The Southern Graphics Council International is hosting Bridges: Spanning Tradition, Innovation, and Activism, its 42nd annual conference, in the San Francisco Bay Area, the first West Coast conference in the organization’s history. Positioned on the Pacific Rim, the Bay Area reflects the diversity of an international port, fosters a culture in which social justice runs parallel with technological innovation, and is home to an artistic community that continues to shape political activism. Bridges will investigate the intersections between traditional and emerging technologies and how these tools are vehicles for creating meaningful and critical discourse around contemporary issues.
Organized by Continuing Lecturer Randy Hussong in association with SGCI, the Awards Exhibition at the Worth Ryder Art Gallery presents works by the recipients of SGCI Awards: for Innovation - Don Farnsworth, for Activism - Juan Fuentes, for Traditionalism – Sylvia Solochek Walters, and for Breaking the Mold – Professor Emeritus Richard Shaw. The Department is also honored to host a special Memorial Retrospective Exhibition for UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice Professor Emeritus George Miyasaki (1935 – 2013). There will also be additional installations by Ehren Tool as well as the Advanced Printmaking Class. In addition to a Grand Opening Reception on Wednesday, March 19th, there will be a special Conference Tour event on Friday, March 28th from 10 – 5 p.m., including a screen printing on plywood demonstration byChinn Wang, assisted by Printshop Mechanician Tamar Beja.