Stephanie Busch studied at the School for Visual Arts in Dresden/Germany with Prof. Lutz Dammbeck from 1998 to 2003. Her work is often inspired by traveling and social/political events of her time, i.e. the destruction of Yugoslavia, the current Recession in the Midwest of the States. She primarily work s with silk screen prints, photography and video. “In 2006, I was the Dresden Residency Exchange artist at Zygote Press in Cleveland and I was working on screenprints, which I called ‘The Cuyahoga Series.’ This is like my personal portrait of Cleveland.”
Amy Casey was born in Erie, Pa., where she began studying art at the School of the Performing and Visual Arts in high school, and went on to focus on painting at the Cleveland Institute of Art. While there, she received a fellowship to the Yale Summer School of Art and Music in Norfolk, CT. Since earning her BFA in 1999, Casey’s enjoyed a fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center, was artist in residence at Zygote Press in Cleveland in 2006, and in 2007, was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. Most recently, she was awarded the 2009 Cleveland Arts Prize as an emerging artist and CPAC’s Creative Workforce Fellowship, also in Cleveland. Casey is represented by Zg Gallery in Chicago and Michael Rosenthal Gallery in San Francisco. Currently she lives, paints, and makes etchings in Cleveland with her rambunctious but perfect cats, Frankie and Wanda.
A graphic artist and designer, Laurence Channing received a BFA and MFA from Yale University. His work has included publication, exhibition, and interior design for the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Since 1985, Channing has been Head of Publications at the Cleveland Museum of Art. He has had solo exhibitions in Cleveland since 1990, and has been included in group exhibitions at the Akron Museum of Art, the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts, the Riffe Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, MOCA Cleveland, the NEO show at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and Reeves Contemporary in New York City. Channing has received Ohio Arts Council Fellowships in 1990, 1998, and 2003, as well as the Cleveland Arts Prize in 2000.
Jen Craun attended Kent State University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education in 2000, and her MFA in Printmaking in 2003. In 2004, she was awarded an Artist in Residency to Dresden, Germany through the Ohio Arts Council. Craun teaches in the Printmaking Department for the Cleveland Institute of Art, including the Artist Book course. She teaches printmaking for Progressive Arts Alliance servicing the Cleveland Public Schools. She currently lives and makes her work in Cleveland with her husband and two children.
Bruce A. Edwards received his BFA in 1991 from Kent State University. One of his first exhibitions after school was at Spaces Gallery in Cleveland. He has been living and working in Cleveland ever since. He joined the Zygote Board in 2008 and has served as a faculty lecturer at several area schools including, The Cleveland Institute of Art, Myers School of Art, of the University of Akron, and most recently Cuyahoga Community Collage.
Alfonso Fernandez was a Visiting Artist at Zygote in 2000 through an Ohio Arts Council grant.
Born in Korea, Yong Han came to the U.S. in 1983. Han studied at Eastern Connecticut State University and has a BFA in painting from the CIA and MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania. He won the Chilcote Foundation Award for painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art. He was awarded the Artist-in-Residence Award in ?. He is represented in the collections of the Progressive Corporation, Case Western Reserve University, LTV Steel Corporation, and Hahn Loeser and Parks LLP.
Wendy Collin Sorin, of Durham, North Carolina, received her B.F.A. in printmaking from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1993. She has taught waterless lithography at Zygote Press, Kent State University. In 2000, Sorin was an artist-in-residence at the Grafikwerkstatt in Dresden, a yearly exchange program sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council between the German printmaking workshop and Zygote Press. In 2004, she was project director and co-curator for a traveling retrospective exhibition of the exchange program. She maintained a studio at Zygote for several years, was a founding board member and served as president for eight years.
Matthew Kolodziej earned a BA in economics from the University of Chicago in 1988 and an MFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 1993. Interested in what people leave behind, Kolodziej worked on archaeological digs, as well as, theatre and film production. Although one fragment might not tell a story, a collection of information begins to show patterns and meaning. Kolodziej is the recipient of a Fulbright grant, an Ohio Arts Council Individual grant, and a Pollock-Krasner award.
