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SGC International 2020-22 Executive Board

Dr. Faisal Abdu’Allah

President

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
Email: fabduallah@sgcinternational.org

 

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
Email: zfitchner@sgcinternational.org

 

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
Email: cwhite@sgcinternational.org

 

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
Email: csnapp@sgcinternational.org

 

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
Email: ajanik@sgcinternational.org

 

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
Email: spastard@sgcinternational.org

 

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
Email: afoster@sgcinternational.org

 

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
Email: ngeary@sgcinternational.org

 

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
Email: rltillman
@sgcinternational.org

 

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
Email: mmyers@sgcinternational.org

 

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
Email: vdibble@sgcinternational.org

Louise Fisher

Awards Coordinator

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
Email: lfisher@sgcinternational.org

 

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
Email: bsanders@sgcinternational.org