events across campus hosted by the Art Department and the School of Education. The 2022 conference expands on the definition of “print,” to include an interdisciplinary approach and expansion of print media.

SGCI celebrations, awards, and events will extend to our colleagues at the School of Human Ecology and our community partners Edgewood College Gallery, Overture Center for the Arts, James Watrous Gallery, Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Arts + Literature Laboratory, Abel Contemporary Gallery and Madison Arts Commission.

We will showcase participation from national and international artists, scholars, and notable alumni.  SGCI and UW-Madison printmaking outreach includes local arts organizations, youth organizations, regional artists, and community members and other civic community centers of art and culture.

Where We Are

Teejop (day-JOPE)

Before it was called Madison, Teejop (day-JOPE) was once home to a flourishing community that created thousands of mounds in the shape of animal, bird, spirit, and human forms. The University of Wisconsin–Madison occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land, a place their nation has called Teejop since time immemorial. In an 1832 treaty, the Ho-Chunk were forced to cede this territory. Decades of ethnic cleansing followed when both the federal and state government repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, sought to forcibly remove the Ho-Chunk from their homeland. 

After 171 years, leaders of the Ho-Chunk Nation, UW-Madison alumni, and campus leadership are working to develop a communal educational relationship symbolized by a heritage marker titled “Our Shared Future” to recognize campus as the ancestral home of the Ho-Chunk.

Our Shared Future conference theme joins UW–Madison’s commitment to respect the inherent sovereignty of the Ho-Chunk Nation and the other First Nations of Wisconsin. Our Shared Future is a process, not a land acknowledgement or something to recite. It is a first step in a multi-year effort to educate the campus and the broader community on the Ho-Chunk Nation and the history it shares with the university.

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SGCI'S Golden Anniversary

50 Years

The Our Shared Future conference at UW-Madison celebrates a remarkable milestone for the SGCI organization. Founded in 1972 by Boyd Saunders and a group of artist-educators who gathered in New Orleans, SGCI today includes over a thousand members from around the world. Our annual gathering is the largest printmaking conference in North America. Our international members regularly travel to the conference from Canada, South America, Central America, and Europe. In 2022 SGCI celebrates fifty years of connecting artists, students, educators, and professionals in the field of original prints, drawings, artist books, and handmade paper.

Traveling to Madison

Traveling to Madison by Plane

Madison: The Dane County Regional Airport is located 4 miles northeast of downtown Madison. You can continue to the meeting site via taxi, which will cost approximately $25.00. Please visit for more information.

Milwaukee: The General Mitchell International Airport ( is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, approximately 75 miles east of Madison. You may continue to Madison via car or bus. Please see below for more information on car and bus travel.

Chicago: Chicago, Illinois is located 150 miles southeast of Madison and has two international airports: Midway International Airport and O’Hare International Airport. Both airports can be found by visiting – passengers can continue to Madison via car or bus; please see below for additional information on both options.

By Bus

Milwaukee: The Badger Coach Bus Line runs six daily trips from Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for $23 one way. The drop off location is located at the corner of Lake and Johnson streets, and is 0.7 miles away from the conference meeting site. Travel time is approximately two hours. Please call 9608) 276-7490 for more information or visit

Chicago: The Van Galder Bus Company runs several times daily from both O’Hare and Midway Airports, directly to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The drop off location is located at the corner of Lake and Johnson streets, and is 0.7 miles away from the conference meeting site. The one-way fare is currently $30-32 and travel time is approximately 3.5 hours. Please call (608) 747-0994 for more information or visit

Greyhound bus lines also run to Madison. Please call (800) 231-2222 for fare and schedule information or visit Taxis are available at the bus terminal, which is approximately 0.6 miles from the conference meeting site.

By Car

Madison lies approximately 150 miles northwest of Chicago (3-hour drive), 75 miles west of Milwaukee (1.5-hour drive) and 270 miles southeast of Minneapolis (4-hour drive).

Parking: Parking in Madison is very limited.

