Bellamy Printz | Board President
Curator, Art Program
Arts & Medicine Institute
Paula Mindes | Treasurer
Special Claims Unit
U.S. Department of Labor
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
Noel Reifel | Secretary
School of Art: Printmaking
Kent State University
Economic Development Officer
Slavic Village Development
Attorney, Jackson Lewis LLP
Branching Out, Founder
Edible Cleveland, Publisher
Vice President, Government Relations and Community Affairs
The MetroHealth System
Penton Design Engineering & Sourcing Group.
Assistant Professor, Drawing Department Chair
Cleveland Institute of Art
Michael R. Morgenstern
Chief Development Officer
Studio Arts and Design
University School, Hunting Valley Campus
Liz Maugans is a co-founder and Executive Director of Zygote Press, Inc. Being one of two in the womb, Liz Maugans was destined to do something collaborative. Upon meeting another chap, also a twin, they identified the need to share large industrial printing equipment and Zygote was launched. Working in wonderful shops at Kent State University, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Cleveland Institute of Art, she and her other founding members. Quilted together the best of those shops into what is Zygote Press today. Asked if she could be anything other then an artist, she would chose a city council woman or a comedian (which are sometime interchangeable). She has been called the princess of chine collé and the diva of paper lithography. Liz describes herself as an above average multi-tasker, who mothers, wifes, and creates her own work in the great quirky and authentic city of Cleveland, Ohio.
Jen Craun, Associate Director
Jen Craun is the Associate Director of Zygote Press. Jen has always been fascinated that all things are makable with a simple willingness to master ingredients and process. She finds this true in her art, work, and adventures with food. She has secretly always wanted to learn how to juggle, and she enjoys that this is often the way she works in her role as Associate Director, as well as at the press in creating her prints. Craun considers herself the left arm of Liz Maugans, and enjoys the wild ride of being the Associate Director at Zygote Press. Because she simply cannot sit still, or say no to additional adventures that present themselves, Jen fills every crevice of her spare time that is not consumed by art-making and associate directoring whipping up sweets in the kitchen, playing with her two babes, making collages, blogging, and writing the first draft of a book she'd like to have published. Additionally, Craun teaches the Artist Book Course for the Print Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art as an adjunct professor, and accepts several [and often too many] teaching artist residencies annually that get her into various elementary classrooms regionally, as she fully believes that one is never to young to become a printmaker. Translating the complexity of the medium is an adventure she hopes to never tire of.
Corrie Slawson, Grants Associate
Places that teeter between vitality and vacancy (or complacency) interest Corrie Slawson. Combining printmaking, drawing, performance and installation, she tries to deal with her agita about development decisions related to population loss, land-use and the "boom/bust" cycle. She left Cleveland to get her BFA in painting and printmaking at Parsons School of Design in New York but came back for the reasonable housing prices and never-ending community life-cycle fodder. Her MFA (in the same media) is from Kent State and she has worked in non-profit development for what feels like ages. Now, she mainly focuses on her three loves: her family, community and studio practice. Corrie writes grants for us here at Zygote Press, uses the presses and appreciates the never-ending supply of acid for her intaglio plates and camaraderie in the shop.
Elizabeth Emery, Intern + Residency Coordinator
Elizabeth Emery grew up in gritty Philadelphia and pastoral Lawrenceville, NJ. Her youthful interest in fabric and woven textures grew while living in NYC (She remains nostalgic for the city of that era.), where she designed textiles for a decade. In an unexpected and complete career change, Elizabeth raced bicycles professionally for another decade, traveling all over the world and throughout the United States. While no longer competing, Emery remains active rowing on the Cuyahoga River, cycling on the towpath, and running in Edgewater Park. This proves helpful since Emery tends to use heavy and cumbersome materials in her art-making. She is primarily a sculptor working with plaster, concrete, clay, and wood in her messy studio in an old Cleveland industrial building and she often makes a mess of cleaner print studios. Emery holds a MFA from Alfred University and a BA in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been exhibited nationally at visual arts organizations including the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA Cleveland), William Busta Gallery, The Sculpture Center, Zygote Press, Spaces, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, The Clay Studio, and internationally in Slovakia, China, and Korea. In 2011 she won the Hedy and Michael Fawcett Prize for Visual Arts from Syracuse University.
Christi Birchfield, Shop Manager
Christi Birchfield seeks experiences that provide equal and varying doses of beauty, discovery, challenge, and labor. This may stem from her younger years of camping, playing softball, and pouring over how-to-draw books. She attended college at the Cleveland Institute of Art where she always dreamed of going. There she learned about printmaking, which seemed to fulfill longings of beauty and discovery. Peeling the paper off of a plate to reveal the fresh print never gets old. As she learned about the medium she understood that one could explore printmaking for a lifetime. Christi attended Columbia University for graduate school where she received her MFA in Printmaking. She proudly works as shop manager at Zygote Press where she keeps the presses rolling and the ink flowing. When she's not at Zygote, Christi is either teaching college courses at the Cleveland Institute of Art, or working in her studio in the midtown neighborhood of Cleveland. Christi exhibits her work both in and out of Cleveland.
Nicole Schneider, Gallery Associate
Nicole moved to Cleveland in 2008 and promptly began working, volunteering, and interning at Zygote Press. Never one to say "no" to any job offering, she accepted the position of Gallery Manager in early 2013 and continues to give Ms. Liz Maugans a run for her money in the contest for who has gotten the most W2's, W-9's, and 1099's in a single tax year. Working alongside Christi Birchfield, Nicole has become the self-proclaimed "photo-emulsion whisperrerr" of Zygote Press (must roll the "r's" like Cesar Millan). Nicole Schneider received a BFA in Printmaking from Kent State University in 2007 and went on to receive a Masters of Fine Art in Printmaking from Kent State University in 2012.
Kate Snow, Membership + Database Manager