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May 24, 2017, Featured

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

April 8, 2016, Featured

Ink House Shop

Ink House Print Editions are now available FOR SALE on line.
Dana Oldfather was born in Berea, Ohio in 1978.  She is a painter who has been in exhibitions in galleries and museums in Australia and the United States including Library Street Collective and The Butler Institute of Art. She is proud to have been awarded the William and Dorothy Yeck Award for Young Painters and an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. Oldfather was twice featured in the New York Times, and published in the book The Art of Spray by Lori Zimmer of Art Nerd New York. Oldfather’s work was recently exhibited at Texas Contemporary, Miami Project, Art Palm Beach, and Art Palm Springs art fairs.  Her paintings are internationally collected privately and can be found in many public and corporate collections in the US including the Pizzuti Collection with The Joseph Editions, Eaton Corporation, MGM International in The Aria Hotel & Casino and The Bellagio Hotel & Casino, The Cleveland Clinic, and the prestigious Progressive Art Collection.  Dana Oldfather currently works and lives just outside Cleveland, Ohio with her husband Randall and young son Arlo.

July 19, 2014, Featured

Rent Studio Space

Hundreds of artists of all experience levels already take advantage of becoming an Artist Renter. When artists join the program, they become part of a vibrant creative community where the shop functions as a: • production environment as well as a classroom • a venue for artist demonstrations and talks • a destination where international artists share their expertise • and a place where artists can earn revenue through sales, teaching and edition printing. Note that all Artist Renters must be capable of using the studio unsupervised. Upon payment and review of process, you’ll get a unique access code to enter Zygote’s shop. Zygote Press offers this Artist Renter program to give individuals full 24-7 access to the print shop on E. 30th St.

Long-time member, Denise Stewart, and her son Bill silkscreen Free Advice posters at Zygote Press in Cleveland, OH. CLICK HERE to watch video.

The Artist Rental program allows 24-hour access to the printshop, and is available to current members, and includes one flatfile drawer for personal storage. All code-holders must be comfortable using the studio with no supervision. Zygote requires that artists communicate with Shop Manager,  Rebekah (at) zygotepress (dot) org to coordinate initial meeting that:

·      Accesses level of printmaking experience
·      conducts shop tutorial
·      Receives all contracts, payments and membership materials
·      Distributes code and user handbook
Please call 216 621-2900 or email

Zygote Press reserves the right to deny Code-holder status to a printer.
For more information about Zygote’s green policy read our shop brochures.
For more information about Zygote’s Residency programs, including arrangements to use the shop and stay at the Zygote Press Artist Share Space (ZPASS) loft apartments, visit the INHABIT ZYGOTE page.


1 Month Artist Renter | $140 Purchase (via Paypal) Recurring Monthly Payment PURCHASE
1 Month Student Renter (or recent grad) | $95 Purchase (via Paypal)
1 Month Studio Renter | $195 Purchase (via Paypal)

Zygote Press promotes contemporary fine-art printing and fosters collaborations that strengthen our community. Through advocacy, exhibitions, community programs, and affordable, professional workspace, Zygote stimulates collective exchange.  Our programs create a robust and diverse network of opportunities and affordable resources for emerging artists and curators from around the globe. We educate community stakeholders on the importance of art to the vitality of Cleveland and beyond. Please consider making your own donation to Zygote Press today.

If you prefer to pay by check, please send to: Liz Maugans at Zygote Press. 1410 East 30 Street, Cleveland, OH 44114.

Zygote Press offers new class - Photoshop 101

July 19, 2014, Featured

Group&Private Classes

BRAND NEW CLASS: Photoshop 101
Instructor: Abby Cali

Tuesday, August & 7, 2017, 5:30-7pm
$10 non-member PURCHASE
$5 member PURCHASE

This workshop will provide participants with an introductory walk-through of manipulating and creating images on Adobe Photoshop. The session will cover basic functions of the tools, and the manipulation of an image for screen-printing and other printmaking processes. There will be 45 minutes of instruction followed by lots of time for questions, and handouts will be provided. $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

  Back by Popular Demand!
Silk Screen Printing 101
Instructor: Hannah Monocchio

Wednesdays, June 14 & 21, 2017, 6-9pm

$80 non member.
$68 member price.
Sign up soon – class size is limited.Wanted to learn how to silk screen print? Need a quick refresher? Learn the basics in this Screen Printing 101 2-evening class.
Artist Hannah Manocchio is a real pro and will take you through the process of preparing images, transferring them to screens, and printing with one or two color process. She’ll go over the basics of equipment, best practices, and inks.

