Residency History


Each year, Zygote’s Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program brings a non-print artist into a collaborative printmaking environment to produce a full body of work over several months. Chosen by Zygote’s Programming Committee, the AIR program culminates in the fall with an exhibition.

AIR Resident Artists:

2017 — Laura Ruth Bidwell
2016 — Darius Steward
2015 — Ray Juaire & Patti Fields
2014 — Donald Black
2013 — Andy Curlowe
2012 — Johnny Coleman
2011 — Dana Oldfather
2010 — Terry Schwartz


Zygote accepts applications for two 14-day residencies per year, one in summer and one in winter. These resident artists are established printmakers in the U.S. or abroad and work on a special project in Zygote’s Northeast Ohio facilities. Potential artist residents can apply here.

Winter/Summer Resident Artists:

2017 — Kevin Thomas Hogan, Asheville, North Carolina
2017 — Monika Meler, Stockton, California
2016 — Sage Dawson, St. Louis, Missouri
2016 — Sarah McKenzie , Boulder, Colorado
2015 — Liz Chalfin, Zea Mays Printmaking, Florence, MA
2015 — Mandy Bernard, Homer, Alaska
2014 — Brooke Inman, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA
2014 — Nathan Margoni, Benton Harbor, MI
2014 — Fanny Retsek, San Jose, CA, Printer from Crown Point Press
2013 — Rachel Heberling, Tiger Lily Press, Cincinnati, OH
2013 — Gordon Sherman, Fort Hays State University
2013 — Stefan Hoffmann, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2013 — Emmy Lingscheit, University of Illinois at Champaign, Urbana, IL
2012 — Brant Schuller, Millers University
2012 — Joseph Makkos, New Orleans Letterpress Artist
2012 — Bec Young, Justseeds, Artist Images Resource


A Northeast Ohio fellowship is available to  regional university print shop grads, and provides them with unlimited access to Zygote’s facilities for three consecutive months, and inclusion in the Zygote archives. The Fellowship Award is an application process and is geared towards supporting emerging artists in completing specific projects or bodies of work that would benefit from Zygote’s specialized equipment and our supportive community. Potential NEO artist residents can apply here.

Zygote NEO Residency Scholarship Recipients:          
2017 — Nelvin Howell (KSU)
2016 — Henry Gepfer (Edinboro University of Pennsylvania)
2015 — Clare Marks (CIA)
2014 — Kerry Werblak (CIA)
2013 — Abbey Blake (CIA)
2012 — Rachel Shelton (CIA)
2011 — Hannah Lehmann (University of Toledo)
2010 — Adrienne Slane (CIA)
2009 — Rebekah Wilhelm (CIA)
2008 — Ryan Serafin (CIA)/April Bleakney (KSU)
2007 — Clarke Curtis (CIA)
2006 — Christi Burchfield (CIA)
2005 — Leslie Alberding (KSU)
2004 — Benjamin Haehn (BGSU)
2003 — Jen Craun (KSU)
2002 — Leslie Mutchler (KSU)
2001 — Melinda Placko (CIA)
2000 — j.morrison (KSU)
1999 — Russ Jurceki (KSU)
1998 — Anton Sinkewich (CIA)
1997 — Michael Finelli (CIA)
1996 — Joel Alpern (CIA)


Zygote Press awards this residency in memory of Anthony Bartholomew to a Kent State University Graduate. Tony was Zygote’s Shop Manager and Artist in Residence Coordinator from 2007 to 2011. Tony received his MFA from Kent State University in Printmaking and continued to teach in the print program as an adjunct faculty member.

This residency provides a tangible and beneficial opportunity for the KSU applicant to create new works in a professional print shop.  The award is a stipend with two-week open-access to the shop. Applicants to this residency must be enrolled and graduating from a KSU Printmaking Program. The selection process is handled by KSU.

To donate to the TONY KSU Scholarship Fund, donate any amount here and indicate that you’re contributing to the TONY KSU SCHOLARSHIP FUND. Contributions are tax-deductible within the provisions of the law.

Tony Bartholomew Resident Artists:

2017 — Nelvin Howell
2016 — Conner Berry
2015 — Stephanie Mote
2014 — Hunter Elliot
2013 — Stephanie Brewer
2012 — Paul Rodgers


Zygote Press also participates in an Intern Swap program, which lets any interested intern (approved to participate) work for a time at Zygote (or at a partner company).

2013 — Elisa Rios, Studio Two Three, Richmond, VA
2012 — Meghan SterlingChicago Printmakers Collaborative, Anne Kibbe (Zygote)
2011 — Hannah Lehman

National/International Residencies


The longest-running artist exchange program for Zygote (and in Ohio) is the Dresden Exchange. Supported by the Ohio Arts Council, this Exchange brings two accomplished artists to Zygote’s workshop from Germany, and sends two Ohio artists to work in Dresden at the Grafikwerkstaat every Fall. Zygote Press houses the German residents in the ZPASS loft apartment above the main studio on E. 30th St. and holds an exhibition to showcase the artists’ work from before and during their time at Zygote.

