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Puertográfico Events

Keynote Addresses: Consuelo Gotay & Nelson Sambolín

Event Type: General Conference

Location and Time:

Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino - San Juan Ballroom

Keynote Thu, Apr 2 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Consuelo Gotay: The Lifetime Achievement in Printmaking Award

The Lifetime Achievement in Printmaking Award is given annually to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the professional development of printmaking as a fine art. This is the only SGCI award that may be given posthumously. Nominations are solicited from the conference host institution only and accepted by the SGCI Awards Committee.

Consuelo Gotay is a printmaker, designer, and teacher. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico in 1969 and completed her master’s degree at Columbia University in New York in 1971. She began as an apprentice in the Graphics Workshop of the School of Architecture, with José A. Torres Martino as her mentor and in Lorenzo Homar’s studio. She also studied printing at the Bernardino Cordero Bernart Vocational School in Ponce and at the Center for Book Arts in New York. She studied non-toxic printmaking with Keith Howard in Canada. Her teaching, in both Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, has been ongoing, and significant. Her work has been awarded prizes and honorable mentions throughout her career. She works in silkscreen, linoprints, and woodcuts, does font design, and has created artists’ portfolios and books in which image, word, and design mesh. Her prints tend to be poetic portrayals of the local landscape using textures and elegant lines. Consuelo is an artist fully committed to the Puerto Rican and Latin American art. She is a designer, printer and art entrepreneur who founded Centro para el Grabado y Artes del Libro, a wonderful space to train and teach printmakers in the Old San Juan area.

Her woodcuts have been shown in numerous national /international exhibitions and have won many awards like the Bronze Medall at the LatinAmerican Graphic Arts Biennial in Barranquilla, Colombia. Her works are part of the collections of the Museo Arte Historia y Antropología de Universidad de Puerto, the Institute of Puerto Rcan Culture, the Ponce Art Museum, Venezuela’s Cartón y Papel, Princeton University Graphic Arts Collection (they have all of Gotay’s typography and woodcut portfolios), Boston University Library, Yale University, Library of Congress, Smith College Rare Book Room, Colección Caja Granada (Spain), and many other institutions important. During her tenure as head of the printmaking department at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, Consuelo introduced a Book Arts curriculum while teaching.

These complementary interests capture a vast array of interests that ranges from the leaf that the autumn forgot on the bed of the wind, some dry branch found at random on some wall, it does not matter. Consuelo Gotay takes that leaf or that branch and from it she shows us her essences, her magic, her visual resources and those resources she turns to us with a refined, clean, and powerful craft.

Nelson Sambolín: The Printmaker Emeritus Award

Barrio Coquí, Salinas, Puerto Rico, 1944
MFA, Pratt Institute, New York
BFA, University of Puerto Rico

Nelson Sambolín is a printmaker, painter, graphic designer, professor, cultural and community activist.

He was the promoter, founder, and member of various independent graphics workshops that emerged in Puerto Rico in the 60’s and 70’s. His work has been widely exhibited, and he has taken part in many relevant international events.

He is represented in prestigious collections, such as: Poznan Museum, Cracow, Poland, Museum of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Art Museum of Puerto Rico, Santurce, Puerto Rico, Contemporary Art Museum, Santurce, Puerto Rico, Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Cooperativa de Seguros Múltiples, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, Empresas Papel y Cartón de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela, among others, as well as individual private collections.

Has received various international recognitions, such as the Poznan Museum Award at the X Cracow International Print Biennial, Kraków, Poland. He has designed and produced over 500 screen printed posters about a wide variety of artistic, cultural, political, environmental and social issues.