Karen Koschnick was an Artist-in-Residence with the Dresden International Exchange in 2009 with Claudia Scheffler. Currently, she is a post-graduate student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden which is also where she completed her Masters. She has studied in Spain and Berlin and participated in various scholarship programs in Rhineland-Palatinate and Usedom. Her primary theme is with landscape and the sense of investigating human influences and her direct relationship to nature. For the last two years, she has been working on a series of screen prints and oil paintings of Jewish cemeteries. Her fascination for this particular place originated from its fragile peace and continuance, an ocean of old stones, trees and ivy.
Michael Loderstedt has been making original prints for over 30 years primarily in serigraphy, but also intaglio, relief and photo-collagraphs. He is currently the graduate coordinator and Associate Professor of Printmaking at Kent State University. His work has been featured in exhibitions at the Kulturrathaus and Alte Feuerwache Galerie in Dresden, the Vernon Riffe Gallery Columbus, Ohio and as part of Portrait 100 in Hellerau, Germany where he created an installation of cut, folded and printed paper houses based on architecturally significant homes during the centennial anniversary of this German “garden city.” He has completed international residencies at both the Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium and the Grafikwerstatt in Dresden, Germany. His work in contained in the public and private collections of the Cleveland Museum, the Akron Art Museum, the Kupferstich Kabinett, Progressive Insurance and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Michaelangelo Lovelace was an Artist-in-Residence in 2005. The work he created was called Erotic Expressions. He did a series about male/female erotic prints that is about love and relationships. He was born in Cleveland and attended Cuyahoga Community College where he received his G.E.D. He attended Cleveland Institute of Art and worked in the Hodge School Art Complex for many years.
Craig Lucas was born in Cleveland in 1941 where he was a student, and later a teacher at Kent State University’s School of Art where he taught painting from 1969-2004. Lucas was honored both as an Emeritus Professor and with a Graduate Assistantship in his name. His exhibitions include a one-person show at the Akron Art Museum (Akron, OH.), William Busta Gallery (Cleveland, OH.) and Ohio University (Athens, OH). He has exhibited extensively in group shows regionally and nationally, including 11 times in the May Show at the Cleveland Museum of Art. He has received numerous awards, including an Ohio Arts Council fellowship and the Visual Arts Award from the Akron Area Arts Alliance. Lucas was one of the first Artist in Resident artists at Zygote Press and continues to support Zygote in many capacities.
Liz Maugans is co-founder and Managing Director of Zygote Press, Inc. She received her BFA from Kent State University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She teaches at Cleveland Institute of Art and Lorain Community College in drawing and print. She has exhibited her work at Massillon Museum of Art, Massillon, OH. Verne Riffe Gallery, Columbus, OH., Fort Hayes State University, Fort Hays, KS and a solo show at Afterhours Gallery in Phoenix, AZ. She has received an Individual Artist Fellowship in 2000 from the Ohio Arts Council and just returned from Dresden, Germany from an artist exchange through the Ohio Arts Council. She received several grants from 2004-2006 including an Artist–in-Communities Grant from the OAC.
Carol Lynn Mitchell is a mixed media artist, currently exploring traditional and nontraditional printmaking techniques as a artist resident at Zygote Press. She graduated from the University of Dayton with a BFA in Graphic Design, and received a teaching certificate from Georgia State University. She has spent the last 30 years living and learning about the creative environments in a number of cities in the south and east before moving to Cleveland in 2005.
Kelly Novak is a founding member of Zygote Press. She graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1995 where she worked with printmaking instructor Holly Morrison. She was a Dresden Exchange Artist in 2002? And was one of the Associate Directors of the Dresden program for many years. Kelly was one of the most accomplished Zygote contract printers and worked with many of the German exchange artists, Gloria Plevin, Laurence Channing and several of the other artists in the PEP portfolio. She currently lives in Tampa, Florida, and continues to be an exceptional concertina accordion player.