The Ohio Arts Council and the City of Dresden fund the Dresden Residency Exchange as part of an ongoing cultural-artistic link between the State of Ohio and the city of Dresden. This program lets artists from Ohio and Dresden become acquainted with the art and artists of another community, provides time for the artists to explore the printmaking resources of each location, and establishes ongoing artistic relations between Ohio and Dresden. Please note that this residency is not an open application. For other open opportunities at Zygote, please consider applying for a WINTER/SUMMER residency.

Dresden-Ohio Exchange Artists:
2017 — Thomas Hellinger & Falk Toepfer — Patrick Mauk & Rebekah Wilhelm
2016 Nina Holzweg & Suntje Sagerer  Kate Snow & Deborah Pinter
2015 — Tony Franz & Svenja Wichmann — Ron Abram & Christi Birchfield
2014 — Clemens Reinecke & Rita Geissler — Michael Gill & Ellen Price
2013 — Lucie Feynhagen & Christoph Rossner — Lisa Schonberg & Theresa Kuhr
2012 — Haike Wadewitz & Tina Wohlfart — Wendy Partridge & Kathy McGhee
2011 — Johannes Markolies & Kerstin Franke-GneussCorrie Slawson & Ryan McCullough
2010 — Christiane Just & Paul Barsch — Tony Bartholomew & Craig Lucas
2009 — Karen Koschnick & Claudia Scheffler — Liz Maugans & Bellamy Printz
2008 — Franziska Leonhardi & Tobias Stengel — Susan Vincent & Eliana Calle-Saari
2007 — Udo Haufe & Andrea Hegedorn — Claudio Orso & Lary Collins
2006 — Stefanie Busch & Sandor Doro — Michael Loderstedt & Stephanie Supsa
2005 — Baerbel Voigt & Detlef Schweiger — Scott Westhoven & Ian Ruffino
2004 — Frederiche Aust & Iduna Bonig — Royden Watson & Chris DeAngelis
2003 — Henri Rademacher & Bernd HankeJen Craun & Phyllis Fannin
2002 — Jean Kirsten & Volker Leinkeit — Andrea Joki & Nicholas Hill
2001 — Stephan Nestler & Jan Grossman — Noel Reifel & Joan Tallon
2000 — Peter Wagler & Frank Hermann — Wendy Collin Sorin & Susan Squires
1999Jana Morgenstern & Frank Tausand — Kelly Novak & Claudia Esslinger
1998 — Angela Hampel & Roland Bolen — Matt Krone & Todd Devreise


This new residency program is focused on international artists from countries that are under-represented in the Cleveland arts scene.

Taipei x CLE Exchange Artists

This exchange is conducted in partnership with the Bamboo Curtain Studio in Taipei, Taiwan.

2017 — Yu-Chen Chen (from Taiwan) Erin Adair (to Taiwan)


Creative Fusion is an urban-based, community-engaged residency program for international artists. Created by the Cleveland Foundation, the program consists of two three-month residencies in Cleveland in the spring and fall each year. Local organizations host up to six artists from cultures that are underrepresented in Cleveland’s professional arts sector. The program consists of projects and events offered throughout the long-term residency.

The program is primarily interested in artists from Asia, the Middle East, Africa, South America, New Zealand, and Australia. Invited artists get the opportunity to develop new work and share a contemporary view of their culture with our community.

Creative Fusion Resident Artists:
2016 — Anila Rubiku, Milan, Tirana and Toronto
2015 — Behrang Samadzadegan, Tehran, Iran
2015 — Mauricio Cristobal Cortes Fuentes, Santiago, Chile
2014 — Olivia Mihălţianu, Bucharest, Romania
2013 — Cheikhou Bâ, Dakar, Senegal
2013 — Mely Barragán & Daniel Ruanova, TJINCHINA, Tijuana/ Beijing
2012 — Iván Andrés Lecaros Correa, Santiago, Chile


The Rasmuson Foundation sponsors this exchange, which lets a Cleveland artist attend Zygote’s sister host in Homer, Alaska — the Bunnell Art Street Studio.  This multidisciplinary arts center overlooks the Kenai Mountains and Kachemak Bay. In return, Zygote Press hosts an Alaskan artist for two months.

Rasmuson Exchange Resident Artists:

2016/2017 — Claudio Orso (to Alaska) Michael Conti (from Alaska)
2015/2016 — Amy Casey (to Alaska) Sara Tabbert (from Alaska)
2014/2015 — Elizabeth Emery (to Alaska) Michael Walsh (from Alaska)
2013/2014 — Melissa Daubert (to Alaska) Jimmy Riordan (from Alaska)