University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Print: MKE

Southern Graphics Council International Conference

Print Artists Make.

March 20-23, 2013 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

We get ink on our hands and under our nails. We draw, scratch and etch. We work our images over time, opening ourselves to how making informs our thinking and how thinking informs our making. Our work inspires us, speaks to us and transforms us as we inspire, speak to and transform our work. Working with materials, tools, machines and emerging technologies, we forge and reinvent the visual language of printmaking. Join us in Milwaukee, a city long known for its makers and its making, where we will celebrate making in print.

Hosted by: Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) and Peck School of the Arts (PSOA)


Printmaking is growing. It will always be a rich arena for personal exploration, a process for uncovering one’s visual voice. Its rich tradition is explored through collections of major museums and the many galleries featuring contemporary print exhibitions. Printmaking also encourages communal environments where making invites collaboration. Currently, across the country, co-ops and independent presses, pop-up galleries and basement shows, print and zine fests, community events and street art have all raised the public awareness and appreciation of print media. In these unique spaces, the power of print often gives voice to people facing economic, political and environmental challenges. The Print: MKE conference in Milwaukee will celebrate all the people, from local to international, who contribute as makers through the print.


Print: MKE events will take place between the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) and UWM’s Peck School of the Arts (PSOA). A bus loop will connect the campuses and encircle a beautiful shoreline (including the Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World, the War Memorial Center and city parks); the city’s East Town (including the Brady Street business district, the Institute of Visual Arts (INOVA) and the PSOA Kenilworth Square East building); Downtown (including museums, galleries, restaurants, shops and the conference hotel block); Historic Third Ward (boasting a large concentration of art galleries); East Side, Riverwest and Walker’s Point areas.

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