Shari Wilkins Executive Director
With a life-long appreciation for photography, it is no surprise that Wilkins would create a forum to share her affinity for the photographic image and educate others on the process of developing film in the community darkroom, education center, and gallery at the Cleveland Print Room which opened in January 2013.
Emilie Molkentin Managing Director
Emilie is a ceramic artist born and raised in the Cleveland area. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from Baldwin Wallace University, and recently completed the Museum Studies Graduate Program at Johns Hopkins University, where she focused in exhibition strategies.
Sally Winter Program Director & Residency Liaison
Sally Winter holds a degree in Speech, Theatre and Communication from Baldwin Wallace College. After trodding the boards for a few years, she worked with Playhouse Square in the beginning years, doing a variety of jobs as did everyone! She was on staff at the Cleveland Area Arts Council before moving on to the Ohio Arts Council, serving as the Northern Ohio Field Representative and later as a team member of the International Artist Program. After retiring from the OAC, she joined the Cleveland Foundation's Creative Fusion as the Artist Liaison. She currently happily serves as a consultant to the Cleveland Print Room's International Program. In her spare time she reads, gardens and dotes on her family!
BRIDGET CASWELL Teaching Artist
Bridget Caswell, née Commisso, has worked as a photographer in Northeast Ohio for 20 years. She is a photographer at NASA Glenn Research Center in Brookpark, Ohio. She has worked for newspapers in Northeast Ohio such as the Morning Journal, the News Herald and the Medina Gazette. She has also worked for American Greetings as a photographer. She runs a successful freelance business, with clients such as NPR, The Associated Press and Cleveland Magazine. She was the house photographer for the Cleveland Botanical Gardens where she contributed photography to a book on the Gardens. Her work has appeared in the New York Times and the London Daily Telegraph in England. Caswell also exhibits her photographic work. Passing on the passion and curiosity for photography and storytelling is something she finds as important as the photographic work she does. She received her bachelor's degree in Photojournalism at Kent State University.
hadley k. Conner teaching artist
Hadley K Conner is a Cleveland-based artist, musician and educator. She holds a BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art and a MAAE from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Working exclusively with film and traditional photographic materials, Hadley has been showing work both regionally and nationally for over 25 years. During that time period, Hadley has continued to teach traditional photography classes and alternative process workshops in the local area. She continues to spread the gospel of photography and film by teaching in a darkroom full time at a Cleveland area high school.
John W. Carlson Teaching Artist
Always artistically gifted, John began his career as an artist by attending Cleveland’s Cooper School of Art. Inspired by the works of Egon Schiele, Franz Kline, Edward Hopper and Lucien Freud, John strives to find a balance between expressive drawings and boldly executed paintings. John has been accepted into numerous juried shows including the prestigious Butler Midyear Show at The Butler Museum of American Art and recently juried into The Ohio Arts Council Riffe Gallery First Juried Show in Columbus OH. In July of 2015, he was the first non-photographer to show paintings in The Cleveland Print Room. He was nominated for the Cleveland Arts Prize in 2009 and in 2004 his charcoal drawing "Viewpoint" was purchased by the Erie Art Museum and entered into their permanent collection. His work can be found in collections across the United States and in Europe.
JULIA VAN WAGENEN TEACHING ARTIST
Julia Van Wagenen is a freelance photographer and art educator from Cleveland. She attended Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication where she majored in Photojournalism. Julia teaches photography and mixed media art to people of all ages and backgrounds through the Cleveland Print Room, as well as Art House, Beck Center for the Arts, LAND Studio, and Hathaway Brown School. Julia is most passionate about collaborative community based art. Her recent projects include neighborhood made cyanotype installations in Cleveland’s Cudell and Ohio City neighborhoods, and a teen newspaper at Lincoln West High School in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood of Cleveland. Julia is inspired by the outdoors. Her projects and personal photography reflect that passion.
Aja grant teaching artist
Aja Grant is a Cleveland native visual artist using digital media to create composites inviting viewers to see the blend of the modern human psyche with that of nature and our ancestral instincts. Graduating from Cleveland State with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Art, the blending of the two worlds is common in her works. She holds a deep appreciation for teaching and inspiring others and views inspiration as a reciprocal process.
