Reductive Navigation: Tracing the Influence of Comic Books Back to the Start
Panel Chair: Andrew Kozlowski
Panelists: Joseph Lupo, Jenny Schmid, Daniel Maw
Date: Thursday, March 15
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Location: Grand Ballroom A
Printmaking’s lineage is one of dissemination, communication and storytelling; from historical prints of battlefields, or the landscape of Japan, to the long form stories of Frans Masareel, Lynn Ward, and William Hogarth, the capacity for narrative has permeated a significant portion of the subject of prints. Paired with a reduction of detail, a constraint associated with the development of commercial printing, it is no surprise that scores of contemporary artists, and printmakers in particular, remain influenced by this history of pictorial storytelling.
This session looks to artists working in print-media whose work shares a direct connection to comic books, and by extension the history of storytelling through pictures.  It seeks to understand the development of story telling; ponders the sweeping influence of comic books on a large population of artist printmakers; and begins to address printmaking as a vehicle to promote story, language, and history, seeing the legibility, corruptibility, and accessibility of images in contemporary culture as necessary to the development of local and regional styles and stories and key in the expansion of a world culture.

Role Play: Artist Curator
Panel Chair: Sang-Mi Yoo
Panelists: John Hitchcock, Hui-Chu Ying, Edward Bernstein
Date: Thursday, March 15
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Location: Grand Ballroom B
By nature, printmakers like to collect, archive, and disseminate information. This nature leads many artists involved in the print practice to organize exhibitions, whether on a small or large scale. This panel will shed light on the history and current trends of exhibitions curated by artists involved in teaching and practicing printmaking. Artist-curated exhibitions may have evolved from personal interests as extensions of studio practice, including community outreach or educational materials as compared to the more traditional practice of professional curators with backgrounds in art history or museum studies. As a result, artist curators tend to become participants who understand the common conceptual interests of the group, rather than maintaining the mantle of the outside critical observer. Panel presentations will not only cover the practical aspects of the process but also the philosophical backgrounds of artist-run curations. The main focus will be on the drive to create a global network between artists and how this activity enhances the creativity of individual participating artists as well as artist curators.

International Panel
Panel Chair: Guy Langevin
Panelists: Michel Barzin and Wuon Gean Ho
Date: Thursday, March 15
Time: 1:00 – 2:30pm
Location: Waterbury Ballroom, 2nd floor
Joining us are Guy Langevin (Canada), Michel Barzin (Belgium), and Wuon Gean Ho (UK). Though from different cultural backgrounds, each has common points in their respective works, as well as their involvement in their individual artistic milieus. Beyond apparent similarities and differences, is the state of being an artist dependent on one’s particular environment? Do different cultures bring different understandings? These three panelists will address their varying points of view on what informs the artistic life. Does one have to be classified as regional, national, or international or is the art-making experience more unifying than originally perceived?

What Now? A Survey of Options
Panel Chair: Silas Breaux
Panelists: Deborah Chaney, Jay Fox, Rossitza Todorova
Date: Thursday, March 15
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Location: Grand Ballroom A
This year’s student panel will focus on the different opportunities after one completes an undergraduate degree. By relaying the experiences of the panel members we hope to reveal that there are multiple paths that can be taken in order to advance your career within the world of Printmaking, as well as reiterate that there is no path that is better than another.

A “Survey of Contemporary Printmaking” Conversation
Panel Chair: Matthew Egan
Panelists: Rockie Toner, Beth Grabowski, Matt Rebholtz, Bill Fick, R.L. Tillman
Date: Thursday, March 15
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Location: Grand Ballroom B
ASurvey of Contemporary Printmaking” Conversation considers living traditions, trends, diversity, and commonalities of professional artists, collaborators, and publishers from the point of view of five distinct artists at various stages of their career. Retired Dean Rochelle Toner; author, Beth Grabowski; self-publisher, Bill Fick; web publisher, R.L. Tillman; and up-and-coming professional, Matt Rebholtz, consider how the ten artists they each selected for the exhibition, A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking, contribute to the discipline and how they navigate the currents themselves. The panel will be complimented by the release of a 160-page catalog of essays and images to further the current dialogue.

