Zygote Press Announces New PROOF Fellowship

2023 BIPOC Fellows in Zygote’s shop. Pictured from left to right: Lacy Talley, Lawrence Hudson, Sydney Kay, McKinley Wiley, and Chester Hopkins-Bey. (Not pictured: Chudney Patterson)

Know someone looking to enhance their artistic practice while building community in the Cleveland area? Zygote Press is happy to announce that applications are now open for the Print Residency of Ohio’s Future (PROOF) Fellowship.

Previously known as the BIPOC Fellowship, this adaptive program is intended to open doors for Cleveland Artists of Color by connecting them with a broader artistic community and helping them to expand their practice. Piloted in 2021 as a month-long residency, in order to best tailor it to the needs of the artists this program has continually relied on past and current program participants and community advisors to inform subsequent iterations. In 2022 the program was expanded into a fellowship by extending the duration of the program from one month to three months, with additional studio time added for project support. Based on further feedback, several changes to the program’s format have been made for 2024, starting with a name change.

This year the Print Residency of Ohio’s Future (PROOF) Fellowship will provide six months of access to Zygote’s studio and ongoing instructional and project support to a cohort of six local artists, beginning in May. In the first two months of the residency, artists will participate in weekly group workshops aimed at introducing them to several printmaking processes such as screenprinting, lithography, intaglio, risography and more. After this introduction artists will have four months to develop a body of work. Bi-weekly check-ins with Michael Whitehead, Zygote’s shop and residency manager, and Ben Levy, printmaking history specialist and former Keithley Fellow, will give artists the opportunity for individualized support and mentorship. The cohort will have one group critique per month to build understanding and accountability between fellows as they develop their work. In addition, fellows receive a $500 stipend, 24/7 studio access, a shop flat file and locker, and the opportunity to sell their work in the culminating group exhibition. The intent is to give artists as much space and time as possible to develop their printmaking skills and build connections with the Zygote community. Awarded artists will receive a total of $1,625 in tuition remission, and $1,010 in studio-access remission, as well as the $500 stipend, bringing the total value of the fellowship to $3,135. This program is generously funded by the Ohio Arts Council, the Maxwell/Hanrahan Foundation, and The George Gund Foundation.

To apply, please visit our website, zygotepress.org, and click on Residencies. There you will find all the information needed to submit your application for the PROOF Fellowship.

1410 East 30th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44114


2023 BIPOC Fellows Group Exhibition, March 8–May 11. Opening 6-8pm Friday, March 8. Gallery hours 5-9pm Wednesday, noon-4pm Friday & Saturday, or by appointment

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