Exhibit and Sell your Work at Zygote’s Annual Off the Wall Event


OFF THE WALL / ZYGOTE PRESS
Dec. 2nd — Dec. 24th

DROP-OFF:
11/22 (Wed): Noon — 6PM
11/25 (Sat) : Noon — 4PM

OPENING RECEPTION:
12/02 (Sat): Noon — 6pm
12/03 (Sunday): Noon — 4pm

Handmade. Local. Old school. The art and ephemera at Zygote Press’s annual Off The Wall Holiday Show has all that appeal and more.

Off The Wall is where Northeast Ohio printmakers and other artists annually sell holiday gifts to hang on your wall, as well as a multitude of items that seem to spill spontaneously from the minds and hands of printmakers—from greeting cards to handmade books, to scratch pads, and other items.

ELIGIBILITY
This show is open exclusively to current members of Zygote Press. You can become a Zygote Press member, if you are not one already, HERE. Non-members who are interested in participating in the Off The Wall may join at our standard membership rates when dropping off work for the show.

SCHEDULE
Drop-off of Art Works:
Wednesday, November 22 (12-6pm)
Saturday, November 25 (12-4pm)

Exhibition Dates: December 2 – December 24, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 12-6pm & Sunday, December 3, 12-4pm
Pick up work: Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 1-7pm & Saturday, January 13, 12-4pm
ALL WORK MUST BE PICKED UP BY JANUARY 18, 2018.

SUBMISSION PROCESS:
All current members of Zygote Press are eligible to submit their art works for this exhibition.
• Work must be delivered during the above-listed dates
Please complete the Consignment Agreement Form ( download the attached .pdf file), or fill one out at time of drop-off. Please print clearly all your contact info and art work detail info.
All framed works be clearly labeled on the back (artist / title / media / price) with a sticker provided at drop-off dates.
• Exhibitors may join or renew upon drop-off if they do not have a current membership and will be allowed at that time to submit their work for this exhibition. Please be prepared to complete a membership form and provide a check or credit card information for membership fee if this is the case.

WORKS ACCEPTED FOR EXHIBITION:
Work accepted for exhibition must meet the following criteria:
• Framed works must be ready for hanging via wire, or, if it’s not framed — wrapped in clear covers. Please also submit your work in some kind of protective enclosure – for example, bubblewrap or brown wrapping paper.
• All works are for sale. Zygote will retain 40% commission from works sold. Artists’ checks will be mailed / pick-up within 30 days after the exhibition closes.

FINAL DECISIONS:
Decisions made by Zygote Press concerning eligibility are final. Zygote Press reserves the right to refuse any artwork due to content, any work it considers too fragile or heavy to exhibit, or that has extraordinary installation requirements.

PICKUP OF ARTWORK AFTER EXHIBIT:
Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 1-7pm
Saturday, January 13, 12-4pm
ALL WORK MUST BE PICKED UP BY JANUARY 18, 2018.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
If you have any questions or need further assistance please contact Yana at yana@zygotepress.org

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TAIPEIxCLE Residency Exchange at the Verne Collection

TAIPEIXCLE RESIDENCY EXCHANGE

Tuesday November 21st, 2017  Verne Collection

      In partnership with Zygote Press

Join us for an evening of celebrating Print in Asia with Zygote Press and the Verne Collection.   Meet Yu-Chen Chen, Zygote’s Artist-in-Residence from Taiwan and at the same time see the beautiful Verne Collection of Japanese Art.

The Verne Collection is an internationally renowned gallery of contemporary and antique Japanese prints and paintings by American artists living in Japan.  The Verne Collection was established in 1953.   The private collection has been on loan to the Metropolitan Museum in New York, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and The Fogg Museum at Harvard.

We celebrate the work of Taipei-based Yu-Chen Chen who will bring a folio or her works she created here in Cleveland and speak about her impressions during her 2-month residency at Zygote.

When: Tuesday November 21st from 6-8pm

Where: Verne Collection:  2207 Murray Hill Road  Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP: This event is free,  but please RSVP because space is limited to Liz Maugans liz@zygotepress.org by November 17th

This program is sponsored through the generous support of The Ohio Arts Council, Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, Joann Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Wong and Associates, Asian Services in Action, Negative Space Gallery, the Verne Collection, and Bamboo Curtain Studios.

 

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Intern at Zygote!

Our next deadline for internship applications in January 1st, 2017. You will find our internship application and more info on our Internship Page. However, we are accepting applications for an Office/Administrative intern on a rolling basis – so if you would like to be a Zygote intern now (or know someone who does) – apply ASAP!

