Cleveland Foundation Announces Youth Arts Mastery Grant to Cleveland Print Room

In 2015, we announced our new arts and culture strategy focused on increasing access to mastery-based arts programs for youth in every ‪#‎Cleveland‬ neighborhood. As part of our July grantmaking, we’re granting $199,000 to the Cleveland Print Room to support a pilot year-round youth mastery program in photography for middle and high school students in low-income neighborhoods in Cleveland. The program will teach students technical aspects of photography; develop their visual literacy and storytelling skills; and expose them to the business of photography, including curating shows and marketing their work.

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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.