The SGCI is the largest print organization in North America. Its annual conference is the biggest annual gathering focused on the field of printmaking. Artists from all 50 states attend the conference. Regular international attendees come from Canada, South and Central America,  Asia and Europe.

In 2012 this organization celebrates its 40th anniversary. Alicia Candiani, ´ace director,  has been a SGCI´s member since 1998. From 2007 to 2010 she chaired the international panel and from 2008 to 2012 she served on the Executive Board. In 2012 she has been invited to participate in the Career Mentorship Services, a new program in within the conference.

SGC International


Navigating Currents

14.03.2012 to 18.03.2012

Under the theme “Navigating Currents”,  the 2012 SGCI Conference underlines, whether guided by instruments or celestial means, navigation as a metaphor of the measure by which we take stock in where we have been and where we are headed. It is the determination of a position, a direction, and a movement.

Print is a current, always in circulation, creating new territory, and bridging fresh audiences and media. It is contemporary – in the know and in the now, endowed with authority and agency.  We find ourselves Navigating Currents as we wade through this dichotomy of the alternative and the traditional. Ripples emerge and expand, marrying the spectrum of creation and presentation practices.


In 1972 Boyd Saunders, then a new Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina sent letters to printmaking programs at colleges and universities in the southeastern United States seeking to meet at the Southeastern College Art Conference to be held that year in New Orleans. Saunders was seeking to form a support system of colleagues devoted to making and teaching printmaking.

During the conference a small group of printmakers in attendance met in the St. Charles Hotel, united by their commitment to printmaking and fueled by sips of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey. Their meeting served to “INKubate” the formation of the Southeastern Graphics Council, later known as the Southern Graphics Council, and what is known today as SGC International (SGCI).  In its 40 anniversary the confrenece returns to New Orleans.