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SGC International 2020-22 Executive Board

Sarah Ellis

President

Officer

Sarah Ellis earned a BFA with a concentration in Printmaking from the University of Akron in 2014. She then attended the University of North Texas and received her MFA with a concentration in Printmaking in 2018. Following graduation, Ellis began a position at Murray State University as an Adjunct Professor of Art & Design. She has served on the SGC International Executive Board for four consecutive years, fulfilling the roles of Student Representative (2016 – 2018) and Secretary (2018 – 2020). This fall, she will be starting a new faculty role as the Assistant Professor of Printmaking at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL.

Website: www.sarahellisart.com
Instagram: @print_witch

Listening is a powerful thing. When someone listens with the intent to understand another individual, ideas are free to unfold and flourish. After meeting for a conference, through the endless euphoria, revelry, exhaustion, and curiosity, I am most positively affected by what others say. These perspectives feed our beautiful community and every voice is equally valid and important. It is a privilege to listen to our membership; with that privilege comes the earned responsibility of action. During my term as president of SGC International, I am eager to develop new opportunities for all of our members as we continue to address issues of intersectionality and inclusivity. I will strive to ensure that our conferences meet accessibility standards for all and I will continue to be mindful and diligent in investigating how we can better align ourselves with the financial interests and needs of our membership. I am so fond of SGC International because I found a place that made me feel heard at a time in my life when I was very uncertain of what I was even trying to say in the first place. I was lucky enough to find my printmaking family ten years ago, and I am honored to be able pour my energy, time, and passion back into this organization that we all love dearly. I am here to listen to your suggestions, concerns, and ideas and I want to celebrate your accomplishments. Through a shared understanding of goals, aspirations, and needs, we can define our vision as an organization and plan the future of our community. I look forward to talking with you!

Zach Fitchner

Vice President of Internal Affairs

Officer

Zach Fitchner is an artist and educator living and working in Charleston, West Virginia where he currently serves as Assistant Professor of Art at West Virginia State University. His creative research involves prints, drawings, photography and installations and explores themes relating to identity.

Website: http://zachfitchner.com
Instagram: @zachfitchner

 

Dr. Faisal Abdu’Allah

Vice President of Outreach

Officer

The art of Abdu’Allah and his contemporaries in the early 1980s can be evaluated in a manner that fills an important void within available scholarship on the subject of contemporary art in relation to Afro-British culture. What began as an artistic gesture in the 1980s more fully materialised in the early twenty-first century as a complete conceptual approach that questioned issues of race and identity in relation to issues of cultural diversity and multiculturalism. Abdu’Allah’s work broke away from the British artistic establishment and the rules of institutional representation, particularly insofar as he began selecting his subjects from émigré utopia, Afro-British social consciousness, Muslim identity, and working-class life. He also integrated other views of London, portraying it as a city of dislocated communities that were powerless in the existing world of art.

Website: http://faisalabduallah.com
Instagram: @fauhaus

 

Claire White

Secretary

Officer

I am an Indianapolis based printmaker and book artist. My artwork deals with climate change and environmental policy.

BFA: Printmaking & Minor in Book Arts Herron School of Art & Design at IUPUI
MFA: Printmaking from East Carolina University

Website: https://whitemc4.wixsite.com/margaretclairewhite
Instagram: @margaretclairewhite

 

Cat Snapp

Treasurer

Officer

Cat Snapp is an artist and small business owner. Her studio is based in Everett, Washington, a former mill town about forty-five minutes north of Seattle. She earned an MFA in Printmaking from the University of North Texas and a BFA from the University of Central Florida. Through her business, Cat Snapp Studio, she creates and sells a variety of paper goods from letterpress greeting cards and handbound journals to limited edition prints and art installations. You can find her current work at in-person maker markets, in select retail shops, and online. Her art has exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in several public and private collections such as Bainbridge Island Museum of Art and the Rare Books & Texana Collection at the University of North Texas. Her work can be viewed in the publication 500 Handmade Books, Volume 2, by Lark Crafts. In addition to her studio practice, she serves on the City of Everett’s Cultural Arts Commission and teaches print and book workshops in the community.

