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Dec. 15 Deadlines

Hey Folx! Lots of SGCI opportunities coming up with a December 15 deadline. Apply today and share with colleagues!

Student Fellowship Nominations
Awagami Paper Award
Gamblin Awards
Apply to Be a Mentor
Early Bird Registration Ends!

Poster image by José Alicia.

Apply to be a Mentor at Puertográfico!

Deadline December 15. Apply here! Mentors with Spanish language skills welcome!

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…

Deadline December 15. Apply here! Mentors with Spanish language skills welcome!

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.

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Let's Leave a Press in Puerto Rico Update

We are getting close, but we need your help.Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far! Print Perks are being announced each week, like this linocut by Sergio Sanchez Santamaria!! Find Print Perks on the Indiegogo, or donate directly in any dollar amount here.

During site visits…

We are getting close, but we need your help.Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far! Print Perks are being announced each week, like this linocut by Sergio Sanchez Santamaria!! Find Print Perks on the Indiegogo, or donate directly in any dollar amount here.

During site visits and Puertográfico planning meetings members of the SGCI board and conference steering committee have learned of the rich history of Printmaking in Puerto Rico and the many practitioners and advocates there who shared our love of printmaking.

Following the devastation of Hurricane Maria, the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, UPRRP, lost a third of the student body and many of the facilities were damaged or  destroyed. In the area of ​​printmaking they do not have foreseeable funding for their studio needs, to repair equipment , or to buy a badly needed new press The printmaking area is headed by Martín García Rivera who has been teaching printmaking at UPRRP since 1993. He not only leads a dynamic printmaking program, but also has established many projects over the years to engage the many community demographics.

In order to help Martin, UPRRP students and our other printmaking colleagues in Puerto Rico, SGCI is  launching a fundraising campaign to buy a press for the UPRRP printshop. Donations will be taken in through multiple streams, including Indiegogocash donations, and through conference registration.

Puertográfico 2020, April 1-4 in San Juan, is the perfect opportunity to learn about the rich history of Printmaking in Puerto Rico and engage with our hosts who are generously preparing a fantastic conference experience for us all. Let’s show our appreciation for their efforts and our commitment to lasting connections by contributing to the future of their printmaking community.

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Here's the Salsa! Week 17

The Secret Language of the Spanish Hand Fan

  1. Open fan over the chest showing the design “Yes”
  2. Open fan over the chest showing the back “No”
  3. Open fan covering one of the cheeks “I like you”
  4. Wave fan very fast: “I really like you”
  5. Wave fan very slowly: “I am not interested”
  6. Open fan covering your…

The Secret Language of the Spanish Hand Fan

  1. Open fan over the chest showing the design “Yes”
  2. Open fan over the chest showing the back “No”
  3. Open fan covering one of the cheeks “I like you”
  4. Wave fan very fast: “I really like you”
  5. Wave fan very slowly: “I am not interested”
  6. Open fan covering your nose “I want to see you”
  7. Open fan covering your chin “I want to talk to you”
  8. Closed fan near the heart: “I love you”
  9. Open fan placed over lips: “Kiss me”
  10. Close fan waving; “I am thinking about it”
  11. Hit close fan against hand “Leave me alone”
  12. Open and close the fan: “I am upset”
  13. Open fan waving energetically on one side “Don’t come now, other people around”
    Excerpted from LivingLanguage.com. Read more here!
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Looking for a Roommate for Puertográfico?

Are you looking for someone to share a room with at the conference hotel? We’ve started a user-maintained list to help you find each other! Fill in your info and check back periodically to see if there are updates to the list. Reach out to potential roommates through the contact info…

Are you looking for someone to share a room with at the conference hotel? We’ve started a user-maintained list to help you find each other! Fill in your info and check back periodically to see if there are updates to the list. Reach out to potential roommates through the contact info on the form. This page is password-protected for SGCI members. 

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Graphic Impressions RETURNS!

