Monday, March 19, 2012

SGC International 2012: Navigating Currents

Printmakers traveling by land and air to reach the conference.
The 40th anniversary 2012 SGCi conference, Navigating Currents, recently finished up where the organization began, in the Big Easy, New Orleans. Based in the Canal Street Sheraton, a centralized location to city happenings, the conference ran this past Wednesday to Saturday. University hosts include Tulane and Loyola, near the city's Garden District.

River view from the Sheraton's 38th floor.

SGCi is an extended family of printmakers spanning across generations, with attendance this year at around 1300, comprised about half of students and half professionals. The theme reflected on the history of the organization, looking forward to future goals and potential. New to the conference this year were INKubator sessions, intimate groups gathering to discuss a specific topic in the tradition of the organizations founding, and mentoring sessions where established artists came together with new to discuss their work.

A small clamshell letterpress at the Firecracker Press table during Open Portfolio.
Click to check out this photo album for some of the conference highlights.

Table Top Pattern Printing at Friday's demonstration with Josh Minnie and Emily Minnie.

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