Accepting Proposals through June 15 June 30, 2023

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This is a Printing Office

Crossroads of civilization
Refuge of all the arts
Against the ravages of time
Armory of the fearless truth
Against whispering rumor
Incessant trumpet of trade

From this place words may fly abroad
Not to perish on waves of sound
Not to vary with the writer’s hand
But fixed in time having been verified in proof

Friend you stand on the sacred ground:
This is a Printing Office

–Beatrice Warde, 1932

Providence is a city that has historically been a refuge for dissidents and a stronghold in the battle for individual freedoms. It is a city where print is celebrated in all its forms, from conceptual art to communication design. Printmaking often intersects with other media in Providence’s rich artistic community, which is host to a variety of creative spaces ranging from traditional academic settings to community shops and maker/DIY spaces. We encourage proposals that embrace this cross pollination and celebrate the broad scope of printmaking, graphic media, and independent publishing.



April 4–7, 2024
Providence, Rhode Island

Rhode Island Convention Center & the Omni Providence Hotel

The SGC International annual conference brings together over 1,000 printmakers and arts professionals in all stages of their careers. We look forward to bringing our membership back to New England for the first time since SGC 2003 Boston: Making Histories: Revolution & Representation.


Membership: You need to be a member of SGCI–at Collaborator or Above–to submit a proposal, but if accepted, you must become a member at the Advocate level, or above. All event participants must be an active member of SGCI at the Advocate level, or above, in order to participate in any event, including themed portfolios, even if they are not attending that year’s conference. Upon registration, participants will receive a receipt for their records.

Registration: All participants must register for the conference in some capacity, with exceptions made for artists only exhibiting at the conference (i.e., themed portfolio artists, special event artists).

Please note: there will not be waivers for individuals presenting in any of our events. We are doing everything we can to keep registration fees as low as possible for all of our members and encouraging all of our conference attendees to embrace the spirit of volunteerism and help our community present the best SGCI conference yet.


Lead a panel, themed portfolio, demonstration, inkubator, pop-up exhibition, or special event

The Round 1 Call for Participation is for members who are interested in leading an event, such as a panel, themed portfolio, demonstration, pop-up exhibition, etc. To present as broad and diverse a program as possible, we welcome submissions from emerging artists, students, professionals, and independent artists.

This year’s theme is Verified by Proof; please use the portal link below to submit your files to the Steering Committee’s jury. Find out more about leading an event here. 



Conference FAQ page

How the Call for Participation works

Looking to be a participant in an event, but not lead one? The Round 2 Call for Participation will open in July.

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