I love SGCI! I am an artist/educator/writer specializing in mokuhanga–Japanese woodcut–and give classes at workshops and colleges around the country. Teaching mainly short workshops my focus is somewhat different from full time educators. SGCI has been essential in showing me what goes on at universities in different parts of the country, what new techniques are being taught, what students are interested in now, and what attitudes the larger art community has toward printmaking. Key to my own practice is understanding how the special aspects of printmaking continue to be relevant in the changing art world. I will never forget the astonishing lecture by Xu Bing in 2007 in Kansas City. As a woodcut artist it was inspiring to see in his small woodcuts as the seeds of his wide ranging practice that grew to international significance. There were many other great speakers: Allison Saar, Red Grooms…and more. There is always much more than I can absorb at every conference: great exhibitions, interesting panels, but I especially enjoy the informality of the Product Fair. Over many years I have developed long lasting friendships with many dedicated materials vendors, particularly the knowledgeable paper distributors. SGCI has provided me with unique opportunities to meet people that share my values and interests, to learn, and to feel a part of a larger creative community. Thank you!
As someone who directly benefited from being a member of SGCI and a supportive print community, serving on the board of SGC International gave me the opportunity to give back, open doors, and create opportunities for younger artists. I strongly believe in SGCI and its mission, and encourage anyone with the time and means to volunteer, to do so. With each new board comes a unique opportunity to make SGCI a better organization.
Serving on the SGC Board was an expression of gratitude. It was a way to say thank you. Being on the Board introduced me to many people that I would not have otherwise met. It also allowed me to solidify and continue building preexisting friendships from across the country and internationally. Being on the Board is a lot of work. The caveat is that with minimal bureaucracy positive and beneficial changes can take place.