Claudio Orso is a printmaker and ceramic sculptor from Turin, Italy, and he has been living in Ohio for the last ten years. He has exhibited across the US, and was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the Ohio Arts Council in 2004, after which he completed his Master of Fine Arts at Bowling Green State. Zygote Press has been his artistic home, and he has worked there as contract printer and assistant with some of the foreign visiting artists. He was one of two Ohio artists chosen by the OAC in 2007 for the cultural exchange with the city of Dresden, GER. Early participant to the Ohio Board of Education-sponsored Reggio Emilia study group, he taught art to a very wide range of audiences and academic level, and has a very strong commitment to art practice as a service for the community: throughout his years in Oberlin he volunteered many sessions in public schools teaching art fundamentals; he created with the help of the Nord Family Foundation ArtZreach, a project of art practice and education at the Lorain County Juvenile Detention Home; he started and laid the foundations for the Big Parade, an all-town event in May where thousands of people congregate for a public cookout, music and games after a procession of home-made floats and acts from community groups and schools. Claudio Orso has been one of the first resident artists at the Morgan Conservatory and Art of Papermaking in Cleveland. Orso is working on developing the practice of papermaking as a pedagogical tool. He is married to artist and Oberlin College Cinema Studies Chair Rian Brown and they have Paolo and Arturo to keep a generational mirror on them.
Wendy Partridge is a painter, printmaker, and book artist. She studied art at San Francisco State University and the California College of Arts and Crafts. She has a graduate degree in art conservation from NYU and works as a paintings conservator at the Intermuseum Conservation Association in Cleveland, Ohio. She has been a resident artist at Zygote Press since 2006. At Zygote, she occasionally teaches workshops on pressure printing and the fundamentals of letterpress printing. This past spring she and Susan Vincent co-curated Raised Voices: Artists Books for Troubled Times.
Gloria Plevin is a prominent artist, listed in Who’s Who in American Art 1995-Present. Plevin graduated from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, Gloria Plevin also attended the Cleveland Institue of Art, the Cooper School of Art, and studied with prominent local artists until she adapted the instructor’s theories and concepts to her own purposes. Plevin paints in acrylic, watercolor and pastel. She also makes monoprints and etchings. Her style and sensibility have often invited comparison to the realism of nineteenth century American still-life painters. Her goal is to communicate her personal vision by rendering what she sees in daily life. Plevin owns and directs the Gloria Plevin Gallery of Chautauqua, New York, an area that has provided major inspiration for her work and is her beloved summer home. In 1993, Plevin had a solo exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. Her work can be found in numerous local, private, and corporate collections. She has been working at Zygote creating prints for over a decade. She had a retrospective exhibition at Zygote in 2008.
Bellamy Printz is originally from New York City. She received her BA from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her MFA from University of Washington, Seattle. Printz has exhibited her work internationally, including a PULSE exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland and has received several grants from the Ohio Arts Council. Dedicated to her craft of printmaking, she co-founded Zygote Press in 1996. Her intaglio work is based in photography, while pushing the limits of traditional print techniques. Printz lives by Lake Erie in Cleveland.
Claudia Scheffler studied in Berlin and Dresden and was a member of the German Artist Association. She lives and works in Dresden, Germany and is a lecturer for basics of artwork and design at the Technical University in Dresden. In 2007, she launched the artist company H5 with Art laboratory in the city center of Dresden. Since 2005, she has created public art and land art projects. She has had residencies in Israel, Nepal, Ukraine, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Albania.
Lisa Schonberg has been a resident artist at Zygote Press since 2006. She works mainly with monoprinting but also has experience with woodcuts and intaglio techniques. Her prints include themes inspired by nature highlighting unusual phenomena that occur and often go overlooked. She have been teaching for 31 years and presently teach printmaking and design classes at Notre Dame College in S. Euclid, Ohio. In addition to teaching college She periodically does workshops and studio primers for Zygote. To arrange a studio visit, email or call 216.956.3003.
Born in Worcester, Mass., in 1921, Phyllis Sloane received a bachelor of fine arts in 1943 from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. She worked as a free-lance designer in New York from 1944 to 1945, and soon moved to Cleveland, where she was co-owner of PDA Design Co., and later, from 1970 to 1972, the Sloane-O’Sickey Gallery. Her work is represented in numerous collections, including those of the Cleveland Museum of Art and the University of New Mexico Art Museum in Albuquerque. Her honors and awards include the Cleveland Arts Prize.
