SGC InternationalImage credit: Enrique Chagoya, SGCI Lifetime Achievement Award 2021. Travels of Fortune, 2021
Color lithograph, 21.5 × 36"
The mission of this organization shall be to advance the professional standing of persons engaged in making original prints and drawings and to stimulate public appreciation and interest in the arts of printmaking, drawing, and other graphic media through the exchange of professional information among artists and others involved these arts; through the organization, display and circulation of exhibitions of prints and drawings by members and other artists to be shown in educational institutions and institutions which further the arts, for the purposes of study, research, enjoyment, and the advancement of these arts; through awards given to these deserving special recognition in these arts; and through publications to inform members and others of activities and other information deemed appropriate to the aforesaid purposes.
SGC International is an educational non-profit organization committed to informing our membership about issues and processes concerning original prints, drawings, book arts, and handmade paper.
Each year, our annual conference draws participants nationally and internationally. Our awards, publications and exhibitions promote greater understanding, scholarship, and enjoyment of these art forms to the public at large.
Originally formed as Southern Graphics Council, a regional organization for educators of print in the U.S. South, we have grown over the years into the nation’s largest organization of printmakers. We now have representatives internationally, and in 2010 changed our name to SGC International to reflect this broader scope. While the SGC International mission focuses on printmaking, we welcome everyone interested in advancing the dialogue of art, its education, and its processes.
SGC International does not and will not tolerate unlawful discrimination. Membership in SGCI and participation in its events will be extended to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or sexual orientation.
SGCI reaffirms and emphasizes its commitment to provide a professional environment that is fair and responsible; that supports, nurtures, and rewards educational and professional growth on the basis of relevant factors such as ability and performance; and that is free of discriminatory, inappropriate, and disrespectful conduct or communication. Sexual harassment threatens this; inhibits the individual’s ability to function effectively; and violates acceptable standards of interrelationships. For these reasons, SGCI will not tolerate sexual harassment and will make every effort to eliminate it if it appears.
SGC INTERNATIONAL 2023-26 EXECUTIVE BOARD
Claudia Wilburn is a mixed-media artist currently living in Northeastern Georgia and teaching as an Associate Professor at Brenau University where she is the Department Chair for Art and Design and Director of the enter for the Arts and Design. She received her Masters of Fine Art from the University of South Carolina and her BFA from Clemson University. She grew up in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and has lived throughout the South. Her work draws on the connections, paths, family and community present in the Southeastern American experience. Her academic research has been presented internationally and her work has been exhibited all over the US.
Selected Exhibitions and Presentations: Wilburn presented her body of work titled Navigate by Reckoning in a solo exhibition at the Batesville Area Arts Council, Batesville, AR in October 2019 and at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville GA, January 2021.
In May 2020, Wilburn was awarded with the Master’s in Teaching Award by Featherbone Communiversity & Brenau University. In May, 2018 she was awarded the Ann Austin Johnson Outstanding Faculty Award at Brenau University in Gainesville, GA. This award is selected by a committee of previous awardees based on recommendation by students and faculty; awardees demonstrate and foster outstanding teaching, enhancing teaching as a profession, and supporting other faculty in the pursuit of excellence.
Mike Smoot currently lives in Southern Vermont and is a Professor of the Practice in Print and Paper at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. He completed Tamarind Institute’s Professional Printer Training Program in 2007 and has worked at a number of professional fine art print studios including Atelier Towson, The Experimental Print Institute, Tamarind Institute, and Landfall Press. He has taught or given lectures and demonstrations on printmaking at Towson University, Goucher College, East Carolina University, Southeast Missouri State University, Milwaukee Institute of Art &amp; Design, Georgia State University, Valdosta State University, UMass Amherst, Bennington College, Keene State College, and Smith College. In addition, he has worked with a number of art related community organizations. He believes printmaking’s potentials for sustained collaborative effort, the negotiation of difference, and collective creative action make it a worthwhile pursuit.
Joseph Velasquez was born in Amarillo, Texas, and raised in the San Fernando Valley of California. After his military service, he earned his BFA from the University of Mary- Hardin Baylor, Belton, Texas. Then he earned both an MA and MFA in Printmaking at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and. He is the co-creator of a mobile printmaking studio, Drive-By Press, that has traveled over 200,000 miles across the country and has been to 145 Universities where he has lectured and demonstrated printmaking practices.
Joseph’s work evolves around popular culture graphic iconography, community outreach, education, and activism. He is a National Endowment for the Arts recipient: Funded through The John Michael Kohler Arts Center for a Community Arts Project and residency and an Assistant Professor of Art at Florida Atlantic University. He teaches Bookmaking, Screenprinting, Relief, and Intaglio.
Velasquez has exhibited at numerous national and international venues, notably "Air-Land Seed" on the occasion of the Venice Biennale 54th and 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice, Italy; South African Museum, Cape Town, South Africa; The Print Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Doujiao Museum of Art, Songhuang Art Village, Beijing China, State Lines: A Survey of American Printmakers, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK. Exhibition of prints from American artists Velasquez met on his mobile printmaking tour.
I am a first-generation American of East Indian descent and spent my formative years between the US and New Delhi. I attended college part-time for many years as a single working mother and received a BFA in painting and an MFA in printmaking. I work in printmaking and encaustic, as well as installation work. I am the Board President of Seattle Print Arts and I run the 2D department at Pratt Fine Arts Center. Being an American growing up in an Indian household I attempt to understand my place in between through making.
