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SEASON 13

EXHIBITS IN THE GALLERY
September 2016 - August 2017

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PREVIOUS SEASON 13 EXHIBITS:

  September 30 - October 28, 2016 SEASON 13 LAUNCH:    Opening Friday September 30, 6-10 p.m.     

main gallery + drawing room

 

PHOTOREAL

Support for this FotoFocus Biennial 2016 exhibition
was provided by FotoFocus.

 

The Photo-Realism or Hyper-Realism movement responds to photography through painting, drawing, sculpture, and other media incorporating photographic qualities such as flatness, the illusion of depth, reflections, depth of field, and extreme detail.

The two companion exhibitions presented by Manifest for the FotoFocus Biennial 2016 each explore the biennial-wide concept from different aspects of 'undocument' or 'untruth'. PHOTOREAL presents non-photographic media and reveals how it can do many of the same things as photography, deepening the consideration of the 'undocumented'.

For this exhibit 64 artists from 25 states and 4 countries submitted 192 works for consideration. Twenty-one works by the following 16 artists from 11 states, and the countries of Canada and Colombia were selected by several jurors from across the U.S. for presentation in the gallery and the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication.

RELATED WORKSHOP
In conjunction with this exhibit a studio workshop at the Manifest Drawing Center will also be offered, focusing on achieving photorealism through drawing. The two-day workshop, and a related but separate evening public drawing demonstration, will be led by artist Joseph Crone. Get complete details and register here.

 

Presenting works by:

Erika Baez
Honolulu, Hawaii

Katlyn Brumfield
Richmond, Kentucky

Jeanne Burris-Johnson
Cottrellville, Michigan

Walter Castro
Bogota, Colombia

Carrie Fonder
Croton on Hudson, New York

June Glasson
Laramie, Wyoming

Brandon Hearty
Alberta, Canada

Timothy Jahn
Milltown, New Jersey

Travis Little
Framingham, Massachusetts

Nick Long
Thompson’s Station, Tennessee

Tim Main
Sheridan, Wyoming

Armin Mersmann
Midland, Michigan

Richard Morris
San Diego, California

Jon Murrill
Roanoke, Virginia

Jeremy Plunkett
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Pia Sawhney
New York, New York

 

 

 

 

 


     Timothy Jahn


 

     Walter Castro


 

     Jeremy Plunkett


 

     Jeanne Burris-Johnson

 

 

 

 


parallel space

 

The Best of Life
Paintings and collage by Jay Senetchko

 

This exhibition of Jay Senetchko’s work is one of 8 selected from among 137 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest’s 13th season.

When Jay Senetchko's grandmother passed away in December 2012, he was given her collection of Time Life magazines from the 1960s, an era she had once described as being 'the happiest of her life'. This declaration, combined with the name of the magazine, forms the title of this series. Each painting is based on images that are cut away from their associated text. New narratives are formed by recontextualizing them into black and white, and colour collages. Selected images are then transformed into paintings that are part collage, part photograph and part painting, maintaining distinctions between each medium while drawing parallels between them. The goal in both the creation of the collages and the paintings is not a faithful depiction of either an historical or fictitious event, but the creation of a new narrative for exploration and interpretation. The viewer is welcomed to wade through confusing and sometimes contradictory visual information in an attempt to make sense of what they are seeing.

The result are pictures that are unbalanced and uncomfortable, and simultaneously familiar and unfamiliar as they visualize the pathological nature of the North American dream. Through the reoccurring themes of nuclear family, violence, racial tension, labour and leisure, the dreamlike aspirations of a 1950-60's North America are presented, but never reached. Rather, they parallel many of the social tensions and obstacles we face today, but in unsettling, and at times nightmarish iterations.

Of his work the artist states:

"We all have a relationship with the past. Be these memories positive, negative or neutral, they are all inaccurate. We distort events mentally as a matter of course as soon as they have happened, and the further they recede in our private histories the more distorted they become. Considering how influential our individual pasts are in framing our personal presents, how we recall an event can have dramatic consequences upon our engagement with our present and future selves. The Best Of Life explores the dangers of our nostalgic, romantic, and distorted relationship with the past and its impact on our present lives by drawing contrasts and parallels between a halcyon era of history and contemporary Western life.

