As someone coming from another country, building a network of colleagues and friends is never easy but the SGCI conferences have given me so many opportunities to contribute to growing the relationship between artist and community.
Immediately after my first SGCI conference, I knew I wanted to get more involved. Having the opportunity to show a demo the following year was a great experience, and I still regularly contact printmakers I met there.
Receiving the SGCI graduate student fellowship award in 2017 helped propel my involvement in printmaking communities further. The financial award was certainly appreciated, but the lasting acceptance, promotion, and engagement with my work from the organization contributed to the confidence and support needed to move my career forward.”