Liz Maugans, co-founder and Executive Director of Zygote Press, received her BFA in printmaking from Kent State University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. As an advocate for artists and the visual arts, Maugans has served as a consultant for many organizations and art business start-ups. Her passion for cross-disciplinary partnerships includes collaborations with the North Shore Federation of Labor, The AIDS Taskforce, Community Assessment and Treatment Services and Slavic Village Development Corporation. She is the co-founder of the Collective Arts Network, a quarterly journal and arts network that works to promote Northeast Ohio artists and organizations to a greater audience through a quarterly journal and collective events. Maugans’ work is included in the Progressive Art Collection, BF Goodrich (Charlotte, N.C.) and The Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, (Columbus, OH) collections. She received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 2000 and a 2005 Artist-in-Communities Grant. She was honored, along with her Zygote co-founder, the Martha Joseph Prize for Distinguished Service from the Cleveland Arts Prize in 2012. In 2013, she was awarded a $20,000 Creative Workforce Fellowship from Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. Liz’s work can be seen here: lizmaugans.com. contact her at: liz (at) zygotepress (dot) org.
Stephanie Kluk, Director of Operations
Stephanie Kluk is an artist and arts administrator with over 10 years of experience. After receiving her BFA in Photography from the Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH, Stephanie moved to Chicago, IL. While in Chicago, Ms. Kluk exhibited her artwork throughout the city and worked as the Program Director for the Chicago Artists’ Coalition. There she coordinated exhibitions, expanded membership benefits and managed professional development workshops for artists. In 2008, Ms. Kluk moved to Cleveland and accepted a position with Art House, Inc. as the Program and Community Enrichment Manager. For over seven years she managed a variety of programs that included free art education classes for children and families. Also during that time, Stephanie helped develop the Program Coordinator position at Shore Cultural Center, and joined the Board of Directors for the Cleveland West Art League (CWAL). In January 2014 Ms. Kluk was elected Board President of CWAL and helped lead the organization through its first strategic plan. In the summer of 2015 Stephanie was awarded a scholarship from The Cleveland Foundation to attend the National Guilds’ nine month Community Arts Education Leadership Institute.
Lindsay Fullerton, a Chicago native, came to Zygote Press with over ten years of experience in qualitative and quantitative research, communications strategy, and social media consulting for corporations, educational institutions and non-profits throughout the US. Lindsay holds an undergraduate degree in Marketing and Communication from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA and PhD in Communication Studies from the School of Communication at Northwestern University. She has previously worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and also as a graphic designer for non-profit organizations. Lindsay joined Zygote after moving to Cleveland in 2015. Her printmaking work – primarily letterpress and screenprinting – combines her interests in typography and academic background in researching the history of technology. Lindsay can be reached at lindsay (at) zygotepress (dot) org.
Elizabeth Emery collages a variety of materials in both sculpture and on paper. She has worked in non-profit arts administration for nearly a decade. Emery holds a MFA from Alfred University and a BA in Art History and Italian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been exhibited nationally at visual arts organizations including the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA Cleveland), William Busta Gallery, 2731 Prospect, The Sculpture Center, Zygote Press, Spaces, Trestle Gallery, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, The Clay Studio, and internationally in Slovakia, China, and Korea. In 2014 she won an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and a Dave Bown Award. In 2011 she won the Hedy and Michael Fawcett Prize for Visual Arts from Syracuse University. See her work at elizabethemery.com. Contact her at: elizabeth (at) zygotepress (dot) org.
Ink House Manager and Native Clevelander, Christi Birchfield, received her BFA in printmaking from The Cleveland Institute of Art, and her MFA in printmaking from Columbia University. During her time at Columbia, Christi worked alongside master printers at the Leroy Neiman Center for Print Studies where she printed with Kiki Smith, Sarah Sze, and Trenton Doyle Hancock. In 2010 Christi attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally in New York, New Orleans, and Qijiang, China. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and the Westin Hotel. Recent exhibitions include Women to Watch-Ohio at The Cleveland Institute of Art’s Reinberber Gallery and How to Remain Human, MOCA Cleveland’s regional biennial. Christi exhibits her work both in and out of Cleveland. Christi’s website is christibirchfield.com. contact her at: christi (at) zygotepress (dot) org.
Alisha Camus, Interim Ink House Communications and Facilities Director
Alisha Camus, Interim Ink House Communications & Facilities Director, began her happy time at Zygote Press as an Administrative Intern. She received her BFA from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2006, and her MA and MFA from the University of Iowa in 2010, majoring in painting and minoring in printmaking. Alisha’s artwork varies widely from portraiture to large geometric abstractions and this work has been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions from the North Coast to the Gulf Coast. She is a Louisiana native who recently became a snow-loving Clevelander in the winter of 2015. Before moving to Cleveland, Alisha worked as a fine art reproductionist assisting the New Orleans area’s career artists reproduce and sell their artwork. In addition to her love of art, Alisha specializes in bad puppy wrangling, Cleveland exploring, and french fry tasting. She can be reached at alisha (at) zygotepress (dot) org.
Rebekah Wilhelm, Shop Manager, completed her MFA at the University of Delaware and her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. She spent a year teaching and developing her studio practice in Philadelphia and moved back to Cleveland in 2011. Her work has been exhibited throughout the country including the Morgan Paper Conservatory [re]define, 3rd Annual Regional Juried Exhibition in Cleveland Ohio as well as the Crane Arts Building in Philadelphia as part of the Rate of Return show in conjunction with the Philagraphika 2010 conference. She has exhibited solo, in New York City, at Salt Gallery. Rebekah is adjunct faculty at Cuyahoga Community College and is Project Manager for Zygote Operation Green (ZOG!), our non-toxic printshop, greening initiative. contact her at: rebekah (at) zygotepress (dot) org.
Jake Hatmaker, Exhibitions & Special Programs Director, began his career at Zygote as a highly-skilled intern. Originally from Ashtabula, Ohio, he graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College with a BA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Printmaking in 2007. Before coming to Zygote, Jake worked at American Greetings—this time helped Jake learn how to deal with his fellow artists and some of their quirky personality traits. Since coming to Zygote in 2013, he has fallen in love with all forms of printmaking and due to his handy skillset, he has played a role in the improvement of Zygote’s shop and gallery. Jake specializes in maintaining the equipment in Letterpress and also works as a freelance graphic designer and screenprinter. Jake can be reached at jake (at) zygotepress (dot) org.
Corrie Slawson, Archivist, makes artwork that combines printmaking, drawing, performance and installation. She left her Native Cleveland to earn a BFA in painting and printmaking at Parsons School of Design in New York but came back for the reasonable housing prices. Her MFA (in the same media) is from Kent State University. Corrie has worked in non-profit development since 2001, having been on the Exhibition Development team at both the International Spy Museum and Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. Corrie’s work has been exhibited at MOCA Cleveland, The Toledo Museum of Art, SPACES, TJ in China Project Room in Tijuana, MX and Galerie Module 3 in Dresden, Germany and The Rockford Museum of Art, among others. She received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 2011 and was part of the Drawing Center, NYC Viewing program from 2012-2014. She teaches painting at Kent State. You can see her work at corrieslawson.com or contact her at: corrie (at) zygotepress (dot) org.