Website: https://catsnapp.studio/
Instagram: @catsnappstudio

 

Aleksandra Janik

International Representative

Officer

Aleksandra Janik, PhD (1971) curator, printmaker and photographer, head of the Studio of Digital and Experimental Printmaking, Vice-Rector for Arts, Research and Foreign Cooperation at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw, Poland.

Fields of interests and research subjects: Post-digital Printmaking / Experimental Printmaking / Hybrid Printmaking, aiming at artistic activities and the development of theoretical material; an attempt to present a new classification and re-definition of printmaking; transgression printmaking – photography; formal experiments in combining classical printing techniques with digital printing, with the third dimension – installation-based printmaking, object-oriented printmaking, performative printmaking; formal experiments connected with digital printing on special substrates and attempts to use commercial technology (laser, UV print, lenticular print, hydrographic) in printmaking.

Website:http://www.ajanik.com

 

Sabrina Pastard

Student Representative

Officer

Sabrina Pastard was born in St. louis, Missouri in 1997. Using mediums such as printmaking, installation, and poetry she creates works that investigate memory and the reality of the absurd. She received her BA in Studio Art at George Fox University. Pastard currently resides in Chicago, IL where she attends Columbia College Chicago and is working towards her MFA in Fine Arts.

Website:https://startsblue.art
Instagram: @startsblue

 

Arron Foster

Member-at-Large

Board Member

Arron Foster received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking and Art Education from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC and his Master of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking and Book Arts from the University of Georgia, Athens Georgia. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has held academic appointments at the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, and Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

Website:arron-foster.squarespace.com
Instagram: @fosta1918

 

Nicole Geary

Member-at-Large

Board Member

Nicole Geary is an American artist hailing from the green, swampy lands of Florida, where she earned a BFA in printmaking from the University of Florida. She graduated with an MFA in printmaking from the University of South Dakota. She exhibits in juried print and sculpture shows, international residencies, and regularly participates in printmaking conferences. Geary teaches full time at St. Philip’s College, and is also an instructor at Southwest School of Art for printmaking and book arts workshops. She was a resident in the Artist Lab at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, has been awarded a grant from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio, and completed an artist residency and exhibition in the Mojave National Preserve. Geary lives and works in San Antonio, Texas.

Website:www.nicolegeary.com
Instagram: @nicolegearystudios

 

R. L. Tillman

Charter State Member-at-Large

Board Member

R.L. Tillman is an artist, educator, and researcher based in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2010 R.L. joined the full-time faculty at Maryland Institute College of Art, where he teaches courses in the practice and history of printmaking. In 2008 he co-founded the award-winning website www.printeresting.org, where along with his fellow editors, he has produced several exhibitions and publications about contemporary print practice. As an Arts Fellow at the University of Iowa, R.L. received an MFA in Printmaking in 2002. He graduated from The George Washington University with a BA in art and political science.

 

Website:http://rltillman.com
Instagram: @R.L.TILLMAN

 

Charles Beneke

Immediate Past President

Board Member

Charles Beneke earned a B.A. in Art and Psychology from Kenyon College in 1990. After working in book cover design in New York City for four years, he attended The University of Connecticut where he received his Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking and Mixed-media in 1996. Beneke was an assistant professor of art at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming from 1997 to 2001 where he taught Foundations. He is currently a professor of art at The University of Akron Myers School of Art at in Akron, Ohio where he is the Printmaking area coordinator and the school’s faculty advisor. He served as the associate dean of Academics for the Graduate School at The University of Akron from 2016-17. Beneke is the current president of the Southern Graphics Council International. He was the 2008-10 president of the Mid America Print Council for which he also served as their web designer and the Mid America Print Council Journal design liaison. His work in a broad range of print media, installation, painting, and new media addresses disruptive forces within closed systems ranging from the global to the personal.

Website: www.charlesbeneke.com/
Instagram: @chasbeneke

 

Margot Myers

Immediate Past Treasurer

Board Member

Margot Myers was born in a remote Alaskan Native hospital during Bristol Bay fall fishing in the late 1970s. Participating in this familial seasonal harvest continues to be a pivotal part of her life and studio practice. Formative training in the mental and physical perseverance required to engage in backbreaking manual labor from a young age has shaped her approach to work and life. Her visual development is influenced by her affinity for wilderness landscape and watershed. Evidence of early exposure to natural rhythms and systems can be seen in her work on paper, fibers and installation.Margot’s most recent body of work addresses the controversial use issues surrounding the resource management of the Bristol Bay Watershed in Southwest Alaska.

