TAIPEIxCLE Residency Exchange at the Verne Collection

TAIPEIXCLE RESIDENCY EXCHANGE

Tuesday November 21st, 2017  Verne Collection

      In partnership with Zygote Press

Join us for an evening of celebrating Print in Asia with Zygote Press and the Verne Collection.   Meet Yu-Chen Chen, Zygote’s Artist-in-Residence from Taiwan and at the same time see the beautiful Verne Collection of Japanese Art.

The Verne Collection is an internationally renowned gallery of contemporary and antique Japanese prints and paintings by American artists living in Japan.  The Verne Collection was established in 1953.   The private collection has been on loan to the Metropolitan Museum in New York, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and The Fogg Museum at Harvard.

We celebrate the work of Taipei-based Yu-Chen Chen who will bring a folio or her works she created here in Cleveland and speak about her impressions during her 2-month residency at Zygote.

When: Tuesday November 21st from 6-8pm

Where: Verne Collection:  2207 Murray Hill Road  Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP: This event is free,  but please RSVP because space is limited to Liz Maugans liz@zygotepress.org by November 17th

This program is sponsored through the generous support of The Ohio Arts Council, Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, Joann Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Wong and Associates, Asian Services in Action, Negative Space Gallery, the Verne Collection, and Bamboo Curtain Studios.

 

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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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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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Executive Director Position Description now available

POSITION DESCRIPTION: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

(click here for pdf)
Mission and Background

Zygote Press has been promoting contemporary fine art printmaking for over 20 years by providing an affordable, professional workspace for Cleveland artists. Zygote is a 501c3 organization with two Cleveland, Ohio locations: a workshop and gallery space in the Arts Quarter district of the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood and a workshop in the Waterloo Arts District neighborhood. Zygote is member-supported and receives additional funding from artist studio rental, private and community foundations, and government funders including Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Zygote’s annual budget is approximately $350,000 and currently has a staff of two full-time employees and four part-time employees.

Zygote initiates projects and programs in direct response to its neighborhoods and art community needs and has a proven track record for creating successful partnerships. As a result, Zygote’s growth has skyrocketed over the past several years. Artists here continue to generate work while earning revenue through sales, teaching, and contract printing in a collaborative environment. Zygote’s community-centered programs, classes, exhibitions, and cross-sector initiatives have expanded its initial impact from a provider of studio space and basic printmaking facilities to be a regular destination for international resident artists, offering hands-on programs to youth and collaborative groups, and has become a resource for arts organizations to create limited editions by artists.

For more information about Zygote, please visit www.zygotepress.org.

Position Summary

Reporting to the 16-member Board of Trustees, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Zygote’s staff, programs, and execution of its mission.  The ED will develop deep knowledge of the fine art printmaking field, core programs, operations, and business plans.

The ED will be based primarily at Zygote’s flagship workshop and gallery at 1410 East 30th Street, Cleveland, Ohio.

 

Responsibilities

Leadership & Management

  • Ensure ongoing consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and education programs, and recommend and allocate resources and timelines needed to achieve strategic goals
  • Exhibit strong financial leadership
  • Actively engage and energize Zygote Press Board members, volunteers, members, and funders
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain staff
  • Ensure programmatic excellence and rigorous program evaluation, the results of which can be effectively communicated to the Board, funders, and other constituents

Fundraising, Earned Income & Communications

  • Expand contributed revenue in all giving sectors (individual, business, foundation, and government agencies)
  • Maximize earned income through Ink House, Zygote’s Waterloo Arts District facility, which is specially designated for contract fine art printing
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications – from web presence and social media to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand
  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new revenue opportunities

Planning

  • Lead strategic planning with Board members and staff to move Zygote into next stage of growth and accomplishment
  • Study Zygote’s current facilities and identify opportunities for reconfiguration leading to greater office productivity and earned income (Facility assessment will be an on-going effort)