Uber & Lyft

Uber and Lyft are both available in Madison and will provide rides to and from the Dane County Regional Airport. To utilize, download the Uber of Lyft app on your smartphone.

Taxi Services

Below is a listing of taxi cab companies in Madison. Participants must pay this expense.

Car Rental

  • Alamo: (608) 249-1449/(800) 462-5266
  • AVIS: (608) 242-2442/(800) 831-2847
  • Budget: (608) 249-5544/(800) 527-0700
  • Dollar: (608) 661-4941/(800) 800-4000
  • Enterprise: (608) 661-4900/(800) 325-8007
  • Hertz: (608) 241-3803/(800) 654-3131
  • National: (608) 249-1614/(800) 227-7368
  • Thrifty: (608) 661-4940/(800) 847-4389

By Train

Unfortunately, Madison is not on a major train line. Please see above for alternative transportation methods to the meeting site.

Lodging in Madison

SGCI Hotel Blocks

Discounted blocks have been reserved at the below lodging locations with various cut off dates. All rooms are subject to availability and regular rates.

Please use the direct links and/or access codes to receive the conference rate. Booking lodging accommodation does not register you for the conference.

Hotel reservations are only possible via the below links or by contacting the hotel directly. No one will contact you directly to book your hotel room or offer you a “special discounted conference rate.” If you receive one of these calls or emails, it is a scam.

The Graduate

the graduate hotel

Room Rate: $149/night plus taxes

To make a reservation call the hotel at 608-257-4391. Please let them know you are part of the “SGCI” group when making your reservation.

The Graduate Madison is located just steps from Madison’s iconic State Street district’s dining and shopping, and a stone’s throw from the Memorial Union. The Graduate offers unique amenities near the heart of UW-Madison’s campus. Enjoy Camp Trippalindee, a summer camp themed rooftop bar with breathtaking views of the State Capitol and picturesque Lake Mendota, a café serving coffee and all-day breakfast in the lobby, and a 24-hour onsite gym. Enjoy a room design inspired by the lakeshore and college lifestyle complete with cozy beds, workstations, an HD TV, docking stations, and a lounge chair. Valet parking is available, and pets stay free!

Hampton Inn & Suites

Hampton Inn & Suites

Room Rate: $194/night plus taxes

To make a reservation call the hotel at (608) 255-0360 and mention the “SGCI 2022” room block or book online here. All reservations must be made by Monday, February 14, 2022 to receive the discounted room rate.

The Hampton Inn & Suites sits blocks from the heart of downtown Madison, located within walking distance of the Memorial Union and many great local restaurants, shops and other attractions. Rooms include a 42-inch LCD TV, microwave, a mini-refrigerator, and many additional comfort amenities. Take advantage of the free Wi-Fi and on-site business center to keep you connected. Take a swim no matter the season in the indoor pool and stay in shape in the fitness center. Free hot breakfast is available, or try Basset Street Brunch Club, a local favorite attached to the hotel.

DoubleTree Hotel

DoubleTree Hotel

Room Rate: $169/night plus taxes

To make a reservation call the hotel at (608) 251-5511 and mention the group code “SGC” or book online here. All reservations must be made by Sunday, February 13, 2022 to receive the discounted rate.

The DoubleTree is located on the east side of campus and downtown between lakes Monona and Mendota. Offering several amenities, including complimentary parking, a business center, and the Badgerland Bar & Grill; all just a 10-minute walk from the Memorial Union. Each room features a refrigerator, microwave, 42-inch HDTV, and an executive desk. Enjoy the nearby bars and restaurants, including local favorites like the Nitty Gritty, Ian’s Pizza, and Wando’s. Take advantage of their courtesy local and airport shuttles, Wi-Fi, and a 24-hour pantry market.

Madison Concourse Hotel and Governors Club

Madison Concourse Hotel and Governors Club

Single Room Rate: $149/night plus taxes

Double Room Rate: $159/night plus taxes

To make a reservation call the hotel at (800) 356-8293 and mention you are part of the SGCI block or book online here. All reservations must be made by Wednesday, February 16, 2022 to receive the discounted rate.

The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governors Club is in the heart of the downtown Madison. Guests can walk to dozens of restaurants and shops. The hotel offers an indoor parking garage. Additional parking is available across the street at the State Street Capitol Ramp (214 N. Carroll Street). Please be advised that the parking garage has a low clearance and may not accommodate larger vehicles. A complimentary airport shuttle is available to and from Dane County Regional Airport to all hotel guests. Please use the courtesy phone in the baggage claim area (located between Carousels 1 and 2, near Door 5) to let us know that you have your luggage and are ready to be picked up. The shuttle pick-up area is located outside baggage claim, Door 5. Please make a reservation at the Front Desk for your return trip to the airport. The airport is five miles from the hotel.

AC Hotel

AC Hotel

Room Rate: AC Hotel is  $139 a night 

To make a reservation call the hotel at (608) 286-1337 and mention the group code “SGC” or book online here. All reservations must be made by Monday, February 14, 2022 to receive the discounted rate.

Designed for creative and well-traveled spirits, the AC Hotel Madison Downtown resides in the center of downtown Madison, just steps from Capitol Square. One of the most convenient Madison, WI hotels, we feature spacious guest rooms, intuitive service, and a variety of amenities, including free WiFi, to help you make the most of your stay. Relax and rejuvenate in your well-appointed hotel room or suite, work out at our cutting-edge fitness center, and marvel at the views at Eno Vino, one of the best rooftop restaurants in downtown Madison, WI. We also offer 924 square-feet of versatile event space. As one of the best hotels in downtown Madison, our prime location makes it easy to explore all the city has to offer: The State Capitol, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Overture Center, Monona Terrace, State Street, numerous dining options, and plenty of entertainment. Celebrate the beauty of classic modern design and an urban lifestyle, at one of the best downtown Madison, WI hotels.

Hyatt Place

Hyatt Place

Room Rate: $154/night plus taxes

To make a reservation call the hotel at (608) 257-1337 and mention the group code “SGC” or book online here. All reservations must be made by Sunday, February 16, 2022 to receive the discounted rate.

Discover downtown Madison from our newly renovated hotel, walking distance to the Wisconsin State Capitol and Overture Center for the Art’s. We’re located just a few blocks to University of Wisconsin-Madison, Monona Terrace, State Street, and the Madison Children’s Museum.

Perfectly designed for today’s multi-tasking traveler, our casually chic hotel features 151 guestrooms that blend style, comfort, and technology to create a seamless at-home experience. All our downtown Madison, WI accommodations include our signature Hyatt Grand Bed®, state of the art media and work centers, separate sitting and sleeping areas, a Cozy Corner Sofa or Sofa-Sleeper, and swiveling 42″ HDTV.

Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn

Room Rate: $154/night plus taxes

To make a reservation call the hotel at (608) 251-9588 and mention you are with the SGCI block or book online here. All reservations must be made by Wednesday, February 16, 2022 to receive the discounted rate.

Located downtown, close to campus and the State Capitol. Guest amenities will include free Wi-Fi, a fitness center, business center and cooked-to-order breakfast.

Best Western InnTowner

Best Western InnTowner

Room Rate: $139.99/night plus taxes

To make a reservation call the hotel at (608) 233-8778 and mention the SGCI block or book online here. All reservations must be made by Thursday, February 24, 2022 to receive the discounted rate.

Best Western PLUS InnTowner Madison recently completed a multi-million-dollar renovation of its 176 guest rooms with new pillowtop mattress bedding, 42” flat screen TV’s, iHome clock radios, new furniture and a Keurig personal coffee machine in every room. Located in the heart of Madison, you’re sure to feel right at home while you’re here.

Union South

Union South

Room Rate: $160/ per night plus taxes

To make a reservation call the hotel at (608) 263-2600 and mention the SGCI conference or book online here and use the group code SGCI2022.  All reservations must be made by Tuesday, February 15, 2022 to receive the discounted rate.