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Jay Senetchko now lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is a University of Alberta graduate (1997 - Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction) and spent several years as a professional soccer player in Edmonton and Montreal before pursuing entrepreneurial interests in Canada and the United States. In 2000 he moved to Vancouver and received a Diploma of Classical Animation from the Vancouver Film School in 2001. Primarily self-taught, his painting has been strongly influenced by apprenticeships with both Gideon Flitt and Odd Nerdrum. His work has exhibited since 2002 and shown in North and Central America and Europe.

Recent awards and events of interest include an honourable mention in the 2013 Kingston Portrait Competition, shortlist for the BP Portrait Competition (2011, 2012, 2015), shortlist for the Kurt Beers 100 Painters of Tomorrow publication (2013), shortlist for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2015), inclusion in the recently published The Nerdrum School (a collection of paintings by those who have apprenticed with the Norwegian painter Odd Nerdrum - 2013), and 1st place in the juried 2012 Painting on the Edge competition sponsored by the Canadian Federation of Artists.

He is the author of Making Pictures Speak: Composition for the Visual Arts, a textbook on perspective and composition for visual art; as well as the adult storybook Fishes and Wishes. He is currently developing another storybook, The Dragon and the Unicorn: An Ideological Fairytale. He has been teaching life-drawing, perspective, composition, colour theory and art history at Vancouver Film School since 2002, and teaching painting privately since 2003.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 


central gallery + north gallery

 

REAL-PHOTO

Support for this FotoFocus Biennial 2016 exhibition
was provided by FotoFocus.

 

From photography’s earliest inception into the culture at large, there was a recognition of both the artistic and scientific potentials of the medium. Within the art camp there was a push to validate photography’s role as ART by producing photographs that emulated the High Art of painting and drawing, peaking (possibly) with the Pictorialism Movement. At the opposite end were those who saw photography as a tool for ‘straight’, objective, representation —celebrating the photograph’s inherent characteristics as unique and valid in their own right.

For this exhibit Manifest sought submissions of works that were made through the photographic process exclusively, but which appear to not be photographic in nature, at least at first glance. While we were eager to discover just what artists are making that could qualify, we imagined our pool of entries might include works involving manipulated film, photograms, abstracted digital photographic imagery, direct emulsion exposure, photo-transfers, historical and alternative processes, and the like. We got far more than we expected, as this exhibit reveals.

The two companion exhibitions presented by Manifest for the FotoFocus Biennial 2016 each explore the biennial-wide concept from different aspects of 'undocument' or 'untruth'. REAL-PHOTO takes the common media involved in photography but presents resulting artwork that one may not suspect is photographic in nature, further expressing the boundaries of everyday assumptions, and cultural memes.

For this exhibit 113 artists from 29 states and 9 countries submitted 394 works for consideration. Twenty-four works by the following 19 artists from 14 states, and England were selected by several jurors from across the U.S. for presentation in the gallery and the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication.

RELATED WORKSHOPS
In conjunction with this exhibit two studio workshops at the Manifest Drawing Center will also be offered, focusing on photogenic drawing and drawing with the neolucida (drawing machines).

The two-day Photogenic Drawing workshop will be led by local photographer/artist pair Michael and Marilyn Wilson with complete details here.

The Neolucida workshop will be led by Pablo Garcia, professor at the Art Institute of Chicago, with complete details here.

 

Presenting works by:

Claudio Ahlers
Bristol, England

Robin Assner-Alvey
St. Louis, Missouri

Diane Chung
San Francisco, California

Ashley Czajkowski
Tempe, Arizona

John Deamond
Burtonsville, Maryland

Rose Desiano
Brooklyn, New York

Brooks Dierdorff
Orlando, Florida

Patricia Drummond
Dunkirk, Ohio

Mitch Eckert
Louisville, Kentucky

Josh Jalbert
Savannah, Georgia

Ron Janowich
Gainesville, Florida

Jenny Knavel
Delavan, Wisconsin

David McCrae
Seattle, Washington

Bailey Miller
Middletown, Ohio

Robyn Moore
Morehead, Kentucky

Caroline Roberts
Houston, Texas

Francis Schanberger
Dayton, Ohio

Patrick D. Wilson
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Rachel Wolf
Portland, Oregon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


     Francis Schanberger


 

     Patrick D. Wilson


 

     David McCrae


 

     Brooks Dierdorff

 

 


 

 


  November 11 - December 9     Opening Reception Friday November 11, 6-10 p.m.     

main gallery + drawing room

 

SCHEMA
Art About the Self

The practice of studying the self is as old as human thought. A powerful and perhaps under-appreciated process, when applied well self-reflection can make us better. But when allowed to degrade it can lead to disease.