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Yu-Chen Chen Exhibition Opening and Artist Talk Saturday, October 28

TAIPEIXCLE Artist Residency 2017

Yu-Chen Chen: Making the night mine

Location: Negative Space Gallery / 3820 Superior Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44114
Saturday, October 28th 5:30pm

Yu-Chen Chen is Zygote Press TAIPEIXCLE Artist Resident who’s working with our partnering organizations Thomas Jefferson Newcomers Academy, Saint Clair Superior Community Development Corporation, Night Market Cleveland, Verne Collection, and, Negative Space. This program is generously supported by Joanne Cohen & Morris Wheeler, Asia Inc., Margaret Wong Association, The Ohio Arts Council and Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.

 Yu-Chen Chen received her MFA from the Department of Fine Arts in the School of Taipei National University of the Arts majoring in printmaking. She has exhibited her works at Soul Art Gallery, The Le Champ de Ble. She has been in several group exhibitions at the Asia University Museum of Modern Art, National Taipei Museum of Fine Arts, and, Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minnesota.

Yu-Chen Chen: I like to work in the night or alone in the studio. In the night everything going quiet helps me focus. And the other reason is I have serious jet leg when I’m here. I wake up and my brain keeps going because I can’t sleep in the night. So that’s why I named the show, “Making the night mine.”

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Artist Talk by Laura Ruth Bidwell Saturday, October 21, 10 am — noon

Mondegreen: The Artist Talk
works by Laura Ruth Bidwell
Saturday, October 21st, 10 am — noon
Please join us at Zygote Press this Saturday, October 21, for the Artist Talk for  Mondegreen, works by Laura Ruth Bidwell. One way a “mondegreen” is created is when a person incorrectly hears a song lyric and then substitutes words that sound similar and make some kind of sense. American writer Sylvia Wright coined the term in 1954, writing about how as a girl she had misheard the lyric “…and laid him on the green” in a Scottish ballad as “…and Lady Mondegreen”.
 _________________
C’est si bon
De partir n’importe où
Bras dessus, bras dessous
En chantant des chansons
C’est si bon
De se dire des mots doux
De petits riens du tout
Mais qui en disent long
_________________
Say see bone
Ah bactine ah backtoo
Waddah choo waddah choo
Casey and Dee
So long
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TAIPEI x CLE Artist Resident Yu-Chen Chen

Opening Reception: Negative Space Gallery, October 28, 2017, 5-7:30pm.
Artist Talk: October 28, 2017, 6:30pm.
Followed by Negative Space Gallery open mic night.

Zygote Press is proud to welcome Yu-Chen Chen, an artist from Taipei, Taiwan as part of our TAIPEI x CLE exchange.

Yu-Chen Chen is a Taipei-based artist who recently received her M.F.A from the Department of Fine Arts in the school of Taipei National University of the Arts majoring in printmaking. She has exhibited her work in solo exhibitions at the Soul Art Gallery and the Le champ de ble, in Taipei. She has been in several group exhibitions at the Asia University Museum of Modern Art, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, and Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minnesota.

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Laura Ruth Bidwell Exhibition Opening on October 6

Mondegreen
works by Laura Ruth Bidwell
On View: October, 6th — November, 11th
Opening Reception: Friday, October 6th, 6pm — 8pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, October 21st, 10 am — noon

Laura Ruth Bidwell began her career as an artist with a painting major from the University of Akron and, after a career as a graphic designer in advertising, works on photography, video and on-demand book projects.

 As an artist-in-residence at Zygote Press, she has created a body of work called “Mondegreen”. A mondegreen is a mis-hearing of words or phrases. The pieces made at Zygote reference a childhood mis-hearing of the lyrics to Eartha Kitt’s “C’est Si Bon”. The works also refer to the unreliability of memory.

One way a mondegreen is created is when a person incorrectly hears a song lyric and then substitutes words that sound similar and make some kind of sense. American writer Sylvia Wright coined the term in 1954, writing about how as a girl she had misheard the lyric “…and laid him on the green” in a Scottish ballad as “…and Lady Mondegreen”.

This also applies to memory. As time passes, we roll the recollection of events into a compact ball as details fall away and a hardened belief remains. Fictions become fact and the truth emerges from dreamlike details. In 1961, we moved to Detroit for one year. I was 7 years old. It was far enough away from comfort and filled with enough anxiety that I do not remember much about that time. What I do remember is a damp basement filled with toys that ultimately mildewed and a red portable record player.

I had moved on from dramatic readings of Jack and The Beanstalk and a 1941 version of A Christmas Carol when I discovered a 45rpm record of Eartha Kitt singing “C’est si Bon” in the record stack. The record sleeve had no photo but I knew immediately from the French lyrics and her eerie, idling voice that she stood for glamour. And adulthood. Once she started confiding in you about Cadillac cars, mink coats, and des bijoux the stars were there to reach for.

