The Association of Print Scholars (APS) is currently accepting submissions for its 1 1/2 hour professional session at the 2018 SGC International Conference, which will take place April 4–7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. APS welcomes proposals on any aspect of the history, theory, or practice of printmaking from any chronological or geographic category, in relation to the conference theme Altered Landscapes. Preference will be given to proposals that call for a wide array of papers covering printmaking’s rich history.

About SGCI
SGC International is an educational non-profit organization committed to informing their membership about issues and processes concerning original prints, drawings, book arts, and handmade paper.  Significant dialogue and exchange of technical and critical information occurs each year at the annual conference, which draws participants nationally and internationally. SGCI’s awards, publications and exhibitions promote greater understanding, scholarship, and enjoyment of these art forms to the public at large.
Originally formed as Southern Graphics Council, a regional organization for educators of print in the U.S. South, SGCI has grown over the years into the nation’s largest organization of printmakers. SGCI now has representatives internationally, and in 2010 changed our name to SGC International to reflect this broader scope. While the SGC International mission focuses on printmaking, SGCI welcomes everyone interested in advancing the dialogue of art, its education, and its processes.


Conference Theme: Altered Landscapes
In 1821 the city of Las Vegas was named after the spring-fed meadows that appeared in the middle of the desert. Like an oasis, the city glitters in the shadows of the Spring Mountains. 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 brings together printmakers from around the world to explore the tension between reality and representation; alteration and reincarnation; ventures and adventures; construction and decay. Altered Landscapes will capture the spirit of Las Vegas’s perpetual reinvention. 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.


Please fill out the form below to be considered for participation in the APS-sponsored panel in Altered Landscapes.

• Accepted panelists will issue a Call for Papers, and provide information on presenters by July 1, 2017
• Accepted panelists must be active members of APS and SGCI to register for the conference
• The conference registration discount for participants covers half of the registration fees
• A total of 4 half-waivers are offered per panel, including chairs
• All travel expenses are the responsibility of the individual participants
• Maximum participants: 4 panelists plus chair
• Duration: 90 minutes
• Panels run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: please be sure that all panelists are available for all dates.
• When applying through the form below, please note that the maximum character counts on each form are INCLUDING spaces. If having problems, please double-check your count in Microsoft Word.

2018 APS Call for Panels


The components for evaluation, described below, are weighted similarly to the way state agencies, AWP, and the National Endowment for the Arts weight their components by varying amounts.


1. Artistic or Academic Merit (45%)

  • Subcommittee members evaluate the artistic value, pedagogical value, intellectual value, or entrepreneurial value of the proposal. High-scoring panels should be artistically meritorious, intellectually significant, with a roster of talented artists or accomplished experts on the topic.

2. Importance to Members (25%)

  • How important is it to our attendees that our conference offers this topic? Subcommittee members evaluate how useful the presentation would be to one or more of SGCI’s constituencies: students, emerging professionals, academics, program directors, publishers, print shops, individual practitioners, etc. The subcommittee will  assess the relative novelty of the proposal (for example, has something been similar been offered in recent conference year programming?), basing decisions on if the proposed panel will be new and important to a significant number of our attendees.

3. Diversity (20%)

  • Subcommittee members evaluate whether or not the proposal will offer artistic, intellectual, regional, political, ethnic, and cultural diversity to the conference, and whether or not it addresses the needs of all communities working in printmaking.

4. Proposal Integrity (10%)

  • Is the necessary information (event description, statement of merit, biographical notes) complete and useful? Are the moderator and/or presenters reliable professionals? Subcommittee members evaluate both the proposal’s intentions and the ability of the presenters to fulfill those intentions.