Resident Artists

Thomas Hellinger
Falk Toepfer

The Ohio Arts Council and Zygote Press Dresden Exchange Program
August 17 – September 21, 2017
September 9, 1-3pm: Foreign Affairs Opening Reception
September 9, 2pm: Foreign Affairs Artists Talk
September 9-16: Foreign Affairs Exhibition at Zygote Press

Thomas Hellinger and Falk Toepfer, both of Dresden, Germany, are in Cleveland for five weeks as part of Zygote Press’s annual artist residency program, the Dresden Exchange. Since 1995 Zygote Press and the Grafikwerkstatt in Dresden, Germany, have each send artists from their respective communities to work and learn from each other. Zygote’s Dresden Exchange is the longest-running international artist exchange program in Ohio.

Thomas Hellinger is a Dresden-based artist who studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. He received his MFA from Berlin University of the Arts in 1984. He has taught painting, printmaking and arts education and currently is an independent curator. He continues to live and work in Dresden. He has received several awards including the Painting award by the Kreibig Museum Nymphenburg in Munich. His work is shown widely in Berlin, Dresden, Frankfurt /M, Frankfurt /O, Karlsruhe, Konstanz, Luxemburg, München, Nürtingen, Oberhausen, Slubice (PL), Bad Säckingen, Stuttgart, Toronto (CAN), Wrocław (PL), Zürich (CH)

Falk Topfer was born in Dresden and studied at the Fine Arts Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden and the Accademia di Belle Arti, Brera in Milan. He has received the Guasch Coranty finalist award for the International Painting Prize among others. He has had solo shows at Galerie Junig in Köln, Piramidon Centre d‘Art Contemporani in Barcelona (Spain) and Galeria Movimento in Milan (Italy).

Cleveland artists visiting Dresden in 2017 are Rebekah Wilhelm (of Cleveland) and Patrick Mauk (of Dayton).

Rebekah Wilhelm is a professional artist and printmaker currently working in Cleveland Ohio.  She completed her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Delaware and has her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Art. She has shown her work in multiple group and curated shows and traveling portfolios throughout the country including the Cleveland Print Room’s Experiment in Process, Cleveland Ohio, Co-Curated The Cleveland West Art League’s The Intersection of Process, as well as the Crane Arts Building in Philadelphia as part of the Rate of Return show in conjunction with the Philagraphika 2010 conference and has exhibited in a solo show in New York City at Salt Gallery.  She currently teaches at Tri-C Community College as an adjunct and works as Shop Manager at Zygote Press.  She has fully transitioned the shop at Zygote to a green, non-toxic space as part of the Zygote Operation Green initiative.

Patrick Mauk, a native of Wapakoneta, Ohio, earned his BFA in printmaking from Wright State University in 1996 and his MFA in printmaking and painting from DAAP program at the University of Cincinnati in 1999. He spent two years teaching drawing and printmaking as a Visiting Professor at the University of Dayton, and three years as Adjunct Faculty at Wright State University before he began his work at the Dayton Visual Art Center (DVAC).

At DVAC, he is the Gallery Manager and works as an exhibition specialist and curator in contemporary art exhibitions – art handling, matting and framing, exhibit design, marketing and promotional design, grant writing and administration, and facility management. Patrick continues seeking opportunities to expand the cultural language of a community with new imagery, visitor-participatory exhibits, and collaborative projects involving visual art and other diverse arts and culture interests.

When he not working in the gallery, Patrick divides his time between his family and his studio. In the studio, his focus on printmaking, painting and drawing – emphasizing mark making and simplification of form through expressive treatment of the media. He exhibits in solo exhibitions throughout Ohio and has been included in International exchanges and exhibitions with the Gen Studio Group in Kyoto, Japan.

Yu-Chen Chen, TAIPEIXCLE Residency Exchange
September 25 – November 21, 2017

Opening Reception: Negative Space Gallery, October 28, 2017, 5-7:30pm.
Artist Talk: October 28, 2017, 6:30pm.
Followed by Negative Space Gallery open mic night.

September 29, 5-11pm: Night Market Screen Printing

Yu-Chen Chen is a Taipei-based artist who recently received her M.F.A from the Department of Fine Arts in the school of Taipei National University of the Arts majoring in printmaking. She has exhibited her work in solo exhibitions at the Soul Art Gallery and the Le champ de ble, in Taipei. She has been in several group exhibitions at the Asia University Museum of Modern Art, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, and Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minnesota.

Erin Adair, will be working at Bamboo Curtain Studios in Taipei, Taiwan. Erin completed her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at Oberlin College in 2014. She currently works as an educator in small towns outside of Cleveland, Ohio. Since 2015 she has worked as an intern at Zygote Press as a Letterpress Assistant.

Yu Chen will be working with our partnering organizations Thomas Jefferson Newcomers Academy, Saint Clair Superior Community Development Corporation, Night Market, Verne Collection and Negative Space Gallery. This program is generously supported by Joanne Cohen & Morris Wheeler, Asia Inc, Margaret Wong Associates, the Ohio Arts Council and Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.

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Zygote AIR
Zygote AIR: Spring 2017-October 2017

Show: October, 6th — November, 11th
Opening Reception: Friday, October 6th, 6pm — 8pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, October 21st, 10 am — noon

Laura Ruth Bidwell

Laura began her career as an artist with a BFA in painting from the University of Akron. Laura was the founding curator of Summit ArtSpace Gallery in Akron and she has served on the Board of Trustees at the Akron Art Museum, the Akron Symphony and the Akron Zoological Park. After a career in advertising as a graphic designer, she concentrates much of her attentions 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. She currently has her first curatorial project at the Transformer Station, an exhibition called, THEM

Laura is 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.

Her interest in music embraces a time, both past and present, that recognizes artists who are equally passionate about sound and image. She plans to work with vinyl records and printing them directly on the press. Photographic images and print cross over will be presented.

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