In art, creating self-portraits is an old familiar genre. Such self-images are often quite different from other portraits, because they reveal the artists’ intensity of engaging and measuring their own image. For this exhibit Manifest was interested in gauging not only how this happens in the art of today but also in how artists address the wider concept of self-image, what it means to be aware of “I” and the experience of being an individual.

While true ‘self portraits’ are represented in this exhibit, many other creative interpretations of the theme round out the exhibition nicely, giving the viewer a good prompt for considering the idea, and what it means to represent oneself symbolically.

For this exhibit 271 artists from 43 states and 10 countries submitted 725 works for consideration. Twenty-three works by the following 20 artists from 14 states, and Canada were selected by a blind jury process for presentation in the gallery and the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication.

Presenting works by:

AWG
Moberly, Missouri

Brandon Briggs
Bowling Green, Ohio

Neil Callander
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Lauren Carter
Chicago, Illinois

Daniel Dallmann
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jason Ferguson
Grass Lake, Michigan

Jason Guynes
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Rebecca Hayes
Cohasset, Massachusetts

Becca Levine
Millbrae, California

Chris Liberti
Charlotte, North Carolina

Eileen MacArthur
Ontario, Canada

Mary Murphy
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Omalix
Orlando, Florida

Charity Ponter
Birmingham, Alabama

Molly Scannell
Arlington, Massachusetts

Rosemary Scott-Fishburn
Gloucester, Massachusetts

Shelby Shadwell
Laramie, Wyoming

Rachel Temkin
Woodhaven, New York

Lauryn Welch
Peterborough, New Hampshire

Morgan Ford Willingham
Emporia, Kansas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


     Molly Scanell


 

     Brandon Briggs


 

     Jason Ferguson


 

     Shelby Shadwell

 

 

 

 


parallel space + central gallery

 

VITAL
Sculptures by Margaret Smithers-Crump

 

This exhibition of Margaret Smithers-Crump’s work is one of 8 selected from among 137 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest’s 13th season. It is the first solo exhibition Manifest has ever presented in multiple spaces at the gallery.

Three individual works will occupy two galleries, creating an environment through which viewers must pass, like small prey or symbiotic organisms, in order to experience them fully. As large wall-based installations the works insist upon a visceral, corporeal involvement on the part of the viewer. It is no accident that Smithers-Crump's works function perfectly to bridge, both literally and conceptually, between the two group exhibits also on view at this time.

Of her work the artist states:

"Through its inherent associations to life, death, and renewal, Vital explores water as the source and resource for all living beings and by extension, the vulnerability of the oceans. Acting as metaphors for a fragile existence, the glass-like artworks in this exhibition underscore the vital necessity of water on our planet.

Each installation is made of hundreds of unique hand cut, painted, and chemically bonded units of primarily recycled plexiglas. Individually formed and shaped by heat, these translucent pieces become both membranous and organic.

As glass is easily shattered, each of these plexiglas installations reminds us of the fragility of life on Earth and of the importance of water to its survival.

Margaret Smithers-Crump is a Canadian artist based in Houston, Texas. She received her BFA in Painting from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 1973. For the last twenty years, Smithers-Crump has been exploring the creative potential of Plexiglas in both painting and installations. She has had a series of solo and group exhibitions throughout Texas and the United States including her recent one person exhibitions at the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, Galveston Art Center, Galveston,TX; Imperial Center for the Arts and Sciences, Rocky Mount, NC; Penn College of Technology - Penn State, Williamsport, PA; and Lawndale Art Center, Houston,TX.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 


central gallery + north gallery

 

SUSTAIN
Art About Sustainability

 

In Manifest’s first season (2005) we presented GREEN, an exhibition about environmental consciousness. As public and scientific awareness about the state of the planet has grown ever more poignant, and as the relationship of civilization to the fate of the biosphere has grown more clear, so too have our methods for expressing concern, conveying cultural imperatives for better action, and explaining the situation and potential solutions in compelling ways.

