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Resident Artists

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Zygote ZPASS Residency
January – May, 2017

Zygote Press brings together familiar partners, Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy and teaching-artist Claudio Orso, to a fresh co-teaching collaboration with Sharon Sevenzo, from Harabe, Zimbabwe. The two artists will participate in an in-depth, engaging, and sustainable arts learning experiences from January-May of 2017.

Zimbabwe born, Sharon Sevenzo’s background is in studio art and business. She has one foot in the contemporary art & popular culture scene, and another in an outreach program for underserved youth in the city. She is the founder and organizer of Art Reach Kids, a program that aims to transform the lives of orphans and disadvantaged children through the arts. Through this program she has contributed to the Zimbabwe Government’s new arts curriculum, in both visual art and dance, for kids between the ages of 12 and 18. Sharon will be staying at Zygote in ZPASS during her residency.


Zygote’s NEA Supported Residency
ZPASS. January 15 – January 28, 2017
workshop: January 21, 10am-noon

Monika Meler is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. She has completed residencies at A.I.R Studio Paducah, Kentucky, The Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, Emmanuel College in Boston, The Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Connecticut, The Frans Masereel Center in Belgium, The Cork Printmakers in Ireland, and The Women’s Studio Workshop in New York. Solo Exhibits include The Center That Cannot Hold at FrontierSpace in Missoula, Montana , Fragile Structures at Gallery 1078 in Chico, California, The Distance Between at the Limerick Printmakers Gallery in Ireland and Contain/Retain at the Cocoon Gallery in Kansas City.

Monika earned her B.F.A. from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. She continued her studies at Purdue University, where she earned an M.A., followed by an M.F.A from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University. While at Tyler, Monika spent a year studying in Rome, Italy.

Monika is one of Zygote’s NEA supported resident artists. She will be conducting a workshop at Zygote on January 21st from 10-noon.


Zygote NEA Supported Residency
ZPASS. August 1-15, 2017
workshop: August 5, 2017

Jordan McQuaid is a recent graduate of Fine Art Print Making at the National College of Art and Design. He was born in Dublin where he currently resides as an active visual artist. His work acknowledges the potential pitfalls of how we, as members of an increasingly intensive visual culture; perceive, appropriate and distort the images which are forced into our peripheries by popular media.
Jordan is our summer 2017 Zygote NEA supported Artist-in-residence. He will be conducting a hands-on workshop on August 5, 2017.

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Zygote AIR
Spring 2017-October 2017
Artist talk: October 21, 2017

Laura Ruth Bidwell began her career as an artist with a BFA in painting from the University of Akron. She was the founding curator of Summit ArtSpace Gallery in Akron and has served on the boards of the Akron Art Museum, the Akron Symphony and the Akron Zoological Park. After a career in advertising as a graphic designer, she now works on photography, video, and on-demand book projects. She is a co-founder, along with her husband Fred, of the Transformer Station – a contemporary photography museum – in Ohio City.

Laura was selected as Zygote’s Artist-in-Residence for 2017, a program now in it’s 21st year where a non-print-based artist is selected to create a full body of work over several months.

Self-Styled Residencies

Contact Liz Maugans for more information about spending time in ZPASS and working in our shop.