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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, News | Events, studio

Buy tickets for Bada Bingo Benefit on “Support Zygote” page.

Buy tickets for this Bada Benefit on the “Support Zygote” page.

Local arts organization Zygote Press invites the community to join them for the Bada Bingo Spaghetti Dinner + Benefit. This year’s event will be held at Convivium 33 Gallery located at 1433 E 33rd Street, in Cleveland, on May 8, 2015. Entry includes a full sit-down dinner with food generously provided by local favorites including: Flying Fig, Grove Hill, Luna, Phoenix Coffee and more! Dj Ape Bleakney will be mixing beats while special guest MC Veranda Lni spices things up with a drag take on traditional Bingo.

With dinner starting at 7:30pm and Bingo at 8:30pm, attendees have plenty of time to take in the art exhibition, visit the cash bar, and get their cards set up for the game. Outrageous Bingo prizes include tickets to local favorites like Great Lakes Theater Company and Blossom, gift cards and goodies from Blush, Loganberry Books, Banyan Tree, and many, many more! The last card of night is our Bada Bingo extravaganza and the winner walks away with a $300 gift card to Lola and 2 tickets to the VIP Diamond Lounge at the Horseshoe Casino.

Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on amazing silent auction items such as a weekend in Vegas and a behind-the-scenes lunch+tour with architect John Williams of the new downtown Heinens.

“Zygote had so much fun putting on last year’s ‘Iron Printmaker’ benefit, we decided to take it up a notch with a twist on the idea of a spaghetti dinner in a church hall. Alenka Banko,” owner of Convivum 33 Gallery, “was so gracious in offering her space. The former St. Josaphat Catholic Church is the perfect place for this event and offers a beautiful backdrop for the art show and fundraiser,” said Executive Director Liz Maugans. “We are also incredibly grateful to our long list of sponsors which includes, William Busta, Process Creative, 4Walls, Jackson Lewis, Blick, Modern Contractors, Consolidated Printing, M Gentile Studios Inc, Phoenix, Luna, Lola, Reddi’s Pizza, Anna in the Raw, Tastebuds, Urban Orchid, First Federal of Lakewood, Hotcards, Fred + Laura Bidwell, Keith + Linda Berr, Outrageous endings by Sandi Lefkowitz, Samuel, Kellogg & Co., Inc., and Dr. Marie A. Simon + John Michael Zayac.”

Tickets start at $65 and includes dinner, 5 Bingo cards, and drink ticket. VIP tickets include dinner, 15 Bingo cards, 2 drink tickets, free valet, and a limited edition Bada Bingo Spaghetti dinner silk screened apron for $150. A VIP table for 6 can be purchased for $850. All proceeds go to Zygote Press, a 501(c)3 nonprofit serving artists and the community for nearly 20 years.

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.

March 24, 2015, Uncategorized

WIP — back by popular demand

Zygote Press has brought back our Works In Progress Program. 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, 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…)

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