Board Development and Relations

  • Maintain strong relationships with the Board to ensure that members are well informed about organization performance and are engaged at the appropriate level
  • Assist with Board member recruitment and orientation of new members
  • Coordinate the work and serve as an ex-officio member of all committees of the Board; work with the Executive Committee to assure all Board committee work is completed in a timely fashion
  • Assist with Board meeting preparations, including agenda development

Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

Required Experience

  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop a high-performance team, and set and achieve strategic objectives
  • Proven fiscal management experience developing and managing budgets with the ability to clearly communicate fiscal status to trustees, staff, and funders
  • Proven fundraising expertise in all giving sectors (individuals, business, foundations, government agencies) and special events and the ability to improve and develop income streams
  • Success working with a Board of Trustees, including the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Creative thinking for organizational and programming ideation
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Strong marketing and public relations skills, with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Experience working with volunteers and interns
  • Possesses passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude and is mission-driven and self directed
  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field (art, art history, non-profit administration, etc.)
  • 3-5 years leadership experience with direct reports

Preferred Experience

  • Master’s Degree in related field
  • 5+ years of leadership experience with direct reports
  • Printmaker or printmaking experience

Physical Requirements

Zygote is a working printmaking facility. Please ask for list of physical requirements for this job.

Desired Candidate Characteristics

  • Strong leader of people, ideas, programs, and budgets
  • Visionary
  • Committed to challenging the boundaries of printmaking
  • Authentic respect for artists with ability to mentor artists
  • Comfortable interacting with all kinds of people in all kinds of positions and roles in the community
  • Energetic advocate for Zygote

Compensation

Salary is commensurate with experience and organizational budget.

To Apply

Email cover letter and resume to S. Murray, Chair, Search Committee at: edzygote@gmail.com. No phone calls, please. Application deadline: September 1, 2017 or until the position is filled.

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INK House GRAND OPENING

Free the Ink: INK House Grand Opening
6.27.2015, 12-4pm

Zygote Press’s satellite location-INK House ‘Fine Art Edition Printmaking Studio’, will host its GRAND OPENING during the Waterloo Arts Fest! Printmaking demonstrations will take place both in and outside of INK House. Take a tour of the newly renovated printshop. Catch a glimpse of what’s required to create a hand-pulled limited edition print by watching professional printmakers hard at work. In the backyard, make a printed impression while taking a ride on Inky, Zygote’s hybrid rocking horse/printmaking press. Cranky, Zygote’s mobile letterpress will be cranking-away in the tent. There will be free printed take-aways, cool refreshments, prints for sale, not to mention live music on the front porch!

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Welcome Patti Fields & Ray Juaire as this year’s AIR artists.

Patti & Ray will be working in Zygote’s studio this summer. Stay tuned for more details. Meanwhile save the date for their closing reception and artist talk.

Closing Reception September 26th 2-4pm   ** Artist talk 3pm **

The full run of the exhibition is September 4th through October 3rd, 2015.

Patti Fields and Ray Juaire work and live in the Cleveland area. They both attended The Cleveland Institute of Art where they met and began their collaboration over 20 years ago. Fields, a trained Metalsmith, often focuses on the smallest of details within her jewelry and sculptural work, while Juaire comes from a background in Painting, Sculpture, and Photography. Together, they create objects that utilize both their vision, interests, and skills.

They often transform a variety of media to create artwork that, at times, symbolizes their professional and personal relationship and explores issues of place and memory. Their work can be singular or done in small series that play with balance, utilizing dynamic forms, conceptual narratives, and a re-imagined history of the objects they incorporate in each of their pieces. They create new histories in the combinations of fabricated and found objects and work to create metaphors for the nucleus of human, scientific, and metaphysical relationships.

 

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Buy tickets for Bada Bingo Benefit on “Support Zygote” page.

Buy tickets for this Bada Benefit on the “Support Zygote” page.

Local arts organization Zygote Press invites the community to join them for the Bada Bingo Spaghetti Dinner + Benefit. This year’s event will be held at Convivium 33 Gallery located at 1433 E 33rd Street, in Cleveland, on May 8, 2015. Entry includes a full sit-down dinner with food generously provided by local favorites including: Flying Fig, Grove Hill, Luna, Phoenix Coffee and more! Dj Ape Bleakney will be mixing beats while special guest MC Veranda Lni spices things up with a drag take on traditional Bingo.

