Proposals for the 2019 SGCI conference will be accepted in two stages. Priority will be given to events that address the conference theme, “Texchange.” Participants must be SGCI members in good standing.


State 1 applicants will lead an event or activity such as an exhibition, Inkubator, panel, or themed portfolio. If accepted, applicants will organize the event, select participants through an open call on the conference website, and communicate with conference organizers. If co-organizing, applicants may specify up to one additional person. The Steering Committee may encourage collaborations if similar applications are received.


State 2 applicants will apply to participate in events selected in State 1. The deadline is upcoming and will be announced via the SGCI website and email list.


To encourage diverse programming, we ask that members participate in one refereed event per call. For example, one person cannot serve on two panels or participate in more than one themed portfolio for the 2019 conference, but that same person can serve on one panel while participating in one themed portfolio.


Deadline: the deadline for State 1 applications has passed. Stay tuned for State 2 and ways to participate! 


Please note that SGCI is working to reduce costs for our entire membership and is evaluating our registration waiver policy. We will announce our new waiver structure when registration launches.


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Proposal Types

State 1 proposals are accepted in the following areas:


Demo: a demonstration of a printmaking technique, material, tool or process by an SGCI Member, utilizing the presses, equipment, spaces, and/or materials available at a local conference venue.


Exhibition: a show curated by an SGCI Member at a local conference venue. Check with the venue to make arrangements and determine who is responsible for install, strike, and shipping.

Download a list of venues.


Inkubator: informal, round-table discussions moderated by an SGCI Member.


Mobile Event such as Three-Minute Thesis, Mobile Inkubator, or Pecha Kucha on-the-go: a new initiative for the 2019 Texchange conference, mobile events are demo kits, projects, discussions, performances, or talks intended to take place on conference buses while in transit between venues. Flexible and innovative proposals are encouraged!


Panel: a topic of discussion pertaining to anything of interest to printmakers and print enthusiasts. The Panel Chair leads the discussion, and Panelists share their own expertise and experience. The steering committee requests that the Panel Chair choose two individuals to be on their panel from the State 2 Call, and one individual whom they personally invite.


Special Event (pop-up, site-specific, etc.): an open-ended happening or project at a local venue arranged by an SGCI Member. Download a list of venues or work with a Steering Committee member to propose an event in a public space such as Klyde Warren Park.


Themed Portfolio Exchange: a portfolio curated by an SGCI Member. Selected participants create an edition of prints; one complete set of prints are exhibited during the Conference, and the participants receive a portfolio with a full set of prints.


For more details, see FAQ.

Selection Criteria

1. Artistic or Academic Merit (20%)


Proposals will be evaluated on their artistic, pedagogical, intellectual, and entrepreneurial value. High-scoring panels will be artistically meritorious and intellectually significant, with a roster of talented artists or accomplished experts on the topic.


2. Importance to Members (20%)


How important is it to attendees that our conference offer this topic? Proposals will be evaluated in terms of whether they will be new and important to a significant number of our attendees. These constituencies include but are not limited to students, emerging professionals, academics, program directors, publishers, print shops, and individual practitioners. Whether a similar activity been offered in recent programming will be considered.


3. Diversity (20%)


Proposals will be evaluated on their potential to bring artistic, intellectual, regional, political, ethnic, and cultural diversity to the conference, and how they address the needs of all communities working in printmaking.


4. Proposal Integrity (20%)


Is the necessary information (event description, statement of merit, biographical notes) complete and useful? Are the moderator and/or presenters reliable professionals? The goals of the proposal and the ability of the presenters to fulfill them will be evaluated.


5. Feasibility (20%)


Is the proposed activity realistic and achievable? Are facilities and resources available to support it?