The Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) Conference will take place from 30th March to the 2nd April 2016 in Portland, USA organized by the Pacific Northwest College of the Art, Portland State University: College of the Arts, Oregon College of Art and Craft and Portland Community College: Art Program. 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, and Europe.
This will be a special conference for me because I have been honored with the “Honorary Member of the Council Award”. This is the first time that this award is granted to an international member. I have been an international member of this organization for the last 18 years, serving in the Board of Directors from 2008-2010 and organizing the international panel for 4 years, among other activities. I am grateful for this distinction as well as proud to belong to an organization that represents artists involved in the fields of original prints, drawings, books and handmade paper.
It is my pleasure to express the Council’s desire to award you with Honorary Member of the Council Award at the 2016 Conference in Portland, Oregon.
The Honorary Member of the Council Award is presented to acknowledge the impact that your leadership has had on our community and your ability to inspire others to continue their career in printmaking. Hereafter you will be a permanent, honorary member of SGC International.”
David Jones, president SGC