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



Leaning towards our 20th year we found our home!

Please JOIN US for a spring Open House celebrating the programs and people of the Manifest Drawing Center
and the future home of The Manifest Center for the Visual Arts

Saturday, March 18th, 5-9pm
(This event also serves as the artist's reception for our first outdoor sculpture exhibition!)

3464 Central Parkway

A Sanctuary for the Practice, Learning, and Experience of the Visual Arts

Learn about our growing reference library as well as our natural specimen and classical cast collections, all freely accessible during Open Creative Research Studio times 7 hours each week.

Celebrating our new home and our first ever outdoor sculpture exhibition!

Manifest Drawing Center Open House
Saturday, March 18, 2023, 5-9pm

Manifest's staff and board of directors will be hosting a spring open house at the Manifest Drawing Center's Central Parkway campus to welcome our Clifton, Northside, and Camp Washington community members, as well as friends and neighbors from across Greater Cincinnati to the organization's new permanent home.

This is a chance to see the how programs have expanded into what will become the Manifest Center for the Visual Arts over the next two years.

Guests will learn about current programming now active at the Center, meet the Manifest team, and learn about the organization's mission and the vision for its historic property.

  • Guided tours of the facility and studios will be conducted for those interested in a deeper narrated look at 5:30pm and 7:30pm.

  • Studios will be open throughout the building for self-guided visits.

  • Staff, Volunteers, and Board Members will be on hand to explain the various facets of Manifest, aspects of each program space, and plans for the future.

  • Artwork made by many local artists at the Center will be on view.

  • From 6-8pm this event will also serve as the celebratory artist's reception for Manifest's first ever outdoor sculpture exhibition, showcasing Five Monoliths, a show of ceramic sculptures by Columbus, Indiana artist Robert Pulley installed on the grounds of M1. (This exhibit will be an extention of Pulley's part of a two-room two-person show with painter Dana Saulnier at Manifest Gallery running concurrently. Several of Robert Pulley's works are also on view at the Krohn Conservatory through June 18th.)

  • Light refreshments will be provided.

  • Parking available on site, on street nearby, with overflow parking kindly offered by our neighbors at DePaul Cristo Rey High School.

  • Enter building through the Drawing Center entrance, east side (parking lot side) of building. Look for this unmistakeable feature to find your way:

enter the building under the 'sun and moon' off the main parking lot


(email with questions).


Stone Lithography will be just one aspect of a whole new branch of Manifest studio programming, perfectly complementing our photography, painting, and drawing curricula.


Learn about what people do when they spend time at the Manifest Drawing Center + learn about the plans to transform this magical building into an even more profound multi-faceted center for the visual arts!

Five Monoliths, ceramic sculptures by artist Robert Pulley will be installed on the grounds of M1. (This exhibit will be an extention of Pulley's part of a two-room two-person show with painter Dana Saulnier at Manifest Gallery running concurrently.)


Several of Robert Pulley's works are also on view at the Krohn Conservatory through June 18th.


Robert Pulley was born in Wabash, Indiana in 1948. He grew up at the edge of town and the richness of the natural world became his muse. He received a BA degree in art education from Ball State University followed by an MA degree in sculpture and ceramics in 1978. His early career included a year of teaching art, an artist residency, starting and running a functional pottery in Southern Indiana, and making raku pottery at a log cabin for two years. After graduate school he, his wife and young daughter moved to Columbus, Indiana where he set up a studio and taught art in the public schools. In 1983 they purchased an old farm house with 2.3 acres. There, they turned an outbuilding into a studio, planted gardens, trees and sculptures and raised their children. 38 years later, they live at the same address. The lawn has become a sculpture garden, the trees they planted are up to 80' tall, and their children are grown. Robert has shown professionally for 50 years. His sculptures are in many private and public collections, including several museums.

As of mid-2022 Manifest's Drawing Center has settled into its new permanent Central Parkway location (M1). All the nonprofit studio programs, including many new ones, are now active on a daily basis! The Center's role as an alternative for visual arts practice and study has been celebrated across the region for the past two decades, attracting participants of all ages from near and far.

Current programs include the Center's flagship weekly Open non-instructed offerings such as Open Figure Drawing four days a week (including a new Sunday morning portrait session); Open Darkroom five days a week; and free Open Creative Research Studio times.

Professionally instructed programs include the ongoing classes: Photography Essentials, Drawing Essentials, the Painted Subject, Painting Essentials, and the popular Drawing as Mindfulness, as well as private lessons on a case-by-case basis.

Special visiting artist workshops occur at intervals across the year with the next being Alla-Prima Portrait Painting with NYC based artist Savannah Taft Cuff, March 17-19th.

There is a reason why artists visiting from across the U.S. routinely tell us there is nothing quite like Manifest elsewhere. Come see why!


(email with questions, or just to let us know to expect you - but no RSVP is required)

  Season Funder:

Manifest's 19th season is supported by the generosity of tens of thousands of contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign, by a sustainability grant from the Ohio Arts Council, and through the generous direct contributions of individual supporters and private foundations who care deeply about Manifest's mission for the visual arts.

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tues-fri 12-7pm, sat noon-5pm
closed on sun-mon

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