Four domains comprise the organizing principles of Sustainability: ecology, economics, politics and culture. But in general terms Sustainability is about endurance. In many ways the present cultural dilemma around the topic may be the fulcrum on which our specie's fate rests.

Manifest was interested to learn how artists address this definitive topic, either directly through the subject matter, content or form of their work, or indirectly through less obvious but still relevant means.

For this exhibit 64 artists from 25 states and 4 countries submitted 190 works for consideration. Eleven works by the following 10 artists from 8 states and India were selected by a blind jury process for presentation in the gallery and the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication.

Presenting works by:

Blake Conroy
Sparks, Maryland

Jenny Freestone
Takoma Park, Maryland

Gordon Lee
Columbus, Ohio

Margaret LeJeune
Peoria, Illinois

C. Matthew Luther
Riverside, California

David Marquez
Bowling Green, Kentucky

Michael Marshall
Athens, Georgia

Ellen McMahon
Tucson, Arizona

Studio Third World Collective
Delhi, India

Kathleen Thum
Liberty, South Carolina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


     Margaret LeJeune

 

 

     Gordon Lee


 

     David Marquez


 

     Ellen McMahon

 

 


 

 


December 16, 2016 - January 13, 2017     Opening Reception - Friday, December 16, 6-10 p.m.     

main gallery

 

7th Annual TAPPED
Artists and their Professors

 

The relationship between art students and their professors can be a powerful one. Even when this bond is left unstated, we carry our professors' voices forward in time as we mature as artists and people. We eventually realize that the instruction given by our teachers during our relatively brief careers as students continues to expand within us. We realize that the learning they inspired is a chain-reaction process that develops across our lifetime. All of us who have been students carry forward our professors' legacy in one form or another. And those who are, or have been professors, bear witness to the potency of studenthood.

Out of respect for this student-teacher bond, and in honor of professors working hard to help their students tap into a higher mind relative to art and life, we offer TAPPED, an annual exhibit that presents works of art by current or former professor/student pairs.

For this exhibit 104 artists from 22 states and 3 countries submitted 295 works for consideration. Sixteen works by the following 16 artists from 9 states (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Texas) were selected for presentation in the gallery and Manifest Exhibition Annual publication. The artists are listed in pairings to illustrate their teacher/student relationship. Works on view will include paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs. The exhibition layout is planned so that each pair of artists' works will be shown side-by-side or in close proximity. Visitors will be able to enjoy the variety of types of works while also considering the nature of influence between professor and student.

 

Professor Student

Adrian Hatfield

Allan Bennetts II
Robin Germany Brianna Burnett
Neil Callander

Thomas McBroom*

Richard Morris Charlie Goering

Joseph Holsapple

Mark Orgeron*

Adam Mysock

Jeremy Jones
Anthony Pessler Jessica Palomo*
Art Werger

Connie Wolfe

* current student  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Hatfield

Bennetts

Germany

Burnett

Callander

McBroom

Werger

Wolfe


drawing room

 

TEXAS
Regional Showcase

 

In its first twelve seasons Manifest's projects included works by artists in 50 states and 40 countries. Starting with its 10th season Manifest launched a new ongoing series of exhibits focusing on works by artists living in its own three-state region.

Two years ago we added projects that also focused on other definable regions outside our own. These Regional Showcases were offered to complement the ordinarily very wide geographical makeup of most Manifest exhibits with a closer look at what's being done here in our own backyard, as well as provide a platform from which we can examine the trends, qualities, and idiosyncracies of contemporary art within specific geographical areas and compare them to our own.

For our fourth year of exhibits showcasing works from other regions we have again decided to look at states which anchor two sides of the United States. Minnesota and Texas offer the compelling north/south polar relationship which provides a starting point for conversation about the resulting simultaneous exhibitions. They are home to major international art centers and educational institutions which are involved in the global art scene. (Previously Michigan and Florida, and New York and California showcases provided strong and visible contrasts in our gallery.)

Manifest's several-member blind jury process reviewed 272 works by 85 artists in Texas and Minnesota for this two-exhibit parallel regional survey. Thirty-three artists from Minnesota and 52 artists from Texas responded to the call. Eight works by the following 7 artists from Texas were selected for exhibition and will also be featured in the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication (MEA) at the close of the season.