With dinner starting at 7:30pm and Bingo at 8:30pm, attendees have plenty of time to take in the art exhibition, visit the cash bar, and get their cards set up for the game. Outrageous Bingo prizes include tickets to local favorites like Great Lakes Theater Company and Blossom, gift cards and goodies from Blush, Loganberry Books, Banyan Tree, and many, many more! The last card of night is our Bada Bingo extravaganza and the winner walks away with a $300 gift card to Lola and 2 tickets to the VIP Diamond Lounge at the Horseshoe Casino.

Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on amazing silent auction items such as a weekend in Vegas and a behind-the-scenes lunch+tour with architect John Williams of the new downtown Heinens.

“Zygote had so much fun putting on last year’s ‘Iron Printmaker’ benefit, we decided to take it up a notch with a twist on the idea of a spaghetti dinner in a church hall. Alenka Banko,” owner of Convivum 33 Gallery, “was so gracious in offering her space. The former St. Josaphat Catholic Church is the perfect place for this event and offers a beautiful backdrop for the art show and fundraiser,” said Executive Director Liz Maugans. “We are also incredibly grateful to our long list of sponsors which includes, William Busta, Process Creative, 4Walls, Jackson Lewis, Blick, Modern Contractors, Consolidated Printing, M Gentile Studios Inc, Phoenix, Luna, Lola, Reddi’s Pizza, Anna in the Raw, Tastebuds, Urban Orchid, First Federal of Lakewood, Hotcards, Fred + Laura Bidwell, Keith + Linda Berr, Outrageous endings by Sandi Lefkowitz, Samuel, Kellogg & Co., Inc., and Dr. Marie A. Simon + John Michael Zayac.”

Tickets start at $65 and includes dinner, 5 Bingo cards, and drink ticket. VIP tickets include dinner, 15 Bingo cards, 2 drink tickets, free valet, and a limited edition Bada Bingo Spaghetti dinner silk screened apron for $150. A VIP table for 6 can be purchased for $850. All proceeds go to Zygote Press, a 501(c)3 nonprofit serving artists and the community for nearly 20 years.

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Students & Faculty Work from 4 Ohio Universities coming to Zygote Press

Saturday, April 11, 2015 1-3pm

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4U is a biennial exhibition of students and faculty from the printmaking departments of four Ohio universities. In addition to their work on the gallery walls, students and faculty participants will bring portfolios of work for browsing.

The artists will also be on hand to discuss their work and compare notes.

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Meet Liz Chalfin, Director of Zea Mays Printmaking

February 25th 6-9pm
We are thrilled to have Liz Chalfin of Zea Mays Printmaking here at Zygote to help us green our acid room! Please join us for pizza, drinks, and an opportunity to learn more about the coming environmentally-friendly transformation.

Liz Chalfin is founder and director of Zea Mays Printmaking and a practicing printmaker. Zea Mays Printmaking is one of the country’s premier green studios and educational resources. Chalfin oversees the studio’s research program and conducts workshop on safer etching at studios around the world. Her own prints, drawings and artists’ books are exhibited in the U.S. and internationally (Ireland, England, India, Cuba).   Her work is in numerous permanent collections including the Art Museum at Bowdoin College, Smith College Museum of Art, the Portland Museum of Art, the De Cordova Museum and Sculpture Park, The Hood Museum, The University of the Arts (Philadelphia), Yale University, Museo Internacional de Gravura (Portugal), San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts (Havana) and the Boston Public Library. Her work is available from The Curator Gallery, NYC and Zea Mays Printmaking.  www.lizchalfin.com and www.zeamaysprintmaking.com

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Upcoming Exhibitions

 Off The Wall / Zygote Press
On View: 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.

For more information on how to submit work, eligibility, and pick up dates go here.

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