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Editions should consist of twelve impressions numbered 1/12 to 12/12, using any archival print media. No print may be thicker than 1/64 of an inch. Ten of the prints will be redistributed to other participants in a random selection process. Each set of prints will be placed in an archival portfolio case. The remaining prints from each edition will be retained as a complete set for the SGC International Archives (11/12) and The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (12/12).

Prints must be submitted along with a complete SGCI Print and Artist Datasheet and SGCI Limited Purpose Release  Form.

Member Portfolio Detail

Theme: Sphere

As a symbolic representation of three-dimensional space, the sphere references the atom, the cell, the earth, the sky and the universe. We are part of the biosphere living on the lithosphere of planet Earth, breathing in the atmosphere and at times contemplating the celestial sphere. Using the sphere as metaphor, this exchange portfolio will consider our community, our profession and our relationships with the world. How do spheres inform how we think about scale, from the microscopic and local to the macroscopic and global? How do we map three-dimensional forms through two-dimensional images? Since a sphere has no top or bottom, we might regard the sphere as non-hierarchical, with all of the surface points an equal distance from its center.

NEW UPDATE! 30 lucky participants will get a print by Red Grooms especially made for the portfolio.

CLICK HERE to see B.J. Alumbaugh’s design of the portfolio container.

$1,000 in awards will be presented for the best prints in the portfolio in the following categories:
• $400 Best Print
• $300 Best Print by a Regular SGCI Member
• $300 Best Print by a Student SGCI Member
Award recipients will be recognized during the Printmaker's Ball on Saturday March 21st at the Knoxville Convention Center.

Paper size: 11 x 14 inches. Prints can be full bleed, horizontal or vertical.

Edition size:
12; numbered 1/12 to 11/12. Artists may elect to create larger editions, numbered separately as Roman Numeraled.

$10 to cover the cost of the portfolio case. Please sign-up for the exchange portfolio at the time of conference registration.

All forms of printmaking are accepted, including photography and purely digital processes. Prints must be the original artwork of the submitting artists, and must be dry at the time of submission.

In pencil, clearly print artist’s name, title, and media on the back of each print.

: Each print should be submitted in a sheet of 22 x 14 inch glassine, folded over to cover the front and back of each print. Please do not use newsprint, bags, tracing paper, wax paper, or mylar as interleafing.

Complete editions at the Knoxville Convention Center, Concourse Level near the registration table during the following times:

• Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 3:00 – 7:00pm

• Thursday, March 19, 2015, 8:00am – 1:00pm

At the time of drop off, portfolio participants will be checked against a register of payment. All editions will be checked for compliance with the portfolio guidelines for media, size and interleaving. All editions must include a completed SGCI Print and Artist Datasheet and SGCI Limited Purpose Release Form. Participants will be issued a receipt that must be presented at the time of portfolio pick-up on Saturday March 21.

The complete portfolios will be exhibited in the Art and Architecture Building Room 327 and will be available for viewing on Friday March 20 and Saturday March 21, 2015.

Pick-up: Portfolios must be picked up Saturday March 21 at the Knoxville Convention Center, Exhibition Hall B between 9am and 1pm during the Open Portfolio Session.

The portfolio organizers reserve the right to refuse entry of any submission that fails to conform to the portfolio guidelines.

French Paper Company. Athens Paper

The portfolio case is made with 140# Pure White Construction Cover manufactured by French Paper Company (Niles, Michigan) using 100% Hydro Power and supplied through Athens Paper Company (located throughout the Southeastern United States). Designed by B. J. Alumbaugh, it is printed offset by The University of Tennessee Graphic Arts Service.

Images of the portfolio covers being cut and assembled: