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SGC International Printmaking Conference (Las Vegas, 4-7 April 2018)

SGC International is a non-profit organization dedicated to the art of printmaking. Our mission is to provide opportunities for artists engaged in the field of printmaking, papermaking, and book arts and to stimulate appreciation for these art forms through conferences, exhibitions, and education.

Since 1973, SGC International has organized conferences around the country that provide a platform for artists to exchange ideas and information, to educate and inspire, and to cultivate new collaborations and friendships. SGC International has over 2,500 members from around the globe and our annual conference brings together 1200-1900 artists.

SGCI 2018: Las Vegas, Nevada
Altered Landscapes
Meadows appeared in the desert through spring-fed grasses, providing Las Vegas its name in 1821. The city glitters like an oasis, casting a barrage of light in the shadows of the Spring Mountains. But like a mirage, the promises of Las Vegas can be fickle.

The city’s landscape has shifted from canyon petroglyphs to the Old Spanish Trail to a home for hydroelectric workers eager to lose themselves in the pleasures of an illicit speakeasy or underground casino while building the Hoover Dam. Las Vegas is known for its glitz and glamorous facades, yet the underpinnings of the city rest on rusted bones in the middle of the desert. Printmaking can be viewed in a similar light - the intimate result of labor and process; malleable visual expression that can both mimic and innovate.

SGCI 2018 Altered Landscapes will bring printmakers together to explore the tension between reality & representation; alteration & reincarnation; ventures & adventures; construction & decay. Altered Landscapes will capture the spirit of Las Vegas’s perpetual reinvention and the fallacy of its promises. Through dialogue and demonstrations, Altered Landscapes will explore transformations in artist attitudes towards the natural environment, and printmaking’s evolving roles in creative and social practice.

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