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.