Myers earned her MFA in Print from New Mexico State University in 2006. She. has taught print techniques and foundations classes to students of all ages, and in various settings: University, Community College, Local School Districts, Museums and other Arts Organizations. In 2015, Myers opened a print shop downtown Bellingham, WA. Runaway Press is the community’s only open studio where amateurs, emerging and professional artists can use this professional studio to develop their own work and learn from national printmakers. Runaway Press hosts demonstrations, workshops and longer classes in print and fibers techniques taught by visiting and local artists. Recent recognition for Margot’s work include the following: GAP grant from Artist Trust of Washington State, Awagami Paper Award (Japan), Selection for a collaborative science/art Climate Change Project for Museum of Northwest Art (LaConner, WA), a temporary installation for PrintAustin (TX) and inclusion of 6 prints at at Berlin Miniprint Exhibit (Germany).

Website: https://margotbmyers.com/
Instagram: @runaway.press

 

Valerie Dibble

Archives Coordinator

Board Appointment

Valerie A. (Wright) Dibble is a practicing artist, university professor, wife, homemaker and mother of three. She earned her BFA from Arizona State University in 1982 in printmaking and photo processes. She earned her MFA from the University of Florida1991 in printmaking and electronic media.

Valerie is currently a Professor of Art and the Coordinator of the Printmaking concentration at Kennesaw State Univeristy. She has been awarded the Distinguished Teacher, Distinguished Scholar and Distinguished Service awards. She has also received a Governor’s Teaching fellowship and numerous grants. She actively serves by holding positions on local, national and international Boards for various art organizations.

Website: www.valeriedibble.com

Stephanie Alaniz

Awards Coordinator

Board Appointment

Stephanie Alaniz was born in Corpus Christi, Texas where they received their Bachelor of Fine Art from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in 2016. Alaniz went on to receive their Master of Fine Art from West Virginia University in 2019. They have shown their work internationally in places such as Egypt, France, and Nepal. In 2019 they showed work nationally in Kansas, Illinois, Utah, West Virginia, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and Texas. They are a fat artist fighting socially created beauty-norms and want to break down the stigma towards fat bodies, general fatphobia, and normalizing insecurities.

Website: www.stephaniealaniz.com
Instagram: @bavarianbaby

 

Sage Perrott

Affiliate Liaisons Coordinator

Board Appointment

Sage Perrott, aka Haypeep, is a printmaker and educator originally from West Virginia. Her artwork features grumpy, lumpy, ghost-like creatures situated in cramped, often humorous circumstances. Sage has degrees in printmaking from West Virginia University (BFA) and from Ohio University (MFA). Her preferred process is screenprinting. Currently, Sage is an Assistant Professor of Printmaking at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. Her prints, drawings, and zines have found their way into the hands of folks all over the United States and the world.

Website: www.haypeep.com
Instagram: @haypeep and @etsuprintmaking

 

Louise Fisher

Web Editor

Board Appointment

Louise Fisher, our Web Editor, is an Iowa-based printmaker and a 2019 graduate of Arizona State University. She was the 2018 recipient of the SGC International Graduate Fellowship Award. Louise states about her process and artwork that she is “an interdisciplinary artist working in the expanded field of print; using methods of layering, impressing and repetition for its literal and visual enactment of time and the body. By integrating constructed and celestial time, geometric and organic forms, and digital and hand-drawn printmaking processes, I point to the complexities of our current experience with nature. Through an investigative visual language, I aim to rekindle an appreciation for natural light and ask viewers to consider how their rhythms are impacted by this new incessant LED world.”

Website: http://www.louisefisherart.com/
Instagram: @louisefisherart

 

Blake Sanders

Web Curator

Board Appointment

Blake Sanders, our Web Curator, is a printmaking and foundations Instructor at Southeast Missouri State University. He has been an active member of SGCI since 2005 and has participated conference portfolios, exhibitions—both sanctioned and peripheral—and chaired two panels. His work looks “beyond anthropocentrism, emphasizing humans as a part of a global community—residents, not lords of the manor—who should be good neighbors to each other and all of nature.”

Website: http://orangebarrelindustries.com/main/
Instagram: @orangebarrelindustries