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December 20, 2014, News | Events

Chris Fritton visiting Zygote

imageChris Fritton is at Zygote for a few days — December 21 to 23 — getting the lay of the land for a visit in the summer. That will be part of his Itinerant Printer project, for traveling letterpress postcard printing. Find out more here.

You can also find Fritton on Facebook.

If you like his project, consider supporting it through his IndieGoGo campaign.

December 13, 2014, News | Events

Kickstarter campaign success: Thank you!

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 10.09.27 AMZygote recently held a successful Kickstarter campaign to help fund a second location on Cleveland’s east side — a studio for contract printmaking. More than $15,000 was raised at Kickstarter all thanks to Zygote’s art-loving friends and network. Again, Team Zygote’s Ink House thanks you all.

P.S. Here’s Zygote’s regular donation page.


November 30, 2014, Exhibitions, News | Events, studio

OFF the WALL Holiday Sale

Join us for our annual Off the Wall Holiday Show, featuring unique print items from our staff, interns, renters, and members! In addition to framed and unframed prints, shop for tee shirts, cards, calendars, memberships, classes, gift certificates, and more!


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…)


October 2, 2014, News | Events

Jimmy Riordan prints book at Zygote

Jimmy Still

Check out this Michael Walsh video about a recent Rasmuson resident artist Jimmy Riordan, who spent two months in the Zygote studio printing his own translation of Le Roman du Lièvre, a book with which he’s been obsessed for a very long time.

Find out even more on his Kickstarter page.



September 1, 2014, News | Events

Zygote artists in Pittsburgh exhibition

beyond the platen poster

Behind the Platen is an exhibition celebrating the legacy of letterpress printing. The exhibit showcases work from artists and printers in our region, and demonstrates how the medium is being explored and utilized in our contemporary design culture.

Many Zygote Press artists — Elizabeth Emery, Michael Gill, Wendy Partridge, Corrie Slawson — were selected to be part of this exhibition curated by Miranda Hall & Andy Schwanbeck. Hall and Schwanbeck are designers and design educators and have their own letterpress studio, Big Press Little Press, in the Pittsburgh area.

The show opens September 10th, 2014 and runs through September 22nd, 2014 at LaRoche College Cantellops Art Gallery in Pittsburgh.

The opening-night lecture — by Bob Kelemen, an accomplished printer and letterpress educator — is on Wednesday, September 10th at 7:30 pm.


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

Apply for your own exhibition

Simply fill out this form.

Curatorial Exhibition Application

  • Upload your resumé as a PDF file.
  • A curatorial statement with a description and explanation of the proposed exhibition. A list of artists under consideration needs to be included.
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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.