DA’SHAUNAE JACKSON TEACHING ARTIST
Da’Shaunae Jackson is a photographer who resides in Cleveland, OH. She currently studies photography at Cuyahoga Community College. She was a finalist of the Photographer’s Forum 38th Annual College & High School Photography Contest. Her work was published in Breakwall Literary Journal and has been shown in group exhibitions at the Cleveland Print Room. She published her first monograph, Waiting to Arrive, in 2017. The book takes the viewer along her journey on Cleveland’s Regional Transit Authority and gives a very personal perspective on riding the RTA.
KERRY DAVIS Development coordinator and community liason
“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” -Emile Zola. Kerry Davis is the picture of an "out loud" individual. He hails from Charleston, Missouri, where he co-founded a community arts organization. Davis is a person of varied experiences: he has been a classroom educator, served on boards and various comittees, worked as a personal assistant, and been a waiter! Kerry says "Community and the fine arts are truly my passion. We should never forget the value of that relationship and continue to perpetuate it."
Jeff Curtis Gallery Manager
Jeff has been with Cleveland Print Room since before our doors opened, having been involved early on, during the initial planning stages, and helping to get the Print Room facilities ready for business.
Holding a Master's degree in Library and Information Science after majoring in Studio Art and English at Kent State University, Jeff has worked as a professional Law Librarian, and is an active musician, artist/cartoonist, and pinhole photographer. Says Jeff, "If you see what looks like an old oatmeal box sitting around the Print Room, DON'T THROW IT AWAY, thanks. That'll be my pinhole camera."
STEPHEN BIVENS TEACHING ARTIST
After 10 years in the United States Marine Corps and leading large teams in the customer service industry, Stephen Bivens has returned to his first love: photography. The essence of life, people, events and architecture interest him. Having traveled the world, and enjoyed many cultures and communities, Bivens brings a life of learning and experience to his work.
He views photography as a way of life and is rarely seen out and about without a camera in-hand. He still works with film on a regular basis and finds inspiration from the greatest photographers of all time: Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Diane Arbus.
Bivens is an established concert, fashion, and portrait photographer whose work can be seen regularly in local galleries throughout Cleveland. Stephen holds a Communications degree from the University of North Carolina.
ALISON BRADY TEACHING ARTIST
Alison Brady is a Cleveland native who recently relocated to her hometown after working as an artist for the past 15 years in Brooklyn, New York. After receiving her MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York, Alison has done dozens of solo and group shows, earning praise from New York Magazine, Time Out, and The New York Times. Of one of her first earliest solo shows, The New York Times' chief art critic Roberta Smith wrote, “Ms. Brady’s work deals rather explicitly and hilariously with the female predicament.” That same year, Alison was named one of the top emerging artists in the world by the Saatchi Gallery in London. She continues to exhibit nationally and internationally, and her photography is featured in many private and public collections, including Elton John’s collection and the West Collection. In addition to her studio work, Alison has directed photo shoots for a number of commercial and editorial clients, from Marc Jacobs to Tom Tom Magazine and Lady Gunn.
JEF JANIS TEACHING ARTIST
helen severovich teaching artist
Helen is a photographer born in San Francisco and raised in Lakewood, Ohio. She graduated from Cleveland Institute of Art in 2014, earning her Bachelor's in Fine Arts. Helen is continuing her education with a dual degree of Counseling and Art Therapy at Ursuline College. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her dogs, Cora and Archie, and her husband, Tim.
Caitlin groh Teaching artist
Caitlin Groh is a photographer and educator from North East Ohio. She is a graduate of The Cleveland Institute of Art, having received her Bachelor's of Fine Art in Photography. She has been teaching art to kindergarten through twelfth grade students for eight years. She has recently transitioned from teaching art to school administration. She enjoys both teaching and working on personal projects at The Cleveland Print Room.
Melinda Placko Teaching Artist
Cleveland native Melinda Placko is an artist and teacher. Her studio is at the Hildebrandt Artist Collective, where she throws paint around, hangs out with the creative muse, and draws what she sees. Her love of photography came through the side door- a natural development of her collage practice. Melinda earned her BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art, with overseas study in the UK. Her MFA is from the University of Massachusetts. As a teaching artist since 2007, she feels the biggest perk of the job is collaborating with young artists.
Ryan D’Amicone Teaching artist
Ryan is a professional photographer and videographer located in Cleveland Ohio. Starting out his passion for everything media related started when he was in high school. He began shooting videos, and short films, alongside photography. He went on to pursue and earn a bachelor's degree in Media Production and Business Management. Since then, he has been shooting weddings, portraits, and commercial work. He loves working with people and sharing his knowledge to help others grow thier passions and develop new skills.
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