The Persistence of Print

Coming December 21, 2019

SGC International has reimagined Graphic Impressions and we are excited to announce its return on December 21, 2019. The print world is constantly evolving and we know that our membership needs more than a static newsletter published three times a year. The new, expanded Graphic Impressions will be a continuously developing…

Coming December 21, 2019

SGC International has reimagined Graphic Impressions and we are excited to announce its return on December 21, 2019. The print world is constantly evolving and we know that our membership needs more than a static newsletter published three times a year. The new, expanded Graphic Impressions will be a continuously developing web journal enriching the content of our website, the discourse of our discipline, and SGC’s educational mission.

This next incarnation of Graphic Impressions will be built around seasonal themes with essays, interviews, online exhibitions, and more published continuously to our site. In addition to postings directly related to our themes, exhibition reviews and more timely contributions will be featured as well to make certain that Graphic Impressions is about printmaking right now. To help ensure that our content is always fresh, we will accept submissions on a rolling basis with weekly deadlines on Friday at 11:59 PM. Seasonal theme focused submissions will be accepted well into the topic’s season creating the opportunity for our membership to have a dialogue around these topics by adding to the discussion in inventive ways.

Graphic Impressions’ first seasonal theme will be “The Persistence of Print.” The call for submissions for this winter season, as well general submissions, is now open. The SGCI Board of Directors, Louise Fisher, Graphic Impressions web editor, and Blake Sanders, Graphic Impressions web curator, are eager to work with the SGCI membership to develop your web journal. Send us your proposals today by visiting the Graphic Impressions Submissions Page.

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Here's the Salsa! Week 18

Mofongo

The beloved Puerto Rican mash with deep ties to Africa

“Without a doubt it is the most popular, best known, most loved Puerto Rican dish,” says Von Diaz, a radio producer and writer based in New York. She’s talking about mofongo, a dish made by smashing fried green plantains — frequently…

The beloved Puerto Rican mash with deep ties to Africa

“Without a doubt it is the most popular, best known, most loved Puerto Rican dish,” says Von Diaz, a radio producer and writer based in New York. She’s talking about mofongo, a dish made by smashing fried green plantains — frequently in a pilón (mortar and pestle) — with garlic, olive oil and, most traditionally, chicharrón (fried pork skin).

According to historian and author Cruz Miguel Ortíz Cuadra in his book, “Eating Puerto Rico: A History of Food, Culture, and Identity,” that the word “mofongo” stems from the Angolan Kikongo term “mfwenge-mfwenge,” meaning “a great amount of anything at all.” Going even further back, the dish traces its roots to the West African fufu, a mash of boiled yams.

Excerpted from The Washington Post. Read more here!

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Puertográfico Schedule!

A developing Puertográfico 2020 conference schedule is now online! A final schedule with times and locations will be available in the spring on the Conference App.

Thank you to our membership for putting forward such exciting and dynamic proposals for Puertográfico 2020. A few notes on major schedule changes this…

A developing Puertográfico 2020 conference schedule is now online! A final schedule with times and locations will be available in the spring on the Conference App.

Thank you to our membership for putting forward such exciting and dynamic proposals for Puertográfico 2020. A few notes on major schedule changes this year:

Puertográfico will take place at the Sheraton Convention Center, Miramar Convention District, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Programming will also take place at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, the Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Diseño, the Museo del Arsenal de la Puntilla, the Carnegie Library Building, the Museo de San Juan and the Museo de Las Américas, among other venues. Other supporting institutions are Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico. Thank you to our hosts in San Juan!

SGC International’s vision for this meeting of cultures is to educate our membership on the complexity of the Puerto Rico/US relationship, create a platform for mutual understanding, foster future artistic collaborations, and build lasting friendships. This is no tropical vacation; Puertográfico 2020 will be an adventure for all!

A full listing with descriptions of Panels, Demos, Inkubators, Special Events, Themed Portfolios, and General Conference Events can be viewed here. Look under the Puertográfico tab on our website for lots more info about the conference!

