Jen Craun

Curator’s Statement

Jen Craun’s handsome intaglio prints incorporate images that are somewhat abstract, yet they are obviously loaded with symbolic origins.  Her minimalistic compositions are richly laid on toned areas that highlight interesting geometric forms and topographical “linescapes” in an abstract sense.  They are sophisticated with a sense of “The Zen of Design” that beckons the viewer to investigate further meaning within this abstraction.

With this, one discovers symbols representing gems, landscape, waves of the earth, diamonds and gold.  We see a question as to the value and meaning to this “facet” of our world.

Coincidentally, these diminutive 8” x 10” prints are gems in themselves!


Artist Statement

Through this series of prints, I am exploring patterns and textures of the landscape and the process of diamond mining.  I’m interested in notions of value, and potential value, and how we examine and measure these ideals.  Employing the lexicon of the processes that I am investigating, I make language plays with both the image and process that deliver multiple meanings.  These small etchings are printed intaglio on 8×10 white cotton Rives BFK paper, and the prints are further layered with drawing, chine colle’ and gold leaf.  You can see these works, and several others, on display at the Urban Orchid Ohio City [1455 W. 29th St, Cleveland, 44113] beginning Friday March 13th with a public reception from 7-10PM.


Jen Craun [BA in Art Education 2000, MFA in Printmaking 2003; KSU] is a Cleveland-based printmaker and maker of Artist Books.  She has always been fascinated that all things are makable with a simple willingness to master ingredients and process.  She finds this true in her art, work, and adventures with food.  She has secretly always wanted to learn how to juggle, and she enjoys that this is often the way she works at the press in creating her prints.
After 10 years with Zygote Press, Craun resigned from her post as the Associate Director in 2014 to pursue her studio practice and art making full time.  She teaches as an adjunct professor in the Printmaking Department for the Cleveland Institute of Art, specifically the Artist Book courses.  As one of the lead artist-residents for Progressive Arts Alliance– a nonprofit organization that partners with local schools to provide professional arts integration– Craun enjoys teaching residencies for both printmaking and book arts programs.  Craun works primarily in wood intaglio, etching, letterpress and collage, creating mixed-media prints as well as artist book forms.  Her work has been exhibited locally at BayArts, Beck Center for the Arts, Cleveland Public Art, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Heights Arts, Massilon Museum of Art, Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory, SPACES, and Zygote Press.  She has exhibited both her print and artist book work nationally and internationally, and is included in the collections of: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, The Vern Riffe Center for Government + Arts of The Ohio Arts Council, The Grafikwerkstatt Printshop, Cleveland Institute of Art Gund Library Artist Book Collection, MetroHealth Hospitals, the Westin Hotel Cleveland, Intercontinental Hotel Cleveland, Southern Graphic Council, Kent State University
Printmaking Archives, Akron School of Art, and Zygote Press, Inc.  Craun lives and makes her work– in her home studio, as well as Zygote Press– in Cleveland with her husband and two children.  To see more of her work, or to make purchase/exhibition inquiries, please visit:



intaglio print with gold leaf and ink drawing




intaglio print with screen print, chine colle’ and gold leaf




intaglio print with gold leaf and ink drawing


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Facets Concentric

intaglio print with gold leaf and ink drawing




intaglio print with gold leaf




intaglio print with gold leaf


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Mine Scape

intaglio print with gold leaf and ink drawing



No Pressure

intaglio print with gold ink drawing




intaglio print with gold leaf



You’re a Gem

intaglio with screen print, chine colle’ and gold leaf



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