SGCI conference makes a stop at SIUE

On Thursday, March 17, SIUE’s Department of Art and Design hosted several demos, exhibitions and projects in conjunction with the 2011 Southern Graphics International Conference which took place in St. Louis at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University on March 16-19.

The Art and Design building – in tandem with the events taking place at Washington University – was filled with students and artists participating in various printmaking activities. The slate of events featured:

  • “Balance Over the Divide: Finding equilibrium between the printer and the printmaker,” an all-day demonstration on Dufa IVa automated flatbed lithography press led by Todd Anderson, assistant professor of art and design and Phil Sanders.
  • “Texture: Marbleizing Effects Produced from a Photolitho Plate,” an all-day demonstration on marbleizing technique led by Rodney Hamon, educational director for the Tamarind Institute.
  • A print portfolio giveaway.
  • Poster Madness!,” an opportunity for attendees to make and print their own Equilibrium conference posters.

Exhibitions included “Invariable Autonomies” in the Wagner Gallery and three current exhibitions in the Art and Design building – a blue print and model display of the new Art and Design Building, a faculty exhibition and a printmaking students exhibition.

The SGCI Conference is a world renowned event which brings together artists from all 50 states as well as international attendees from Canada and Europe.

“The SGCI is the largest print organization in North America. Its annual conference is the biggest annual gathering focused on the field of printmakings,” reads the SCGI Web site. “… The conference provides an opportunity to feature the work and philosophies of a program’s faculty and students. The educational and professional benefits of hosting and attending a conference for an institution’s students are significant.”

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