Register online before Dec. 15 for best rates. We can’t wait to see you in San Juan!

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Week of Giving!

Greetings, Print Enthusiasts!

The SGCI Board of Directors, our Puertográfico Steering Committee, and our Ad Hoc Committee for Community Exchange would like to share some new opportunities for you to give back to the extended Puerto Rican host community for our 2020 annual conference, help SGCI achieve its aspiration of warmly…

Greetings, Print Enthusiasts!

The SGCI Board of Directors, our Puertográfico Steering Committee, and our Ad Hoc Committee for Community Exchange would like to share some new opportunities for you to give back to the extended Puerto Rican host community for our 2020 annual conference, help SGCI achieve its aspiration of warmly welcoming Puerto Rican printmakers into our community, and advocate for printmaking. Please join us for this Week of Giving and carry the spirit of generosity ahead as Puertográfico, in San Juan April 1 – 4, 2020, draws closer!

SGC International is an organization with a professional mission, but I believe one of the great strengths that guides us forward is that we are more like a family. We celebrate, share, plan, collaborate, disagree, grow, and always support each other. I know that many of you share the feeling with me that some of my most valued relationships are friendships made through SGCI and that when I leave our annual gatherings I feel grounded by our camaraderie. As we all begin to gather with friends and family in the coming days to celebrate Thanksgiving, I would like to thank you for everything that you do to make SGCI such an inclusive and inspiring community. Your generosity is never unnoticed!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Charles Beneke

President, SGC International

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New job posts!

It’s that time of year: tenure-track teaching jobs announced! Lots of job postings on our website, plus grants, internal awards, exhibition opportunities, and more. Browse them here.

Student Fellowship Award Applications Due Dec. 15!

Student Fellowship Award Guidelines

Each year, SGC International awards two student fellowships; one undergraduate ($500) and one graduate ($1000).
Each institution may nominate 1 undergraduate and 1 graduate student.
Students may self-nominate, but must have a faculty sponsor who will
submit a letter of support (nomination), and must be enrolled at…

Student Fellowship Award Guidelines

Each year, SGC International awards two student fellowships; one undergraduate ($500) and one graduate ($1000). Each institution may nominate 1 undergraduate and 1 graduate student. Students may self-nominate, but must have a faculty sponsor who will submit a letter of support (nomination), and must be enrolled at the time of application. Applicants and the faculty sponsor must be SGCI members in good standing.

Fellowship recipients will be awarded their fellowship during the SGCI Awards Ceremony. Award recipients will be afforded all possible opportunities to be listed in conference/council publications and on the website. At the conclusion of the fellowship year, recipients will need to provide the SGCI Archives with digital documentation of the work produced under the auspices of this fellowship. SGC International will also make every effort to present fellowship recipients’ work at the following year’s conference, however this may not always be possible and will depend upon the resources available to the conference planners in any particular year.

The deadline for submission of nominees is December 15 of the year immediately preceding the conference for which the individual is nominated to receive the award (i.e. December 15, 2019 for fellowships to be awarded at the 2020 conference). Apply here!

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Post to our “I’m Searching for Graduate Programs” Page!

SGCI wants to help graduate programs and prospective graduate students find each other. Would you like to post your information to our upcoming Looking for Graduate Programs page? Click here to submit your contact information, graduate program aspirations, and an image representative of your work.

Student Group Critiques at Puertográfico!

SGCI is excited to announce a new opportunity for students this year. We’re introducing student critiques to our roster of events. We want you to get to know each other even better and create a forum for you gain feedback on you work from each other. If you indicate that…

SGCI is excited to announce a new opportunity for students this year. We’re introducing student critiques to our roster of events. We want you to get to know each other even better and create a forum for you gain feedback on you work from each other. If you indicate that you are interested in student critiques when you register, we’ll place you in a random critique group of undergraduate or graduate students. Student Critiques are scheduled for midday on Saturday, April 4 at the Sheraton. We look forward to seeing you at this free event for all registered student members!

