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September 2015 - August 2016

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  November 6 - December 4     Opening Reception Friday November 6, 6-9 p.m.     

main gallery + drawing room


Art About Size, Scale, & Proportion


Sometimes a particular work of art has a way of making us aware of our own physicality, helping us feel our bodies by giving us new perspective on our relationship to things around us. In MONOLITHIC, Manifest presents artworks from around the world that engage our sense of physical, intellectual, and emotional scale.

For this exhibit 82 artists from 26 states and 4 countries submitted 240 works for consideration. Fifteen works by the following 14 artists from 12 states and Canada were selected for presentation in the gallery and the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication.


Presenting works by:

David Dorsey
Pittsford, New York

Mitch Eckert
Louisville, Kentucky

Marina Fridman
Cincinnati, Ohio

Antonietta Grassi
Montreal, Canada

Kevin Haran
Oviedo, Florida

Stuart Holland
Boise, Idaho

Christine Holtz
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Katie Miller
Parkton, Maryland

Deborah Orloff
Sylvania, Ohio

Elena Peteva
Providence, Rhode Island

Michael Reese
Atlanta, Georgia

David Stenulson
Lyons, Kansas

Guy Stricklin
Jackson, Mississippi

Nathan Sullivan
Keene, New Hampshire








    Mitch Eckert


     Kevin Haran


     David Stenulson


     Katie Miller





parallel space


Photographs by Lucas James


Manifest is pleased to present Lucas James’s EVENT HORIZONS, an exhibition of photographs featuring the human body reflected in scarred and dented metalic surfaces. Instead of clear figures, the photographs show bodies twisted by implied internal conflict and massive transformation.

This exhibition of James's work is one of 9 selected from among 151 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest’s 12th season.

Of his work the artist states:

"Everyone, at least once in their lives, goes through an experience so profound, so traumatic, so transformative that it leaves them forever changed. I call these times Event Horizons, after the point of no return surrounding a black hole. Event horizons are moments of deep metamorphosis that, while often painful, result in profound growth- events after which we look back and say to ourselves "I was such a different person then!"

This is what I'm trying to illustrate by interrupting the body with dents, creases and divots in the metal reflective surface—that moment of the Event Horizon when everything is about to be transformed, reborn and forever changed.

Lucas James was an avid photographer in his early twenties before putting the camera down for fifteen years to pursue advanced degrees in biology and chemistry. He then went on to work at several biotech and pharmaceutical companies in the Cambridge area where his focus has been on developing treatments for cancer and life-threatening infections.

After a fifteen-year lull he picked up a camera again, looking for a way to explore the world from a non-analytical perspective and focusing early on the human form's limitless potential for creating new shapes.

James holds a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Florida and a BS in Molecular Biology also from the University of Florida. He lives and works in Manchester, New Hampshire.

His works can be viewed at













central gallery + north gallery


Art About Big Ideas


It is often said in the drawing classroom that the more often you stand back, the faster your work will improve. We suspect this is true with regards to life in general, and to the quality and accuracy of our thoughts about our own existence within it.

With this idea in mind, Manifest stands back to take a look at the big picture this fall with MACROSCOPE, a show of artworks exploring big ideas. Works of drawing, painting, printmaking, and photography by artists from around the world present themes of a grand scale for our examination.

For this exhibit 84 artists from 30 states and 7 countries submitted 234 works for consideration. Fourteen works by the following 11 artists from 7 states and Ireland were selected for presentation in the gallery and the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication.


Presenting works by:

Ron Barron
Poland, Ohio

Alexander Boeschenstein
Seattle, Washington

Al Denyer
Salt Lake City, Utah

Sonja Hinrichsen
Oakland, California

Emily Jay
Ada, Ohio

Mike Lombardy
Cleveland, Ohio

Tracy Longley-Cook
Dayton, Ohio

K Mixon
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Seamus O’Rourke
Dublin, Ireland

Alyson Ogasian & Claudia O'Steen
Providence, Rhode Island

Hal Yaskulka
Santa Clarita, California







    Sonja Hinrichsen


     Tracy Longley-Cook


     Al Denyer



  December 11, 2015 - January 8, 2016     Opening Reception - Friday, December 11, 6-9 p.m.     

  January 22 - February 19     Opening Reception - Friday, January 22, 6-9 p.m.     

  March 4 - April 1     Opening Reception - Friday, March 4, 6-9 p.m.     

  April 15 - May 13     Opening Reception - Friday, April 15, 6-9 p.m.     

  May 27 – June 24     Opening Reception - Friday, May 27, 6-9 p.m.     

  July 8 - August 5     Opening Reception - Friday July 8, 6-9 p.m.     

  August 12 – September 9      (SEASON 12 FINALÉ)     Opening Reception Friday August 12, 6-9 p.m.     

