Frequently Asked Questions
Attending the Conference: Tips
APP: Download the conference app in advance. Any last-minute changes will be pushed via the app, rather than the website.
BADGE: Keep track of your conference badge, which will be checked at every non-public event (including transportation to offsite venues). If you are a student, bring your ID.
CHARGE: Charge your laptop and your cell phone every night, and pack a charger in your bag.
LUGGAGE and SHIPPING: Leave room in your luggage for items you wish to bring back with you. If you need to ship anything in or out, use the UPS store at the hotel.
PLAN: Study floor plans and the schedule in advance to create a plan.
REGISTRATION: Arrive early at registration. Lines can be long—even for those who pre-registered—so plan to arrive at least thirty minutes before your first session or event begins.
Attending the Conference: Social Media
#SGCI2019 is the official conference hashtag.
Track the hashtag on Instagram to see a stream of conference photos.
Please mention @sgcinternational.
Programming: What is a Demo?
A Demo is a visual explanation of a printmaking technique, material, tool or process by an SGCI Member, utilizing the presses, equipment, spaces, and/or materials available at the local conference venues.
Individuals submit an application for a demonstration during the first or second round of Calls. They often eed to bring their own specialty supplies or tools. Based on the space, equipment and press availability for the conference venues, the local steering committee makes selections that showcase as much novelty, breadth, beauty, and innovation as possible!
Due to their popularity, Demos can be challenging to access after they begin; attendees should arrive early for a good spot and commit to watching the entire demonstration. Hand-outs and PDF forms may be made available to conference-goers during or after the conference.
Programming: What is an Inkubator?
Inkubators arose from the desire for informal, group discussions about pertinent topics for printmakers and print enthusiasts. Inkubators are round table discussions moderated by an organizer.
Inkubators are scheduled for two-hour increments, but typically last one and a half hours.
Unless otherwise indicated for a specific session, there are no pre-registration required to attend an Inkubator. Drop-ins are welcome!
There is one SGCI-designated Inkubator, chaired by members of the SGCI Board.
Programming: What is the Member Print Exchange?
This is a print exchange open to ALL active SGCI Members. SGCI Members create an edition that is turned in during the first half of the conference, and receive an exchange portfolio of 10 prints at the end of the conference. Your work from this Member Exchange will be collected by the SGCI Archives at the Zuckerman Museum of Art and local conference area institutions. There is no restriction as to the number of participants in this exchange!
Theme: The theme of the 2019 Member Print Exchange is Texchange:
Texchange engages the capacity of printmaking to act as an agent of transformation in its practices within the field, contributions to other art media, and larger cultural roles. Prints are celebrated for the ways in which they spread images, information, ideas, and political views. Through shared spaces and collaborations, printmakers influence other artists, innovators, and disciplines. With printmaking, we create change together.
Paper: The paper size is 11 x 14” inches. All paper must be archival. Prints can be full bleed, horizontal or vertical.
Interleaving: All editions must be interleaved with glassine or equivalent archival protective sheets, also 11” x 14”. Please do not use newsprint, bags, tracing paper, wax paper, or mylar as interleaving.
Edition Size: The edition size is 13 prints, numbered 1/13, 2/13, etc.
Paperwork: All members must pre-register to participate in this exchange. The Zuckerman Museum of Art will provide a form to be filled out and turned in with the edition at the conference for archiving purposes. Please type up and print this form out before you arrive at the conference to avoid any issues.
Exhibition: Saturday March 9 from 9am–2:30pm at the Fairmont Hotel
Awards: Three cash awards will be presented for the best prints in the following categories: Best in Show ($200), Best Print by a Student Artist ($100), Best Print by a Professional Artist ($100). Award recipients will be recognized during the SGCI Awards Ceremony, held on Saturday, March 9 at the Fairmont Hotel. Must be present to win.
Cost: There is a $20 fee to participate in the Member Exchange Print Portfolio. If you are not able complete your edition before the conference, you may exchange your place for another artist at your discretion. No refunds will be offered.
Drop-off: Wednesday 3/6 from noon–6pm, Thursday 3/7 from 8–5pm, Friday 3/8 from 8am–noon at the Fairmont Hotel
Pick-up: Saturday 3/9 from 8am–noon at the Fairmont Hotel
All Member Print Exchange Portfolios will consist of 10, randomly collated prints from the collection. You must present your Member Print Exchange ticket/receipt to collect your portfolio - it is your responsibility to hold on to this ticket! No exchange of portfolios will be offered.
Can I print my paperwork at the hotel?
We cannot guarantee that a printer will be available for you at the hotel. Therefore, it’s advised to print your paperwork out BEFORE you arrive to the conference.
Can I get a refund if I don’t end up bringing an edition?
Unfortunately, we do not offer refunds. You can, however, exchange your ticket with a friend or fellow artist who did not pre-register for the Member Print Exchange, and work out payment independently.
Can I sign up to participate in the Member Print Exchange AT the conference if I didn’t pre-register?
Unfortunately not. (Exchange Portfolios are being produced based on the number of pre-registered participants in the Exchange.) However, you can likely find a friend or fellow artist who pre-registered and ended up not bringing their edition, and turn your edition in in their place.