 397942_438243976267937_296891150_n Letterpress 101
Instructor: Erin Adair
Thursdays, April 13 & 20, 2017, 6-8pm

$60 non member.
$51 member price.Learn the fundamentals of letterpress in this two part class. Instructor Erin Adair will take you through the steps of designing and setting your own type.

 hannah screen printing class Silk Screen Printing 101
Instructor: Hannah Monocchio
Wednesdays, May 10 & 17, 2017, 6-9pm
Please contact about registration.
$80 non member.
$68 member price.
Sign up soon – class size is limited.Wanted to learn how to silk screen print? Need a quick refresher? Learn the basics in this Screen Printing 101 2-evening class.
Artist Hannah Manocchio is a real pro and will take you through the process of preparing images, transferring them to screens, and printing with one or two color process. She’ll go over the basics of equipment, best practices, and inks.

 Meler_Zygote_2 Pressure Printing WORKSHOP Using an Etching Press and Hand-cut Stencils
Instructor: Visiting Artist, Monika Meler
January 21, 2017, 10am – noon
Class is Full.
$30 non member
$25 member price

This workshop will focus on Diffused Relief Printmaking (Pressure Printing), a hybrid process that brings together relief, collagraph, and monotype. The focus will be on using uneven pressure to produce beautiful, spontaneous, and multi-layered prints. This process, using matrices carved out of mat board produces soft, diffused images that are very different from the graphic marks that printmaking is often known for. Multi-layered printing and registration will also be covered.Participants will discover a range of possibilities while learning how to approach printmaking from a fresh, new perspective to compose layered, rich prints.
Prints created using this technique require no chemical processes, which means that the heavy chemistry often associated with printmaking is eliminated. All matrices are mat board, so they can be recycled once the prints are finished.

Zygote often offers freebies (like workshops!) for members. Find out what’s next through Facebook & Instagram.
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WIP (Works In Progress)

Critique sessions take place on Saturdays from 10-noon. These sessions are all free an open to all artists working in different disciplines. This program is geared for the non-student artists who are disconnected from the critical feedback that is offered at the university level. All of the sessions will be held at Zygote Press, Inc. (ZPI) The goal is not to show work that is completed but “in progress”. Each WIP session will have a different facilitator and in 2016 we focus on two Akron curators. Each session has eight participants and they have 15 minutes of time to gain feedback about their work and ideas. Other people also contribute to the conversation in an open forum. Sign ups are first come, first serve. There are no WIP sessions planned for 2017.


Open Studio is an open access, twice-weekly offering for people to come and work in Zygote’s shop. Every Wednesday and Saturday from noon to 4 pm Zygote’s shop is open with knowledgeable printmaking monitors on site to oversee the shop and field and questions. Please note that the Open Studio is not a class and no sign-up is necessary. Instead, it’s a session designed for artists working on small projects. Click here to join if you’re not a member.Open Studio hours are Wednesdays and Saturdays 12 noon to 4 pm.
Members pay $20.
From past class evaluations, we have found that flexibility works best for our student participants and sometimes classes are not available when you want to take them. If this is the case, One-on-Ones are for you! It gives you a chance to work independently with one of our skilled artist-printmakers to learn intaglio, relief, screenprinting, letterpress, digital or alternative techniques.Please contact for a roster of artist-print specialists and we will connect you. We charge $35 per hour-($10 for Zygote and $25 for teachers)-some classes take just a few hours –some take a little longer. This is a great way to learn as you go so you can begin utilizing our Open Studio sessions or commence renting a locker or studio.Private one-on-one classes: $25 per hour for teacher + $10 per hour for Zygote. Get a One-on-One Quote here.

 Any course can be scheduled by a group or by an individual interested in learning more about printmaking or expanding their printing skills. Payment can be made on line or, if you prefer to pay by check, send it to Liz Maugans at Zygote Press 1410 E 30th st, Cleveland, OH 44114.


Enrollment is open to the public, ages 13 and up.

Tuition and fees are due in full upon registration- you can contact or call, mail or sign-up online. Small Group and One-on-One class payments are due at the time of the class. We accept cash, check or credit cards. If you prefer to pay by check send it to Liz at Zygote Press. 1410 E 30th st CLE, OH 44114.

There is parking available on the street and in lot adjacent the studio.MATERIALSInstructor will notify participants regarding material that may be needed for the class. Some classes will require materials that can be purchased at Zygote.

Zygote Residents receive a 20% discount on classes and Interns can take classes for free.

We photograph classes for our social media, grant support materials & publications. Please let the instructor know if you do not wish to be photographed.

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