This is a print exchange open to ALL active SGCI Members attending the conference.  SGCI Members create an edition that is turned in during the first half of the conference, and receive an exchange portfolio of 10 prints at the end of the conference to take home! Your work from this Member Exchange will be collected by the SGCI Archives at the Zuckerman Museum of Art, as well as local conference area institutions. There is no restriction as to the number of participants in this exchange!



The theme of the 2018 Member Print Exchange is “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.


The paper size is 11” x 14.” (All paper must be archival.) Prints can be full bleed, horizontal or vertical.



All editions must be interleaved with glassine or equivalent archival protective sheets, also 11” x 14”. Please do not use newsprint, bags, tracing paper, wax paper, or mylar as interleaving.



The edition size is 13 prints, numbered 1/13, 2/13, etc.


All members must pre-register to participate in this exchange. The Zuckerman Museum of Art will provide a form to be filled out and turned in with the edition at the conference for archiving purposes. Please type up and print this form out before you arrive at the conference to avoid any issues. Click here for more information and to download the official paperwork.


The Member Prints will be exhibited at the Bally’s Hotel on Saturday, April 7  from 9 am - 3 pm. The exhibition will be on display in Palace Rooms 1-5.


Four cash awards will be presented for the best prints in the following categories: Best in Show ($500), Best Print by a Student Artist ($250), Best Print by an Emerging Artist ($250),  and Best Print by a Professional Artist ($250). Award recipients will be recognized during the SGCI Awards Ceremony, held from 9-10:30 am on Saturday, April 7 in the Platinum Room in the Bally’s Hotel.


Please note: in order to receive a cash award, the winners MUST be in attendance at the Awards Ceremony.



It is a $20 fee to participate in the Member Exchange Print Portfolio. If you are not able complete your edition before the conference, you may exchange your place for another artist at your discretion. No refunds will be offered.


Complete editions at the Loews Hotel near the registration table during the following times:


Wednesday, April 4, 12 pm - 5 pm

Thursday, April 5, 8 am - 5 pm

Friday, April 6, 8 am - 2 pm


At the time of drop off, portfolio participants will be checked against a register of preregistration. All editions will be checked for compliance with the portfolio guidelines for media, size and interleaving, and dryness. All editions must include a completed Information Form provided prior to the conference by the Zuckerman Museum of Art. Participants will be issued a receipt that must be presented at the time of portfolio pick-up on Saturday April 7. The portfolio organizers reserve the right to refuse entry of any submission that fails to conform to the portfolio guidelines. No refund will be offered if the edition does not meet the requirements for inclusion.



Portfolios must be picked up at the same desk where the editions were originally dropped off during the following times:


Saturday, April 7, 8 am - 12 pm


All Member Print Exchange Portfolios will consist of 10, randomly collated prints from the collection. You must present your Member Print Exchange ticket/receipt to collect your portfolio - it is your responsibility to hold on to this ticket! No exchange of portfolios will be offered.