The Wisconsin Union Hotel is in the heart of the UW Madison campus at Union South, an organic prairie-style building influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, built in 2011.

The 60 boutique-style guest rooms include extended stay suites complete with kitchenette and living areas—each decorated with thoughtfully selected furniture and artful accents. Rooms provide spectacular views of historic Camp Randall Stadium or downtown Madison, Union South Plaza, or the 10,000 sq. ft. green roof, putting you at the center of the vibrant UW-Madison Campus.

During your stay, you are invited to experience all that the Wisconsin Union offers. Enjoy your morning coffee at one of our many dining locations. Try delicious Babcock Ice Cream at the Daily Scoop. Attend Badger Bash—Madison’s largest tailgate party—before a football game. Catch a film at The Marquee. Go rock climbing, bowl, dine and listen to live music in The Sett.

About Madison

City Information

About Madison

You will find the best of all worlds in Wisconsin’s vibrant capital city and picturesque surrounding towns: natural beauty and outdoor recreation, stimulating cultural offerings, distinctive restaurants and shops, and an irreverent spirit of fun.

Built on an isthmus between lakes Monona and Mendota, Madison is renowned for its beautiful scenery. A total of five area lakes and over 200 parks provide an abundance of year-round outdoor activities, from hiking, biking, swimming, and sailing along with cross-country skiing, snow sailing, and ice fishing.

Madison offers a variety of things to do before and after the conference sessions. One of the most popular warm weather traditions in Madison and the largest producer-only market in the US is the weekly Farmer’s Market located on the capital square.

Within blocks of the conference hotels is the iconic State Street. After checking out State Street shops and restaurants, take time to stop by and tour the beautiful Wisconsin State Capitol. Tour the Capitol on your own or by a guided tour to experience this stunning icon.

To search for other activities while in Madison, view the Calendar of Events.

Madison is in Central Standard Time (CST).

Madison, Wisdom City

Madison, Wisdom at night

Madison, Wisconsin Party

Getting Around Madison

Madison offers several ways to get around and explore the city while you’re here. If you’re not quite up to walking down State Street or up Bascom Hill, there are other modes of transportation to get you where you need. Madison Metro Bus System travels throughout downtown Madison including routes to and from the UW Campus to the Capitol. Biking is also a very popular mode of transportation and Madison offers bicycle rental stations, several shops that rent bicycles, and extensive bike trails within the city and into surrounding areas.

Madison offers multiple taxi options. Hailing cabs in Madison is not common and you will receive faster service by calling a company directly. If you need a taxi while at the conference venue, please see the Conference Management staff and they will call a taxi for you. To reach a taxi service directly, call one of the numbers below:

Green Cab: (608) 255-1234

Madison Taxi: (608) 255-8294

Union Cab: (608) 242-2000

Uber and Lyft: Download either app on your smartphone

Chazen Museum of Art

Seeing Audubon: Robert Havell, Jr. and The Birds of America
Dec 20, 2021–Apr 3, 2022

Marsh Wren Plate 98, The Birds of America, by John J. Audubon Image of bird nest and birds

Marsh Wren Plate 98, The Birds of America, by John J. Audubon

John James Audubon’s The Birds of America has been analyzed by scholars of art history, ornithology, and history of science and mythologized within American frontier history alongside the evocative biography of Audubon himself. It has not been thoroughly considered, however, through the lens of its primary printmaker, Robert Havell Jr., who printed the publication in his London shop between 1827 and 1838. In doing so, Havell Jr. transformed Audubon’s original watercolor studies into the scientific and artistic masterpiece for which Audubon is known today. Seeing Audubon presents the ongoing research of artist, printmaker and UW–Madison Associate Professor Emily Arthur as she explores the techniques and methods that Havell Jr. used to print The Birds of America. Additionally, two volumes of a complete four-volume set of The Birds of America are on view in this exhibition. Generous support for this exhibition is provided by the Brittingham Wisconsin Trust.

