Artalk: Emory & Henry Presents Southern Graphics Council International Traveling Exhibition

  1912 Gallery

During April, Emory & Henry College’s 1912 Gallery presents the Southern Graphics Council International 2012-2015 Traveling Exhibition, a popular travelling show that represents the latest currents in contemporary printmaking.

The exhibition begins Tuesday, April 1 and runs through Wednesday, April 30, except Friday, April 18. The show premiered at the March 2012 SGC International Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana and will continue on exhibition throughout the United States until spring 2015. In 2017 the exhibition will begin touring internationally.

From traditional methods to prints made into sculptural pieces in unexpected materials, the artists represented in this exhibition explore a myriad of techniques and themes. 

Emory & Henry College’s 1912 Gallery has selected Melissa Harshman, a printmaker represented in the 2012-2015 exhibition, as the featured speaker for an Artalk Monday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.  Harshman also will be on campus for several days to work with E&H students.  The gallery will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 7:25 p.m. on the night of the Artalk and again afterwards for a reception with the artist.  Additionally, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., or by special appointment.

Curator of The 1912 Gallery, Anna Nenonen says, “In her prints, Harshman manipulates popular imagery digitally, creating exuberant juxtapositions.”  Harshman is joined in the exhibition by nearly 50 other printmakers.  Nenonon also says that this show is “an exhibit in which everyone will find something to be excited about in the world of printmaking.   That’s what makes it a pleasure to announce that Emory & Henry is host to this exhibition.” 

The Southern Graphics Council was officially organized in 1973 to represent artists of original prints, drawings, books and handmade paper, through the efforts of its parent organization, the Southeastern College Art Conference.  Since that time membership in the SGC has expanded and now has a national and international membership. 

In 2010, the name was changed to SGC International, to reflect that fact.  It is the largest organization in North America focused on the field of printmaking with artists from all 50 states, Canada, South and Central America and Europe.

Every artist in the exhibition was selected by Frances Myers, a highly regarded and prolific print artist who works in, and teaches, etching. Myers is known for experimentation with unusual materials and new technologies – digital prints, installation and video.  She is chair of the graphics area of the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is the recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Harshman earned her master of fine arts degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and she has been on the faculty of the University of Georgia since 1993. Currently she is associate professor of art in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, where she has served as chair of the Printmaking Department.  Marshman is represented by the Sandler Hudson Gallery in Atlanta and the Phyllis Weston-Annie Bolling Gallery in Cincinnati.

The exhibition and Artalk are free of charge and open to the public.  For additional information, or to schedule a special showing, plea