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May 19, 2015, AIR, Exhibitions, News | Events, residency, studio

Welcome Patti Fields & Ray Juaire as this year’s AIR artists.

Patti & Ray will be working in Zygote’s studio this summer. Stay tuned for more details. Meanwhile save the date for their closing reception and artist talk.

Closing Reception September 26th 2-4pm   ** Artist talk 3pm **

The full run of the exhibition is September 4th through October 3rd, 2015.

Patti Fields and Ray Juaire work and live in the Cleveland area. They both attended The Cleveland Institute of Art where they met and began their collaboration over 20 years ago. Fields, a trained Metalsmith, often focuses on the smallest of details within her jewelry and sculptural work, while Juaire comes from a background in Painting, Sculpture, and Photography. Together, they create objects that utilize both their vision, interests, and skills.

They often transform a variety of media to create artwork that, at times, symbolizes their professional and personal relationship and explores issues of place and memory. Their work can be singular or done in small series that play with balance, utilizing dynamic forms, conceptual narratives, and a re-imagined history of the objects they incorporate in each of their pieces. They create new histories in the combinations of fabricated and found objects and work to create metaphors for the nucleus of human, scientific, and metaphysical relationships.


April 7, 2015, Exhibitions, News | Events, openings

Students & Faculty Work from 4 Ohio Universities coming to Zygote Press

Saturday, April 11, 2015 1-3pm


4U is a biennial exhibition of students and faculty from the printmaking departments of four Ohio universities. In addition to their work on the gallery walls, students and faculty participants will bring portfolios of work for browsing.

The artists will also be on hand to discuss their work and compare notes.

January 29, 2015, Creative Fusion, Exhibitions, lectures, openings, residency

Upcoming Exhibitions

RE/UNITE Archive Show
March 11 – April 16, 2016
Curated by Liz Maugans and Bellamy Printz

Public Reception: Friday, March 11, 2016, 6-9pm
Panel Discussion: March 19, 2016, 1:30-3pm
Founders, resident artists, and visiting artists in conversation with William Busta


Zygote Press RE/UNITE marks the press’s 20th anniversary and features prints by over 25 of the regions most acclaimed artists.  Some, such as Gloria Plevin, Margaret Yuko Kimura, Michael Loderstedt, have returned to the press throughout their careers; others, including Michaelangelo Lovelace, Amy Casey and, countless other national and internationally known resident artists, are more recent additions to the roster. All share an enthusiasm for expanding their artistic practice by making prints.

When the four founders established Zygote Press in the Saint Clair Superior neighborhood, they expressed a commitment to creating a space where a community of makers could work together and collaborate that was remarkable for the time. Most workshop-based ventures were not part of the city’s fabric at that time. Zygote offered an alternative and welcomed artists who were new to print the opportunity to explore an alternative studio practice that gave possibility to both newcomers and seasoned printmakers.

Witnessing the evolution of artistic movements happening in Cleveland the press has applied a constant level of innovation to the region’s contemporary art scene while working with visiting artists, regardless of style, to realize complex ideas. From the late 1990s, Zygote and their team of staff members, printers and artist residents have developed ways in which projects can evolve and prosper.


January 29, 2015, Exhibitions, News | Events

Current Exhibition

All Shows open January 10 – February 20, 2016

Our sports narratives, of longings for excellence and settling for mediocrity, of spending enormous civic and personal capital only to receive continued heartbreak, seem oddly tied to the region’s fatalistic, quintessential working-class Rust Belt experience. This shared, often equally ridiculous and profound grand enterprise, continues to fascinate us also as artists. This exhibition will hope to explore our area’s relationship to sports through art, whether it offer critique or honorific exaltation, or something in between.

Hedge Gallery, Waterloo Arts and Zygote Press team up and create connections across the city with artists with ties to this area  who have  generously been supported by the three neighborhood organizations exhibiting the shows. Gordon Square Arts District, Northeast Shores CDC and St. Clair Superior CDC rally together to support the artists in FANDOM216. Kick Off Tailgate Party sponsor- covermymeds and promotional support contributed through 4WALLS.

America GameOpening Receptions:
Sunday, January 10th, 1-4pm Kick-Off Tailgate Party at Waterloo Arts
15605 Waterloo Rd., Cleveland

Friday, January 15th, 5-9pm at Hedge Gallery
1300 D West 78th St., Cleveland

Friday, January 29th, 6-8pm Zygote Press
1410 E 30th St., Cleveland
(see below for information about the Critical Mass Ride finishing at Zygote on Jan 29th.)

Sunday, February 7th, 2-4pm Super Bowl Party Chili Cook Off at Waterloo Arts
15605 Waterloo Rd., Cleveland


In conjunction with FANDOM216, Cleveland’s own chapter of Critical Mass, a grassroots cycling group, who rides on the last Friday of every month in over 300 cities around the world, will be convening at Zygote Press.  Cyclists congregate to ride in demonstration and in celebration. Critical Mass will be ending their tour at Zygote Press on January 29th at the public reception from 6-8pm of FANDOM216. Contact Critical Mass for more information.

