The fellowship program enables graduating high school seniors with artistic promise to work alongside artistic director and master printer Anthony Kirk in the printmaking center's studios during a two-week summer residency.
Ziga is not a novice when it comes to art and printmaking. Both his parents are artists. His father is a graphic designer and photographer and his mother is an architect and potter.
Ziga has been taking drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking classes in an after-school art program with artist/educator Mindy Green for several years.
Ziga said he has taken a few printmaking classes at CCP, but has learned much of his printmaking on his own, delving into linoleum cuts, silkscreen and stencil prints.
Ziga said he especially enjoys stencil prints because he likes how it feels to draw and cut the paper, the layering of colors and images, the uniformity of the resulting image and the organization required to produce a print.
Ziga has received several awards for his stencil prints, and his work is on view in two local area exhibitions. The artist has two prints in the "iCreate!" teen art exhibition at the Bruce Museum, on view until June 24. In addition, as a recipient of the Ginny Wright Scholarship for high school seniors, he has had a selection of prints featured at this year's art exhibition at the Darien Art Center art show.
Ziga plans to attend Parsons the New School for Design in New York in the fall.
The Center for Contemporary Printmaking is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of the print.
It is housed a 19th-century stone carriage house at 299 West Ave. in Norwalk.
For more information, call 203-899-7999 or visit www.contemprints.org.