The mix of one slightly muffled speaker and baffling French lyrics combined to create a song that was still grand enough for swanning around in plastic high heels and castoff jewelry. I offer the following versions of C’est Si Bon – the original opening verses and the remnants my youthful version.

C’est si bon
De partir n’importe où
Bras dessus, bras dessous
En chantant des chansons

C’est si bon
De se dire des mots doux
De petits riens du tout
Mais qui en disent long
_________________

Say see bone
Ah bactine ah backtoo
Waddah choo waddah choo
Casey and Dee
So long

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Dresden Exchange 2017

 

Foreign Affairs Exhibition: September 9-16, 2017
The Ohio Arts Council & Zygote Press Dresden Exchange Program

Featuring artists: Thomas Hellinger & Falk Toepfer
September 9, 1-3pm: Foreign Affairs Opening Reception
September 9, 2pm: Foreign Affairs Artist Talk

The Dresden Exchange Residency is an ongoing cultural-artistic link between the State of Ohio and the City of Dresden. Zygote Press, Cleveland and the Grafikwerkstatt, Dresden, host two guest artists each year with the support of the Ohio Arts Council (OAC.) Residency artists are expected to engage with the fine art printmaking studios by creating art, exploring new techniques and interacting with their host colleagues.Zygote Press builds upon its record of international exchange this month with featuring visiting artists Thomas Hellinger & Falk Toepfer. Zygote will be sending Rebekah Wilhelm, Zygote’s Shop Manager and Patrick Mauk from Dayton, Ohio. Zygote’s Dresden Exchange is the longest-running international artist exchange program in Ohio.

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Executive Director Position Description now available

POSITION DESCRIPTION: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

(click here for pdf)
Mission and Background

Zygote Press has been promoting contemporary fine art printmaking for over 20 years by providing an affordable, professional workspace for Cleveland artists. Zygote is a 501c3 organization with two Cleveland, Ohio locations: a workshop and gallery space in the Arts Quarter district of the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood and a workshop in the Waterloo Arts District neighborhood. Zygote is member-supported and receives additional funding from artist studio rental, private and community foundations, and government funders including Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Zygote’s annual budget is approximately $350,000 and currently has a staff of two full-time employees and four part-time employees.

Zygote initiates projects and programs in direct response to its neighborhoods and art community needs and has a proven track record for creating successful partnerships. As a result, Zygote’s growth has skyrocketed over the past several years. Artists here continue to generate work while earning revenue through sales, teaching, and contract printing in a collaborative environment. Zygote’s community-centered programs, classes, exhibitions, and cross-sector initiatives have expanded its initial impact from a provider of studio space and basic printmaking facilities to be a regular destination for international resident artists, offering hands-on programs to youth and collaborative groups, and has become a resource for arts organizations to create limited editions by artists.

For more information about Zygote, please visit www.zygotepress.org.

Position Summary

Reporting to the 16-member Board of Trustees, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Zygote’s staff, programs, and execution of its mission.  The ED will develop deep knowledge of the fine art printmaking field, core programs, operations, and business plans.

The ED will be based primarily at Zygote’s flagship workshop and gallery at 1410 East 30th Street, Cleveland, Ohio.

 

Responsibilities

Leadership & Management

  • Ensure ongoing consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and education programs, and recommend and allocate resources and timelines needed to achieve strategic goals
  • Exhibit strong financial leadership
  • Actively engage and energize Zygote Press Board members, volunteers, members, and funders
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain staff
  • Ensure programmatic excellence and rigorous program evaluation, the results of which can be effectively communicated to the Board, funders, and other constituents

Fundraising, Earned Income & Communications

  • Expand contributed revenue in all giving sectors (individual, business, foundation, and government agencies)
  • Maximize earned income through Ink House, Zygote’s Waterloo Arts District facility, which is specially designated for contract fine art printing
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications – from web presence and social media to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand
  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new revenue opportunities

Planning

  • Lead strategic planning with Board members and staff to move Zygote into next stage of growth and accomplishment
  • Study Zygote’s current facilities and identify opportunities for reconfiguration leading to greater office productivity and earned income (Facility assessment will be an on-going effort)

Board Development and Relations

  • Maintain strong relationships with the Board to ensure that members are well informed about organization performance and are engaged at the appropriate level
  • Assist with Board member recruitment and orientation of new members
  • Coordinate the work and serve as an ex-officio member of all committees of the Board; work with the Executive Committee to assure all Board committee work is completed in a timely fashion
  • Assist with Board meeting preparations, including agenda development

Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

Required Experience

  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop a high-performance team, and set and achieve strategic objectives
  • Proven fiscal management experience developing and managing budgets with the ability to clearly communicate fiscal status to trustees, staff, and funders
  • Proven fundraising expertise in all giving sectors (individuals, business, foundations, government agencies) and special events and the ability to improve and develop income streams
  • Success working with a Board of Trustees, including the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Creative thinking for organizational and programming ideation
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Strong marketing and public relations skills, with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Experience working with volunteers and interns
  • Possesses passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude and is mission-driven and self directed
  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field (art, art history, non-profit administration, etc.)
  • 3-5 years leadership experience with direct reports

Preferred Experience

  • Master’s Degree in related field
  • 5+ years of leadership experience with direct reports
  • Printmaker or printmaking experience

Physical Requirements

Zygote is a working printmaking facility. Please ask for list of physical requirements for this job.

Desired Candidate Characteristics

  • Strong leader of people, ideas, programs, and budgets
  • Visionary
  • Committed to challenging the boundaries of printmaking
  • Authentic respect for artists with ability to mentor artists
  • Comfortable interacting with all kinds of people in all kinds of positions and roles in the community
  • Energetic advocate for Zygote

Compensation

Salary is commensurate with experience and organizational budget.

To Apply

Email cover letter and resume to S. Murray, Chair, Search Committee at: edzygote@gmail.com. No phone calls, please. Application deadline: September 1, 2017 or until the position is filled.

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Reimagining Youth Summer Media Workshop

Reimagining Youth Summer Media Workshop will offer a unique opportunity to 16 Cleveland area youths (ages 12 – 18), helping them share their ideas, voices and experiences on film and with video, stop-motion animation, printmaking and food education, through the lens of their own immigrant experiences.  Participants have been chosen from Thomas Jefferson Newcomers Academy and outer ring Cleveland Schools. Among the goals of using this new approach is for participants to be empowered through learning that they are heard and that their experiences can be applied to positively transform the community in which they now find themselves; they can become our next leaders and creative problem-solvers. Through this program, they will build social capital by supporting and extending local food education, celebrating their stories, sharing their cultural histories and connecting with the Clark-Fulton residents and the larger city’s ecosystem.

Young people have an important perspective on our city – they observe, interpret, and then can facilitate change using their experiences to impact the evolving parts of their neighborhoods for the better.  Zygote Press, Apollo Outreach Initiative, Cleveland Roots & Stone Soup Cleveland are proud to support this effort.

Through generous grants from the Cleveland Foundation and Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and by the Kellex Corporation and Metro West, over the last year we’ve worked alongside local partners in Clark Fulton, a rapidly changing, diverse community to explore how arts and culture and more creative forms of engaging the public can provide positive answers to the questions asked above. Cleveland Roots and Stone Soup are located in this vibrant hub.

Four organizations have come together, Zygote Press, Apollo Outreach Initiative, Cleveland Roots and Stone Soup Cleveland to develop a pilot workshop. In this workshop, students from many backgrounds will work together for two weeks to tell their stories and create collaborative projects through printmaking, short films and food education.  We will be focusing on issues related to identity, citizenship, access to resources, and self-advocacy, with a special focus on the immigrant experience. The goal is to build leadership abilities while learning production and communication skills and working alongside professionals and volunteers in the food/gardening industry and understanding the ways in which food waste and food recovery can help their community. Their visual stories will come out  through their artmaking productions.

Despite the many amenities in the neighborhood, there remains a disconnect between the community and the landmark school Thomas Jefferson Newcomers Academy, a school that has Cleveland 950 immigrant youth from 46 different countries to gain ESL learning.  Metro West Development has been engaging the community to envision how they can integrate their art, culture and history with more connective means of bringing neighborhood and school together. Picking up on that work, Cleveland Roots and Stone Soup (a food recovery organization that gets food to the right place at the right time) are attracting the neighborhood residents who have their own urban gardens.

The four partnering organizations  will work together and youth will participate in researching global food challenges and those that  exist in the Clark-Fulton region. Youth will research and learn about food deserts, food recovery, food waste in the industry, sustainable environmental practices, gardening, volunteerism, and learning more about local farms and farmers markets. Youth will learn video production, editing, animation, green screen, screen printing, letterpress, monoprinting, design, marketing, will all be developed and facilitated through youth. The cohort will develop a sense of place and how they have strengthened their own community ownership.   The final presentation will be a Rescue Dinner where youth will cook and serve a meal they created from the rescue food surplus to community residents, volunteers and family members.  At this time, they will present their films, art work and other development projects developed over the course of the Summer Camp.

Reimaging Youth will take place at Cleveland Roots, 3257 West 41st Street Cleveland, Ohio 44109 a non-profit greenhouse on the West Side.

 

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