Resident Artist: Chepape Makgato

Zygote is excited to host our next resident artist, Chepape Makgato!

Residency Dates: February 22- April 22

Khehla Chepape Makgato was born in Johannesburg, South Arica. Chepape has degrees in Fine Arts and Media, majoring in Printmaking and Journalism from the Artist Proof Studio and Boston Media House, Sandton Campus, respectively. He has participated in and curated numerous art exhibitions both locally and internationally including in Johannesburg, Polokwane, Cape Town, Washington DC and London.

He is represented in Cleveland by Harris Stanton Gallery.

Chepape has extensive teaching experience, organizing youth art workshops and providing mentorship to the young artists in his community. He currently works full time at his studio in Johannesburg and is the freelance arts reporter for SABC radio station in Thobela FM. His long-term goal is to develop a sustainable arts education center to cater to rural youth.


Zygote Announces 2018 TaipeiXCLE Resident Artists

The 2018 TaipeiXCLE Resident Artists have been selected!

Ya-Lan Yu will travel from Taiwan to Zygote and Michael Lombardy will travel from Cleveland to the Bamboo Curtain Studio in Taipei.

Ya-Lan Lu is a printmaker based in Taipei, Taiwan. She works primarily with woodcuts, which serve as a media for expressing personal sentiments and life experiences. The contents of her works revolve around landscapes and the search for authentic beautiful scenery. She received her BFA (2010) and MFA (2014) from the Taipei National University of the Arts.

Michael Lombardy is Visual Artist from Cleveland, Ohio, with a multi disciplinary practice primarily combining site specific installation, works on paper, and sustainably sourced upcycled clothing. He has a BFA in Printmaking from The Cleveland Institute of Art (2015) where he received the Frank N. Wilcox Award for Excellence in Printmaking. He is a Resident Artist in Printmaking at The Cleveland Institute of Art and an intern for Zygote Press.

Fabeln, Fábulas: The Work of Ron Abram

Fabeln, Fábulas: The Work of Ron Abram 

Opening Reception this Friday (Feb. 2) at 6pm in the Zygote Gallery!

Ron Abram’s interdisciplinary show of prints, film, puppets and sculpture features new works addressing issues of queer identity through the retelling of cross-cultural fairy tales and fables. The metaphorical works speak on abstract and emotional levels: a celebration of Queer magic in the face of fear, repression, and homophobia.



Artists Talk on January 20: Erin Adair and Rebekah Wilhelm

Artists Talks: Erin Adair and Rebekah Wilhelm
January 20th, 10:00am – 12:00pm,
Zygote Press Gallery

Please join us for this set of talks by Erin Adair, TaipeiXCLE Resident Artist, and Rebekah Wilhelm, Dresden Exchange Resident Artist, who will speak about the creative experiences and inspirations they had during their 2017 residencies in Taipei and Dresden.


Join us for Liz Fest 2018!

It’s Liz Fest 2018! Join us for sendoff party celebrating the fabulous Liz Maugans!

When: Saturday, January 20, 6 – 10 PM
Where: BayArts (Huntington Playhouse Dr, Bay Village, OH 44140)
Cost: $30 – Your ticket includes beer, wine, and appetizers.

Help Liz celebrate her many years as Zygote Press’s Executive Director, and help wish her well in her new endeavors! There will be a roast and toast from 7 – 8 PM. Ages 21+.

Purchase tickets online here.


Holiday Hours!

Zygote will be closed from December 23rd to January 3rd.

The last open studio day of 2017 will be Saturday December 23rd (Noon to 4pm) with normal open studio hours resuming on January 3rd of 2018.

The printshop will still be open to all visitors with punch code access.


Zygote Welcomes Jane A. Black as new Executive Director

Earlier this year, our dynamic and long-time Executive Director and co-founder, Liz Maugans, decided to step down from her leadership position at Zygote Press to pursue new artistic and personal goals. We are grateful for Liz’s vision and service as Executive Director.

After spending the last several months thoughtfully conducting a search for Zygote’s next leader, we are pleased to announce Zygote’s new Executive Director, Jane A. Black. Jane is a Dayton native, who is an independent curator and manages Build Art In LLC, the art consultancy business she founded in 2014. She will assume her duties with Zygote in January 2018. Before joining Zygote, Jane was the Associate Director at the Dayton Art Institute (DAI) from 2011 – 14, and served as Executive Director of the Dayton Visual Arts Center from 2003 to 2012. Please join us in welcoming Jane to Zygote and Cleveland!


Holiday Shopping at Zygote!

There are many ways to give the gift of Zygote this year!


Support local artists by doing your holiday shopping with us.

Our annual holiday show and sale, Off the Wall, is fully stocked with beautiful artworks and other unique collectibles, all handcrafted by local artists. Come see and shop the show during our open studio hours, Wednesdays and Saturdays from noon to 4 pm until December 23rd.

We now offer E gift cards! Cards can be purchased here or at our gallery store and are available in the amount of your choosing. Our gift cards can be spent on everything that we offer including artworks, memberships, and classes!

Zygote’s online print shop is filled with gorgeous pieces by a diverse array of artists, browse the collection here and find something to gift to a loved one or hang on your own wall!


Join us for Kevin Hogan’s Artist Talk on 12/7

Please join us this Thursday, December 7th @ 6pm for a talk with artist in residence, printmaker Kevin Hogan, at Zygote Press.

Kevin Thomas Hogan was born in Liverpool, England in 1954 into a working class family of the industrial north. At eleven, Kevin arrived in Cleveland, Ohio after emigrating to the U.S. with his sister and parents.

From England, Kevin brought an interest in drawing and painting to his education at the Lakewood public schools and on to Cooper School of Art and Kent State University. During his time in the Cleveland area Kevin was the gallery director for the New Organization of the Visual Arts and was instrumental in the founding of A Space P Space, later SPACES. Hogan makes sculptural installations, paintings, prints, drawings, and mixed media artwork.


Off the Wall is opening this weekend!

Handmade. Local. Old school. The art and ephemera at Zygote Press’s annual Off The Wall Holiday Show has all that appeal and more. Join us this weekend for the opening days of this eclectic and festive artistic showcase.

OPENING Weekend:
12/02 (Sat): Noon — 6pm, Reception 1-3
12/03 (Sunday): Noon — 4pm, Reception 1-3

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.

You can even give Zygote Press E-Gift Cards!