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Here's the Salsa! Week 20

El Yunque Is the Only Tropical Rainforest under the U.S. National Forest System.
Just a few hours from San Juan, a trip to El Yunque is a visit to a land that has remained virtually unchanged for millennia. Trail hikes, waterfalls, grand vistas, and a variety of birds, flora…

El Yunque Is the Only Tropical Rainforest under the U.S. National Forest System.
Just a few hours from San Juan, a trip to El Yunque is a visit to a land that has remained virtually unchanged for millennia. Trail hikes, waterfalls, grand vistas, and a variety of birds, flora, and some wildlife await you. You’ll also be happy to know that there are no dangerous animals in the rainforest. Read more at tripsavvy.com

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SGCI President’s Update to the Membership

November 12, 2019

It has been an exciting and rewarding time since we were all together at Texchange last spring! Whether working on Puertográfico 2020, our upcoming conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, traveling to represent SGC International, or engaging with our membership, I feel fortunate to be serving as SGCI president and…

It has been an exciting and rewarding time since we were all together at Texchange last spring! Whether working on Puertográfico 2020, our upcoming conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, traveling to represent SGC International, or engaging with our membership, I feel fortunate to be serving as SGCI president and learn from every opportunity, or challenge, with which I have been presented. As with so many volunteer opportunities, I know that I am receiving much more than I give. It has been particularly rewarding for me to see giving and volunteering becoming more intricately woven into our organization.

The board has been actively assisting beyond the scope of their roles in the leadership of SGCI in the preparation for Puertográfico. It has been exciting to work with our conference hosts and see how much you all have to look forward to when you arrive in San Juan on April 1, 2020. This event will be packed with new programming, but perhaps more importantly it will be rich with opportunities for cultural exchange. Members will develop lasting bonds with Puerto Rican, Carribean, and Latin American printmakers, learn about the complex cultural and political relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States, and potentially arrive early or stay late to participate in community service opportunities.

One of the most rewarding things that has come from our work with our Puerto Rican counterparts is the development of a sense of responsibility to and appreciation of the Puerto Rican art and printmaking community for hosting us. This past spring Joseph Velasquez and John Hancock visited Puerto Rico to meet with printmakers, visit our host institutions, and make connections with area schools. Joseph returned with a trove of ideas for ways that SGCI can give back to Puerto Rico. To help him flesh these ideas into action, I formed the Ad Hoc Committee for Community Exchange. This committee is led by Joseph Velasquez with the assistance of Hannah March-Sanders and Blake Sanders. Under Joseph’s leadership, he and his team have developed opportunities to take programming into local schools, constructed a registry for tools and materials that members can bring with them to Puerto Rico and leave as donations to local institutions, and created a giving campaign to purchase a press for the printshop at Universidad de Puerto Rico – Recinto de Río Piedras. I am humbled by the work of this team and eager to see the generosity of our members come to fruition through your participation in these initiatives. Thank you Joseph, John, Hannah, Blake and all the others who are helping us in these efforts! I hope to see your work become the standard for how we engage with all of our future host communities.  

Follow this link to read my full report on the board’s recent work and you will see the outcome of the many ways in which people give of their time and resources to help SGC International become stronger. We all benefit from these selfless acts. In closing I ask how can you give back to SGCI? How can you embrace volunteerism and give back to SGCI whether it is in our governance, outreach, conference management, or exchange with our Puerto Rican host community? How can you help SGCI to leave a legacy of friendship and generosity of spirit in all that we do?

Thank you and best wishes to you all!

Charles Beneke

President, SGC International

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Reminder: Call for Curators

Open Portfolio Exhibitions!

