Join us for Liz Fest 2018!

It’s Liz Fest 2018! Join us for sendoff party celebrating the fabulous Liz Maugans!

When: Saturday, January 20, 6 – 10 PM
Where: BayArts (Huntington Playhouse Dr, Bay Village, OH 44140)
Cost: $30 – Your ticket includes beer, wine, and appetizers.

Help Liz celebrate her many years as Zygote Press’s Executive Director, and help wish her well in her new endeavors! There will be a roast and toast from 7 – 8 PM. Ages 21+.

Purchase tickets online here.

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Zygote Welcomes Jane A. Black as new Executive Director


Earlier this year, our dynamic and long-time Executive Director and co-founder, Liz Maugans, decided to step down from her leadership position at Zygote Press to pursue new artistic and personal goals. We are grateful for Liz’s vision and service as Executive Director.

After spending the last several months thoughtfully conducting a search for Zygote’s next leader, we are pleased to announce Zygote’s new Executive Director, Jane A. Black. Jane is a Dayton native, who is an independent curator and manages Build Art In LLC, the art consultancy business she founded in 2014. She will assume her duties with Zygote in January 2018. Before joining Zygote, Jane was the Associate Director at the Dayton Art Institute (DAI) from 2011 – 14, and served as Executive Director of the Dayton Visual Arts Center from 2003 to 2012. Please join us in welcoming Jane to Zygote and Cleveland!

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Join us for Kevin Hogan’s Artist Talk on 12/7

Please join us this Thursday, December 7th @ 6pm for a talk with artist in residence, printmaker Kevin Hogan, at Zygote Press.

Kevin Thomas Hogan was born in Liverpool, England in 1954 into a working class family of the industrial north. At eleven, Kevin arrived in Cleveland, Ohio after emigrating to the U.S. with his sister and parents.

From England, Kevin brought an interest in drawing and painting to his education at the Lakewood public schools and on to Cooper School of Art and Kent State University. During his time in the Cleveland area Kevin was the gallery director for the New Organization of the Visual Arts and was instrumental in the founding of A Space P Space, later SPACES. Hogan makes sculptural installations, paintings, prints, drawings, and mixed media artwork.

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Giving Tuesday is in One Week!

Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (November 28, 2017), is global day of giving to charities and nonprofits. This Giving Tuesday, please support Zygote Press! Your donations support our educational & community programming, advocacy, and exhibitions – plus our mission to provide affordable, professional workspace to artists. Thanks in advance for you contributions!

There are several ways to support Zygote Press:
Become a member
: A great way to support – and be a part of – Zygote Press is by becoming a member! We have membership packages to suit all needs, and you can learn about our membership and donor levels here. If you would prefer to write a check, you can make a check payable to Zygote Press.

Donate any amount: Contribute to Zygote in any amount online via PayPal by credit card (no PayPal account needed)- every little bit helps. Zygote Press is a 501C3 non-profit and all contributions are tax-deductible within the provisions of the law. If you would prefer to write a check, you can make a check payable to Zygote Press.

Shop at Zygote: A portion of the proceeds of each sale go to Zygote and the rest goes to the artists – you will be supporting both Zygote and NEO printmakers!

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Exhibit and Sell your Work at Zygote’s Annual Off the Wall Event


OFF THE WALL / ZYGOTE PRESS
Dec. 2nd — Dec. 24th

DROP-OFF:
11/22 (Wed): Noon — 6PM
11/25 (Sat) : Noon — 4PM

OPENING RECEPTION:
12/02 (Sat): Noon — 6pm
12/03 (Sunday): Noon — 4pm

Handmade. Local. Old school. The art and ephemera at Zygote Press’s annual Off The Wall Holiday Show has all that appeal and more.

Off The Wall is where Northeast Ohio printmakers and other artists annually sell holiday gifts to hang on your wall, as well as a multitude of items that seem to spill spontaneously from the minds and hands of printmakers—from greeting cards to handmade books, to scratch pads, and other items.

ELIGIBILITY
This show is open exclusively to current members of Zygote Press. You can become a Zygote Press member, if you are not one already, HERE. Non-members who are interested in participating in the Off The Wall may join at our standard membership rates when dropping off work for the show.

SCHEDULE
Drop-off of Art Works:
Wednesday, November 22 (12-6pm)
Saturday, November 25 (12-4pm)

Exhibition Dates: December 2 – December 24, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 2, 12-6pm & Sunday, December 3, 12-4pm
Pick up work: Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 1-7pm & Saturday, January 13, 12-4pm
ALL WORK MUST BE PICKED UP BY JANUARY 18, 2018.

SUBMISSION PROCESS:
All current members of Zygote Press are eligible to submit their art works for this exhibition.
• Work must be delivered during the above-listed dates
Please complete the Consignment Agreement Form ( download the attached .pdf file), or fill one out at time of drop-off. Please print clearly all your contact info and art work detail info.
All framed works be clearly labeled on the back (artist / title / media / price) with a sticker provided at drop-off dates.
• Exhibitors may join or renew upon drop-off if they do not have a current membership and will be allowed at that time to submit their work for this exhibition. Please be prepared to complete a membership form and provide a check or credit card information for membership fee if this is the case.

WORKS ACCEPTED FOR EXHIBITION:
Work accepted for exhibition must meet the following criteria:
• Framed works must be ready for hanging via wire, or, if it’s not framed — wrapped in clear covers. Please also submit your work in some kind of protective enclosure – for example, bubblewrap or brown wrapping paper.
• All works are for sale. Zygote will retain 40% commission from works sold. Artists’ checks will be mailed / pick-up within 30 days after the exhibition closes.

