An image of the capitol building in Madison, WI lit up against the dark night sky.

I’m weeks out from four days in Madison for the annual Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) conference. Like so many things in the last year, SGCI has been operating virtually. It was so good to get to see both art and artists IN PERSON. This conference is one of my favorites for its combination of exhibitions, thought-provoking panels, and practical demonstrations. I’m coming away from my time there reinspired to be the studio and the classroom and full of love and affection for the many printmaking artists I know.

Emmeline Solomon takes in Emmy Lingscheit’s wheat-pasted linocut at the excellent show Queer Printmaking and Futurity
Stacks of “fundreds” from conceptual artist Mel Chin’s Fundred Project.
One of many delightful relief print postcards from the Relief Conspiracy project.
Monty Little’s amazing monotype, USURP: George Washington V, from the excellent exhibition Madison Alumni: A Legacy of Indigenous Perspectives.

Another big highlight of the conference was getting to work with my friend Carrie Scanga to organize and present an exchange portfolio on the topic of caregiving. Our portfolio, Speculative Futures: Visions from Printmaking Caregivers, was a life-giving project for me these last couple of months. It’s also sparked some new ideas I’m eager to explore in future work.

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