We are proud to have selected the following panels for the 2017 SGCI Conference in Atlanta.

Conference Awards

Lifetime Achievement AwardSue Coe

Sue Coe

Sue Coe will speak at the Loews hotel, Ellington Ballroom,
Friday 3/17/17 at 9:30 am

Sue Coe is considered one of the foremost political artists working today, and while Ms. Coe’s work covers a variety of subjects, she has spent years documenting the atrocities committed by people against animals and continues to generate both prints and unique works of art on that subject. Her work is in the collections of many prominent art museums throughout the world.

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Born in England in 1951, she moved to New York in the early 1970’s. In the years that followed, she was featured on the cover of Art News and in numerous museum collections and exhibitions, including a retrospective at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington. A firm believer in the power of the media to effect change, Coe has seen her work published in The New YorkTimes, the New Yorker, Rolling Stone and countless other periodicals. Similarly, Coe sees printmaking as a way to reach a broad audience. Accessible and affordable, Sue Coe’s etchings, lithographs and woodcuts have become extremely popular.

While Ms. Coe’s work covers a variety of subjects, she has spent years documenting the atrocities committed by people against animals and continues to generate both prints and art on that subject. Her series of prints The Tragedy of War examines the atrocities that humans commit against one another, specifically revealed by the horrors of war. In the past decade, projects include her publication Bully: Master of the Global Merry-Go-Round (2004), a scathing critique of the Bush administration, as well as the book Sheep of Fools…A Song Cycle for 5 voices, which gives a broad history of sheep farming, highlighting the abuses of the animals for human gain. Ms. Coe’s 2010 exhibition at the Galerie St. Etienne, “ELEPHANTS WE MUST NEVER FORGET: New Paintings, Drawings and Prints by Sue Coe,” will be published shortly. “MAD AS HELL!,” Sue Coe’s 2012 exhibition at the Galerie St. Etienne, featured new work by Ms. Coe concomitantly published in book form as Cruel, published by O/R books in 2013, a continued, critical look at the animal industry that builds upon her groundbreaking 1996 book Dead Meat. That year, Sue Coe was awarded the prestigious Dickinson College Arts Award in Carlisle Pennsylvania. Sue Coe is currently working on a re-imagining of the book Animal Farm, and looking forward to the imminent publication of another book tentatively titled “Zoos,” featuring 100 original woodcuts.

How to Commit Suicide in South Africa (1983)
X (1986) Police State (1987)
Dead Meat (1996)
Pit’s Letter (2000)
Bully! Master of the Global Merry-Go-Round (2004)
Sheep of Fools…A Song Cycle for Five Voices (2005)
The Ghosts of our Meat (2013)

Vegan Manifesto print by Sue CoeSHOW TITLE: The Animals Vegan Manifesto
LOCATION: GSU, Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design
Small Gallery 10 Peachtree Center Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30303
RECEPTION: Friday, March 17, 5:45 -7:30 pm
EXHIBITION: Jan 12 - March 17, 2017
HOURS: Friday, 11 am - 7:30 pm


Professor Emeritus Award Syd Cross

Syd Cross

Sydney Cross speaks at Kennesaw State’s Zuckerman Museum, and Bailey Performance Center
Thursday 3/16/17 at 3 pm

Sydney A. Cross, taught printmaking and art at Clemson University from 1981-2015 where she was awarded the title of Alumni Distinguished Professor of Art. Always professionally active, she held the office of vice president and then President of the Southern Graphics Council (1996-2000), the largest printmaking society in North America. She has given numerous panel presentations at regional, national, and international conferences and symposiums including the Southeastern College Art Association in Richmond, VA in 1999, Print Odyssey conference in Cortona Italy in 2001, and the 2003 National Association for Humanities Conference in Austin, Texas. As an artist she has participated in several important portfolio exchanges, including Drawn from the McClung Museum, Suite X, Printer’s Almanac, Tempe Suite, Images 2010, and Drawn to Stone, a celebration of Two Hundred Years of Lithography.

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Her work can be found in numerous collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Smithsonian Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA, The Museum of Fine Art , Antwerp, Belgium, and the Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Her work has been exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally. In addition to solo exhibitions, she has had work included in the 25th Bradley National Print and Drawing Exhibition, Peoria, IL., Parkside National Small Print Exhibition, Kenosha, WI, “Hand Pulled Prints III”, Stonemetal Press, San Antonio, TX, “Mixed Media” at the Slidell Cultural Center in Louisiana, Paper in Particular, Columbia College, Columbia, MO, and the Irene Leach Memorial Exhibition, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA.

