April Vollmer

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!