Conference Venues

Memorial Union

Memorial Union Building Front Photo      Outside Patio with nice weather

A picture containing sky, water, outdoor, boat      A large room with tables and chairs

Memorial Union is the place to come socialize, relax, study, eat, and enjoy all the beautiful sunsets and lake views that Madison has to offer. Since opening its doors in 1928, it has offered a variety of social and educational activities for UW Students, faculty, Wisconsin Union Members, and the Madison community. Among its many treasures, the building houses a 1,200-seat theater, Strada Italian Cuisine, Carte Soups & Salads, the Daily Scoop Ice Cream, Badger Market, Peet’s Coffee, Der Rathskeller German-Style Tavern, Wheelhouse Studios, Wisconsin Hoofers, various art exhibits, and plentiful study space. Situated on the shores of Lake Mendota, the classic architecture of the building boasts a picturesque lakeside view as well as a terrace with 600 colorful sunburst chairs – the perfect spot for an afternoon snack in the summer.

Memorial Union Terrace

One of the most cherished parts of the Memorial Union is the Terrace. The Terrace functions as a great place to enjoy a beautiful day, grab a beer with friends or colleagues, sunbathe or swim off the pier, and catch one of Madison’s stunning sunsets. When the Terrace was first envisioned in the fall of 1928, it was thought to serve as a fun meeting place, a sort of “undergraduate playground.” Today, its mission and purpose of being an enjoyable gathering spot for students, parents and alumni continues to improve. After the reopening in early 2016, the Terrace expanded seating, extended grilling, increased shoreline, and lakefront views, and added additional food options. During the summer months, the Terrace hosts a “Terrace after Dark” music and film series which is free to the public.

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Union South

Union South re-opened in April 2011 and replaced the former student Union located on the same space. Union South opened as a LEED Gold Certified building. Union South is the home of Varsity Hall an 11,000 square foot ballroom divisible into three separate spaces. There is also a 330-seat Marquee Theater, 17 meeting rooms, state of the art audiovisual equipment and 60 hotel rooms. Other features include several outdoor decks, four restaurants and Peet’s Coffee Shop on the ground floor, The Sett Recreation, climbing wall, bowling alley, pool tables, and games.


Going Green

Conference Management and the Wisconsin Union strive to promote green conferences and events and ask our conference guests to help us in those efforts.

We have replaced plastic usage with compostable fiber plastic made from renewable sources for all our food service needs.

Our efforts for greener meetings:

  • 100% post-consumer content nametags
  • Biodegradable nametag holders & recycling bin at conference headquarters
  • Recycling bins located at all meals and on every flood of meeting site
  • Online mailings, communication, and promotion of conference events
  • Surplus food donated to local food bank
  • Reusable conference signage to direct conference participants
  • Online registration & electronic registration information communication

We are very proud of our changes and will continue to make future decisions based on alternative sources and environmental stewardship!

Wireless Internet Available

Wireless Internet access is available to all conference participants. Upon check-in, each participant will receive a login and password which will grant access to the meeting site wireless network. This network is available throughout the building, including the Union Theater and outside on the Lakefront Terrace.

UW Madison Covid Precautions


Effectively immediately, UW–Madison’s COVID-related restrictions specific to gatherings and events — including meetings, conferences, and performances — are lifted. However, anyone attending an indoor in-person event must comply with the chancellor’s order on wearing masks while indoors in campus buildings or facilities, regardless of vaccination status.

In addition, all events and meetings must follow existing health and safety requirements including venue occupancy and providing food and drinks in accordance with the Campus Catering Policy.

Campus Operations

Madison Covid-19 Dashboard 



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Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be made in writing to by February 18, 2022, in order to receive a partial refund. A $75 cancellation process and handling fee will be assessed to any cancellation made by the deadline. Cancellations after February 18, 2022, will not receive a refund. SGCI may require up to 10 business days to process and issue a refund.