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, parent and community engagement
“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 lead teacher
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.
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.
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 was just accepted into the Museum Studies Graduate Program at Johns Hopkins University, where she will focus in curatorial studies and exhibition strategies.
Justus Harris mx 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.
Saiida Bowie-Little Teaching Assistant for mx and project snapshot
Saiida Bowie-Little is a student at Cleveland State University (CSU) where she studies Mathematics and is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Peer Teacher. Along with being a student and teacher she is co-founder of BeYOUtiful Cleveland, a movement that focuses on the growth and success of young black women.
John W. Carlson Teaching Assistant
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!
Board of Trustees
Thomas P. Hart
Laura Lee Martin