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 in an effort to meet at the SECAC 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 met in the St. Charles Hotel, which 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).

As part of the 2017 SGC International Conference a series of ten 90-minute “INKubator” sessions are planned. Each of the sessions will be chaired by a separate facilitator and will revolve around a common set of concerns or issues with no more than 30 participants.

Loews Hotel

Julia Kjelgaard
Linda Armstrong
Spreading Out – Travel in the Expanded World

Thu. noon - 1 pm, Loews Hotel Mercer G

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” -African proverb

More than 100 years since the first Japanese prints filtered into the hands of European artists, the domains of travel, collaboration, communication, economics and printmaking have expanded. This incubator will be a forum for discussion of a complex of ideas around travel: physical, emotional, logistical, communal, philosophical and virtual. Featuring discussion topics relevant to both the mechanisms of travel, and to cultural collaboration. Focus will be on a timely collaborative discussion about what it means to be a global citizen in this time.

Topics include:

  • Using collective and collaborative energies to bridge geographical locations. Discussing successful ways to create and evolve artist collectives/collaborations in times of rapid technological advances.
  • Using the internet as a travel tool for shared concepts and resources and work. Creating diverse, and thriving collaborations over space and time.
  • Using residencies to access and expand both cultural and cross media collaboration, and to build new bridges.
  • Reflecting on the things we think we lose and gain as we adapt to our changing physical, cultural and artistic world through travel.



Julia Kjelgaard headshotEmeritus Senior Lecturer in the Visual Arts at Emory University, Julia’s work has been included in international exhibitions in Taiwan, Poland, Yugoslavia, Japan and England and was included in the books: The California Society of Printmakers One Hundred Years and The Best of Printmaking, an International Collection. She has exhibited widely in the United States, and received a Fulbright Research Grant; Faculty Research grants from the University of Wyoming and Emory University for work in Tibet and India; an Alabama Artist Fellowship; Kala Art Institute and Hambidge Center for the Arts and Sciences Fellowships; and residencies at the Moscow Studio, 1Shanthi Road, and Pyramid Atlantic. Her work is included in collections of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Huntsville Museum of Art, Butler Museum of American Art, Montgomery Museum of Art, Kala Art Institute, City of Berkeley, University of Alberta, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Moscow Studio, and library collections at UCLA and the University of Iowa. Julia is represented by {Poem 88} in Atlanta.


Linda Armstrong headshotMs. Armstrong has been the recipient of international artist residencies at ComPeung Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand; Takt Kunstprojektraum, Berlin, Germany; the Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi, India; Caversham Centre for Artists and Writers Program, South Africa; the Hambidge Center for Creative-Arts in Rabun Gap, GA and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including the Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts, Fulton County Arts Council, the City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs and the Center for Chemical Evolution Grant, Georgia Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Architecture. She has had one-person exhibitions at Kunstraum Tapir, Berlin, Germany; the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia; the Institute of Ecology at the University of Georgia; the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC; the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. Her work is included in the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport collection. Since 1993 Linda Armstrong has taught at Emory University’s Art History Department.

Elmer RamosRevising the Contemporary Printmakers Code of Ethics

Thu. noon - 1 pm, Loews Hotel Mercer H

As printmakers we spend so much of our valuable time perfecting our craft that we forget the importance of authenticating and properly documenting our prints. This Inkubator will focus on the importance of authenticating and documenting our work according to the Printmakers Code of Ethics. Properidentification can lead to an increase in artwork value and a chance to have work owned by contemporary art collectors. We will discuss Certificates of Authenticity, in addition to identifying commonly mistaken printmaking terms and the importance of maintaining an updated code of ethics in contemporary printmaking.



Elmer Ramos headshotElmer Ramos explores belief systems and rituals, primarily through the media of serigraphs, blend prints and lithographs. Ramos aims to create a narrative from abstracted shapes. The work produced is process-driven; Ramos selects colors from printed blends of his selections on eastern paper, and uses a blade as an implement to “draw” cut shapes from the prints. This process reveals a variety of representational and nonrepresentational shapes, which, together, form fantastical narratives. Ramos holds a B.F.A in Illustration, has worked as a printmaking studio technician since 2010 and is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Claudia WilburnRolling Stone Press

Thu. 1:30 - 2:30 pm, Loews Hotel Mercer G

Rolling Stone Press, an independent print shop in Atlanta, GA, was an influential part of  the Southeastern American Art world during 1984 - 2005.  This session will provide a concise history of the shop and is based on interviews and recollections of the artists whose visions were brought to life by the press.  As well as interviews and recollections with those artisans who worked alongside Wayne Klein, the master printer of Rolling Stone Press. This research was done in conjunction with the 2017 showcase of the Rolling Stone Press Portfolio purchased by Brenau University in the 80’s & 90’s.  