——— END OF SEASON 12 ———

  September 25 - October 23, 2015 SEASON 12 LAUNCH:    Opening Friday September 25, 6-9 p.m.     

main gallery + drawing room + parallel space




When Manifest cut the ribbon on its brand-new North and Central galleries in 2013, we celebrated by devoting all of our exhibition spaces to contemporary painting and watercolor. Two years later, we're kicking off our 12th season of exhibitions with FRESH PAINT, the second of our now biennial display of contemporary painting from around the world.

For this exhibit 245 artists from 43 states, Washington D.C., and 16 countries submitted 757 works for consideration. Twenty-seven works by the following 23 artists from 13 states, Ireland, and The Netherlands were selected by several jurors from across the U.S. for presentation in the gallery and the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication.

Works included in the exhibition range from painterly realism, to abstraction, to works made from sensitive observation, to paintings that explore three-dimensional space. All works speak to the quality work and vibrant dialogue generated by today's painters.

Presenting works by:

Bartosz Beda
Moscow, Idaho

Darcie Book
Baltimore, Maryland

Mark Bush
Columbus, Ohio

Spencer Corbett
Williamston, Michigan

Ron Gerbrandt
Thornton, Colorado

Kenneth Hall
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Samantha Haring
Cincinnati, Ohio

Matthew Hilyard
Andover, Kansas

Joseph Holsapple
Thibodaux, Louisiana

Ellen Holtzblatt
Chicago, Illinois

Zoltan Janvary
Reno, Nevada

Riin Kaljurand
Dublin, Ireland

Rob Kolomyski
St. Paul, Minnesota

Kathy Liao
Kansas City, Missouri

Gordon Lee
Columbus, Ohio

Marius Lehene
Fort Collins, Colorado

Gregory Martin
Mississippi State, Mississippi

Michael McCaffrey
Lawrence, Kansas

Marcus Michels
Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Barbara Miner
Bowling Green, Ohio

Gibbs Rounsavall
Louisville, Kentucky

Paul Smulders
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands

Judy Takacs
Solon, Ohio







    Darcie Book


     Barbara Miner


     Kathy Liao


     Gibbs Rounsavall





central gallery


Paintings by Ivan Fortushniak


Ivan Fortushniak’s collages picture the intrusion of art historical divine and pastoral figures into photographs of WWII warfare, raising questions about the repercussions of mass-scale violence on both its vicitims and perpetrators. His use of romanticised and mythologized figures from Renaissance, Baroque, and 19th century American painting act as a startling counterpoint to the monochrome and mundane images of war, resulting in contemplative strangeness that encourages the viewer to consider the significance of violence in our history.

This exhibition of Ivan Fortushniak’s work is one of 9 selected from among 151 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest’s 12th season.

Of his work the artist states:

"My artwork integrates images of war with mix-media approaches in fine art while examining its moral, religious, and sociopolitical implications. Part of this research comes from various historical texts and documentaries including the images of Eric Hammel's book Pacific Warriors and Sir Jeremy Isaacs' award winning 1973 television series, World at War. Some of these images are appropriated from Renaissance and Baroque artists as well as late 19th century American painting. The combined processes attempt to instill photography with the tactile and malleable characteristics of painting.

Ivan Fortushniak is an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has exhibited extensively in the United States as well as abroad. His work was featured in Manifest's inaugural group exhibit, Terrestrial Domains, in January 2005, has been shown at Manifest in a prevous solo exhibition, and will be included in the forthcoming 5th International Painting Annual. He received his MFA in Painting from the University of Cincinnati.











north gallery


An Installation by Joomi Chung


SWARM is the newest of Chung’s installations providing the viewer the opportunity to navigate the piece visually and physically. The hundreds of linking marks and lines give the impression of a living mass winding through space, constantly shifting as the viewer explores its form.

This exhibition of Joomi Chung’s work is one of 9 selected from among 151 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest’s 12th season.


Of her work the artist states:

"Swarm consists of abstracting thoughts and sensations into a gradually expanding web of lines. Through the act of drawing in three-dimensional space, this project explores the idea of image-space, which has been the foundation of my creative process.

The composition of this work is unpredictable and changes from one installation to another, affected by the spatial condition and intuitive choices made while linking hundreds of segments...With a vein-like structure made of contours and intervals, Swarm creates a milieu where there is neither beginning nor end, but always a middle from which it grows and which it overspills. ”


Joomi Chung was born in South Korea and partially grew up in Argentina. She obtained her B.F.A. degree in Painting (1999); M.F.A. Research Certificate at Hong Ik University in Seoul, South Korea (2000); and M.F.A. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2004).

Currently she is Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her work has been exhibited in various national and international venues, including Manifest's own DRAWN exhibition, and International Drawing Annual publications.

Her works can be viewed at













Manifest's 12th season is funded in part by an impact grant from ArtsWave, and by the Ohio Arts Council.

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