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Online registration opens during the fall of the year prior to the conference.
An SGCI Membership is an annual membership that supports the operations of SGC International. In addition to discounted rates through online registration to the annual SGCI conferences, members have the opportunity to submit articles, reviews, and artwork to be published on the website, participate in SGCI member exhibitions, and receive news about opportunities within the print community and the art world at large. You must be an SGCI Member to register for the conference online, but you do not need to be a member to register on-site, or attend the Vendor/Publisher/Program Fair or other activities that are free and open to the public during the conference.
The SGCI Registration fee covers the costs of conference programming such as Inkubators, Themed Portfolios, Demos, Panels, and Special Exhibitions.
SGCI Members have the benefit of registering for the conference online, and thus receiving discounted rates. The most economical rate is the Early Bird rate. The Regular online registration rate is a discounted rate for student members & professional members, and runs through the end of online registration at midnight. You must be an active SGCI Member to register for the conference online. Anyone may register for the conference on-site at full value. There are no Early Bird or Regular discounted rates for the Daily Registrations.
Membership Levels are available for different career stages, for institutions, and for those who wish to donate to the organization. Find out more here!
Yes! We recently implemented an Institutional Membership program. Find out more here.
Your membership is good for one year from the date of purchase. When logged in to our website, our database will recognize you as an active member. If your membership expires before the conference, you will be prompted via email to renew.
No, an SGCI Membership is not required to register for the conference on-site. Non-members do not have access to discounted online rates. Please note that certain conference options such as Open Portfolios, the Member Exchange Portfolio, and Mentorship meetings will only be available for members who pre-register for the conference online.
No, the Vendor / Publisher / Programs Fair is free and open to the public.
A panel is a topic of conversation pitched to the local steering committee pertaining to anything of interest to printmakers and print enthusiasts. The selected panels are chaired by the person who submits their application in the Tier 1 Call for Participation (typically close to a year prior to the conference).
Individuals interested in speaking on one of the selected panels contact the Panel Chair directly during the Tier 2 Call for Participation. The steering committee requests that the Panel Chair choose two individuals to be on their panel from the Tier 2 Call, and one individual that they personally request. SGCI encourages the inclusion of student members on panels.
Panels typically consist of four people:
• The Panel Chair, who will introduce each speaker, contextualize their presentations, and lead any Q&A sessions at the end of the panel discussion
• Panelists, who share their own expertise and experience on the topic
Set-up for a Panel discussion is theater-style; the panelists are seated at a table in the front of a room or onstage with microphones, and usually a projector or A/V screen set up next to/behind them. Conference-goers sit facing the panelists.
Panels are scheduled for a two hour increments, but typically last about an hour and a half.
The number of panels change at each conference, depending on the amount of spaces available and/or number of proposals. There are always three SGCI Designated Panels, chaired by members of the SGCI Board:
• Education Panel
• International Panel
• Student Panel
A Demo is a demonstration of a printmaking technique, material, tool or process by an SGCI Member, utilizing the presses, equipment, spaces, and/or materials available at the local conference venues.
Individuals submit an application during the first or second tier of Calls for Participation. Often, they may need to bring their own specialty supplies or tools. Based on the space, equipment and press availability for the conference venues, the local steering committee makes selections that showcase as much novelty, breadth, beauty and innovation as possible!
Demos can be challenging to access after they begin due to their popularity; therefore it is highly recommended to get to a Demo early for a good spot and commit to the entire demonstration. Hand-outs and PDF forms may be made available to conference-goers during or after the conference.
Themed portfolios are curated by SGCI Members, and are based on the conference’s theme. There are a number of different Themed Portfolios that are displayed during the conference.
In the Tier 1 Calls for Participation, individuals who are interested in curating and collating a themed exchange portfolio (based on the conference theme) are invited to submit an application. The local steering committee selects Themed Portfolios based on space availability, applicability and interest. Artists who are interested in having their work considered for a particular Themed Portfolio contact the organizer and submit an application during the Tier 2 Call for Participation.
Selected participants in the Themed Portfolios create an edition of prints; one complete set of prints are exhibited during the Conference, and the participants receive a portfolio with a full set of prints. One set from each Themed Portfolio is added to the SGCI Archives at the Zuckerman Museum of Art.
Inkubators arose out of the desire for more informal, group discussions at the conference. They are set up as round table discussions, moderated by the organizer. Calls for Inkubator topics are requested during the Tier 1 Call for Participation. Inkubators are scheduled for two hour increments, but typically last about an hour and a half. Unless otherwise indicated for a specific session, there are no pre-registration required to attend an Inkubator. Drop-ins are welcome.
Mentoring Sessions are one-on-one, and are available for individuals at all stages of their careers – whether you are an undergraduate student thinking about an MFA, a graduate student seeking career advice, an independent artist looking to start a press, or someone in a tenure-track position looking for advice about navigating academia. There are a limited number of spots, so sign ups will be first-come, first-served until sessions are full.
TOPICS: Mentoring Topics include (but are not limited to):
• Artist Portfolio Reviews
• Career Advice for Emerging and Mid-Career Artists
• Tenure and Academic Advancement
• Independent Presses, Non-Profits, and Community-Based Art
SESSION TIMES: Mentor sessions are 20 minutes in duration. Wifi is not guaranteed, so if you plan to show any artwork, documents, etc on your computer or tablet, it is recommended that you download PDF documents or other files that do not require wireless internet to see before you arrive for your session.
COST: Free! There is no cost for any SGCI Member to register for a Career Mentor Session.
MENTORS: Mentors are SGCI Members who are experienced professionals, and want to serve our membership and foster interest in our field. This is a volunteer service that they provide.
