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Cleveland Print Room Closed on Saturday, April 4th

The Cleveland Print Room will be closed on Saturday, April 4th. We will reopen for our regular business hours on Tuesday, April 7th, from 12PM to 6PM.


Cleveland Scene calls “Third Person,” opening March 20, our “most ambitious effort to date”

Cleveland Scene magazine previews our upcoming exhibition, “Third Person” in their latest issue. Check it out here: 

The Cleveland Print Room Asks, “What Makes a Portrait?”

Ana Josefa by Antonia Cruz

Ana Josefa by Antonia Cruz



frame-by-frame for slider The Cleveland Print Room is proud to be a Community Partner for the film, “Frame by Frame,” directed by Alexandria Bombach, Mo Scarpelli, at the 39th Cleveland International Film Festival. FRAME BY FRAME reveals the dazzling colors and textures of Afghanistan in a manner seldom seen in the West – through the camera lenses of its photojournalists. We travel along with four courageous photographers who, first under the Soviets and then under the Taliban, risked their lives to show the world what was happening in their country. Najibullah, a professor, relates what happened when the Taliban made photography illegal, tearing up pictures and beating photographers. Wakil’s subjects are drug addicts; he hopes his work will lead to social change. Farzana is the leading photographer of women in Afghanistan, remarkably persistent at getting past the security guards, doctors, and male relatives who control their daily lives. Massoud tells us about growing up as a refugee in Iran, and going on to win a Pulitzer Prize. These intrepid photographers belong to the brother- and sisterhood of journalists in crisis zones, whose only weapons are their cameras. (In English and Dari with subtitles)

Frame by Frame is showing at the 39th Cleveland International Film Festival on Friday, March 27 at 6:20pm, Saturday, March 28 at 1:20pm, and Sunday, March 29 at 4:50pm.

As the Cleveland Print Room is a Community Partner for this film, our friends can use the Discount Code “PRINT” to receive $2.00 off any online ticket purchase for this film.

Watch the trailer here.


Please Support Cleveland Print Room’s Annual Fund

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As the year comes to a close, we ask that you consider a gift to the Cleveland Print Room’s Annual Fund to help us to continue to bring the very best of photography to Cleveland. 2014 has been an exciting and busy year of firsts for us here at CPR – we held the first Ohio exhibition of internationally-renowned photographer Vivian Maier, which brought over 2,500 people into our downtown gallery, and our first Cleveland Foundation Creative Fusion International Artists-in-Residence arrived to work with our community. Our exhibitions this year included Lost & Found, featuring found photos and collectors/dealers from around the country; Hidden Mother: Reimagined, which showcased local women photographers’ interpretations on the old, historic hidden mother images; a show entitled By Any Means Necessary: Observations, Experiences, Perpetuations of Racism; and the first exhibition ever for 76-year-old photographer, Clarence A.Wilkins: Uncovered. Additionally, we wind up the year with our second annual Off The Wall Members Showcase, displaying the photography of our valued members and selling the work straight off the wall.The Cleveland Print Room (CPR) started with the dream of providing access to a community dark room to those with a passion for emulsion-based photographic images and processes.  In two short years, CPR’s membership has reached over 350 members, and has grown to encompass gallery shows, workshops, lectures and educational classes for youth and adults.  A newly-formed Board of Trustees and I are pleased to announce that CPR has officially become a recognized nonprofit organization and can continue to serve the community for years to come.  With financial support from those who understand the need to preserve traditional photography, we promise to continue to offer a wide range of innovative programming to the public.Please make a donation to CPR’s Annual Fund and keep analog photography alive! Your support will help us in creating an inspiring year ahead with more extraordinary exhibitions, innovative programming and youth education.CPR’s staff and Board of Directors thank you in advance for your generous support. We look forward to welcoming you to CPR’s many exhibitions, programs, and classes. Join us as we begin another amazing year!

donation form can be printed out from our website HERE, or simply click on the “Donate” button below to securely make your donation through PayPal.

