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Notice: Cleveland Print Room will be closed during Republican National Convention; open Friday and Saturday July 22-23

Due to our location in the ArtCraft Building being inside the designated “Event Zone” of the Republican National Convention, the Cleveland Print Room will be closed from Monday, July 18 through Thursday, July 21.

We will re-open with our normal operating hours of noon to 6pm on Friday, July 22 and noon to 5pm on Saturday, July 23.

We will also be open for the opening reception of the special Cleveland Photographic Society pop-up exhibition in our gallery, Reigning Cats & Dogs, from noon to 3pm Sunday, July 24. This exhibition runs through August 13.

We apologize for any inconveniences due to our closing for the RNC. Please call 216-401-5981 during this time with any questions or concerns.


CPR & Hedge Gallery Present: Creative Fusion Artist BLESSING NGOBENI Special Preview For Members & Friends

blessing for sider Please join Hedge Gallery and CPR for a pre-opening event at the Cleveland Print Room as Cleveland Foundation Creative Fusion artist, South African Blessing Ngobeni unveils his paintings created during his residency in Cleveland on Wednesday, May 18 from 6 to 8. This sneak peek of Blessing’s work is free for CPR members and $5 at the door for non-members who wish to attend. Creative Fusion is an urban-based, community-engaged residency program for international artists created by the Cleveland Foundation.The program consists of two, three-month residencies in Cleveland in the spring and fall each year. Each residency period hosts up to six artists from cultures not well represented currently in Cleveland’s professional arts sector. 

HEDGE Gallery, owned and operated by Hilary D. Gent, is focused on providing contemporary space for emerging and professional artists to exhibit their work in one of the most engaging art complexes in Northeast Ohio.


Cleveland Print Room celebrates Worldwide Pinhole Day

Today was our fourth annual celebration of Worldwide Pinhole Day (see the official website here:, and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect for it! Our workshop group, many of whom had never even seen the inside of a darkroom before, made their own cameras and came up with lots of great photos, which will be shared with the Worldwide Pinhole Day website, all while having lots of fun and learning a thing or two about photography. See the wonderful results below!


CALL FOR ART: The Peer Show


2016 Cleveland Print Room Juried Exhibition: THE PEER SHOW.


The Cleveland Print Room is seeking photographic submissions for our second juried exhibition, June 10 – July 21, to be judged by artist Laura Ruth Bidwell, Co-Founder of Transformer Station and artist Arnold Tunstall, Collections Manager at Akron Art Museum.

The Cleveland Print Room invites members and non-members to submit artwork for our 2016 juried exhibition, The Peer Show. This is a unique opportunity for photographic artists to exhibit their work and receive substantial exposure in Cleveland’s only dedicated photographic art gallery, community darkroom, educational center, and studio workspace. Over 30 selected works will be exhibited in our gallery, with a top prize of $300 to be awarded. All selections and cash awards will be made at the discretion of the jurors and will be final.

AWARDS: Best of Show: $300 Best B&W: $150
Best Color: $150 Best Alt Process: $150
Executive Director’s Award: $100


Artists must be at least 18 years of age and reside in the US or Canada.

An entry fee of $30 for CPR members or $35 for non-members is payable upon submission of works. Artists may submit up to two (2) pieces of original art in any photographic medium, analog or digital. Entry fees are non-refundable. Drop off dates begin on Thursday, April 28 and runs until Wednesday, June 1 at 6PM. Artists whose work is in the show will be contacted by Thursday June 2 at 6PM. Work not accepted MUST be picked up on Friday, June 3 and Saturday June 4 by 5PM.

All work must be WIRED AND READY TO HANG from typical gallery picture hooks (ON PICTURE WIRE) without needing special equipment, and framed pieces should be strung with picture wire. Presentation is important!

Artists must complete a two-part entry form, one part to be attached to the work, and one part given to CPR at drop-off time. The entry form can be found here:

Work exceeding 36 inches in any dimension may be excluded due to space restrictions. Work may not exceed seventy pounds in weight.

All work must be original, executed within the last 5 years, and not been shown previously at the Cleveland Print Room.

All work must be hand-delivered to the Cleveland Print Room (unless submission is sent with a pre-paid return slip) during normal business hours: Noon to 6pm, Tuesday, Thursday,Friday and 12 to 5pm on Saturday; 3pm to 6pm, Wednesday.

All subject matter must be appropriate for public viewing.

Entries must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.

Artists must grant permission for Cleveland Print Room to use their images and information in promotional materials.

Cleveland Print Room will retain a 40% commission from works sold. In the event of a sale, the artist will be notified at the closing of the exhibition and mailed a check for 60% of the sale within 30 days.

For further information, please contact Shari at


New Board Members


Please join us in welcoming three new members to our Board of Directors. Tom Hart, regional VP for Waterworks and photographer. Colleen Kelly, MOCA Cleveland Senior Development Officer and long-time programmer at WRUW-FM. Tom Sarago, principal and owner of Spruce Communications for Brand Growth is also an ardent supporter of CPR. 



