TUA’s printmaking students participated in the Southern Graphic International Conference 2016


Basic Information

Participants:Six students in printmaking
Location:Portland, USA
Period:April 1-4, 2016


Six students from the department of printmaking traveled to the United States to attend the 2016 Conference of Southern Graphic International that was held between March 30 and April 2, 2016, in Portland, Oregon.

Southern Graphic International is the largest print organization in North America and its annual conference focusing on the field of printmaking is an exceptional opportunity where participants can learn about the current international developments in the field and to build an international network of the experts. It also offers the opportunity to see technical demonstrations and learn about new materials and processes, allowing participants to catch up with new technical and conceptual developments in printmaking.

The participating students were split in groups to gather as much information as possible from the conference programs that were often running in parallel. They attended a number of workshops and some sessions including the incubation session that was chaired by TUA’s Associate Professor Michael Schneider, while visiting various art studios and exhibitions.

At the open portfolio session, the students were able to show their works to a group of unique and informed colleagues from all over the world. They all received feedbacks and some of them were even able to sell their works.

The participation in this conference allowed the students to gain a better understanding of the position of their own works within the international discourse and to connect to the broader international community, which will help them in the future to better recognize where their strength and weakness lie.