Artist Susan Czechowski, fell in love with screen printing thirty years ago when she was lucky enough to work on several pieces for Roy Lichtenstein. Since then, she has taught thousands of students silkscreen and printmaking techniques as a professor at Western Illinois University. Outside the classroom, Susan leads art students on annual trips to her native New York City as well as summer sessions to different cities across Europe. In addition to her role as educator, Susan has exhibited her own work in numerous gallery and museum settings across the United States and Europe. She has been awarded residencies and exhibitions at Grafische Werkplaats in the Netherlands, and Prairie Center of The Arts, Peoria, IL. She holds a B.A. in Art and Art History from Washington College and an M.F.A. from Syracuse University—and feels the same excitement each and every time she pulls a squeegee across a fresh sheet of paper.
Denise Bookwalter is an artist and educator. She is founder and director of Small Craft Advisory Press, a collaborative book arts press that pushes the tradition of the artist book. She is Professor in the Department of Art at Florida State University where she is Area Head of Printmaking. Her book works are collected in the US, Netherlands and South Africa. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida with her husband and twin daughters.
Valerie A. (Wright) Dibble is a practicing artist, university professor, wife, homemaker and mother of three. She earned her BFA from Arizona State University in 1982 in printmaking and photo processes. She earned her MFA from the University of Florida1991 in printmaking and electronic media.
Valerie is currently a Professor of Art and the Coordinator of the Printmaking concentration at Kennesaw State Univeristy. She has been awarded the Distinguished Teacher, Distinguished Scholar and Distinguished Service awards. She has also received a Governor’s Teaching fellowship and numerous grants. She actively serves by holding positions on local, national and international Boards for various art organizations.
Adriana Barrios is a queer, biracial, Latina, artist who grew up on the coastal borderlands of San Diego, California. Barrios received her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is a Master of Fine Arts graduate from The University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Barrios has worked with The Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Santa Reparata International School of Art, and The Chazen Museum of Art. Barrios has exhibited her artwork internationally in Italy and Mexico and nationally in New York, New Mexico, and Texas. Her artwork is in the collections of UW-Madison Graduate School and UW-Madison Department of Special Collections.
Barrios’s artwork presents a visual response to climate change alongside scientific field work that gives meaning to the social consequences of her lived experience. Barrios uses printmaking, paper making, video, and installation as a way to record and respond to the environmental changes currently happening along the California Coastline due to climate change.
Born April 27, 1978, in Denver Colorado to Mexican immigrants, Javier Flores is the
eldest of 3 kids. Raised in a blue collar, middle to lower income level household in Brighton, Colorado helped to instill a strong work ethic, honesty, and integrity. At the age of nineteen Javier was shot in the lower back and subsequently paralyzed. Initially in shock and depression he became distant and suicidal for a time, thankfully saved by family, friends, the visual arts and martial arts.
Flores received his Bachelor of Fine Art from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2008, and his Master of Fine Art from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi in 2017. Since graduating, he worked as an affiliate until 2021 acquiring a full-time position at Front Range Community College. In this role he is the Art Lead for all 2D courses and the Gallery Director of the school.
As an artist, Flores chooses to associate with the idea of Lenguaje Vulgar, or vulgar
language, a reference to cussing in Spanish. The connection of imagery to language is a symbolic reference to the visual lexicon he continues to expand to explore the daily hindrance of his disability among other issues. The implication of swearing or cussing in accordance with his art, is a therapeutic tool which allows Flores to express frustration yet persevere. As a visual artist, Flores pursues a variety of mediums to best translate the biographical narrative approach to image and form making. By re-contextualizing common symbols, the viewer is led to a larger dialogue in which they must access their own personal context in relation to the art. The reflective aspect of Javier’s work is an exploration into identity in the form of culture, ecology, non-toxic masculinity, politics, temporality, loss and ultimately triumph.
Gaby Hurtado-Ramos is an artist and educator making zines, posters, and illustrations dedicated to queer archives and joyful resistance. Gaby grew up in Houston, Texas and later lived lived in Tucson, Arizona. In the Fall of 2021 they were an artist-in-residence at The Printing Museum where they worked in letterpress and risograph making work around Houston lesbian bar history. Inspired by radical printmakers, Gaby believes art should be socially engaged and accessible. Following this tradition, they create illustrations that support grassroots organizing for social change. They have made artwork for organizations and publications including the Highlander Center, ProPublica, and the Tucson Jewish Museum. Gaby is currently pursuing an MFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Printmaking at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Mercedes López was born and grew up in Oaxaca, Mexico. Her early work carries within it the strong presence of rural life and the natural world. Both exerts an enduring influence in her work, which she defines as a visual exploration of the basic forms and structures in nature and how we relate to them as humans.
Mercedes graduated from the School of Fine Arts of Oaxaca where she specialized in traditional techniques of printmaking. She has a Master’s Degree in Art Production from the School of Arts of the Autonomous University of Morelos, where she also did a residency at the Center of Biological Research. During her residency there, she explored the relationship between art and biology.
Parallel to the production of her personal work, she has been co-founder of two art
collectives: Guindhá Casa Taller and Nodo Estudio Visual, taking active part in the
organization of several exhibitions in the past years to make visible and to promote the work of women printmakers in Oaxaca.
I am a printmaker and book artist living in Indiana. I served as Secretary for the 2020-2022 board and became President the support staggered terms. I will be Board President from 2022-2023.
I am interested in the relationship between art, climate change and environmental policy.