Presenting works by:

Kurt Dyrhaug
Beaumont, Texas

Carol Flueckiger
Lubbock, Texas

Steve Knight
Baytown, Texas

Kenneth Lantz
San Antonio, Texas

Gracelee Lawrence
Austin, Texas

Caroline Roberts
Houston, Texas

Laura Willig
San Angelo, Texas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


     Kurt Dyrhaug


 

     Laura Willig


 

     Kenneth Lantz

 

 

 


parallel space

 

MINNESOTA
Regional Showcase

 

In its first twelve seasons Manifest's projects included works by artists in 50 states and 40 countries. Starting with its 10th season Manifest launched a new ongoing series of exhibits focusing on works by artists living in its own three-state region.

Two years ago we added projects that also focused on other definable regions outside our own. These Regional Showcases were offered to complement the ordinarily very wide geographical makeup of most Manifest exhibits with a closer look at what's being done here in our own backyard, as well as provide a platform from which we can examine the trends, qualities, and idiosyncracies of contemporary art within specific geographical areas and compare them to our own.

For our fourth year of exhibits showcasing works from other regions we have again decided to look at states which anchor two sides of the United States. Minnesota and Texas offer the compelling north/south polar relationship which provides a starting point for conversation about the resulting simultaneous exhibitions. They are home to major international art centers and educational institutions which are involved in the global art scene. (Previously Michigan and Florida, and New York and California showcases provided strong and visible contrasts in our gallery.)

Manifest's several-member blind jury process reviewed 272 works by 85 artists in Texas and Minnesota for this two-exhibit parallel regional survey. Thirty-three artists from Minnesota and 52 artists from Texas responded to the call. Eight works by the following 6 artists from Minnesota were selected for exhibition and will also be featured in the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication (MEA) at the close of the season.

Presenting works by:

Susanna Gaunt
Duluth, Minnesota

John Ilg
Woodbury, Minnesota

Jesse Matthew Petersen
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Jeffrey Stenbom
Apple Valley, Minnesota

Nathan Stromberg
St. Paul, Minnesota

Joshua Wilichowski
Stillwater, Minnesota

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


    Joshua Wilichowski

 

 

     Nathan Stromberg


 

     Jesse Matthew Petersen


 

 

 


central gallery

 

ONE 7
The 7th Annual Manifest Prize

 

Kei Ito (Baltimore, Maryland)

Sungazing Print
chromogenic color print
110" x 100"
2015

 

ABOUT THE $5000 MANIFEST PRIZE
Last season our board of directors increased the Manifest Prize to $5000. This underscores our non-profit organization's desire to reward, showcase, celebrate, and document exceptional artwork being made today by working artists, and to do this in a tasteful non-commercial public context. Manifest's mission is centered on championing the importance of quality in visual art, supporting and encouraging artists at all levels. This project is one aspect of the realization of that mission.

We respect the creative principle of reduction (the blind jury process) as it is employed to achieve an essential conclusive statement for each exhibit we produce. This is what has led to the high caliber of each Manifest exhibit, and to the gallery's notable reputation. We believe competition does breed excellence. Therefore we determined six years ago to launch the Manifest Prize in order to push the process to the ultimate limit—from among many to select just ONE work.

Manifest's jury process for the 7th Annual Manifest Prize included multiple levels of jury review of 1082 works by 350 artists from 47 states and 16 countries by a total of 18 different volunteer jurors from across the U.S. Each level resulted in fewer works passing on to the next, until a winner was reached. The size and physical nature of the works considered was not a factor in the jury scoring and selection.

It should be noted that the finalist and semi-finalists, 11 works, represent the top scoring 1% of the jury pool. The winner represents the top one-tenth of 1% of the jury pool.

The winning work is entitled "Sungazing Print" by Kei Ito of Baltimore, Maryland. It will be the recipient of the 7th annual MANIFEST PRIZE, and will be presented in the Central Gallery from December 16 through January 13, 2016. It will be accompanied by several juror statements and the artist's statement.