Claudia Wilburn headshotClaudia Wilburn received her Master’s of Fine Art from the University of South Carolina in May of 2008. She is an Associate Professor & the Program Director of Studio Art at Brenau University. Body of artwork titled “Reflections” was displayed at Jim Cherry Gallery on the Perimeter College Campus in Atlanta, GA in the Spring of 2015 as well as at the Rebecca Randall Art Gallery at Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach South Carolina in the Summer of 2015.  In June 2016 she presented her art-based research at the Death, Art & Anatomy Conference, hosted be Winchester University in Winchester England.

Erin Zona
Breanne Trammell
Huddle Up: Come One, Come All

Thu. 1:30 - 2:30 pm, Loews Hotel Mercer H

A huddle is a non-hierarchical assembly of individuals—it implies strategy, closeness, and honesty. By creating a platform for open discussion of taboo or un(der)recognized conference topics, this session will be driven by the questions and conversations that are ever-present however rarely addressed in a public forum:

  • Measuring success outside of academia & redefining relevance: we don’t have to teach at universities to have a meaningful impact
  • Hustling & networking: connecting what people want with what people need
  • Open-source syllabus-sharing
  • The adjunct labor force
  • Underrepresented identities within academia
  • Grad school: to do or not to do (for real)



Claudia Wilburn headshotErin Zona and Breanne Trammell met in 2007 as graduate students at the Rhode Island School of Design. Erin is founder of The Zz School of Print Media in Kansas City, MO and currently Lecturer in Printmaking at The Kansas City Art Institute. Zz School is a printmaking-focused education initiative that aims to promote print-based public art, encourage exchange between artists and the community, create opportunities for artists and educators, and expand the role of printmaking in the visual arts. Breanne is a multi-disciplinary artist, former artist-in-residence at Zz School, and currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Print Media & Photography at Kent State University.

Rachel SingelPrintmaking & Gardening: Growing Together

Thu. 3 - 4 pm, Loews Hotel Mercer G

This forum welcomes artists, gardeners, educators, and activists etc. to meet to reflect on and further the discussion of “What is Printmaking?” What is it that we do in our daily lives as both individuals and as a group that can be related to and brought into its practice? One thing, I propose, is gardening. The discussion will begin on the immense importance of community and ritual in both of these practices and grow outwards.



Claudia Wilburn headshotRachel Singel grew up on a small farm outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. Her work is inspired by what she sees in nature. Rachel has participated in residencies at the Penland School of Crafts, the Venice Printmaking Studio, and the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica.

Shelley GipsonCoping with Assessment Hell

Thu. 3 - 4 pm, Loews Hotel Mercer H

Focusing on programs with 100-400 majors that teach a general introduction to printmaking, this session will discuss strategies for coping with program and course-level student learning outcomes. Participants are encouraged to share syllabi, rubrics, and reporting strategies. These materials will be made available to attendees. Contact Shelley with topics for discussion by February 15. To become a member of the pre-conference think tank, contact Shelley before January 15. Think tank members will work together to move beyond a cursory discussion and to develop common goals to be presented at conference.



Claudia Wilburn headshotShelley Gipson is an Associate Professor - Printmaking at Arkansas State University where she is the Assessment Chair and Curriculum Chair. Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Canada, Poland, Ireland, China, Turkey and Japan. She received her MFA in printmaking from TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, and her BFA in printmaking from SFASU in Nacogdoches, Texas. She lives and works in Jonesboro, Arkansas with her husband and daughters Lilia and Sylvia.

Mariana SmithInterdisciplinary Collaboration in Academia and Beyond

Fri. noon - 1 pm, Loews Hotel Mercer G

There are major differences between the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, both in collaborative practices and in reasons why people work together or alone. This INKubator session will explore how to best negotiate a project expansion across academic silos as well as international borders. By sharing information and strategies from the previous projects we can begin discussion that enables future projects and publication opportunities beneficial to our programs and students. In advance of the conference, INKubator facilitator will establish a Yahoo Group to promote common readings and discussions by session participants. If you are interested in participating in the group, please, send an email request to



Claudia Wilburn headshotMariana Smith Stockton University, NJ.
Assistant Professor, printmaking and drawing.
BFA Moscow College of Applied and Industrial Arts, Moscow, Russia
BFA Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH
MFA Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Smith studio practice includes multimedia installations, works on paper, and miniature paintings. She exhibited her work in the galleries and museums in USA, Italy, China, Ireland, New Zealand, Armenia, and Russia. In addition to working in academia, she curated a number of student exhibitions and continues to work with international interdisciplinary collaborative projects.

