Welcome to Richmond and VCUarts!
CommandPrint, the 37th Southern Graphics Council Conference, has been in the planning stage for over two years. Everyone in the Department of Painting and Printmaking is very proud of the vital arts community in Richmond and the conference we have put together. We are eager to show off our faculty, students and facilities including VCU-Q, our School of the Arts in Doha, Qatar on the Arabian Gulf. Most of all, we are thrilled that you are here and commandPrint is finally underway.
Today we live in a world of multiples; digital media infiltrates every aspect of culture–these facts have thrust printmaking into an increasingly important role in the debates concerning mass production, electronic media, and the Internet. While commandPrint focuses on these issues, we have tried to create a conference that has something of interest to all printmakers.
Special thanks to the dean of the VCU School of the Arts, Richard Toscan for his enthusiastic support of this conference. In addition I wish to thank the Painting and Printmaking SGC Planning Committee, faculty and students for their dedication to this project. This conference would simply not exist without the hard work, humor, and intelligence of these key players on the Planning Committee–Holly Morrison, Barbara Tisserat, and Peter Baldes–the dream team. The amazing Andrew Kozlowski and Belinda Haikes deserve a standing ovation. Additional thanks to Teresa Engle, Andrew Ilnicki, and Dawn Waters. My appreciation goes to the entire Richmond arts community for coming together around commandPrint. Thank you Anita Jung and the SGC Board for your patient guidance. Finally, I wish to thank and acknowledge all the commandPrint award recipients–Kerry James Marshall, Helen Frederick, Steve Murakishi, David Freed, and Ed O’Neil; our keynote speakers, Shelly Bancroft and Peter Nesbett; guest artists, panelists, exhibitors, vendors, and those giving demonstrations.
We hope you have an exhilarating and enlightening experience. Enjoy!
Professor and Chair
VCU Department of Painting and Printmaking