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Don’t forget to check with your employer about corporate matching gifts programsto increase the impact of your contribution. Simply ask your Human Resources department if your company participates in matching charitable gifts, and request a form. Send us the form, and we’ll take it from there! (For your reference, Cleveland Print Room’s Tax ID Number is 90-0922757.)Warm regards,
Shari Wilkins
Founder & Executive Director
Cleveland Print Room

WKYC Cleveland Channel 3: The Art of Printing Taught at Cleveland Print Room

CLEVELAND, Ohio — In the age of digital images, selfies and Photoshop the art of print photography is still alive and well. One local woman was able to see the possible, and continues to pass on the experience of print photography to the next generation.

The Cleveland Print Room is a collective mix of photo gallery, public darkroom, education center and celebration of the photographic image.

Watch the video above for more!



2014 Members Showcase: Off The Wall
The Cleveland Print Room is seeking member submissions for our 2014 Members Showcase: Off The Wall, December 5 - December 20, highlighting the work of the valued members of our organization.
This show is open exclusively to current members of the Cleveland Print Room. This is a free, non-juried exhibition to showcase the work of our valued members.
All members may submit at least one original photographic work for this exhibition. Non-members who are interested in participating in the Members Showcase may join at our standard membership rates (Individual: $35; Student: $20; Individual+one: $50; Family: $75; Friend of CPR: $100; CPR Sponsor: $250) when dropping off work for the show.
Please visit to learn more about the benefits of membership.
The show title explains the manner in which the work will be sold during the exhibit. Each member is asked to submit one or two photographic pieces. At least one will be hung and when one work sells, the second piece will be added to the gallery walls for sale. The weekend of the opening, Saturday & Sunday, December 6 and 7, is the ArtCraft Holiday Sale. During this once-a-year event, we open our doors at the Print Room to over one thousand art patrons hoping to find that special piece for the holidays. Thus, we will be selling members’ work directly off the walls.
Drop-off of Work: Thursday November 20 through Saturday November 22, and Tuesday November 25 between 12:00 and 6:00 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: December 5 - December 20, 2014
CPR Potluck Mixer: Tuesday December 9, 2014 6:30-8:30 p.m. (bring-a-dish meet & greet).
Opening Night Reception: Friday December 5, 2014 5-9 p.m.
Pick up work: Saturday December 20, Monday December 22, and Tuesday, December 23, 12-6 p.m.
All current members of the Cleveland Print Room are eligible to submit two original photographs for this exhibition.
• Work must be delivered during the above listed dates
• Please complete Members Showcase Entry Forms, or fill one out at time of drop-off.
• One half of the form must be attached to your work and the other handed to the CPR representative upon drop-off.
• Each entrant must sign & date a CPR Artist’s Agreement form.
• Participants may join or renew upon drop-off if they do not have a current membership and will be allowed at that time to submit their work for this exhibition. Please be prepared to complete a membership form and provide a check or credit card information for membership fee if this is the case.

Members must also read and sign this exhibition agreement and submit it with their work:
Work accepted for exhibition must meet the following criteria:
• Have been created within the last 5 years.
• All works must be properly framed and securely wired, ready for hanging.
• Cannot exceed 24” x 24” including framing and mounting. However, size criteria can be subject to discussion.
• Be clearly labeled with a completed and attached Members Showcase Entry Form.
• Preferably be for sale. CPR will retain 30% commission from works sold. Artists’ checks will be mailed within 30 days after the exhibition closes.
• Must arrive no later than 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25, 2014.
Please contact Shari with any issues about these requirements.
Decisions made by CPR concerning eligibility are final. CPR reserves the right to refuse any artwork due to content, any work it considers too fragile or heavy to exhibit, or that has extraordinary installation requirements. Prior to submission, please address eligibility questions
• Unsold work must be picked up on Saturday December 20, Monday December 21, or Tuesday December 22 during the hours of 12-6pm.
• All works not retrieved by the pick-up dates will be placed in storage at the artist’s risk and expense. There is a $10/day storage fee for works not retrieved by the above-listed dates. All works not retrieved within 30 days following the close of the exhibition are subject to disposal at the discretion of CPR including public auction or donation.
If you have any questions or need further assistance please contact Shari at
If you are unsure about the status of your membership or if you have any questions about the benefits of CPR membership or joining, again please contact Shari at