Heidi CodySocial Justice, Climate Advocacy and You

Fri. noon - 1 pm, Loews Hotel Mercer H

Are you tired of social and economic justice issues becoming more urgent? Sometimes people need to act, to achieve the changes they want to see. This INKubator will focus on the multi-faceted mobilization of the climate advocacy movement, as it relates to economic and social justice. What tools and strategies are being used to make progress, on all these issues? Art activism, social media, and crowd-funding are parts of the puzzle. Let’s consider how we can apply our artistic talents for the greater good.



Claudia Wilburn headshotHeidi Cody's art alters consumer brands, forcing viewers to look twice, and think several times more. She has had solo shows in New York, London, and a 2009 retrospective at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Louisiana. She was in “Open House: Working in Brooklyn,” at the Brooklyn Museum, and in “Illegal Art: Freedom of Expression in the Corporate Age,” a traveling show about copyright infringement. Her work has been reviewed in Adbusters, Advertising Age, Art in America, The New York Times, Flash Art, and in college textbooks. She is an artist and climate activist, and founded Climate Toothpaste.

Andrew Kozlowski Exploring the Middle Ground: Balancing Process and Idea in the Classroom

Fri. 1:30 - 2:30 pm, Loews Hotel Mercer G

Often printmaking is introduced starting at the sophomore level, a critical time as students move beyond the foundation experience and start exploring personal modes of artmaking. Printmaking offers an opportunity for discussing the pedagogical issues of helping students transition the middle space that separates top down instruction from bottom up independence. Identifiable by certain traditional processes, but continually redefining itself as a way of thinking about media, Printmaking becomes a mirror of the struggle between assignments and freedom. During this INKcubator participants will be encouraged to share approaches they have found helpful in navigating this middle territory in their classrooms.



Claudia Wilburn headshotAndrew Kozlowski is an Assistant Professor at Auburn University in Auburn Alabama. He received his MFA in Painting and Printmaking from VCU in 2007 and his BFA in printmaking from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in 2003. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad, including solo exhibitions at 1708 Gallery in Richmond VA and the Philadelphia Print Center in Philadelphia PA. In 2009 he completed a residency at the Frans Masereel Center in Belgium and was awarded 2011-2012 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship for his work in printmaking.

Jason ScuillaVenting about Ventilation, Ranting about Renovation

Fri. 1:30 - 2:30 pm, Loews Hotel Mercer H

The frustrations inherent in printshop renovations require patience, commitment, and a good sense of humor. In 2012-15 I designed and managed a total renovation of the Kansas State Printmaking facilities. We now utilize some of the safest, most innovative industrial ventilation available. This incubator will mix technical information with a humorous look at challenges that arise when working with university facilities, administration, engineers, and vendors. Please join me in sharing contacts made and lessons learned improving your commercial, academic, independent, or personal shop. Together we can empower printmakers and students with the knowledge necessary to advocate for safe, efficient facilities.



Claudia Wilburn headshotJason Scuilla serves as Associate Professor, Area Head of Printmaking at Kansas State University. His prints are featured in museum collections, group, and solo exhibitions throughout the US and Europe. Scuilla’s research and use of electrolytic etching and other innovative processes have been recognized internationally in the scientific and print communities.

An American artist of Italian descent, Scuilla spends considerable time in Italy creating artwork. He’s an avid student of art history and film, and follows professional soccer to an unhealthy level. Scuilla earned his MFA from Tyler School of Art and his BFA from University of Central Florida.

SGCI BoardSGCI 101

Fri. 3 - 4 pm, Loews Hotel Mercer G

Coordinator: SGCI Board

In this inkubator, topics will range from the origin and mission of SGCI and the various programs it provides throughout the year and during the annual conferences. This inkubator will also explore SGCI Board service, conference participation, and career development, and opportunities to get involved and offer suggestions. Bring your curiosity, ideas, & questions and get involved.

SGCI BoardSGCI Diversity

Fri. 3 - 4 pm, Loews Hotel Mercer H

Coordinator: SGCI Board

This inkubator will focus on strategies and tactics to increase SGCI’s inclusivity and diversity. Board members will discuss the current initiatives to address and broaden the organizations service to our diverse membership, and seek feedback and suggestions for further action.