creative research gallery and drawing center
a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization


Board of Directors and Founders

April Besl
Board Member April 2011 - present
Attorney, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP Attorneys

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, April Besl attended Miami University where she earned a B.S. in Organizational Leadership before receiving her Juris Doctorate from the University of Dayton School of Law, cum laude in 2007. She is a trademark and copyright attorney with the law firm Dinsmore & Shohl in Cincinnati where she counsels clients on a variety of intellectual property issues including those surrounding social media and emerging technologies. She is a 2010 graduate of the BOARDway Bound program through ArtsWave, volunteers as a Mock Trial coach with Ursuline Academy, and is the President of CincyIP, an organization for intellectual property attorneys in the Cincinnati area.

April brings to Manifest her copyright and trademark expertise and her passion for the arts throughout Cincinnati.


Jason Franz
Executive Director/Founder and President
Board Member June 2004 - present
Artist and Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jason Franz attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati in Eden Park and Mt. Adams, receiving his BFA degree with honors in 1988. During the first ten years of his career as an exhibiting artist Franz also worked as an exhibition designer and preparator at the Cincinnati Art Museum. He returned to academic life in 1996 to pursue an MFA degree at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, receiving his MFA in 1998. Franz left his museum position at this time and began his teaching career. From 1997 through 2002 he taught and developed new courses for both the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and the University of Cincinnati in the fields of both art and design. In 2002 Franz received a full-time appointment to head the painting and drawing programs at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He spent two years rebuilding these programs at Xavier, solidifying his teaching philosophy, and laying the ground-work for Manifest. While at Xavier, he also served as the faculty advisor for the founding of the Society of Visual Arts (a student government organization), assisted with the planning for a new departmental photography program, and championed the integration of technology into all the classroom studios. In June of 2005 he resigned his title of Assistant Professor in order to continue on a second year of paid academic leave at the University while focusing his energy towards Manifest. He has been Adjunct Assistant Professor teaching drawing in the School of Design at the University of Cincinnati since 2006. From 2008 - 2011 he also served as Content Coordinator for the Foundation Design Drawing program. As an artist and professor he is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship, a Xavier University Faculty Development Grant, and three Summerfair Individual Artist Grants. In 2009 he was recognized with a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Jason Franz merges a passionate, motivated sense for quality developed in his ten years experience at the Cincinnati Art Museum and in his own studio work, with his dedicated and intuitive techniques of fine art and design education developed at the Art Academy, UC, and Xavier. His philosophical approach to the pedagogy of creativity, community, and art exhibition helps fuel the mission of Manifest.


Pamela K. Ginsburg
Board Member March 2011 - present
Counsel, Ulmer & Berne LLP

Born in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, Pam earned her B.A. degree from Belmont College (now Belmont University) and her J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University. Since 1999, she has been a member of the litigation defense and business litigation groups of Ulmer & Berne LLP, where she focuses on commercial litigation, investment litigation and estate disputes. Since 2002, she has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Cincinnati, College of Law. Before coming to Cincinnati, she practiced general litigation in Nashville, Tennessee.

Pam brings to Manifest knowledge and expertise on diverse legal subjects, as well as a strong interest in the visual arts and creative expression.

Debbie Heuer
Board Member January 2010 - present
Founder and President, Talent Springs LLC

Born in Windsor Ontario Canada, Debbie Heuer received her B.A from the University of Windsor and M.Ed (Human Resource Development) from Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Since 2002 Debbie has owned and operated Talent Springs LLC, a consulting firm specializing in leadership and organizational development. Debbie’s primary focus is facilitating organizational change and growth through education, consultation and performance improvement initiatives. Debbie’s typical projects involve facilitating change management, strategic and operational planning, executive team development and executive coaching.

Prior to founding her company, Debbie was the VP of Organizational Development for a global consulting firm, an Organizational Consultant for a Health System and a Manager of Education and Training for a financial trade association. For over 25 years, Debbie has guided leaders and learners to achieve optimal performance.

Debbie brings a passion for the arts, a pragmatic and innovative business perspective, and an understanding of strategic and operational planning to Manifest.

Brigid O'Kane
Board Member June 2004 - present, Secretary/Founder
Associate Professor of Design, University of Cincinnati

Born in the Detroit, Michigan area, Brigid O'Kane received her Associates Degree in Graphic Design from Macomb College, her BFA in Industrial Design from the College for Creative Studies in 1990, and her MFA in Drawing from the University of Cincinnati in 2005.

Since 2001 Brigid O’Kane has held the position of Field Service Associate Professor of Design in the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. Professor O’Kane’s primary focus in the School of Design is Transportation Design, and has recently finalized the establishment of a Transportation Design Track within the Industrial Design program at UC.

O’Kane came to UC following ten years working for General Motors as a Senior Lead Creative Designer. While at GM, Professor O’Kane received a broad range of experience working in numerous brand character centers. O’Kane also worked at the General Motors Advanced Concept Center in California developing running prototypes of advanced concept vehicles. In 1998 she received the GM Award of Excellence for Outstanding Creativity and Leadership.

She has contributed extensively to several additional organizations such as Eyes on Design for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, Concept Cure, Women in Design and Design Educators Committee. Throughout her career Professor O’Kane has been actively teaching and tutoring at institutions such as the College for Creative Studies, Art Center College of Design, and the Cleveland Institute of Art. Professor O’Kane has been featured in articles of several publications including USA Today, Car Styling, and an appearance on The Joan Lunden Show.

Brigid O’Kane merges her interest and study of Fine Art with her noteworthy experience in a mass-consumer oriented design field and her expertise in the academic arena of design education. With this she brings the promise of an open minded and broadly informed view of art and design to the vision of Manifest.


Carrie Pollick
Board Member February 2012 - present
Systems Analyst - Biomedical Infomatics at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center

Carrie Pollick grew up in Cincinnati and attended the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2003. She is a Systems Analyst at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where she works with clinicians and researchers to develop computer applications and data warehousing tools to support grant based research initiatives. Carrie is a 2012 graduate of the BOARDway Bound program through ArtsWave and volunteers at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and the Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati.



Past Board Members

Christina Dakin
Board Member, February 2009 - March 2012

Laura Fisher
Junior Board Member, July 2010 - July 2011

Elaine Potter
Junior Board Member, April 2009 - June 2010

Tamera Lenz Muente
Board Member, July 2007 - June 2010

Andrew Schaub
Board Member, January 2007 - January 2010

Katherine Dintenfass
Board Member, December 2006 - December 2009

Trevor Ponder
Junior Board Member, December 2006 - December 2007

Jeffrey Salter
Junior Board Member, December 2006 - November 2007

Elizabeth Kauffman
Board Member, Co-founder, Treasurer: 2004-2007

Sandra Sharp
Board Member, April 2006 - October 2006





Manifest's 14th season is funded in part by an impact grant
from ArtsWave, the Ohio Arts Council, and the generous contributions
of individual supporters who care deeply about the visual arts.

gallery hours:

tues-fri noon-7pm, sat noon-5pm
(or by special appointment)

closed Sun and Mon

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cincinnati, ohio 45206

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cincinnati, ohio 45227



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