Syd Cross Syd Cross Syd Cross

SHOW TITLE: Sydney Cross, Professor Emeritus SGC International Retrospective
LOCATION: Zuckerman Museum of Art
EXHIBITION: January 27 – May 7, 2017
HOURS: Tue. - Sat. 10 am - 5 pm, Sun. 12 - 5 pm
RECEPTION: Thu. March 16, 4-5 pm


Excellence in Teaching Award Norman Wagner

Norman Wagner

Norman studied printmaking and design at the Institute of Design in Chicago where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Visual Design in 1961 and a Master of Science Degree of Visual Design in 1968. During this time he worked under the guidance of printmaker Misch Kohn and the designer-typographer Gordon Martin. While studying at the Institute he gained valuable experience working in the design laboratory of the Container Corporation of America. In 1963, representatives of the Atlanta School of Art invited Wagner to begin plans for the development of a printmaking department and physical plant for the proposed Memorial Arts Center, which had not yet broken ground. In his subsequent years as department head, the printmaking facilities at the Atlanta College of Art developed to include separate studios for etching, typography, lithography, papermaking, serigraphy, and a computer and laser printer station.

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Norman has taught courses in drawing, etching, relief printmaking, lithography, serigraphy, papermaking, book arts and interdisciplinary collaboration and has coordinated numerous printmaking workshops at the Atlanta College of Art. He was co-coordinator for the Annual Conference of the Southern Graphics Council held at the Atlanta College of Art on March 6, 7, and 8 of 1986.

Norman considers his art to be experimental in nature, intuitive and introspective, yet not adhering to any particular mode of expression. His working repertoire includes: drawing, subtractive relief printmaking, lithography, serigraphy, hand set type and letterpress, assemblage, sculpture, installation art, and digital photomontage. He has recently completed collaboration with former Atlanta College of Art colleague Bill Nolan that includes the design of Nolan’s book HANDPRINT, which chronicles 30 years of teaching art students, Copyright © 2010 by William I. Nolan. Norman has exhibited his work regionally, nationally and internationally.

artwork by Norman Wagner

SHOW TITLE: Norman Wagner, SGCI Award for Teaching Excellence
EXHIBITION: March 15 - April 14, 2017
GALLERY HOURS: Wed. - Fri. 12 - 6 pm, Sat. 12 - 5 pm
RECEPTION: Thu. March 16, 7-10 pm


Honorary Member of SGC International April Flanders

April Flanders

April Flanders is a studio artist living and making in the mountains of Western North Carolina. A keen naturalist, her work has been featured in solo and group shows at museums and galleries nationally and internationally, including the Center for the Book Arts, in New York, the Global Print International, in Douro, Portugal and the Anna Leonowens Gallery, in Nova Scotia, Canada. Recent honors include an online exhibition as a finalist in the 87th Annual Competition at the Print Center in Philadelphia, PA and a residency at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts in Amherst, VA. Recent solo exhibitions include Unchecked at Artspace in Richmond, VA and Advance at the Pioneer Bluffs Gallery in Matfield Green, KS. Her work is in several public collections, including the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Tucson Museum of Art and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. April earned a Master of Fine Arts from Arizona State University and she has taught printmaking for fourteen years at various universities nationally and internationally. Currently, she is an Associate professor of studio art at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.


Honorary Member of SGC International Susan J. Goldman

Susan J. Goldman

Susan J Goldman is a printmaker, an educator, a curator and an entrepreneur. Goldman’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in both public and private collections worldwide. Through her atelier, Lily Press LLC, Goldman has had the opportunity to work with a broad range of talented emerging and established artists as well producing her own fine art prints. In 2011, Goldman received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to help finance an independent documentary, Midwest Matrix® which traces the development of fine art printmaking in post-World War II America. Goldman is Founding Director of Printmaking Legacy Project®, which is an outgrowth of that filmmaking experience working to create on a continuing basis documentation, and educational opportunities to define and explore the role of printmaking in Contemporary Art.