The ArtCraft Building Holiday Sale is right around the corner — Saturday & Sunday, December 6 & 7 — and we are offering table space for our members to sell their photography. In addition to our Members Showcase, we will have tables set up in our gallery for members who want to sell additional work, camera equipment, or other photo-oriented items and accessories. The cost for one 6′ table is $25 for one day, or $40 for both days of the sale, which runs from 10am – 7pm on Saturday, and 11am – 5pm on Sunday. During the ArtCraft Holiday Sale, we regularly have over 1,000 visitors through our doors. It’s an exciting opportunity to get your work seen, and potentially make some extra money for the holidays! Space is limited, so call to reserve your table today!  (216) 401-5981

The Cleveland Print Room opened in January, 2013 as a non-profit community darkroom that fosters a greater appreciation of analog photography within Northeast Ohio by offering the community a space where photo enthusiasts can learn, create, interpret, connect, discuss and exhibit their work.
The Cleveland Print Room’s mission: Advance the art and appreciation of the photographic image in all its forms by providing affordable access to a community darkroom and workspace, gallery exhibitions, educational programs and collaborative outreach.
Cleveland Print Room  2550 Superior Avenue  Cleveland, OH 44107  216-401-5981

Clarence A. Wilkins exhibit extended through Saturday, November 8

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Due to popular demand, the exhibit “Uncovered: From Cairo, IL to New York, NY – The 1950′s Photography of Clarence A. Wilkins” is being extended this week through Saturday, November 8. Be sure to stop in and see it if you haven’t yet!


Artist In Residence: Pablo Serra Marino

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CPR is proud to host Chilean photorealist artist Pablo Serra Marino as part of The Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion artist residency program, which partners international artists with local arts organizations with a goal of maximizing the cultural exchange between the artists and the community.

Pablo, who has been working with us since September, 2014, has been working in the community with classes at Lake Erie Ink, and will be presenting the culminating exhibition of his residency on Friday, November 14.

Hailing from Chile, Pablo is a visual artist and founding member in the former collective art group “Long Distance Runners,” with whom he won awards from Chile’s FONDART (The National Fund for Cultural Development and Arts). He has exhibited his solo work at international art fairs including ArtBo (Columbia), ARTEBA (Argentina), (Chile), ArtLima (Peru), ArtMiami and MiamiScope (USA). His work has been published in catalogs including the New Museum of Contemporary Art’s “Younger than Jesus: Artist Directory,” (2009); “Revision tecnica, 100 pintores,” (2010); and “Sub 30, pintura joven en Chile,” (2013).


CoolCleveland: “Support the work of @ClePrintRoom @Mahalls20Lanes Benefit”

Thank you, CoolCleveland, for this write up about our pancake breakfast fundraiser this Sunday, October 19! Join us at Mahall’s from 11AM to 2PM.


Wet Plate Collodion Portraits for the holidays with Greg Martin – One Day Only!

On Sunday October 26th, The Cleveland Print Room is bringing the historic process of wet plate collodion tintype/ambrotype portraiture to Cleveland, 160 years after its invention, just in time for the holiday season. 

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Cleveland artist/designer and CIA graduate Greg Martin will be taking the portraits by appointment only. Greg has been practicing the art and craft of wet plate collodion photography for the past 8+ years, and his award-winning work has been exhibited in numerous shows throughout the region, and in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Tintypes, often considered the Polaroid of the 19th century, are made quickly in a process that uses hand poured chemicals on an enameled metal sheet. Valued for their archival stability in the digital age, tintypes were historically passed down in families as heirlooms. Greg was taught the period-authentic method and uses the same materials, equipment, cameras and lenses that were used back in the 1800′s.

If you are interested in giving a holiday gift that is the perfect marriage of past and present, that will last a lifetime, please call to schedule your personal session with us at the Cleveland Print Room.

Portrait packages for individuals and couples start at just $65. For more information, call Shari at 216 401-5981.
Sittings are available Sunday, October 26th during the hours of 10am to 6pm.

Feel free to bring in any props or costumes that you wish. Also, you may create or design a still life or spirit picture that Greg can photograph during your appointed time.

We are NOW SCHEDULING times for the shoot. If you are interested in setting up session please call at 216 401-5981. Limited availability.