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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.

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

Upcoming Exhibitions

Peach Connect Beachwood Arts Alliance Presents:
7 Printmakers: Abbey Blake, Amy Casey, Liz Maugans, Lisa Schonberg, Nicole Schneider Wendy Partridge and Patricia Zinmeister at the Beachwood Arts Center Gallery
October 15-November 6, 2016
Beachwood Community Center, 25225 Fairmount Blvd. at Richmond Road.

EVENTS (free and open to the public):
Opening Reception  October 15, 5-7pm

Zygote alumni and current resident artists will be exhibiting their new works  on paper during their 20th Year in operation. Join us for the offsite show in this beautiful gallery at the Beachwood Arts Center.

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American Greetings presents:
Beauty in Distinction: A Group exhibition
November 3 – December 23, 2016
One American Boulevard, Westlake, OH 44145

Zygote Press is thrilled to participate in this inaugural exhibition at American Greetings and to profile our strong stable of mid career and emerging artists who dedicate their creative efforts at Zygote Press’ printmaking workshop. The work is a range of traditional and alternative techniques that demonstration the myriad of affects and styles that printmaking can offer.

This survey of accomplished printmakers work in a variety of disciplines and have received regional and national awards.  The artists exhibiting are in local, national and international collections including Progressive Arts Collection, The Westin Hotel, The Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, American Greetings and MetroHealth Centers. Zygote’s artists create handmade books, lithographs, intaglios, screen prints, relief and alternative prints in an all green, non-toxic shop.

EVENTS (free and open to the public):
November 3 – December 23, 2016.
Opening Reception November 3, 5-7pm

Included Artists:
Christi Birchfield, Amy Casey, Jen Craun,  Bruce Edwards, Elizabeth Emery, Michael Gill, Jake Hatmaker, Margaret Yuko Kimura, Michael Loderstedt, Michaelle Marschall, Liz Maugans,  Pam McKee, Wendy Partridge, Bellamy Printz, Lisa Schonberg, Corrie Slawson, Kate Snow, Denise Stewart, and Rebekah Wilhelm.

in-TURN In-TURN curated by Frances Lee
November 4-26, 2016
EVENTS (free and open to the public):
Opening Reception: November 4, 6-8pm

Interns are the backbone of many NEO Visual Arts Organizations across this region. They make the facilities run well and support the staff in magical ways. Interns tend to find our organizations fresh out of art schools and many of them are eager to glimpse into the world of arts administration and all the activities that surround it.
Interns simply make things happen, from the small details and tasks to the paramount skillful jobs that require much attention and care. From our earliest days, 20 years ago, Zygote believed in nurturing interns, not only through the exchange of unlimited access to the studio but also through continued education and mentorship. Zygote is proud to showcase and cultivate the emerging talent curated by Frances Lee.The artists featured are some of the most talented interns who work at NEO Visual arts organizations, galleries and museums. Frances Lee is a Zygote alumni intern and is currently the Curatorial Intern at MOCA Cleveland. She founded Carus Project Space.The artists in the In-TURN exhibition are Anna Tararova – Zygote,  Allison Polgar – Zygote, Erin Adiar – Zygote, Samantha Konet – Praxis/ Zygote, Yana Mikomisho – Zygote, Micro Art Space, Kelsey Moulton – Zygote, Annmarie Suglio – Praxis, Grace Wen – Zygote, Tony Carlone – Morgan

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January 29, 2015, Exhibitions, Home Page Slider, News | Events

Current Exhibition

DArius image_sized 2016 Artist-in-Residence: Darius Steward
September 23–October 29, 2016.

EVENTS (free and open to the public):

Opening Reception, Scratching the Surface: September 23, 2016, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: October 8, 2016, 1-3pm
Darius Steward is a visual artist, and educator currently living in Cleveland Ohio. He graduated from the University of Delaware obtaining a Master of Fine Art degree in May 2010. His undergraduate work was completed at the Cleveland Institute of Art where he had a concentration in Drawing and Painting. Since graduating from the University of Delaware, Darius has shown paintings at the William Busta Gallery, Zygote Press, Cleveland Clinic and has also had an article written up about his achievements in the Call & Post. In addition to that Darius also has a collection of his work at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the Cleveland Clinic and in the University of Delaware. As of now Darius teaches at Saint Ignatius High School, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Institute of Art.


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.

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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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    Please submit a maximum of 10 images. Zygote’s curatorial staff and a select advisory committee of artists, curators, and critics will conduct a preliminary review of proposals. Applicants will be contacted upon receipt of the proposal and only accepted curatorial and artist exhibitions will be contacted. Thank you for your submission.

July 19, 2014, Exhibitions


They Came. They Saw. They Printed!

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


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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.