For the current Call for Participation, please check Conference web pages (listed in the “Conferences” navigation bar), or scroll through our News page.
Participation: 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.
The Call for Participation is the official call made by SGCI for members to apply to be a presenter at the annual conference. The Call is announced about a year before each conference. Usually, the Call for Participation is done in two parts:
Round 1: Proposals are made by members who are interested in leading an event (Panels, Themed Portfolios, Demonstrations, Pop-Up Exhibitions, etc). Members apply directly to SGCI, through our website, and the Steering Committee juries the applications according to the criteria described below. Juries usually consist of a panel of seven or eight SGC International members, primarily from the Steering Committee.
Round 2: Additional members apply to be in events that require participants (as Panelists, Themed Portfolio artists, etc). These members apply directly to the Event Organizer who was accepted in Round 1, based on instructions listed in the Event Organizer’s page on the SGCI website. The Event Organizer juries their applicants and submits a list to directly to SGCI, before contacting their applicants. We recommend that Event Organizers select runners-up in the event that one or more of their participants is unable to participate, or is selected for another Event.
SGCI then does a cross-check of the submitted participant list to confirm if a member is selected for more than one event. After this cross-check is completed, Event Organizers submit letters of acceptance to their applicants. Members accepted into more than one event must choose which event they will participate in. A final list of participants is sent to SGCI from the Event Organizer.
Please note that all event participants must be active members of SGCI (including Themed Portfolios), even if they are not attending that year’s conference.
About the Call for Participants Criteria and Evaluation
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.
Artistic or Academic Merit (45%)
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.
Importance to Members (25%)
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.
Proposal Integrity (10%)
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.