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March 24, 2015, Uncategorized

WIP — back by popular demand

Zygote Press has brought back our Works In Progress Program artists. Works In Progress (known as WIP) began in 2008 to give artists the opportunity to present and discuss their work with other artists and arts professionals. It is our intention that works can be discussed prior to being exhibited or otherwise presented to the public.

Rose Bouthillier with GelatinThe first WIP session is April 11, 2015 10am to noon with Rose Bouthillier, Associate Curator at MOCA Cleveland.

WIP sessions occur in an open and productive forum facilitated by individuals who are active in the regional art scene. Each session consists of 8 participating artists and an audience of community members—essential for artists who desire feedback, professional dialogue and advice. WIP is back, due to popular request, because there is rarely a forum for such stimulation outside the university experience and because artists need critical discourse as artwork is progressing in the studio.


WIP targets emerging, mid-career and established artists working in any visual medium to engage in critical discourse with peers and others involved in contemporary art making. Twice in 2015, Zygote will invite professionals in the field to facilitate these sessions.

February 3, 2015, eco friendly, lectures, residency, studio, workshops

Meet Liz Chalfin, Director of Zea Mays Printmaking

February 25th 6-9pm
We are thrilled to have Liz Chalfin of Zea Mays Printmaking here at Zygote to help us green our acid room! Please join us for pizza, drinks, and an opportunity to learn more about the coming environmentally-friendly transformation.








Liz Chalfin is founder and director of Zea Mays Printmaking and a practicing printmaker. Zea Mays Printmaking is one of the country’s premier green studios and educational resources. Chalfin oversees the studio’s research program and conducts workshop on safer etching at studios around the world. Her own prints, drawings and artists’ books are exhibited in the U.S. and internationally (Ireland, England, India, Cuba).   Her work is in numerous permanent collections including the Art Museum at Bowdoin College, Smith College Museum of Art, the Portland Museum of Art, the De Cordova Museum and Sculpture Park, The Hood Museum, The University of the Arts (Philadelphia), Yale University, Museo Internacional de Gravura (Portugal), San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts (Havana) and the Boston Public Library. Her work is available from The Curator Gallery, NYC and Zea Mays Printmaking. and


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…)