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The Call for Participation is the official call made by SGCI for members to apply to be a participant in the annual conference’s programming. The Call is announced about a year before each conference.
Membership: You do not need to be a member of SGCI to apply, but if accepted, you must become a member. All event participants must be an active member of SGCI to participate in any event, including themed portfolios, even if they are not attending that year’s conference. Participants will receive an official letter of participation for their records.
Multiple Events: Members are asked to only participate in one event + one themed portfolio per conference. Members may apply to more than one event, but if selected for multiple events, they must choose which one they will participate in. Members are asked to wait a year after presenting before applying again. We do this in the hopes of opening up as many spots as possible to the largest number of members!
For the current Call for Participation, please check the navigation bar for the next conference.
The components for evaluation for Round 1, described below, are weighted similarly to the way state agencies, AWP, and the National Endowment for the Arts weight their components by varying amounts.
Subcommittee members evaluate the artistic value, pedagogical value, intellectual value, or entrepreneurial value of the proposal. High-scoring panels should be artistically meritorious, intellectually significant, with a roster of talented artists or accomplished experts on the topic.
How important is it to our attendees that our conference offers this topic? Subcommittee members evaluate how useful the presentation would be to one or more of SGCI’s constituencies: students, emerging professionals, academics, program directors, publishers, print shops, individual practitioners, etc. The subcommittee will assess the relative novelty of the proposal (for example, has something been similar been offered in recent conference year programming?), basing decisions on if the proposed panel will be new and important to a significant number of our attendees.
Subcommittee members evaluate whether or not the proposal will offer artistic, intellectual, regional, political, ethnic, and cultural diversity to the conference, and whether or not it addresses the needs of all communities working in printmaking.
Is the necessary information (event description, statement of merit, biographical notes) complete and useful? Are the moderator and/or presenters reliable professionals? Subcommittee members evaluate both the proposal’s intentions and the ability of the presenters to fulfill those intentions.