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.


TAIPEIxCLE Residency Exchange at the Verne Collection


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 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.



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.


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.



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. and



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)

Open Call Winter / Summer Residency

Zygote accepts applications for two 14-day residencies per year, one in summer and one in winter. Qualified artist residents should be established printmakers in the U.S. or abroad with the aim to work on a special project in Zygote’s Northeast Ohio facilities.

These residencies include free housing in the Zygote Press Artist Share Space (ZPASS) loft apartment — a live-work accommodation above the E. 30th St. studio — as well as a stipend and full access to the shop for two weeks. In exchange, residents give a lecture or demonstration and donate one work created at Zygote to the archive. Additional Zygote funding is not available for travel costs. The precise 2-week time slot of the Summer and Winter Residencies will be agreed upon by Zygote Residency Director and the selected artist based on availability of ZPASS. Normally, these residencies occur in August and January.

The next deadline for Zygote’s open call residency is: June 15, 2018 for 2019 residencies. Applicants should allow four to six weeks for Zygote to review applications after the yearly deadline.  A separate independent jury makes final selection and artists can expect immediate notification if accepted. If you have any questions regarding the residency program or application, please contact yana (at)

How to apply:

Applications must include the following:

  •  10 images of recent work – or up to 2 minutes of time based work. Please attach .Jpeg files of images, no more than 5 MB total, or include a document with links to video work.
  • Image list with the following information: Title, date, size, medium, and brief description if needed
  • Letter of Interest, including a project proposal detailing the specific work you would develop at Zygote. (No more than 1000 words)
  • Resume or CV
  • Names, emails, & phone numbers of 2 references. Please let your references know we may be calling.

For any text files, please attach .PDF, .DOC or .DOCX files only.

Open Call Residency Application

  • Drop files here or
    Please include 10 images of recent work.
  • Image list with the following information: Title, date, size, medium, and brief content description if needed.
  • Please include a letter of interest, including a project proposal detailing the specific work you would develop at Zygote. No more than 1000 words.
  • Accepted file types: pdf.

Note: Zygote Press strives to create a community of artists-in-residence that reflects a rich mix of artistic styles and ethnic, social and human diversity. Zygote seeks applicants from all backgrounds, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, and ancestry, disability or veteran status.

Foreign Affairs: Clemens Reinecke and Rita Geissler

Rita Geissler
Rita Geissler

In its 19th year, Zygote Press welcomes Clemens Reinecke and Rita Geissler to Cleveland, Ohio for the Ohio Arts Council’s longest running International Artist Residency Exchange.  The Dresden Exchange Program will send Ohio artists, Michael Gill, Editor of the Collective Arts Network and Ellen Price, who is a professor at Miami University to work at the Graffikwerkstatt in Dresden for five weeks as part of this International exchange.

Winterlandschaft, Rita Geissler | Etching
Winterlandschaft, Rita Geissler | Etching

Clemens Reinecke and Rita Geissler’s work will be featured in an exhibition, Foreign Affairs 19, at Zygote Press.  A reception will be held on Saturday, October 18th from 1-3pm, with an informal artist’s talk beginning at 2pm.

Rita Geissler is a member of the Saxon Art Association and has won several awards including the Best of Show at Leipzig  Book Fair.

Geissler, born in Dresden, studied Graphic Arts and Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden. She has an extensive exhibition record which includes shows at many Saxon Government Presidium, City Gallery Radebeul,  Library of the Dresden State Art Collections, and Carl-Lohse-Gallery Bischofswerda. Continue reading “Foreign Affairs: Clemens Reinecke and Rita Geissler”


2014 Artist-in-Residence | Donald Black, Jr. | My Scars Exposed

September 12 – October 4, 2014

Reception: September 12 – 6-8 pm

Artist Talk: September 24 – 6:30 pm

I was the kid who never left my scabs alone; I picked at them.  I’m not sure if I was attracted to self-inflicted pain, but what I do know is that I was attracted to the breaking of patterns on my skin and the mark that would be left behind.  I liked the permanency and mystery of scars.  Then there are, what I call, the unmarked scars. Continue reading “2014 Artist-in-Residence | Donald Black, Jr. | My Scars Exposed”