Opening receptions at MIAD and Inova

Wednesday, March 20, 5:00–8 p.m. 

Ending with the Kickoff Party at Alterra on Prospect Ave.

Open Portfolio (See Open Portfolio)

Thursday, March 21, 6:00–10:00 p.m.


The Open Portfolio Session is an opportunity for artists to present their work to a broad audience. This popular event allows many people to display their work and an even broader audience to view the presented work.

Open Portfolio will take place on Thursday, March 21 from 6:00–10:00 p.m. at the Peck School of the Arts’ Kenilworth Square East, a building of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. There will be three floors of exhibition space this year, and 3 sessions, each running 70 minutes. Each participant will be assigned a table for one session. In addition to the opportunity to meet and view the work of potentially hundreds of artists, this fun evening event will feature live music, food, and beverages.

Kenilworth Square East: Graduate and Faculty Open House

Thursday, March 21, 6:00–10:00 p.m.


KSE Open House is an opportunity for the entire SGCI community to experience the work created by Peck School of the Arts faculty and students. Everyone is invited to peek “behind the scenes” into studios and research labs, where the artistic spirit cultivates and grows into creative expression.

Riverwest Gallery Hop and Block Party

Thursday, March 21, 7:30–10:00 p.m.

Exhibition Opening Receptions

Imagination Giants: 901 E. Wright Street, Milwaukee

Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts: 926 E. Center Street, Milwaukee

Woodland Pattern Book Center: 720 E. Locust Street, Milwaukee

Rock The Block (See Facebook page)

Students of MIAD & UWM
Thursday, March 21, 8-11:30pm

Falcon Bowl (Polish Falcon), 801 E. Clarke St., Milwaukee

Rock the Block is a student driven event born from the combined forces of students of the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. We’ll be showing off the best of Milwaukee on Thursday night with an eclectic celebration showcasing local talent with student work, music, games and performances in true block party fashion. Come witness an experience that stimulates all the senses. Let some of Milwaukee’s finest inkers welcome you to the neighborhood for a good old fashioned print party, beverages included.


Third Ward, Downtown, East Side (A shuttle bus will be available to downtown locations for your convenience during the conference)

Friday, March 22, 5-8pm

Portrait Society Gallery, Greymatter Gallery, Elaine Erickson Gallery, Grava Gallery, The Fine Art Gallery, Safi Studios, Gallery 218, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Hot Pop, Katie Gingrass Gallery, Tory Folliard Gallery, Dean Jensen Gallery, Rogues Gallery, Pfister Hotel, Delind Fine Art Gallery, Peltz Gallery, Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, City Side Plaza Building

Come 1 Come All to the SGCI Gallery Night Print Crawl Opening Receptions

Crawl into the experience of print-media through the multiple forms of printmaking such as, Lithography, Intaglio, Serigraphy, Relief, as well as its non-traditional components. Through a range of unique styles, techniques and methods, you will be challenged to open your “print” senses and explore works of art by remarkable artists’ who fearlessly approach their art through printmaking.

Several of Milwaukee Wisconsin’s finest art galleries and alternative spaces will be hosting a plethora of Print-Based exhibitions and works by distinguished printmakers both nationally and internationally. Join us for a great night filled with art and celebration of the Print-Media.

MAM after Dark: Mad Men (See MAM After Dark)

Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Join us for a “Mad Men”–themed happening at the Milwaukee Art Museum, offering not-to-be-missed programs including a gallery tour of the Color Rush exhibition at 8:00 p.m. and a gallery dialogue with William Kentridge’s printers to talk about his life, work, process, community and collaborations. View The Nose exhibition at 9:00 p.m. See a specially curated exhibition from the Milwaukee Art Museum Print Collection. Event comes complete with music, food, a cash bar, a DIY station, a photo booth and more. Special $8 admission fee for SGCI Conference attendees. Please preregister or show your badge at the door.

The gallery talk in the Kentridge exhibition (The Nose) is at 9:00 p.m. Milwaukee-based artist Nathaniel Stern will introduce Jillian Ross and Mlungisi Kongis of David Krut Print Workshop (DKW), Johannesburg. They will share their experiences working with William Kentridge between 2006 and 2013—from The Nose (2006–2010) to Scribble Cat (2010), up until the latest series of linocuts, Universal Archive (2011–2013). They will provide behind-the-scenes stories of how many of the images developed, from the inception of the project to its completion, the technical details, and overall what it was like and is now like working with the artist.

Saturday Bus Tours (See SATURDAY TOURS)

Shuttles will be looping between MIAD, UWM, Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World throughout the day on Saturday.

Buses are first come first serve and will leave promptly at the scheduled time. 

Awards Ceremony and Closing Party

Saturday, March 23, 6:00–11:00 p.m.

Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee

Located on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, Discovery World hosts our final hoorah! The evening will feature the presentation of awards by SGCI, as well as fabulous local music, delectable hors d’oeuvres, adult beverages, interactive workshops, open labs and the Kohl’s Design It! features the Mobile Lab, where you get to try your hand at lasercutting. Awards ceremony free; closing party tickets $30.