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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!
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 deepens our understanding of the world, inherently challenges systems of oppression, and pushes 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.
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.
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. Learn more at https://oursharedfuture.wisc.edu/.
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 friends downtown at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and the Arts+ Literature Laboratory. 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.
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.