To promote their passion for  biking in NEO, three artists are working together to create incentives for those that ride to all three exhibitions. They will receive a limited edition poster created by Elizabeth Emery. Michael Gill is creating FANDOM Passports that will be stamped when visiting Hedge, Zygote and Waterloo Arts via a bike. The venues will stamp your passport and you can get a free poster at Zygote when your passport is filled. Posters will also be for sale and partial proceeds will support Bike Cleveland.

Christina Vassallo, an avid cyclist and bike advocate, each year rides for a different fundraising effort and will be raising funds for the American Cancer Society Pan Ohio Hope Ride in July. Anyone contributing $25 or more on her online fundraising site for this ride will receive a limited edition “Be Your Own Year-Round Hero” postcard created by Elizabeth Emery.



October 29, 2014, equipment, Exhibitions, News | Events, studio

DOCUMENTA: November 1-30, 2014

“Zygote provides needed short-term space that I need to test and document my work for my website, grant applications, show proposals, and for collectors.”
— Christine Mauersberger

  • Do you need to find a great photographer who can fill all your documentation needs?
  • Can Zygote provide a clean, private space for scheduling a studio visit with a curator or gallerist?
  • Like Christine, do you need a professional space to test drive and document an installation?



October 6, 2014, Dresden, Exhibitions, residency

Foreign Affairs: Clemens Reinecke and Rita Geissler

Rita Geissler

Rita Geissler

In its 19th year, Zygote Press welcomes Clemens Reinecke and Rita Geissler to Cleveland, Ohio for the Ohio Arts Council’s longest running International Artist Residency Exchange.  The Dresden Exchange Program will send Ohio artists, Michael Gill, Editor of the Collective Arts Network and Ellen Price, who is a professor at Miami University to work at the Graffikwerkstatt in Dresden for five weeks as part of this International exchange.

Winterlandschaft, Rita Geissler | Etching

Winterlandschaft, Rita Geissler | Etching

Clemens Reinecke and Rita Geissler’s work will be featured in an exhibition, Foreign Affairs 19, at Zygote Press.  A reception will be held on Saturday, October 18th from 1-3pm, with an informal artist’s talk beginning at 2pm.

Rita Geissler is a member of the Saxon Art Association and has won several awards including the Best of Show at Leipzig  Book Fair.

Geissler, born in Dresden, studied Graphic Arts and Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden. She has an extensive exhibition record which includes shows at many Saxon Government Presidium, City Gallery Radebeul,  Library of the Dresden State Art Collections, and Carl-Lohse-Gallery Bischofswerda. (more…)


August 31, 2014, AIR, Exhibitions, News | Events, openings, residency

2014 Artist-in-Residence | Donald Black, Jr. | My Scars Exposed

September 12 – October 4, 2014

Reception: September 12 – 6-8 pm

Artist Talk: September 24 – 6:30 pm

I was the kid who never left my scabs alone; I picked at them.  I’m not sure if I was attracted to self-inflicted pain, but what I do know is that I was attracted to the breaking of patterns on my skin and the mark that would be left behind.  I liked the permanency and mystery of scars.  Then there are, what I call, the unmarked scars. (more…)


August 30, 2014, Exhibitions, News | Events, openings

Collector’s Affection | Curated by John Farina + Adam Tully

CollectorsAffectionAnnouncementAugust 8 to 31, 2014

Reception: August 8 — 6 to 9 pm

Collector’s Affection showcases works from over a dozen local artists included in the private collection of John Farina and Adam Tully.  Selected artists include Michelle Murphy, Mark Brabant, Hilary Gent, George Kocar, and many more.  Works from the collection will be shown alongside recent works from each artist.

This exhibition is generously supported by John Corlett.

The Collectors: John Farina & Adam Tully have been collecting art together since they met nearly eight years ago. Adam actually became an instant collector when he met John, who had already begun his collecting of Cleveland art many years earlier. (more…)


August 29, 2014, Exhibitions

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July 19, 2014, Exhibitions


They Came. They Saw. They Printed!

(19 Years of Swift, Victorious Prints from the Zygote Press archive)


Mely Barragan “Homesick”











Nineteen years ago, Zygote Press opened its doors at E.72nd and St. Clair so that artists could have a space to make print-based work. Founders Bellamy Printz, Kelley Novak, Liz Maugans and Joe Sroka’s brave new frontier has been part of the region’s visual art scene since 1996, and since then, Zygote has invited hundreds of artists through the doors to create new work. This archive represents those artists from their very first pull on our presses.

I came. I saw. I conquered! has come to signify swift and decisive victory (after Caesar claimed capture of Pharnaces, in only four hours of combat). They Came, They Saw, They Printed! represents a wide range of artists who have come into Zygote, sometimes only for short periods of time, to make decidedly victorious work. Various styles, media and intentions are represented: from expressive monotypes to ephemera made to be given away. All of this work was created through artist participation in one of our programs– from Zygote’s Founders to some of our most stalwart former members, all of whom have a special place in Zygote history.