Jane A. Black, Executive Director
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Jane Black founded Build Art In, LLC, in 2014, where she assists businesses and organizations in identifying art that expresses its individual vision, mission and aesthetic; then finding, creating and/or purchasing and installing the work. She was the Associate Director at the Dayton Art Institute (DAI) from 2011 through 2014. Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Dayton Visual Arts Center for eight years and prior to that, covered the visual arts for the Dayton Daily News.
She has curated scores of exhibitions; managed three international artist residencies; completed major public art installations at area hospitals; facilitated a statewide printmaking conference and public event; written a successful $2.2 million grant for Ohio Capital Budget funds; planned and implemented a $1.3 million public art collaboration with Dayton Metro Library; and developed participatory practices for the general public as well as students, faculty and staff of the museum’s institutional partners. Her background is in studio art, specifically mixed-media with a concentration in fiber and surface design. She was well known for the practice of Japanese fish printing.
Jane often serves as a juror, panelist and curator for regional arts organizations and has served on the Board of Trustees at the Springfield Museum of Art and Hartman Rock Garden. Jane has curated exhibitions for the Dublin Arts Council and the Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery in Columbus, as well as at the Dayton Art Institute. She has served twice as a reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts’ Challenge America: Reaching Every Community grants program, once on the Museums panel for the NEA’s Access to Artistic Excellence grant process and served twice as a panelist for the National Endowment’s Visual Arts grant process. Jane has adjudicated Ohio Arts Council operating support grants for nonprofit arts organizations and individual awards of excellence for artists and served on the OAC Individual Excellence Awards panel for visual artists (2-D). . She can be reached at jane (at) zygotepress (dot) org.
Stephanie Kluk, Director of Operations
Stephanie Kluk is an artist and arts administrator with over 10 years of experience. After receiving her BFA in Photography from the Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH, Stephanie moved to Chicago, IL. While in Chicago, Ms. Kluk exhibited her artwork throughout the city and worked as the Program Director for the Chicago Artists’ Coalition. There she coordinated exhibitions, expanded membership benefits and managed professional development workshops for artists. In 2008, Ms. Kluk moved to Cleveland and accepted a position with Art House, Inc. as the Program and Community Enrichment Manager. For over seven years she managed a variety of programs that included free art education classes for children and families. Also during that time, Stephanie helped develop the Program Coordinator position at Shore Cultural Center, and joined the Board of Directors for the Cleveland West Art League (CWAL). In January 2014 Ms. Kluk was elected Board President of CWAL and helped lead the organization through its first strategic plan. In the summer of 2015 Stephanie was awarded a scholarship from The Cleveland Foundation to attend the National Guilds’ nine month Community Arts Education Leadership Institute . She can be reached at stephanie (at) zygotepress (dot) org.
Liz Maugans, Co-founder
Liz Maugans, co-founder and Executive Director of Zygote Press, received her BFA in printmaking from Kent State University and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. As an advocate for artists and the visual arts, Maugans has served as a consultant for many organizations and art business start-ups. Her passion for cross-disciplinary partnerships includes collaborations with the North Shore Federation of Labor, The AIDS Taskforce, Community Assessment and Treatment Services and Slavic Village Development Corporation. She is the co-founder of the Collective Arts Network, a quarterly journal and arts network that works to promote Northeast Ohio artists and organizations to a greater audience through a quarterly journal and collective events. Maugans’ work is included in the Progressive Art Collection, BF Goodrich (Charlotte, N.C.) and The Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, (Columbus, OH) collections. She received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 2000 and a 2005 Artist-in-Communities Grant. She was honored, along with her Zygote co-founder, the Martha Joseph Prize for Distinguished Service from the Cleveland Arts Prize in 2012. In 2013, she was awarded a $20,000 Creative Workforce Fellowship from Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. Liz’s work can be seen here: lizmaugans.com. She can be reached at liz (at) zygotepress (dot) org.
Alisha Camus, Ink House, Communications & Archives Manager
Alisha Camus, Interim Ink House Communications & Facilities Director, began her happy time at Zygote Press as an Administrative Intern. She received her BFA from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2006, and her MA and MFA from the University of Iowa in 2010, majoring in painting and minoring in printmaking. Alisha’s artwork varies widely from portraiture to large geometric abstractions and this work has been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions from the North Coast to the Gulf Coast. She is a Louisiana native who recently became a snow-loving Clevelander in the winter of 2015. Before moving to Cleveland, Alisha worked as a fine art reproductionist assisting the New Orleans area’s career artists reproduce and sell their artwork. In addition to her love of art, Alisha specializes in bad puppy wrangling, Cleveland exploring, and french fry tasting. She can be reached at alisha (at) zygotepress (dot) org.
Lindsay Fullerton, a Chicago native, came to Zygote Press with over ten years of experience in qualitative and quantitative research, communications strategy, and social media consulting for corporations, educational institutions and non-profits throughout the US. Lindsay holds an undergraduate degree in Marketing and Communication from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA and PhD in Communication Studies from the School of Communication at Northwestern University. She has previously worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and also as a graphic designer for non-profit organizations. Lindsay joined Zygote after moving to Cleveland in 2015. Her printmaking work – primarily letterpress and screenprinting – combines her interests in typography and academic background in researching the history of technology. She can be reached at lindsay (at) zygotepress (dot) org.
Yana Mikho-Misho, Exhibitions and Residency Manager
Yana Mikho-Misho was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and moved to Cleveland in 2003. In Cleveland, she studied Visual Communications and Design at Cuyahoga Community College and Photography (CE) at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Yana has years of experience as a gallery and artist assistant: working with MicroArtSpace within 78th Street Studios, The SPACES World Artists Program (SWAP) helping research for Anna Viola Hallberg, and as a gallery intern at Zygote Press. Before that, she studied Industrial Engineering at Tashkent Polytechnical Institute, and Economics and business through a German Organisation for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) project in Uzbekistan. She describes her approach to living and art-making by the phrase “curiosity, then efforts to capture stealing beauty, color, light, reflections, and the metaphysical moments of life.” Yana’s main medium is digital photography, and, since discovering the printmaking process through her Zygote internship, it has given her a whole new meaning and happiness (that unforgettable moment when you’ve seen your print come alive) in expressing her art. Her photography, prints, and collages were recently in exhibitions at the Riffe Gallery, Columbus; artNEO and Zygote Press in Cleveland; the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography in Moscow and the Erarta Contemporary Art Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her works have also been displayed at TATE Modern in London and The Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio, among other venues. Her works have been included in publications in the U.S., France and Russia. She can be reached at yana (at) zygotepress (dot) org.
Rebekah Wilhelm, Shop Manager, completed her MFA at the University of Delaware and her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. She spent a year teaching and developing her studio practice in Philadelphia and moved back to Cleveland in 2011. Her work has been exhibited throughout the country including the Morgan Paper Conservatory [re]define, 3rd Annual Regional Juried Exhibition in Cleveland Ohio as well as the Crane Arts Building in Philadelphia as part of the Rate of Return show in conjunction with the Philagraphika 2010 conference. She has exhibited solo, in New York City, at Salt Gallery. Rebekah is adjunct faculty at Cuyahoga Community College and is Project Manager for Zygote Operation Green (ZOG!), our non-toxic printshop, greening initiative. She can be reached at rebekah (at) zygotepress (dot) org.