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Kansas City is hosting the annual Southern Graphics Council
printmaking conference, March 21-25, 2007. A diverse group is
collaborating, organizing, and anxiously anticipating this exciting celebration for printmaking to be held at various locations throughout
the greater Kansas City area. Dozens of gallery exhibitions, several
public events, and many participants are expected.
Established in 1972, the purpose of the Southern Graphics Council is to educate the public and promote awareness of and appreciation for the art of making original prints, books, hand-made papers, and drawings. The corporation is a resource to educational and non-profit organizations, universities, and the public at large, providing for the exchange of technical and critical information on the art of printmaking. These goals are furthered through conferences and workshops; through the organization, display and circulation of exhibitions of original prints; through newsletters and journal articles; through awards given to those deserving special recognition for significant contribution to printmaking; and through research, study and general enjoyment of the arts. The Southern Graphics Council is the largest print organization in North America. An international event, its annual conference is the largest yearly gathering in the field of printmaking. The conference activities will centralize around the Crossroads Art district of Kansas City, with the conference occupying the downtown Hyatt hotel and adjacent Crown Center Exhibit Hall for panels, vendor exhibits and some events. This 1-mile square district houses 40+ contemporary art galleries; many of which have scheduled shows in conjunction with the SGC conference. Additionally, these galleries will remain open into the evening for a gallery walk during one night of the conference weekend. The conference will extend into Mid-town Kansas City for activities hosted by the Kansas City Art Institute and University of Missouri-Kansas City. Nearby institutions will also join in hosting the SGC Conference events, including: the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, H & R Block Artspace, and Kauffman Foundation. Other local institutions slated for participation include: Belger Arts Center; BNIM; Hallmark Fine Art Collection; Hammerpress; UMKC’s Handprint Press; Johnson County Community College; Missouri State University; Spencer Museum of Art; Tracy Arts Park (The Lawrence Lithography Workshop, Chameleon Arts Center, Dennis Morgan Gallery); University of Kansas, Lawrence; Urban Culture Project; Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art; Daum Museum of Contemporary Art; and many other local organizations and practitioners.