When is online registration?

  • Online registration will open Friday, October 21, 2016 
  • EARLY BIRD registration rates will end at midnight on Sunday, January 15, 2017 
  • Registering as a VENDOR, PUBLISHER or PROGRAM for the FAIR will end at midnight on Sunday, January 15, 2017
  • REGULAR registration will end at midnight on Sunday, February 26, 2017

What is the difference between SGCI Membership and SGCI Registration Fees?

  • An SGCI Membership is an annual membership that supports SGC International. In addition to discounted rates through online registration to the annual SGCI conferences, members have the opportunity to submit articles, reviews, and artwork to be published in the newsletter, participate in SGCI member exhibitions, and receive news about opportunities within the print community and the art world at large. You MUST be an SGCI Member to register for the conference online, but you do not need to be a member to register on-site or attend the Vendor/Publisher/Program Fair or evening activities that are free and open to the public during the conference.
  • The SGCI Registration fee covers the costs of conference programming, including Incubators, Themed Portfolios and the Saturday Print Party at the Loews Hotel; subsidization for presenters at the conference for all the Demos, Panels, and Special Exhibitions throughout the conference; Conference Catalog and Swag Bag; and so many more amazing opportunities the conference affords SGCI Members and participants!

What is the difference between Early Bird, Regular and On-site Registration?

  • SGCI Members have the benefit of registering for the conference online, and thus receiving discounted rates. The most economical rate is the Early Bird rate ($200 for student members, $300 for non-student members), and it ends at midnight on Sunday, January 15, 2017. The Regular online registration rate (also a discounted rate at $250 for student members & $350 for non-student members) starts at 12:01 am on Monday, January 16 and runs through the end of online registration at midnight on Sunday, February 26, 2017. You MUST be an active SGCI Member to register for the conference online, and thus receive the discounted rates. Anyone may register for the conference on-site at full value ($300 for students, $400 for non-students).  There is no Early Bird or Regular discounted rates for the Daily Registrations.

What is the difference between Professional Membership, Sustaining Membership, Patron Membership, and Lifetime Membership? 

  • The Professional Membership is the most economical annual option for anyone who is not currently a student, who wishes to support the organization and/or access online registration for the conference to take advantage of the discounted rates (Early Bird or Regular). The cost of the annual Professional Membership is $75.
  • The Sustaining Membership and Patron Membership are annual options for individuals who are not currently students, and who wish to give even more support to SGCI and/or access online registration for the conference to take advantage of the discounted rates (Early Bird or Regular). The cost of the annual Sustaining Membership is $100, and Patron Membership is $250. The SGCI Board is also looking for ways to celebrate these Members who do give more each year in this way - so stay tuned for more information about that!
  • The Lifetime Membership is a ONE TIME FEE of $500. When you become a Lifetime Member, you will never again have to pay for an annual membership to access online registration for conferences, etc.

Can an institution purchase an SGCI Membership, or only individuals?

  • Only individuals can sign up for SGCI Memberships. No company, organization or institution may do so at this time.

What if I purchased my SGCI Membership in-between the conferences?

  • All current members whose accounts will be in good standing during the conference have been contacted with a registration code. If you have not been contacted, then your previous membership will not be active during the 2017 Conference.
  • If you have not been contacted but you believe your membership will be in good standing for the 2017 Conference, please contact Registration Coordinator, Deborah Sosower (

Do I have to purchase an SGCI Membership if I register for the conference On-site?

  • No, an SGCI Membership is not required to register for the conference On-site.
  • However, certain conference options such as Open Portfolios, the Member Exchange Portfolio, and Mentorship meetings will only be available for members who pre-register for the conference online.

Do I have to register for the conference to attend the Vendor/Publisher/Programs Fair?

  • No! The Vendor/Publisher/Programs Fair is free and open to the public. The Fair will be open for the 2017 Conference on Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17 from 9 am - 6 pm.


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 Tier 1 Call for Participation (typically close to a year prior to the conference).
  • Individuals interested in speaking on one of the selected panels contacted the Panel Chair directly during the Tier 2 Call for Participation. The steering committee requested that the Panel Chair choose two individuals to be on their panel from the Tier 2 Call, and one individual that they personally request.
  • Panels typically consist of four people: 
    • the Panel Chair (who originally conceived of the Panel Topic and was selected in Tier 1), who will introduce each speaker, contextualize their presentations, and lead any Q&A sessions at the end of the panel discussion
    • 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 are scheduled for a two hour increment, but typically last about an hour and a half.
  • 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:
    • Education Panel
    • International Panel
    • Student Panel

What is a Demo?

  • A Demo is a demonstration 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 during the first or second Tier of Calls of the demonstration they’d like to perform. Oftentimes, they may need 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!
  • Demos can be challenging to access after they begin due to their popularity; therefore it is highly recommended to get to a Demo early for a good spot and commit to the entire demonstration. Hand-outs and PDF forms may be made available to conference-goers during or after the conference.

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 Tier 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 Tier 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.

What is an INKubator?

  • INKubators arose out of the desire for more informal, group discussions about pertinent topics for printmakers and print enthusiasts that the Panels weren’t set up to accommodate. INKubators are set up as round table discussions, moderated by the INKubator organizer.
  • Calls for INKubator topics were requested during the Tier 1 Call for Participation for the 2017 Conference.
  • INKubators are scheduled for a two hour increment, but typically last about an hour and a half.
  • Unless otherwise indicated for a specific session, there are no pre-registration required to attend an INKubator. Drop-ins are welcome!

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