Mobile Events are demo kits, projects, discussions, performances, or talks intended to take place on conference buses while in transit between venues. Flexible and innovative, mobile events vary from year to year and include things like sticker exchanges, zine demos, artist talks, inkubators, and Pecha Kuchas on-the-go!
The VPP Fair is a showcase of leading businesses and individuals who specialize in printmaking presses, papers, and a variety of tools for printing, bookbinding, and papermaking. Individual and community print shops can display, promote, and support their organizations. Schools and residences can present and recruit for their programs.
The VPP Fair is part of every annual conference, and is free and open to the public.
This is a print exchange open to all active SGCI Members. SGCI Members create an edition that is turned in during the first half of the conference, and receive an exchange portfolio of 10 prints at the end of the conference to take home! Your work from this Member Exchange will be collected by the SGCI Archives at the Zuckerman Museum of Art, as well as local conference area institutions. There is no restriction as to the number of participants in this exchange.
PAPER: The paper size is 11” x 14.” (All paper must be archival). Prints can be full bleed, horizontal or vertical.
INTERLEAVING: All editions must be interleaved with glassine or equivalent archival protective sheets, also 11” x 14”). Please do not use newsprint, bags, tracing paper, wax paper, or mylar as interleaving.
EDITION SIZE: The edition size is 13 prints, numbered 1/13, 2/13, etc.
PAPERWORK: All members must pre-register to participate in this exchange. The Zuckerman Museum of Art will provide a form to be filled out and turned in with the edition at the conference for archiving purposes. Please type up and print this form out before you arrive at the conference to avoid any issues.
COST: It is a $20 fee to participate in the Members Print Exchange. If you are not able complete your edition before the conference, you may exchange your place for another artist at your discretion. No refunds will be offered.
DROP OFF: Drop-off is usually found near the registration desk; please check the conference app for drop-off times. At drop off, portfolio participants will be checked against a register of preregistration. All editions will be checked for compliance with the portfolio guidelines for media, size and interleaving, and dryness. All editions must include a completed Information Form provided prior to the conference by the Zuckerman Museum of Art. Participants will be issued a receipt that must be presented at the time of portfolio pick-up. The portfolio organizers reserve the right to refuse entry of any submission that fails to conform to the portfolio guidelines. No refund will be offered if the edition does not meet the requirements for inclusion.
PICK UP TIME: Portfolios must be picked up at the same desk where the editions were originally dropped off. All Member Print Exchange Portfolios will consist of 10 randomly collated prints from the collection. You must present your Members Print Exchange ticket/receipt to collect your portfolio – it is your responsibility to hold on to this ticket! No exchange of portfolios will be offered.
MEMBERS PRINT EXCHANGE FAQ:
Can I print my paperwork at the hotel?
We cannot guarantee that a printer will be available for you at the hotel. Therefore, it’s advised to print your paperwork out BEFORE you arrive to the conference.
Can I get a refund if I don’t end up bringing an edition?
We do not offer refunds. You can, however, exchange your ticket with a friend or fellow artist who did not pre-register for the Member Print Exchange, and work out payment on an independent level.
Can I sign up to participate in the Member Print Exchange AT the conference if I didn’t pre-register?
No, Exchange Portfolios are produced based on the number of pre-registered participants in the Exchange. However, you can likely find a friend or fellow artist who pre-registered and ended up not bringing their edition, and turn your edition in in their place.
Will you provide glassine or other archival interleaving?
We do not have those materials on hand. Please prepare your edition and interleaving before you arrive at the conference hotel to turn them in. Editions without interleaving will not be accepted into the collection.
Open Portfolio provides an opportunity for conference delegates to present their work on tables alongside one another in 1-hour sessions. These displays are free and open to the public. There are a limited number of spots, so sign up with be limited to first-come, first-served until sessions are full.
DESIGNATION: When you sign up for an Open Portfolio session, you will select a descriptor: Student, Emerging, Professional, Professor. Each Portfolio Session will include a mixture of all designations of artists.
DATE & LOCATION: Please check the conference schedule for dates and times.
SESSION TIMES: Sessions will be assigned at random to participants. Unfortunately, no session time requests can be guaranteed. Please be prepared to pack up your prints and make room for the artist at your table in the session after you when you hear the 5-minute warning that your session time is ending! Please check the conference schedule for dates and times.
COST: The cost is $10 to participate. Individuals must pre-register to participate in Open Portfolio online. (Participation sign up is first-come, first-served.) If any sessions are still available at the conference, they may be purchased at the Registration Desk as supplies last. No refunds will be offered.
OPEN PORTFOLIO FAQ:
Can I display items on the wall or in bins on the side of my table?
No. The tables flank one another in order to have as much room as possible for people to traverse the space and see all of the art. It’s a fire hazard to place bins or other display apparatus in the aisles where people will be walking. We are not able to hang or adhere art onto the walls of the hotel. However, your space on the table is entirely yours to do with as you will – you can put bins, posters, panels, etc on top of your table, and/or bring tape to display your work on the front of your table.
Can I sell my work?
Yes! You are welcome to sell and/or exchange your artwork during Open Portfolios. If you take online payments, you may need to provide your own wifi (personal hotspot on your phone, etc); we cannot guarantee free wifi at the hotel.
Can I participate in more than one Open Portfolio Session?
You can only pre-register for one session, as there are a limited number of spots and we want to ensure everyone has an equal chance of participating. However, if there are still spots available at the start of the conference, we will be selling additional session tickets at the Registration Desk on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.
Can I choose my session time or location in the room?
Session times and spots are assigned at random, and we cannot guarantee that requests can be honored. If you’d like a specific session time, you can switch with another participant at your discretion.