Current Currents and Undercurrents: Work from the Print Studios of Canada (Masterprinter Panel)
Panel Chair: Jill Graham
Panelists: Wendy Tokaryk, Judy Garfin
Date: Thursday, March 15
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Location: Waterbury Ballroom 2nd floor
This panel presentation will highlight a selection of Canadian facilities offering Master Printing services, custom printing and/or publishing programs. While some University programs have distinct similarities to US counterparts, the ateliers and artist run facilities like Open Studio, operate differently and/or do not have exact counterparts in the United States. One example to be explored in the panel will be Canada’s leading printmaking studio, Open Studio, a not-for-profit, artist run printmaking center that offers a range of services to the arts communities through it’s Studio Rental Program; Visiting Artist Residencies; Scholarships; Exhibition Programming; Education Programs; Custom Printing Program; Portfolio Reviews; Outreach/Tours; Archives; and Print Sales and Program. The panel will discuss the unique set of issues that can arise from this type of scenario, and will also draw attention to some of the work produced under these programs as evidence of their success.

Riding the Crest of Current Trends (Masterprinter Panel)
Panel Chair: Andrew Rubin
Panelists: David Jones, Andre Ribuoli, Jennifer Mahlman-Ribuoli:
Date: Friday, March 16
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Location: Grand Ballroom A
These panelists will discuss and show images from their representative Print Studios.  They will discuss how printmaking supplies the artist with a unique set of tools and techniques used to create artworks that are both traditional and cutting edge. How does each panelist approach the collaborative process, choose artists, and involve themselves in creating projects that reflect the current trends, as well as new styles, movements, fashion, and temperaments? Each will talk about how new technology and traditional approaches bend to the will of artistic temperament of emerging and established artists.

Midwest Matrix: Colliding Currents (Educational Panel)
Panel Chair: Susan Goldman & Dennis O’Neil
Panelists: Warrington Colescott, Frances Myers, Nicole Pietrantoni, Joshua Watts
Date: Friday, March 16
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Location: Waterbury Ballroom 2nd floor
Navigating the waters of print history over a seven year period, the completion of the video documentary “Midwest Matrix” is a significant contribution to the celebration of the Southern Graphic Council’s 40th anniversary. With frequent flyer miles, the kindness of strangers, and private and public grants, this is the conclusion of a long voyage of exploring and documenting the lives and experiences of veteran print artists. This venture has shadowed these artists in their studios and university programs, and traced the lineage of their students, gallerists, and curators involved in their promotion and preservation. The following panel presents a select generational range of participants, who will present their perspectives on the development and sustained growth of printmaking in the 21st century.

Streams of Consciousness: Creating Histories of Contemporary Prints
Panel Chair: Peter S. Briggs
Panelists: Kenneth J. Hale, Kathryn Maxwell, Andrew Polk, Melanie Yazzie
Date: Friday, March 16
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Location: Grand Ballroom A
This panel will focus discussion on the Artist Printmaker Research Collection at the Museum of Texas Tech University. The AP/RC is a long-range plan to develop museum collections and documentation of contemporary American artist-printmakers. The AP/RC serves artists, art historians, curators, cultural historians, critics, students, indeed anyone interested in American art and printmaking, through in-depth collecting and preservation of the art and archives of individual printmakers. The panel will discuss the aims of the AP/RC collection, how artists and curators navigate its development, artists’ views of the collection, and observations on how to develop similar collections.

Migratory Adaptations: Mingling Cultures, Nostalgic Hearts II
Panel Chair: Shaurya Kumar
Panelists: Alejandro Arauz, Rajorshi Ghosh, TeaYoun Kim-Kassor
Date: Friday, March 16
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Location: Waterbury Ballroom 2nd floor
Today in the era of globalization and increasing human quests, international migration is on an all time high and people frequently cross boundaries due to interests or needs. Nonetheless, even when the world has shrunk and the cognizance of other cultures is much more advanced through the internet and satellite transmissions, migration still accompanies an overall maneuvering of thought processes that can never be gained through the Googling of facts and photographs. There is something very real and physical that the human body and mind experience due to “the change of soil” and adaptations, comparison and nostalgia get inevitably intertwined with each other.
The panel “Migratory Adaptations: Mingling Cultures, Nostalgic Hearts” brings together four artists from various countries that have migrated to the West at different stages of their lives, and are currently living and practicing art in the US. Each panelist would share their own experiences, discuss the artistic and personal adaptations made by each of them, and how migration has influenced their work as an artist, educator and a person. The panel will thus analyze the effects of these cross-cultural currents, address the impact of globalization, and explore the perceived opportunities and threats that lie in front of the contemporary generation of artists.