Undergraduate Fellowship Award Recipient
of SGC International
Dana Potter

Dana Potter

Dana Potter is a print and intermedia artist currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Potter's artwork explores the intersections of printmaking and digital culture. She completed her BFA in Printmaking from the University of Northern Iowa in 2015 and is currently exhibiting her work, curating exhibitions, and working as a digital art director and mobile applications designer. In the past year Potter's work has exhibited as a part of Stand Out Prints at Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and for the exhibition Binary Harmonies at the Disjecta, Gallery in Portland, Oregon. She also recently curated an exhibition for the 2016 Mid American Print Council Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, called Hybrid Printmakers. Potter's work will also be a part of upcoming international exhibitions including the 2017 3rd Global Print Douro, Portugal, and the 2018 9th Annual Printmaking Bienal Douro, Portugal.

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Digital Action by Dana Potter, University of Northern Iowa Digital Action by Dana Potter, University of Northern Iowa

Digital Action by Dana Potter, University of Northern Iowa (Undergraduate Award)

Show Title: Digital Action
Location: thehudgens.org | 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Building 300, Duluth, GA 30097 | 770-623-6002
Exhibition: March 16 - 18, 2017,
Reception: Saturday, March 18, 11 am - 2 pm


Honorary Graduate Student
of SGC International
Heather Leier

Heather Leier

Heather Leier is an artist based in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada. She completed her BFA from the University of British Columbia in 2012 and received her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 2016.

Her work has been exhibited in many international exhibitions including The International Biennial Print Exhibit: ROC at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art and 2015 Guanlan International Print Biennial in Guinean China. Her solo exhibition "Hiraeth" is currently on display at Martha Street Studio in Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada.

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Digital Action by Dana Potter, University of Northern Iowa

“Hiraeth” by Heather Leier, University of Alberta, Edmonton (Emerging Professional Award)

Show Title: Hiraeth
Location: The Hudgens Exhibition
thehudgens.org | 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Building 300, Duluth, GA 30097 | 770-623-6002
Dates: March 16 - 18, 2017, Reception: Saturday, March 18, 11 am - 2 pm


Kennesaw State University Awards

Kennesaw State University
Advocate for Printmaking
Roberta Griffin

Roberta Griffin

In 2006 Roberta Griffin became Professor Emerita at Kennesaw State University after teaching drawing, painting, art appreciation and art history, and directing the University's two galleries since 1983. Ms. Griffin has exhibited widely, and her art is in the permanent collections of several museums and numerous corporate and private collections. She has curated over one hundred major exhibitions as gallery director at KSU, many with catalogues that she researched and wrote. Gallery publications have received top design awards from the Southeastern Museum conference since 1990. Through her efforts, two million dollars in contemporary art has been donated to KSU permanent collections since 1998, adding to a notable collection of nineteenth and early-twentieth century American paintings. She works with community arts patrons to increase KSU's permanent art collection, to develop planning for a museum to house the collection, and to create a master plan for a sculpture park and gardens on campus. She holds three degrees from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida: Bachelor of Art Education, Master of Art Education, and the Diplomate in Collegiate Teaching. She received the Governor's Award for Outstanding Georgia Woman in Art in 1997 and the KSU Distinguished Service Award in 2001.


Kennesaw State University
Excellence in Creating Printmaking Dialogue
Carol Pulin

Carol Pulin

Dr. Carol Pulin is the founder of the American Print Alliance, which is a consortium of nonprofit printmakers’ councils in the United States and Canada. The Alliance is committed to bringing the print arts to their fullest potential by sponsoring national and international projects, including a website with resources like the Workshop Guide and traveling exhibitions. The Alliance was founded in March 1992 in Washington, DC, after more than a year of discussions among Dr. Carol Pulin, then Curator of Fine Prints at the Library of Congress, and leaders of several regional printmakers’ groups, most actively Kenneth Kerslake of the Southern Graphics Council and Sam Peters of the Maryland Printmakers. They sought ways to increase prints’ visibility and influence and recognized that by banding together they could realize projects that the separate councils could not individually support. Thus, our immediate constituency is the printmakers who are members of the printmakers’ groups that comprise the Alliance. Our wider community includes all artists who work in the print media and the public — from curators and critics to gallery owners and dealers, collectors and potential collectors, and, in its broadest sense, that portion of the entire population who are interested in the role of the arts in contemporary culture.