Consider CPR: Cleveland’s Photography Powerhouse

photo by Shari Wilkins


As the Cleveland Print Room heads into YEAR 4, we ask you to give. Your investment helps bring photographers, international artists-in-residence and promising young students together to explore the power of the IMAGE.

Your gift, along with the contributions of others, help us plan for CPR’s future as an independent, vibrant, educational and cultural organization that deepens the understanding and appreciation of the photographic arts. CPR relies on your support to sustain and expand its operational, education and artistic endeavors. Please consider making a contribution to the Cleveland Print Room’s Annual Giving Fund. No gift is too small. 

photo by Jack Valancy

View the video of our signature afterschool workshop, Project Snapshot: Take a look at our first public art piece, Snaps ‘n’ WordsExplore our website and see what everyone is talking about:


The Cleveland Print Room is recognized as a dynamic center for education and experimentation in the photographic arts. 


Your commitment to CPR’s vision makes it all possible. Thank you!

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Photography by Halim Ina: A Pop-Up Exhibition & Benefit For Nirvanavan Foundation

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Photography by Halim Ina: A Pop-Up Exhibition & Benefit For Nirvanavan Foundation

Saturday & Sunday, December 19 & 20, 2015

Hours: Saturday, 11am – 6pm; Sunday, 12 – 5pm

”In many parts of the world the education of girls is secondary to the chores demanded of them. Through this exhibition, and in collaboration with the Nirvanavan Foundation, we aim to change this reality for the girls of three villages.” – Halim Ina

The proceeds from Ina’s photography help to fund the Nirvanavan Foundation, supporting two girls schools in India.

Born in Nicaragua to Lebanese parents, his work features his stunning photographs from Lebanon, Syria, India and new work from Cuba.

Photographs from the collection will be on sale. Visitors will have a selection of choices available, from digital prints to traditional silver gelatin photographs, ranging from $10 to $400. Great gifts for the holidays while supporting a good cause.



Cleveland Print Room will be closed from Thursday, November 25 through Monday, November 30th, and will reopen on Tuesday, December 1.

Any members wishing to use the darkroom during this time may call 216-401-5981 to make arrangements to do so. Apologies for any inconveniences!


Join us for United Nonsense, a one-day pop-up Creative Fusion exhibition

Please join us on Saturday, November 21 from 5 – 9pm on the 6th Floor of the ArtCraft Building (enter through Cleveland Print Room) for United Nonsense: A Creative Fusion Group Show with Guest Artists, Featuring the works of: Isabel Torres, Nicolas Grum, Behrang Samadzadegan, Hung Nguyen Manh, Adolfo Bimer, Svenja Wichmann, Rebekah Wilhelm, Ronny Szillo, Heather Molecke, Tony Franz, Lucie Freynhagen, John W. Carlson, Ari Michael Warner, & CSU Sculpture Students.

This one-night event and exhibition of new work by 4 Creative Fusion Artists-in-Residence, 1 partner, and invited Cleveland artists, is FREE and open to the public.

United Nonsense builds up as a collaboration of more than 14 artists from or passing through Cleveland. Generated by five international artists from the Fall season Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion Residency Program (Isabel Torres, Nicolás Grum, Behrang Samadzadegan, Hung Nguyen Manh, and Adolfo Bimer), the exhibition stands as an opportunity to invite fellow colleagues from the local art scene with whom they have shared workspaces, art experiences, or got to know during their short three-months stay in the city. The exhibition will enhance the interaction between local and international contemporary art, in order to establish an overview on how art is been thought about among the exhibiting artists.

No themes or mainstream logic are applied as a curatorial basis for this show. The artists have decided to keep it simple. It is a one night pop-up show about “getting together,” bringing their art work, and occupying the space. The exhibition will include works in painting, sculpture, installation, video, and mixed media, among others. Join us for an evening of art, music and food.

DJ JP Sputnik will provide the sounds for the evening.

Sponsored by the Cleveland Foundation and the Creative Fusion Host Organizations: Cleveland Print Room, Negative Space, Sculpture Center & Zygote Press.


2015 Members Showcase: Off The Wall

2015 Members Showcase: Off The Wall

The Cleveland Print Room is seeking member submissions for our 2015 Members Showcase: Off The Wall, December 4 - December 18, 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.


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 5 and 6, 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 19 through Saturday November 21, and Tuesday November 24 between 12:00 and 6:00 p.m.

Exhibition Dates: December 4 - December 18, 2015

CPR Potluck Mixer: Tuesday December 8, 2015 6:30-8:30 p.m. (bring-a-dish meet & greet).

Opening Night Reception: Friday December 4 2015 5-9 p.m.

Pick up work: Saturday December 19, Monday December 21, and Tuesday, December 22, 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.

• Entry forms for this exhibition can be found here:

• 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 wiredready for hangingPlease also submit your work in some kind of protective enclosure – for example, bubblewrap or brown wrapping paper.

• 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 24, 2015.

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 19, Monday December 21, and Tuesday, December 22, during the hours of 12-6 p.m.

• 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