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2019 SGCI Conference

2019 Southern Graphics Council International Conference Comes to UD

Printmaker Juergen Strunck Showcases Talents

 Date published: Feb. 20, 2019

Over 90 printmaking artists will be exhibiting their work across six exhibitions in the Haggerty Art Village this March 6 - 9, as part of Texchange, an international printmaking conference held by the Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) in North Texas.

The annual conference is themed “Texchange: Building Change Through Printmaking,” and will be held at the Juergen StrunckFairmont Hotel in the Dallas Arts District and across five other sites in Dallas/Fort Worth, including Brookhaven College, Texas Christian University, the University of Dallas, the University of North Texas, and the University of Texas Arlington.

Over 1,500 professional and student members are expected to visit the conference. With several conference events free and open to the public, including all exhibitions, local community members will also have the opportunity to discover new ideas and places and exchange ideas in printmaking.

Programming at UD will include two exhibitions and four themed portfolio exhibitions comprising a large number of artists responding to a chosen theme. The Haggerty Art Village will hold an opening reception on Wednesday, March 6, from 7 to 11 p.m., with remarks given by Peter Briggs, director of the Artist Printmaker Research Collection (AP/RC) at 8 p.m. Exhibitions will take place in the Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery, the Loggia Gallery, and the Upper Gallery on the University of Dallas campus at 1845 E. Northgate Drive, Irving, Texas, 75062.

The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery will feature the solo exhibition “juergen strunck prints: no secrets” by Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Printmaking Juergen Strunck. Strunck taught printmaking at the University of Dallas from 1968 to 2014 and is being honored by the SGCI for his important contributions to the field with the North Texas Innovation in Printmaking award. Known across the country for its luminous gradients of color, complex geometric shapes and exquisite symmetrical arrangements, Strunck’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Baltimore Museum of Art. The exhibition runs March 6 - 31, 2019.

A site-specific graphic installation called “Interstitial” by collaborating artists Nicholas Ruth and Erik Waterkotte will be in the Loggia Gallery. The artists create unique visual experiences through a process of masking and veiling by applying custom cut vinyl and prints directly to existing architecture. This exhibition runs March 3 - 10, 2019.

The Upper Gallery of the Painting and Printmaking Building will host four themed portfolio exhibitions. Each of these portfolio exhibitions includes large numbers of artists responding to a chosen theme. Concepts within the portfolio exhibitions include: issues regarding nature and its potential collapse; marginalized or vilified community members reimagined as saints, superheroes and demons; a manifesto of contemplation and poetic activism, protest and beauty; and the effects of laser technologies and emerging technologies on printmaking.

UD is pleased to welcome an arts conference engaging the capacity of printmaking to act as an agent of transformation in its practices within the field, contributions to other art media and broader cultural roles.