Kennesaw State University
Excellence in Art Administration
Geo Sipp

Geo Sipp

Geo Sipp lives in Kennesaw, Georgia, where he is the Director of the School of Art and Design at Kennesaw State University. His work is in numerous private, public and corporate collections and his work is represented by Weinberger Fine Art in Kansas City and the Adam Baumgold Gallery in New York. He is a past recipient of the Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education.

His current work is primarily intended for inclusion in a graphic novel entitled Wolves in the City, which has the French-Algerian War as its subject. Geo Sipp’s drawings, paintings and prints reflect our experiences as consumers of the media; images are created as responses to social and political situations. The work is intended to reevaluate the ubiquitous visual narrative to which we’ve become conditioned. In addition to his artwork, Geo’s research and scholarship on sequential art have appeared in numerous peer-reviewed publications and resulted in international speaking engagements.

Sipp was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He attended the University of Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Clemson University, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree. He worked as an illustrator in New York, having his work published by many of the leading newspapers, magazines and book publishers in the United States and abroad.



Georgia State University Awards

Georgia State University Award for
Historical Achievement in Printmaking
Warrington Colescott

Warrington Colescott

(American, b. 1921):

It has been stated that Warrington Colescott is the premier satirical printmaker working in the United States interpreting contemporary and historical events. His technically innovative prints may be seen in the tradition of such artists as William Hogarth, Francisco de Goya, and George Grosz.

In September 1949 Warrington Colescott began his career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught for 37 years, retiring in 1986. During those years, Colescott continued his education in Europe in 1956-57 as a Fulbright Fellow at the Slade School of Fine Art, University of London, and in 1963, as he returned to London on a Guggenheim Fellowship. Colescott has an extensive exhibition history and his work is included in numerous public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Gallery of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Bibliotheque nationale de France, Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, Madison Art Center, Chazen Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Portland Art Museum, Carnegie-Mellon Museum, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. As an educator,Warrington Colescott was integral to the printmaking program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, that during the 1970's and 1980's, produced a legacy of alumni who went on to elevate the art of printmaking through their outreach as educators, publishers and artists.


Savannah College of Art and Design Awards

SCAD Printmaking Founder's AwardYvonne Leonard

Yvonne Leonard

Leonard’s studio concentration includes drawing, painting, and printmaking, particularly intaglio processes and drawing based photogravure. Her images arises from two primary interests-the natural world as it exists amidst the accumulated residue of human activities, and how narrative develops in response to the places we inhabit and the spaces we construct. Subject matter ranges from anatomy, biology, and organic matter, to mechanical detritus, found text, and the assorted effluvium of material culture.

From 1998 to 2002, Leonard served as founder and director of the printmaking program at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA where she taught a variety of courses in print media. In late 2002, upon completion of a teaching assignment to develop an off-campus program at the Lacoste School of Art, Provence, France, she relocated her studio, Oyster Street Press, to the south coast of Massachusetts.

Leonard has exhibited her work at a variety of venues including solo and group exhibitions at- The International Print Center, NYC; Anchor Graphics, Chicago, IL; Flatbed Press, Austin, TX; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin, TX; Diverse Works, Houston, TX; Frogman's Press, South Dakota, Boston Printmakers; Society of American Graphic Artists, NYC; Piccolo Spoleto, Charleston SC, and multiple university settings among others.

In addition to conducting printmaking workshops at Penland School, Flatbed Press, and the University of South Dakota, Leonard has taught in many capacities at a variety of institutions. Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA; The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Savannah College of Art and Design; and St. Edward's University, Austin, TX. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art and Department Chair at the Community College of Rhode Island.


SCAD Curatorial Excellence AwardAlexandra Sachs

Alexandra Sachs

Alexandra Sachs is the executive director of SCAD FASH and the university's Atlanta galleries and exhibitions. During her past five years with SCAD, Sachs has curated over forty exhibitions in Atlanta and the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA ranging from emerging artists to solo shows with prominent contemporary artists and designers such as Radcliffe Bailey, Orly Genger, Jeffrey Gibson, Carolina Herrera, Jesper Just, and Serge Alain Nitegeka. Prior to joining SCAD, she directed Solomon Projects, a gallery of contemporary art in Atlanta, for a decade. Additionally, Sachs has worked for the Baltimore Museum of Art and the British Council at the Venice Biennale. She holds an M.A. in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute London. She currently serves as the vice president for board of directors of Art Papers and is an active volunteer for arts and civic organizations in Atlanta.