FINAL DECISIONS:
Decisions made by Zygote Press concerning eligibility are final. Zygote Press reserves the right to refuse any artwork due to content, any work it considers too fragile or heavy to exhibit, or that has extraordinary installation requirements.

PICKUP OF ARTWORK AFTER EXHIBIT:
Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 1-7pm
Saturday, January 13, 12-4pm
ALL WORK MUST BE PICKED UP BY JANUARY 18, 2018.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
If you have any questions or need further assistance please contact Yana at yana@zygotepress.org

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Intern at Zygote!

Our next deadline for internship applications in January 1st, 2017. You will find our internship application and more info on our Internship Page. However, we are accepting applications for an Office/Administrative intern on a rolling basis – so if you would like to be a Zygote intern now (or know someone who does) – apply ASAP!

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Yu-Chen Chen Exhibition Opening and Artist Talk Saturday, October 28

TAIPEIXCLE Artist Residency 2017

Yu-Chen Chen: Making the night mine

Location: Negative Space Gallery / 3820 Superior Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44114
Saturday, October 28th 5:30pm

Yu-Chen Chen is Zygote Press TAIPEIXCLE Artist Resident who’s working with our partnering organizations Thomas Jefferson Newcomers Academy, Saint Clair Superior Community Development Corporation, Night Market Cleveland, Verne Collection, and, Negative Space. This program is generously supported by Joanne Cohen & Morris Wheeler, Asia Inc., Margaret Wong Association, The Ohio Arts Council and Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.

 Yu-Chen Chen received her MFA from the Department of Fine Arts in the School of Taipei National University of the Arts majoring in printmaking. She has exhibited her works at Soul Art Gallery, The Le Champ de Ble. She has been in several group exhibitions at the Asia University Museum of Modern Art, National Taipei Museum of Fine Arts, and, Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minnesota.

Yu-Chen Chen: I like to work in the night or alone in the studio. In the night everything going quiet helps me focus. And the other reason is I have serious jet leg when I’m here. I wake up and my brain keeps going because I can’t sleep in the night. So that’s why I named the show, “Making the night mine.”

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Artist Talk by Laura Ruth Bidwell Saturday, October 21, 10 am — noon

Mondegreen: The Artist Talk
works by Laura Ruth Bidwell
Saturday, October 21st, 10 am — noon
Please join us at Zygote Press this Saturday, October 21, for the Artist Talk for  Mondegreen, works by Laura Ruth Bidwell. One way a “mondegreen” is created is when a person incorrectly hears a song lyric and then substitutes words that sound similar and make some kind of sense. American writer Sylvia Wright coined the term in 1954, writing about how as a girl she had misheard the lyric “…and laid him on the green” in a Scottish ballad as “…and Lady Mondegreen”.
 _________________
C’est si bon
De partir n’importe où
Bras dessus, bras dessous
En chantant des chansons
C’est si bon
De se dire des mots doux
De petits riens du tout
Mais qui en disent long
_________________
Say see bone
Ah bactine ah backtoo
Waddah choo waddah choo
Casey and Dee
So long
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TAIPEI x CLE Artist Resident Yu-Chen Chen

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.

Zygote Press is proud to welcome Yu-Chen Chen, an artist from Taipei, Taiwan as part of our TAIPEI x CLE exchange.

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.

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Laura Ruth Bidwell Exhibition Opening on October 6

Mondegreen
works by Laura Ruth Bidwell
On View: October, 6th — November, 11th
Opening Reception: Friday, October 6th, 6pm — 8pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, October 21st, 10 am — noon

Laura Ruth Bidwell began her career as an artist with a painting major from the University of Akron and, after a career as a graphic designer in advertising, works on photography, video and on-demand book projects.

 As an artist-in-residence at Zygote Press, she has created a body of work called “Mondegreen”. A mondegreen is a mis-hearing of words or phrases. The pieces made at Zygote reference a childhood mis-hearing of the lyrics to Eartha Kitt’s “C’est Si Bon”. The works also refer to the unreliability of memory.

One way a mondegreen is created is when a person incorrectly hears a song lyric and then substitutes words that sound similar and make some kind of sense. American writer Sylvia Wright coined the term in 1954, writing about how as a girl she had misheard the lyric “…and laid him on the green” in a Scottish ballad as “…and Lady Mondegreen”.

This also applies to memory. As time passes, we roll the recollection of events into a compact ball as details fall away and a hardened belief remains. Fictions become fact and the truth emerges from dreamlike details. In 1961, we moved to Detroit for one year. I was 7 years old. It was far enough away from comfort and filled with enough anxiety that I do not remember much about that time. What I do remember is a damp basement filled with toys that ultimately mildewed and a red portable record player.

I had moved on from dramatic readings of Jack and The Beanstalk and a 1941 version of A Christmas Carol when I discovered a 45rpm record of Eartha Kitt singing “C’est si Bon” in the record stack. The record sleeve had no photo but I knew immediately from the French lyrics and her eerie, idling voice that she stood for glamour. And adulthood. Once she started confiding in you about Cadillac cars, mink coats, and des bijoux the stars were there to reach for.

The mix of one slightly muffled speaker and baffling French lyrics combined to create a song that was still grand enough for swanning around in plastic high heels and castoff jewelry. I offer the following versions of C’est Si Bon – the original opening verses and the remnants my youthful version.

C’est si bon
De partir n’importe où
Bras dessus, bras dessous
En chantant des chansons

C’est si bon
De se dire des mots doux
De petits riens du tout
Mais qui en disent long
_________________

Say see bone
Ah bactine ah backtoo
Waddah choo waddah choo
Casey and Dee
So long

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