This year SGCI is putting a new twist on the Open Portfolio! We’re transforming it into a live, malleable “happening” where exhibitions will be culled from the work shown by Open Portfolio participants and featured at the conference as the 2020 Open Portfolio Exhibitions. The Open Portfolio will provide content…

This year SGCI is putting a new twist on the Open Portfolio! We’re transforming it into a live, malleable “happening” where exhibitions will be culled from the work shown by Open Portfolio participants and featured at the conference as the 2020 Open Portfolio Exhibitions. The Open Portfolio will provide content for the conference and the curated Open Portfolio Exhibitions will highlight members’ work and focus upon the ideas evidenced in the moment at our annual gathering.

Read more and apply here!

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Here's the Salsa! Week 21


The Name of Puerto Rico

In 1493, Christopher Columbus (Cristobal Colón in Spanish) “discovered” Puerto Rico —that is, arrived on the island during expedition—and claimed it for Spain. A little known fact is that Columbus called the whole island San Juan, in honor of Saint John the Baptist. Puerto Rico (puerto…


The Name of Puerto Rico

In 1493, Christopher Columbus (Cristobal Colón in Spanish) “discovered” Puerto Rico —that is, arrived on the island during expedition—and claimed it for Spain. A little known fact is that Columbus called the whole island San Juan, in honor of Saint John the Baptist. Puerto Rico (puerto = “port” and rico = “rich”) was the name given to what is known today as the Old San Juan area. It was only later that the names were reversed and the whole island became known as Puerto Rico. Excerpted from www.puertoricodaytrips.com. Read more here.

Follow along with Here’s the Salsa! on the full web page.

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Let’s leave a press in Puerto Rico!

During site visits and Puertográfico planning meetings members of the SGCI board and conference steering committee have learned of the rich history of Printmaking in Puerto Rico and the many practitioners and advocates there who shared our love of printmaking.

Following the devastation of Hurricane Maria, the University of Puerto Rico…

During site visits and Puertográfico planning meetings members of the SGCI board and conference steering committee have learned of the rich history of Printmaking in Puerto Rico and the many practitioners and advocates there who shared our love of printmaking.

Following the devastation of Hurricane Maria, the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, UPRRP, lost a third of the student body and many of the facilities were damaged or  destroyed. In the area of ​​printmaking they do not have foreseeable funding for their studio needs, to repair equipment , or to buy a badly needed new press The printmaking area is headed by Martín García Rivera who has been teaching printmaking at UPRRP since 1993. He not only leads a dynamic printmaking program, but also has established many projects over the years to engage the many community demographics.

In order to help Martin, UPRRP students and our other printmaking colleagues in Puerto Rico, SGCI is  launching a fundraising campaign to buy a press for the UPRRP printshop. Donations will be taken in through multiple streams, including indiegogo and cash donations (through conference registration). 

Puertogråfico 2020, April 1-4 in San Juan, is the perfect opportunity to learn about the rich history of Printmaking in Puerto Rico and engage with our hosts who are generously preparing a fantastic conference experience for us all. Let’s show our appreciation for their efforts and our commitment to lasting connections by contributing to the future of their printmaking community.

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Here's the Salsa!

SGC International’s vision for PUERTOGRÁFICO is to educate our membership on the complexity of the Puerto Rico/US relationship, create a platform for mutual understanding, foster future artistic collaborations, and build lasting friendships. As part of this, we are launching Here’s the Salsa! Each week counting down…

SGC International’s vision for PUERTOGRÁFICO is to educate our membership on the complexity of the Puerto Rico/US relationship, create a platform for mutual understanding, foster future artistic collaborations, and build lasting friendships. As part of this, we are launching Here’s the Salsa! Each week counting down to the conference, we will be sending out emails and posts with brief history lessons, food & culture tips, language pointers and more, compiled here. Many thanks to Anna Nicholson and Nydia Fernández Toledo for their guidance and contributions to the creation of this page.

Week 23

Old San Juan
Old San Juan is a Unesco World Heritage Site and is also listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. With charming 16th century fortresses, cobblestone streets, fountains, museums, and more, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into history.