Honorary Speakers

Opening Keynote SpeakerCamille Russell Love
Executive Director, City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs

Camille Russell Love

Camille Russell Love speaks at the High Museum for the conference opening Wednesday 3/15/17 at 6 pm

Since 1998, Camille Russell Love has directed the cultural programming for the City of Atlanta. As Executive Director, she guides the cultural and artistic vision of the Chastain Arts Center and Gallery, the City’s Public Art Program, Gallery 72, Elevate, Contracts for Arts Services, the Cultural Experience Project and the Atlanta Jazz Festival, which, year after year, continues to be one of the nation’s preeminent free jazz festivals.

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In October 2010, the Office of Cultural Affairs was recognized by proclamation from Atlanta City Council for “unifying Atlanta’s cultural community through programs and cultural experiences that enhance the quality of life and provide cultural and art opportunities to all citizens and visitors.” As a result of the cultural enrichment Camille Love has helped bring to the city, Atlanta was chosen as one of the Top 25 Arts Destinations by American Style Magazine.

As a result of the impact she has made on the City, Camille has been recognized by various local and national agencies in response to her work. In 2002, she received the Inspired Cultural Excellence Award presented by Omega Media. She was a graduate of the 2006 Atlanta Regional Commission’s ‘Regional Leadership Institute’ and was awarded the Community Impact Award presented by Living the Dream in 2007. She is currently a board member of the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund and has previously served on the board of the APEX Museum, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation National Selection Committee, the National Black Arts Festival, Piedmont Park Conservancy Board and the 1996 Cultural Olympiad Committee. In 2012 she was awarded both the Ford Freedom Unsung Award, presented by Ford Motor Company, and the Women in the Arts award from Synchronicity. The National Black Arts Festival presented Ms. Love with the Cultural Warrior Award in 2013 and Arts for Learning honored her as one of three 2015 Luminaries: Champions of Arts in Education.

Previously, Ms. Love worked for 15 years at IBM in various marketing capacities, including Consulting Industry Specialist for Worldwide Software Strategy & Systems. In 1992 she became founder and president of For the Love of Art, a consultant practice that provided educational, fundraising, and public relations services for the visual and performing arts. In 1993, while presiding over For the Love of Art, she founded and became director of the Camille Love Gallery. The Gallery represented primarily African American artists to commercial and residential clients.

Camille earned a B.A. in psychology from Wake Forest University and attended Duke University Law School. She is a proud mother of three and a grandmother of two.


Poet LaureateKevin Sipp

Poet Laureate Kevin Sipp

Kevin Sipp speaks at the High Museum for the conference opening Wednesday 3/15/17 at 6 pm
and at the closing Printmaker’s Ball on Saturday 3/18/17 at 8 pm

Kevin Sipp is the Project Coordinator for Gallery 72, a Municipal Art Space for the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Gallery 72 is dedicated to presenting stimulating, and thought provoking contemporary art and programs that focus on advancing Atlanta’s art offerings. Gallery 72 seeks to promote cutting-edge contemporary art, while extending opportunities to artists and art organizations to explore creative expression and compelling ideas.

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Kevin Sipp is also a fine artist, independent scholar, and curator with expertise in printmaking, painting, sculpture and multi-media installation. He has over 20 years of experience creating functional resources and spaces for community – based artists in all disciplines. Sipp’s fine art works have appeared in solo and group exhibitions throughout the country and internationally. His fine art prints have been featured in exhibitions by noted curators such as renowned Master Printmaker Malcolm Christian, Founder of Caversham Press in Balgowan, South Africa. His foundational aesthetic examines the spiritual, political, social, and historical influence of African derived culture in the world often making references to mythology, Afro-Futurism, cultural identity, colonial and post-colonial history, past and contemporary music, politics and comics. Kevin is a public speaker whose lectures have inspired and entertained audiences at college campuses such as Brandeis University and the Emory University Michael C. Carlos Museum, including Arnall Golden & Gregory Law Firm, festivals and comic book conventions. His poetry has also been featured during the National Black Arts Festival sharing the stage with such luminaries as Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez and the poets of the Nuyorican Cafe. A Florida native, he has lived and worked in Georgia since the early 90’s where he received a BA in Printmaking from the Atlanta College of Art.