2016 Past Exhibitions


Walk All Over Waterloo: Ink House Open House: 423 East 156th St. Friday, Dec. 2, 6-8pm.
Reception: Zygote Press on 1410 E 30th St. Saturday, Dec. 3, 1-3pm.
Shopping Hours: Zygote Press on 1410 E 30th St.
Saturday, Dec. 3, noon-6pm & Sunday, Dec 4, noon-4pm.

Handmade. Local. Old school. The art and ephemera at Zygote Press’s annual Off The Wall Holiday Show has all that appeal and more. Off The Wall is where Northeast Ohio printmakers and other artists annually sell holiday gifts to hang on your wall or hold in your hand. A multitude of items that seem to spill spontaneously from the minds and hands of printmakers—from greeting cards to handmade books, to scratch pads, and other items will be available at the Zygote Gallery store.This year’s sale features works by some of the area’s best artists and our Zygote members, which include, Denise Stewart, Pam McKee, Amy Casey, Bruce Edwards, Kristina Paabus, Elizabeth Emery, Liz Maugans, Anna Tararova, Jen Craun and Lisa Schonberg and many more.Off The Wall takes place in Zygote Press’s East 30th Street gallery Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4. Artists will be on hand with punch, cookies, and other refreshment to enliven your shopping experience Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m.Friday, December 2, Zygote’s Ink House on 423 East 156th Street will host a festive Open House and Holiday Card Making opportunity from 6-8pm. Please stop in and ring in the New Year. Cards, prints and calendars and other items will be for sale!

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.
Opening Reception: Beachwood Community Center.  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.

AnnaTararova In-TURN curated by Frances Lee
Zygote Press Gallery. November 4-26, 2016
Opening Reception: November 4, 6-8pm

The artists in the IN-Turn show share an onus for making things. When so much of emerging art today is caught between the ready-made and the never-made the participating artists have a genuine interest in making original objects. In the work I have chosen, I see a process of recalling through material investigations. For this region, physical space is transient, economies are shifting, and ideas of vacancy and emblem are shaped by what Cleveland used to be. For these artists there is an impulse to make things that stay.The represented organizations are all workshops in town, Zygote Press, Morgan Conservatory, and Praxis Fiber Workshop. These art non-profits rely on intern labor to remain open and accessible to the public. In exchange for monitoring an open studio, or helping to hang a show, the artists are provided the tools and space necessary to hone their practice. There is an irony to artists professionalizing their practices in the context of unpaid work, but this work-exchange economy is robust in Cleveland.Participating Artists:
Tony Carlone – Morgan, MFA State University of New York at New Paltz
Samantha Konet – Praxis/ Zygote, BFA Cleveland Institute of Art
Yana Miko-Misho – Zygote/ Micro Art Space, Visual Communications at Tri-C
Kelsey Moulton – Zygote, BFA Kent State University
Allison Polgar – Zygote, Miami University
Annmarie Suglio – Praxis, BFA Cleveland Institute of Art
Anna Tararova – Zygote, BFA Cleveland State University, MFA Ohio University
Grace Wen – Zygote, BA University of California Davis

Frances Lee is an artist working in fiber and paint. In her work she is interested in the formation and function of ideologies of citizenship. She earned a BA at Oberlin and is currently an MFA Candidate at the University of Chicago. Frances is founder and director of Carus Art Space in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She’s been an intern at SPACES, Zygote Press, and MOCA.

DArius image_sized 2016 Artist-in-Residence: Darius Steward
Zygote Press Gallery. September 23–October 29, 2016
Scratching the Surface, Opening Reception: September 23, 6-8pm
Artist Talk: October 8, 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.

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Artist in Residence Dresden Exchange Program sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council presents

Foreign Affairs: Views from the Window
New Works by Sunjte Sagerer & Nina Holzweg
Zygote Press Gallery. September 10-17, 2016
Opening reception: September 10, 1-3pm.

Artist Talk, 2pm.

This is both Nina’s and Suntje’s first visit to the United States. The work on view, is inspired from their fresh eyes of traveling and experiencing Cleveland. Nina has been creating work by capturing views through her windows and other sites around our neighborhood. Suntje responds through a different window portal, one that is a continuation of her curation of work that is exhibited in the structure of a dollhouse. Artists curated into the houses will be Tim Schwartz, Stephanie Kluk, Rebekah Wilhelm, Tony Franz, Billy Rogers Jr., Simon Mann, Stefan Schleupner, Kelley Obrien, Suntje Sagerer and Nina Holzweg.

In our 20th year, Zygote features two artists from Dresden, Germany, Sunjte Sagerer and Nina Holzweg who will be in residence at Zygote Press as part of the Ohio Arts Council Dresden Exchange Program. Their work will be presented in Foreign Affairs XX. The Dresden Exchange is the longest running International residency in Ohio. Both artists will be producing an edition at Zygote’s Ink House.

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The Rasmuson Artist Residency Exchange Exhibition at Zygote Press
Zygote Press Gallery. July 8-28, 2016
Opening Reception: July 8th, 6-8pm

Artist Sara Tabbert, of Fairbanks Alaska, has been in Cleveland this summer, printing woodcuts of both foreign and familiar landscapes and environments around her. The project is part of his summer residency at Zygote Press, through the Rasmuson Foundation Resident Exchange program. The program provides for one artist each from Alaska and Ohio to visit the other state and make art there. We also include the work of Cleveland exchange residents, Elizabeth Emery and Amy Casey and Michael Walsh of Homer, AK.

 Learn more about Sara in this video by Jerry Birchfield.


T’Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do
Zygote Press Gallery. May 6-24, 2016
Opening Reception:  May 6, 6-8pm

Zygote Press is pleased to present the first solo Cleveland exhibition by Albanian born Italian artist Anila Rubiku who is featuring her new work about chains and their collective meaning as universal signifiers; for the enigma of love, and heartbreak.


RE/UNITE Archive Show
Curated by Liz Maugans and Bellamy Printz
Zygote Press Gallery. March 11 – April 16, 2016
Opening Reception: March 11, 6-9pm

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.

Panel Discussion: Saturday, March 19, 2016, 1:30-3pm
Please join us for a wonderful conversation about the 20 years of Zygote Press surrounded by the prints and people who make this place roll. ReUNITE: 20 Years in Print is curated by Co-founders Liz Maugans and Bellamy Printz.
Panelists: William Busta, gallery owner, collector & alumni Board member, Liz Maugans, Co-founder and Executive Director, Bellamy Printz, Co-founder and Board President, Corrie Slawson, Archivist and Grants Manager, Michael Gill, Alumni Resident Artist, CAN Editor & Publisher, Lisa Schonberg, Artist Resident and Educator

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Fandom 216: The Art of Sports in NE Ohio
Zygote Press Gallery. January 10-February 20, 2016
Opening Reception: January 29, 6-8pm

The exhibition will present the broadest conceptual responses related to the intersecting theme of sports and art, and will include a diverse range of approaches and media. In addition to the “big three” of baseball, football & basketball, Fandom 216 will also examine regional auto racing, our burgeoning urban bicycle culture, skateboard culture, amateur woman’s rugby, running and other sports. This wide-ranging exhibition will coincide with Super Bowl 50, itself a milestone as the ultimate national sports spectacle.