Liz Maugans, Executive Director of the nonprofit artist workshop Zygote Press, is stepping down.

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Cleveland, OH (May 22, 2017) – Liz Maugans, Executive Director of the nonprofit artist workshop Zygote Press, is stepping down. Zygote was founded in 1996, and Maugans has served as Executive Director for 12 years.

“As a co-founder of Zygote Press and its devoted champion, this was a tough decision. However, this is right time for me to begin a new chapter. It has been an honor to be a part of building such a dynamic organization. I look forward to witnessing even greater accomplishments from Zygote Press in the future,” says Maugans.

“Liz is truly one-of-a-kind. Her intimate knowledge and her recognized expertise in the art of printmaking combined with her energy and passion have been invaluable to Zygote (Press). She co-founded the organization. She has worked tirelessly with the board and countless partners to shape it. We will miss her, but are excited for her,“ says Morena Carter, President of the Zygote Press Board of Directors. “While it’s bittersweet, the board is energized by this opportunity to look forward as we search for the next executive director.”

During her tenure, Maugans grew Zygote Press from a small community of artists to launching more than 300 on and offsite exhibitions and 1,200 public events including lectures, workshops, panels, film screenings, book launches, and discussions. Under Maugans’ leadership Zygote became an incubator for creativity and cultural exchange, launching the Collective Arts Network journal and hosted, as well as exchanged, almost 100 artist residents from all over the world from Albania to Zimbabwe.

The board will immediately commence a refresh to its strategic plan, evaluating its strengths within the community to ensure its future as a center for visual arts and artistic engagement. Maugans will remain in her role until a new executive director is named.

Maugans received her BFA in printmaking from Kent State University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Maugans, Joe Sroka, Bellamy Printz, and Kelly Novak founded Zygote Press at its original location in the Saint Clair-Superior neighborhood. In 2006, Zygote moved to its present home in Cleveland’s Midtown, and increased their audience and workshop activity significantly. Zygote was established as an open, collaborative shop — to give artist printmakers affordable access to facilities. Maugans, along with her Zygote co-founder Bellamy Printz, was given the Martha Joseph Prize for Distinguished Service from the Cleveland Arts Prize in 2012. Maugans is an accomplished artist and has received both the Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist fellowship and a Creative Workforce Fellowship from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

Morena Carter
Board President

Liz Maugans
Executive Director