Excerpted from DiscoverPuertoRico.com. Read more here!

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Student Call for Participation: Puertográfico Pen Pal Print Collaboration & Exhibition!

SGC International is excited to announce a call for participation in our Puertográfico Pen Pal Print Collaboration & Exhibition!

In the months leading up to our 2020 Conference in Puerto Rico, SGCI will begin connecting our stateside student members with our student members in Puerto Rico through a collaborative print exchange…

SGC International is excited to announce a call for participation in our Puertográfico Pen Pal Print Collaboration & Exhibition!

In the months leading up to our 2020 Conference in Puerto Rico, SGCI will begin connecting our stateside student members with our student members in Puerto Rico through a collaborative print exchange. Students will be paired up to work on a set of collaborative prints exchanged through the mail. The goal is to connect stateside student members to student members in Puerto Rico through the art of printmaking.  The prints will then be on display and for sale during the 2020 Puerto Rico Conference with a portion of the proceeds going to the UNIDOS Disaster Relief and Recovery Program powered by The Hispanic Federation.

Click here to find out more and apply! And thanks to our Student Representative, Eliana Rodriguez, for developing this exciting project for SGCI.

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Puertográfico Community Exchange: Call for Demo/Event Proposals

The SGC International Ad Hoc Committee for Community Exchange is pleased to announce five community engagement opportunities at three high schools or two after school programs in San Juan. These opportunities, which are outside of the conference programming, give interested individuals and programs the chance to build meaningful, lasting connections…

The SGC International Ad Hoc Committee for Community Exchange is pleased to announce five community engagement opportunities at three high schools or two after school programs in San Juan. These opportunities, which are outside of the conference programming, give interested individuals and programs the chance to build meaningful, lasting connections with the community. 

We are now accepting  proposals for professional/instructor-led teams to present demos or print events. Interactive projects are especially welcome to encourage exchange, learn local perspectives, and excite the next generation of printmakers! Teams will be responsible for bringing matrices and other materials with them to Puerto Rico for these events. Take advantage of these great service-learning and community engagement opportunities for university print clubs or community presses by submitting your proposal now! While these demos and projects will not be part of the official Puertográfico schedule, they will be celebrated wherever possible.

Additionally, if you are interested in joining our committee to work on our community exchange initiatives, please reach out to us. 

To apply, please send the following information in a single PDF to bsanders@sgcinternational.org by November 1, 2019:

  1. 100-word abstract of you project including preferred audience
  2. 50-word bio of team leader
  3. Roster of participating team members
  4. Ideal audience/age group
  5. Equipment and material requirements, please note materials team would bring
  6. Anticipated plan for your program:
    • Will it be run start to finish only once?
    • Will it be repeated several times during your allotted time?
    • Will participants be able to join in on the project whenever they arrive?
    • Will your team have a translator, or will there need to be arrangements made for one?

We look forward to hearing from you!

Joseph Velasquez
Blake Sanders
Hannah March Sanders

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Stay With SGCI Giveback!

SGCI wants to look out for our students, so we’re launching the Stay with SGCI Giveback! If we reach our hotel room block at the Sheraton Convention Center, SGCI pledges to give a $25 refund to students who stay at the hotel on their conference registration. 

Call for Nominations: 2020-22 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dear SGC International Members,

SGC International is seeking nominations/self-nominations for the 2020-2022 Executive Board, with terms beginning in April 2020 and ending in April 2022. Service on the board is an outstanding way to contribute to the organization and to make a positive impact on our printmaking community. We hope you…

Dear SGC International Members,

SGC International is seeking nominations/self-nominations for the 2020-2022 Executive Board, with terms beginning in April 2020 and ending in April 2022. Service on the board is an outstanding way to contribute to the organization and to make a positive impact on our printmaking community. We hope you will consider nominating individuals for these important leadership roles described below.

