INKubator Sessions
Coordinators: Beauvais Lyons and Boyd Saunders
Location: Sheraton Hotel

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 seeking to meet at the Southeastern College Art 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 in attendance met in the St. Charles Hotel, united by their commitment to printmaking and fueled by sips of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey. Their meeting 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 40th SGC International Conference “Navigating Currents” a series of eight 90 minute “INKubator” conversations 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 25 attendees. Chairs will be arranged in a circle, with no audiovisual equipment and no set of planned presentations. Each session will have a flip chart for notes and a designated recorder who will compile a record of the conversations for later posting linked to the SGCI website. In many cases a set of action items will be produced with contact information of people who plan to follow through on projects and ideas discussed.

Individuals interested in participating in these sessions should email the session facilitator by February 1, 2012 to be considered for the attendee list. All participants need to register for the conference.

INKubator Sessions Schedule

Thursday March 15th

11am-12:30pm   “Remembering June Wayne”

Judy Brodsky, Professor of Art Emerita, Rutgers University

June Wayne was a monumental figure in the recent history of printmaking. In creating Tamarind, she established an institution that did more than introduce contemporary artists to the wonders of lithography and to train lithographic printers. Tamarind was a revelation. It embodied Wayne’s vision of the printed image as offering the same opportunities for creativity and innovation as painting and sculpture.  That vision has informed the whole field of printmaking practice today. In this INKubator session we will welcome personal reminiscences about June, how she (or her ideas) have influenced you, as well as a broader dialogue relating her vision to the field. This session has potential for publication.

1-2:30pm           “The Future of the SGCI Archives”

Boyd Saunders, Professor of Art Emeritus, University of South Carolina

In the early days of The Southern Graphics Council, Professor Thomas Dewey initiated the establishment of The SGC Archives at his home institution, The University of Mississippi.  Over the years this collection of prints, documents, videos, etc. has grown into a huge and very complex body of material.  Just as SGC has changed its name to SGCI, our archives collection is facing major changes in location and administration.  The goal of this INKubator session is to examine the current state of the archives and distill some thoughts about its future status and location.

3 – 4:30pm         “Selected Readings”

Beauvais Lyons, Professor of Art, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

This INKubator session will consider readings about print theory and history that are appropriate for lower division, upper division and graduate level course work. What are the best ways to relate such readings to the goals objectives of a specific studio course?  One purpose of this discussion will be to supplement the annotated bibliography for contemporary printmaking posted at:

 7 – 8:30pm        “Prints and Community”

Hugh Merrill, Professor of Art, Kansas City Art Institute

Over 40 years the Southeastern Graphics Council was formed, and has grown from a small group of dedicated artists to be a driving force in an international community. Printmaking now is deeply posited in digital printing, relational aesthetics and community art. Print media flows easily between high art and low venues and issues, from Swoon’s street actions to Kiki Smith’s large etchings exhibited in major museums. In many aspects the print out strips painting in theoretical validity and importance. Join me in a conversation on how printmaking’s international community and specifically SGCI has affected your studio work, teaching and life? Join me in a conversation on art, printmaking, community and change.

Friday March 16th

11-12:30pm       “Printmaking and the Liberal Arts”

Phyllis McGibbon. Professor of Art, Wellesley College

While print is a time intensive medium, most artists and students on liberal arts campuses devote a considerable amount of time working on projects outside of the studio as well. How might this interdisciplinary effort shape the development of our studio projects, course syllabi, press facilities, and overall career trajectories? Participants in this INKubator session will consider the unique opportunities as well as challenges of teaching and learning print methods and concepts in a liberal arts setting.

1-2:30pm           “Prints and the Built Environment”

Kevin Haas, Associate Professor of Art, Washington State University

Prints surround us with words and images in the built environment from monumental billboards to small stickers directing us to our destination. As artists working with prints, how do we address and intersect with this landscape? This INKubator session invites artists with an interest in the built environment, or who already address the built environment in their work, to exchange ideas, questions, and projects.


Saturday March 17th

9:30-11am        “Printing for Others”

Mary Robinson, Associate Professor of Art, University of South Carolina and Andy Rubin, Master Printer, Tandem Press, University of Wisconsin – Madison

This INKubator session will focus on printmakers working with and for other artists. Topics will include collaboration between artist and printer; initiating, developing and maintaining  a collaborative press; and the struggle for presses to survive financially. We invite a wide group of participants to this conversation from students to seasoned printmakers.

11:30-1pm         “Launching the SGCI Journal”

Erika Adams, Assistant Professor of Art at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada and former Editor of Graphic Impressions, the SGCI Newsletter

Graphic Impressions has been the newsletter for Southern Graphics Council International.  Now we have the opportunity to transform that newsletter into a journal; how should we proceed?  Beginning with our focus to promote education and dialogue through the publication of scholarly articles on printmaking and print media as well as reviews of books and events pertinent to the global printmaking community, participants in this INKubator session will consider the mission, scope and structure of the new journal.