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. 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.
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.
Cost: Free! There is no cost for any SGCI member to register for a Career Mentor Session.
There are a limited number of spots, so sign ups will be first-come, first-served until sessions are full.
Mentees are expected to bring any relevant materials for the advice they are seeking. For example, materials you may review include a teaching philosophy, CV, cover letter, or portfolio of up to 10 original works or 20 digital images.
All mentees are notified of their scheduled session time, pairing with mentees, and other details via email shortly before the conference.
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.
Deadline to apply to be a mentor: December 15, annually. This program is on pause during the pandemic. Watch this space and our social media for the next call for mentors!
Becoming a mentor is an outstanding way to serve our membership and foster a new generation of print artists and enthusiasts. Mentors will be notified of acceptance within 4-6 weeks.
Accepted mentors will receive their schedule and information about their mentees shortly before the conference.
All questions may be directed to email@example.com