Cleveland Print Room Inaugurates Invitational Residencies

Clockwise from the left, images by artists of Cleveland Print Room’s first Invitational Residencies: Sam Carpenter, Mary Defer, and Rich Stroffolino.


The Cleveland Print Room is pleased to welcome artists Sam Carpenter, Mary Defer and Rich Stroffolino as recipients of the inaugural CPR Invitational Residencies.

This artist-in-residence program is for traditional film and alternative process photographers. The inaugural cohort will benefit these three Cleveland-based emerging artists with access to our facilities, technical and critical support, and a stipend. This new program is being piloted during the last three months of 2021.

“I take my camera everywhere in order to capture moments that say something about being Human,” says Sam Carpenter, “whether it be the things we’ve made, the actions we’ve taken, or how we relate to each other, places, or things. I’m looking for something that exists beyond everyday perception.”

Mary Defer, who first experienced the darkroom as a student at Kenyon College, says she has always been “captivated by the process of analog photography and the sense of alchemical magic that permeates the medium.” In 2012, a book of her photography was selected for the Cleveland Museum of Art’s DIY: Photographers & Books exhibition, and she has since regularly shown her work regionally.

Rich Stroffolino’s photographic work started as an effort to document his family on a more enduring medium than digital. “It’s evolved recently into trying to find beauty in the petty brutalism of suburban landscapes and architecture. I hope this won’t become nostalgia in the dystopia, but it probably will,” he says.

We are excited to showcase the previous work of these photographers and look forward to seeing what they create during this fall’s residency.


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