Joe Sroka graduated from Cleveland Institute of Art in 1996 with a BFA in printmaking. He began talks with Liz Maugans, while she was a T.A. at the Institute to create a collaborative workshop. Kelly Novak and Bellamy Printz also united at this time to become founding members of Zygote Press, opening their doors in 1996. Joe’s work is in the collections of the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts and he currently resides in Virginia with his wife and son.
Douglas Max Utter is a painter and writer based in Cleveland Ohio. He attended Case-Western Reserve University and has taught painting and drawing courses at several Ohio universities. He was co-founder of Angle Magazine and is currently contributing art critic for Cleveland Scene Magazine, Art Papers (Atlanta) and Sculpture (Washington DC). Utter’s work has been recognized with three Individual Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council, the Best Painting Award at the Cleveland Museum of Art’s May Show (1987), and journalism awards from the Cleveland Press Club. His art has been shown in 36 one-person shows in Cleveland, New York, and Germany.
Laila Voss has exhibited installations, performances, sculptures and drawings in the United States and abroad. She has been the recipient of numerous commissions, grants and residencies including a three-month residency award to the Headlands Center for the Arts in 2008. Recent exhibitions include the Ingenuity Festival Bridge Project, and a traveling exhibition, the Monumental in the Miniature Book. Public art projects include Hyacinth Park Gardens in Slavic Village. Since the 2003 she has been an assistant lecturer at the University of Akron Myers School of Art. Laila Voss is also a board member of SPACES. She graduated from Ohio University with a BFA and received her MFA from Kent State University.
The Reverend Albert Wagner (b. 1924) was born to sharecroppers in rural Arkansas, where he remembers loving to draw imaginary cars and airplanes (he had never been in either). His mother told him that if she had the money to send him to art school he might become a great artist. He left school after the third grade and eventually moved north to Cleveland, Ohio with his mother and brothers. After many years in the furniture moving business, Albert’s childhood dream of becoming an artist came true. While cleaning up his house for his fiftieth birthday party, he was inspired by drips and splatters of paint that had stained an old board. From that moment he devoted himself to his art. His three story East Cleveland house is now home to both his People Love People House of God Ministry (basement) and the Rev. Albert Wagner museum and studio. Literally thousands of his drawings, paintings, sculptures and constructions are on display in every room of this unmistakable three story home. The Reverend’s work is often religious, illustrating lessons from the Bible, but he also expresses his feelings on social matters and illustrates scenes from his childhood in the rural south. He has been widely exhibited around the country, including shows at the Akron Museum of Art and the American Visionary Museum of Art in Baltimore.
Jean Kondo Weigl was Artist in Residence at Zygote in 2007. Born in Berkeley, California, Weigl received her education at Scripps College (B.A., Art,) Oberlin College (M.A., Studio Art,) and the University of Utah (M.F.A., Painting and Drawing.) She has exhibited her work widely at such venues as the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Arkansas Art Center, the A.I.R. Gallery (New York,) Gallery K (Washington, DC,) and the Sande Webster Gallery (Philadelphia) and the awards she has received for her work include a Yaddo Foundation grant, five Faculty Research Grants from Old Dominion University and two Individual Artist Grants from the Ohio Arts Council. Weigl has two children and lives with her husband and mother in Oberlin.
It was decided that our process was more in the line of curating the print exhibition rather than jurying the works presented. We were also asked to include a wide range of printmaking techniques and choose works that were created in the various Zygote print programs, like the visiting artists and exchange programs. It was a challenging effort but very satisfying to choose quality prints that also had an educational aspect. Since this exhibition would be going to an audience with little print background, our job was to assemble a group of strong works that would entice the viewer to learn more about the print processes. The chosen works display a wide range of styles and approaches, and excellent examples of knowledgeable craftsmanship.
— William Martin Jean
The prints selected for the PEP Exhibition showcases many talented artists and represent a wide array of various contemporary and traditional printmaking processes and techniques. In addition, these prints showcase many of the numerous quality programs that artists have been involved with at Zygote Press since it’s inception. You will find works from artists who have participated in the Dresden, Germany Artists Exchange, the Artist-in-Residence program and the Monothon program just to name a few. Also included are prints by artists who have participated in Contract printing and works by many of the members and resident artists who work at Zygote on a regular basis.
— Respectfully Submitted by Lisa Schonberg