All SGCI Members in good standing are invited to nominate/self-nominate by uploading candidate’s materials at https://www.sgcinternational.org/2020-22-board-of-directors-nominations-submissions/

Nominations should include the following information:

  • Name of the Nominee
  • Nominee’s contact information (phone number & email)
  • Institutional/professional affiliation (if any)
  • Statement of intent addressing the nominee’s background, qualifications, and interest in serving with consideration of SGC International’s mission and diversity/inclusivity and student focus initiatives.
  • A current Curriculum Vitae.

The SGC International Nominating Committee, composed of three former board members, is charged with creating a slate of nominees that reflects the philosophic, geographic, institutional, racial, and gender diversity of our membership. A preliminary slate selected from the pool of nominations will be voted on by the board. 

Elections will then take place at the Membership Meeting at our upcoming conference, Puertográfico 2020, April 1 – 4, 2020. In any election, the organization will allow nominations from the floor prior to calling for any vote, though it is strongly encouraged that those interested in serving on the board express their desire to serve through our standard nominations process.

For more information please contact Kate McQuillen admin@sgcinternational.org or Charles Beneke  president@sgcinternational.org.

Thank you,

Charles Beneke
President, SGC International

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Institutional Memberships

Dear SGCI Members,
In an effort to lower costs for students, we launched Institutional Memberships last year. Available at four different levels, you  can choose the one that works for the specific needs of your institution and printmaking program. Support SGCI and see your institution’s reach with our organization grow!

Benefits of being an…

Dear SGCI Members,
In an effort to lower costs for students, we launched Institutional Memberships last year. Available at four different levels, you  can choose the one that works for the specific needs of your institution and printmaking program. Support SGCI and see your institution’s reach with our organization grow!

Benefits of being an Institutional Member: 
• Advertising on the SGCI website and a half-page advertisement on the conference app!

• A table in the Institutional Membership area at the conference, where you can promote your program with brochures, swag, handouts, and more!

• Lend financial support to students on their registration fees: the student pays $87.50, and the institutional group rate covers the other half of their registration. Early Bird rates are extended all the way to the close of online registration for Institutional Members!

• Lend financial support to faculty: The faculty member’s registration and membership are fully covered in the package
 Registration now open
Learn more, sign up, and register for the conference here! Please contact Kate McQuillen with any questions about Institutional Memberships.

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Student Fundraising Kit

Your Guide to Raising Funds for SGCI 2020: Puertográfico

We’d love to see you in Puerto Rico next spring! We’ve put together this fundraising kit to help you understand costs for student members, and lend ideas for how to raise funds to make it possible for students to travel to this incredible island–no passport needed!

Click…

We’d love to see you in Puerto Rico next spring! We’ve put together this fundraising kit to help you understand costs for student members, and lend ideas for how to raise funds to make it possible for students to travel to this incredible island–no passport needed!

Click here for ideas on: 
Fundraisers,
Ways to offset costs,
Hotel and airfare group rates,
Grant and community service opportunities, and
Institutional memberships!

Unique Learning Opportunities at SGCI 2020
Student critiques: small groups of student-led crits
Juried exhibitions: part of the new Open Portfolio Exhibitions
Three-Minute Thesis: for selected grad students
Community service: facilitated by the Puerto Rico Steering Committee
Travel experience: exposure to a different culture within the US jurisdiction:
 a unique blend of languages, traditions and enlivened heritage

Registration now open
Register today!

 Puertográfico: April 1 – 4, San Juan, Puerto Rico
YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS ONE!