Will you provide glassine or other archival Interleaving?
NO! We do not have those materials on hand. Please prepare your edition and interleaving before you arrive at the conference hotel to turn them in. Editions without interleaving will not be accepted into the collection.
If you have any questions, please contact Sangmi Yoo at email@example.com with the subject line, “Member Portfolio Exchange.”
Programming: What is a Mobile Event?
A new initiative for the 2019 Texchange conference, Mobile Events are demo kits, projects, discussions, performances, or talks that will take place on buses while in transit between venues. Formats include but are not limited to Three-Minute Theses, Mobile Inkubators, or Pecha Kucha on-the-go. Flexible and innovative proposals are encouraged!
Programming: What is Open Portfolio?
Open Portfolio provides an opportunity for conference delegates to present their work on a 6 foot table alongside one another in 1-hour sessions. These displays are free and open to the public. There are a limited number of spots, so sign up with be limited to first-come, first-served until sessions are full.
Open Portfolio will take place Saturday, March 9 from 11am–2:30pm at the Fairmont Hotel.
Cost: The cost is $10 for students and $20 for professionals to participate. Individuals must pre-register to participate in Open Portfolio online. (Participation sign up is first-come, first-served.) IF any sessions are still available at the conference, they may be purchased at the Registration Desk in the Fairmont Hotel Regency Foyer while supplies last. No refunds will be offered.
Can I display items on the wall or in bins on the side of my table?
No. The tables abut one another in order to have as much room as possible for people to traverse the space and see all of the art. It’s a fire hazard to place bins or other display apparatus in the aisles where people will be walking. We are not able to hang or adhere art onto the walls of the hotel. However, your space ON the table is entirely yours to do with as you will––you can put bins, posters, panels, etc on top of your table, and/or bring tape to display your work on the front of your table.
Can I sell my work?
Yes! You are welcome to sell and/or exchange your artwork during Open Portfolios. If you take cloud-based payments, you may need to provide your own wifi (personal hotspot on your phone, etc); we cannot guarantee free wifi at the hotel.
Can I participate in more than one Open Portfolio Session?
You can only pre-register for one session, as there are a limited number of spots and we want to ensure everyone has an equal chance of participating. However, if there are still spots available at the start of the conference, we will be selling additional session tickets at the Registration Desk on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.
Can I choose my session time or location in the room?
Session times and spots are assigned at random, and we cannot guarantee that requests can be honored. If you’d like a specific session time, you can switch with another participant at your discretion. If you have any questions about this, please contact Breanne Trammell at firstname.lastname@example.org or Amanda Maciuba at email@example.com with the subject line, “Question about Open Portfolios.”
Programming: What is a Panel?
A panel is a topic of conversation pitched to the local steering committee pertaining to anything of interest to printmakers and print enthusiasts. The selected panels are Chaired by the person who submitted their application in the State 1 Call for Participation.
Individuals interested in speaking on one of the selected panels contacted the Panel Chair directly during the State 2 Call for Participation. The steering committee requests that the Panel Chair choose two individuals to be on their panel from the State 2 Call, and one individual that they personally invite.
Panels typically consist of four people:
(1) The Panel Chair (who originally conceived of the Panel Topic and was selected in State 1), who will introduce each speaker, contextualize their presentations, and lead any Q&A sessions at the end of the panel discussion
(2) Panelists, who share their own expertise and experience on the topic
The set up for a Panel discussion is theater-style; the panelists are seated at a table in the front of a room or onstage with microphones, and usually a projector or A/V screen set up next to/behind them. Conference-goers are sat facing the panelists.
Panels typically last about an hour and a half, including questions and answers.
The number of panels change at each conference, depending on the amount of spaces available and/or number of proposals.
There are always three SGCI-designated Panels, chaired by members of the SGCI Board:
(1) Education Panel
(2) International Panel
(3) Student Panel
Programming: What is a Themed Portfolio?
There are a number of different Themed Portfolios that are displayed during the conference. These portfolios are curated by SGCI Members, and are based on the conference’s theme of that year.
In the State 1 Calls for Participation, individuals who are interested in curating and collating a themed exchange portfolio (based on the conference theme) are invited to submit an application. The local steering committee selects Themed Portfolios based on space availability, applicability and interest. Artists who are interested in having their work considered for a particular Themed Portfolio contact the organizer and submit an application during the State 2 Call for Participation.
Selected participants in the Themed Portfolios 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.
All Themed Portfolios are added to the SGCI Archives at the Zuckerman Museum of Art.
Registration & Membership
Registration opens November 28. For details, see https://sgcinternational.org.
All conference participants must become members and register.
For general information about SGCI membership, see https://sgcinternational.org/membership/ .
Vendor / Publisher / Program Fair
The VPP Fair is a showcase of leading businesses and individuals who specialize in printmaking presses, papers, and a variety of tools for printing, bookbinding, and papermaking. Individual and community print shops can display, promote, and support their organizations. Schools and residences can present and recruit for their programs.
The VPP Fair is free and open to the public. Our goal this year is to make the fair effective by hosting the event during high-traffic times. More information at http://sgci2019.org/calls/ and http://sgci2019.org/register/ .