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.
KERRY DAVIS associate director, outreach coordinator
“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."
MICHAEL LODERSTEDT OPERATIONS COORDINATOR
In addition to serving as the new Operations Assistant for the Cleveland Print Room, Michael Loderstedt is a Professor Emeritus of Kent State University where he also served as their Interim Director of the School of Art. He continues to explore new studio projects that investigate the geography, histories or natural phenomena of particular sites and events. His most recent, a commissioned work for the Worthington Yards development, uses digital tapestries and resin castings that examine our changing regional ecosystem.
His work can also be found in the public collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Progressive Insurance, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, the Akron Art Museum and the Kupferstiche Kabinett in Dresden, Germany and others. Michael Loderstedt has completed artist residencies at the Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium, the Grafikwerkstatt in Germany and the Vermont Studio Center. He holds a BFA in Printmaking from East Carolina University and an MFA from Kent State University.
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.
lori Kella teaching artist
Lori Kella was born in St. Joseph Michigan in 1974. She received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, her MFA from Cornell University in 2001. A selection of her recent work was exhibited in Dresden, Germany, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Artspace, in Raleigh NC, The Print Center in Philadelphia, The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA, and William Busta Gallery in Cleveland, OH. Lori Kella’s work has been featured in several other major exhibitions including Serial Intent at the Akron Art Museum and Lori Kella: Coordinates at MOCA Cleveland. Kella has received four OAC Individual Fellowships Awards, and a Creative Workforce Fellowship, from the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture & Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Lori Kella lives in Cleveland, OH and she is currently a part-time Assistant Professor at Kent State University’s School of Art.
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.
Sally Winter 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!
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."
Emilie Molkentin Assistant to the Executive Director
Emilie is a ceramic artist born and raised in the Cleveland area. She recently graduated from Baldwin Wallace University, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art. Emilie is continuing her education with Museum Studies Graduate Program at Johns Hopkins University, where she focuses in curatorial studies and exhibition strategies.
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.
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 dog, Cora & her husband, Tim.
corey blackman teaching assistant
Corey is a photographer from East Cleveland. He's 20 years old and majoring in Media Arts and Film Making. Although he is looking forward to making his own movies one day, photography in many ways is his passion.
Justus Harris Teaching Assistant
Justus Harris is a student at Cleveland State University and is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He is always up for a challenge and is eager to learn something new. He is willing to help if there is ever a need or problem- he considers himself batman when it comes to helping others.
Tiana Ortiz Teaching Assistant
Tiana first started working with the Cleveland Print Room during her junior year at Saint Martin de Porres High School. During that time, she learned essential techniques in film photography. Shortly after high school, Tiana attended Cleveland State University where she studied Studio Art and Design. As she studied, she also gave her time to work with the Cleveland Print Room in their Multiple Exposure program. She is most excited about being able to teach others her passion.
Dale Goode Teaching Artist
Dale A. Goode is a native Clevelander, and a product of Cleveland Public Schools. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Hiram College and has been continuing his graduate studies at Kent State University. His works have been exhibited extensively in the Midwest over the last 40 years, and is on permanent display in various Colleges, Corporations, and Cultural Institutions.
Aja grant teaching assistant
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.
Natalie Frate Teaching assistant
Natalie has been working in darkrooms since she was introduced to the wonders of film photography in high school. Since then, she has earned a Bachelors in Sociology and Anthropology at Rochester Institute of Technology and a Masters in Comparative Literature at SOAS, University of London. Despite having swapped the fine arts for the liberal arts in college, she has found that they are very easily combined and almost always improve each other.
Board of Trustees
Nolan Beck Vera Boggs Alex Coon
Thomas P. Hart
David Joseph Lori Kella
Laura Lee Martin