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Web Editor & Curator Introduction

Dear SGC International Members,
As SGCI transitions from Graphic Impressions towards expanding our website into an online journal with continuously evolving content, I am pleased to introduce you to our newly appointed web editor, Louise Fisher, and web curator, Blake Sanders

Louise Fisher, an Iowa-based printmaker, is a 2019 graduate of Arizona State University. She was the…

Dear SGC International Members,
As SGCI transitions from Graphic Impressions towards expanding our website into an online journal with continuously evolving content, I am pleased to introduce you to our newly appointed web editor, Louise Fisher, and web curator, Blake Sanders

Louise Fisher, an Iowa-based printmaker, is 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 it’s 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.” To get to know Louise a little better, you can read her complete bio and artist’s statement on her website and check out her interview from VoyagePhoenix.

Blake Sanders is a printmaking and foundations Instructor at Southeast Missouri State University. He has been an active member of SGCI since 2005 and has participated in 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.” In works that range from diverse print media to collaborative installation he strives to “provoke compassion within the culture” by intently observing himself and his family “to mine for the universal within the personal.” One of Blake’s most recent projects is Encountering Our Indelible Mark, an exhibition that was installed in Santander, Spain at IMPACT10: Encuentro with an accompanying extensive web catalog. In an essay originally intended to be published in Graphic Impressions, Adriane Herman has reviewed this project. We are publishing Disrupting Our Disruption: Recycling Our Indelible Mark to mine a “wee bit of hope”  here so that you can get to know Blake and his curatorial work. 

Look out for further announcements about the development of the written and visual content that Louise and Blake will be leading for our website. The submission process will be launching soon.

Best wishes to you all for an adventurous fall,
The SGC International Board of Directors

Image credit: Louise Fisher, 24/7 Interior #1,Archival Pigment Print, Woodcut on Awagami Kozo, 36×24″, 2019.

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Puertográfico Registration Is Now OPEN / ¡La inscripción está abierta!

New this Year at SGCI:

Open Portfolio Exhibitions
Community Service Opportunities
Three-Minute Thesis for Graduate Students
Student Critiques

SGC International’s vision for this meeting of cultures is to educate our membership on the complexity of the Puerto Rico/US relationship, create a platform for mutual understanding, foster future artistic collaborations, and build lasting…

New this Year at SGCI:

Open Portfolio Exhibitions
Community Service Opportunities
Three-Minute Thesis for Graduate Students
Student Critiques

SGC International’s vision for this meeting of cultures is to educate our membership on the complexity of the Puerto Rico/US relationship, create a platform for mutual understanding, foster future artistic collaborations, and build lasting friendships. This is no tropical vacation; Puertográfico 2020 will be an adventure for all!

Register online today!

Click here for a general overview of the Registration process

View a listing of conference events (panels, demos, etc) on our website

Puertográfico: April 1 – 4, San Juan, Puerto Rico

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS ONE!

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Help us bring down airline costs for Puertográfico!

SGC International is looking into ways to bring down airfares for everyone. Our conference steering committee is working with a travel agent in San Juan to get us the best airfare possible with several airlines. In order to do so, we need to know ASAP where will you be flying…

SGC International is looking into ways to bring down airfares for everyone. Our conference steering committee is working with a travel agent in San Juan to get us the best airfare possible with several airlines. In order to do so, we need to know ASAP where will you be flying from. Please help us make this conference travel as affordable as possible for YOU  by filling out this form!

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Open Portfolio Exhibitions

The printmaking world doesn’t just need artists and educators—
it needs it needs writers, gallerists, and curators.

This year SGCI is putting a new twist on the Open Portfolio! We’re transforming it into a live, malleable “happening” where exhibitions will be culled from the work shown by Open Portfolio participants and featured at the conference as the 2020 Open Portfolio Exhibitions. The Open Portfolio will provide content…

This year SGCI is putting a new twist on the Open Portfolio! We’re transforming it into a live, malleable “happening” where exhibitions will be culled from the work shown by Open Portfolio participants and featured at the conference as the 2020 Open Portfolio Exhibitions. The Open Portfolio will provide content for the conference and the curated Open Portfolio Exhibitions will highlight members’ work and focus upon the ideas evidenced in the moment at our annual gathering.

Read more and apply here!

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