Artist Talk by Laura Ruth Bidwell Saturday, October 21st, 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”.
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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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JUNE 15, RESIDENCY application deadline

Zygote accepts applications for two 14-day residencies per year, one in summer and one in winter. Qualified artist residents should be established printmakers in the U.S. or abroad with the aim to work on a special project in Zygote’s Northeast Ohio facilities.

These residencies include FREE HOUSING in the Zygote Press Artist Share Space (ZPASS) loft apartment — a live-work accommodation above the E. 30th St. studio — as well as a stipend and FULL ACCESS TO THE SHOP for two weeks. In exchange, residents give a lecture or demonstration and donate one work created at Zygote to the archive. Additional Zygote funding is not available for travel costs.

Zygote’s program is geared towards providing short-term communal studio space to emerging and established artists. (Find details about the Zygote shop here.)

The next deadline for Zygote’s residency is:
June 15, 2017 for winter & spring, 2018.

Application materials must be compiled into a single PDF document, no larger than 5MB.

This document must be titled “artist last name_artist first name_year”

Applications must include the following:
• 10 images of recent work – or up to 2 minutes of time based work
• Image list with the following information: Title, date, size, medium, and brief description if needed
• Letter of Interest, including a project proposal detailing the specific work you would develop at Zygote. (No more than 1000 words)
• Resume or CV
• Selection of preferred residency term/s
• Names, emails, & phone numbers of 2 references. Please let your references know we may be calling.

If you have any questions regarding the residency program or application, please contact Liz Maugans at Liz@zygotepress.org

Precise 2-week time slot of the Summer and Winter Residencies will be agreed upon by Zygote Residency Director and the selected artist based on availability of ZPASS. Normally, these residencies occur in August & January.

Submit your application to Liz Maugans.

Applicants are notified when submissions are received. Curators/Artists should allow four to six weeks to review applications.  A separate independent jury makes final selection and artists can expect immediate notification if accepted.

Note: Zygote Press strives to create a community of artists-in-residence that reflects a rich mix of artistic styles and ethnic, social and human diversity. Zygote seeks applicants from all backgrounds, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, and ancestry, disability or veteran status.

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Join us for the next Walk All Over Waterloo

NEXT WALK ALL OVER WATERLOO IS SEPTEMBER 1ST.
Just like the Willy Wonka Factory, Ink House is thrilled to occasionally open its doors at the Walk All Over Waterloo events! The fine art editioning we do at Ink House necessitates we keep our doors closed most of the time, so that the art we create stays at the highest level of quality. But when we finally get to open our doors, we wholeheartedly invite you to peek behind our curtains, and see how fine art editions are made.

At these fun neighborhood events, Ink House will always have a printing project where you can get your hands dirty. You’ll have the opportunity to create an original print to take home and display with pride. We will also have snacks and beverages and our most current edition exhibited for your awe and amazement. We will even have a few of our finest limited edition prints available for sale.

After visiting Ink House, take a stroll, or a rickshaw ride, down Waterloo Road to the other art galleries, coffee houses, toy stores, music venues and so much more.

May 5, 6-9pm: Walk All Over Waterloo, Ink House. 423 East 156th Street, Cleveland, OH, 44110

July 7, 6-9pm: Walk All Over Waterloo, Ink House. 423 East 156th Street, Cleveland, OH, 44110

September 1, 6-9pm: Walk All Over Waterloo, Ink House. 423 East 156th Street, Cleveland, OH, 44110

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Archive Show curated by William Busta

Archive Show curated by William Busta
March 17, 6-8pm: Opening ReceptionZygote Press Gallery.

April 1, 2017, 1-3pm: “On Collecting”, Lecture by Bill Busta
The exhibition will be on view from March 17 through April 15, 2017.

William Busta, of the respected William Busta Gallery, who was a key dealer in supporting local artists for over 26 years, has selected prints from his own collection of etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, serigraphs, linocuts and wood engravings from the Depression decade. Despite the dire economic times of the Great Depression, publishers of original prints, associations, clubs, groups and societies provided an opportunity for American artists to thrive. Bill collected prints circulated by the Cleveland Print-a-Month Club whose activities aimed at increasing the democratic reach of art by making it affordable for a larger market and accessible to the wider public. The Federal Art Project gave out-of-work artists a regular paycheck, and hired a diverse group of artists – women and African Americans as well as white males – to produce art for public buildings and for display in tax-supported institutions. Artists portrayed the issues of the day: labor, economic progress, recreation, adversity and hard times, the Dust Bowl, and urban and rural life. The prints in the show present a diversity of subject matter through a wide range of printmaking techniques.
Bill Busta, a founding Board Member of Zygote Press and a committed supporter of printmaking, brings together these print-parallels and contrasts with Zygote’s 20 year archive collection. Special thanks to Zygote’s committed archivist, Corrie Slawson and Jake Hatmaker for their support and technical assistances with this exhibition.

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