The Runners-up:

Ten semi-finalist works (runners up to the winner) will also be featured in the season-documenting Manifest Exhibition Annual publication (MEAs13). These are works by Becky Alley (Lexington, Kentucky), Marissa Angel (Virginia Beach, Virginia), Gordon Belray (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), Christopher Cosnowski (Chicago, Illinois), Dylan Everett (Brick, New Jersey), Sarika Goulatia (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Kei Ito (Baltimore, Maryland), Michael Reedy (Ann Arbor, Michigan), Shelby Shadwell (Laramie, Wyoming), and Ying-Fang Shen (Richmond, Virginia).

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


north gallery

 

MODELING NATURE
Drawings by Mark Pomilio

 

This exhibition of Mark Pomilio’s drawings is one of 8 selected from among 137 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest’s 13th season.

In his proposal to Manifest Pomilio stated "Through these works and their abstract associations I attempt to expose the mystical beauty, harmony and intrigue found within naturally occurring systems of growth. Ultimately, it is my desire to expose nature at its magnificent core." Reading this one might have thought it was a statement by a landscape painter. The fact that the work was, in fact, geometric abstraction blended with what could be landscape architectural design surely ignited its appeal for selection.

Eleven of Mark Pomilio's drawings will occupy the North Gallery. Ranging from delicate and small study-like drawings, through medium and large-sized finished sculptural drawings, the works nod to the formulaic works of Sol Lewitt, but maintain a satisfyingly distinct identity for being exactly what they are meant to be.

Of his work the artist states:

"My artistic interests are fueled by a desire to create artwork, which mirrors naturally occurring systems in our world. In “mirror” I am referring more to physical processes rather than mimetic duplication. I find inspiration on a myopic level by attempting to imitate cell repetition and cloning. The origin of this research has been formulated through a series of simple geometrical equations. These equations have yielded a group of 'parent' rudimentary geometrical forms. One or several of these forms are multiplied and folded equally throughout the pictorial field. Through this process, a formal pictorial structure is born. The resulting balance and symmetry has a visual equivalency in how we read the meditative qualities of a reflective pool, or a religious icon.”

Mark Pomilio's current artistic output focuses on creating images, which embody principles of geometry, fractals, cloning, single and multiple cell manipulation. He seeks to understand how these human, abstract associations can expose beauty and meaning within naturally occurring systems of growth and procreation in our natural world. It is his desire to expose nature at its magnificent core. These interests have led to invitations to lecture nationally, on topics as diverse as art and mathematics and the role the visual arts can play in understanding the social ramifications of advances in the Life Sciences. His artwork has been featured in solo museum and gallery exhibitions nationally and internationally, including Xu Beihong Art Academy, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China, the Chapelle Saint-Louis de la Salapetriere, in Paris, France, and Art Resources Transfer, in New York City.

Originally from Philadelphia, Mark Pomilio is currently living in Phoenix, Arizona where he is an Associate Professor within the School of Art, at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Learn more at: markpomilio.com

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


  January 27 - February 24     Opening Reception - Friday, January 27, 6-9 p.m.     

main gallery + drawing room

 

HALF-TRUTH

"Language is a virus." So goes a song by Laurie Anderson, dramatizing an idea originated in a 1962 William S. Burroughs novel.

As externalized thoughts, words and their assembly have great power. Being external means that ideas and information carried by words are malleable and vulnerable to corruption. Information travels from host to host in biological ways by way of language. And it comes back to its source, often altered, bringing change through subsequent internalization.

Truth as a concept is absolute by definition. The notion of 'personal truths' is an oxymoron. One can only have a relativistic perspective on the truth, a subjective interpretation of what really is. Yet, through consensus, enough relative interpretations combine to operate in effect as truth itself, and are often mistakenly assumed to be irrefutable. (Commonly, philosophers view truth as the correspondence of language or thought to an independent reality.)

What happens when truthful information is altered by the omission of part of the message? What happens for example when a comma is removed from a sentence, or an implication is inserted, and therefore the interpretation of an entire otherwise truthful statement is changed? A half-truth is the result, often intended to make what is only a belief appear to be knowledge. Half-truths mislead through the use of truth as a decoy within which rides an intended deception.

According to Wikipedia "A person deceived by a half-truth considers the proposition to be knowledge and acts accordingly."

For this exhibit Manifest was very interested in how artists may respond to the concept of half-truth. The common threads shared between the selected works provide intriguing insight into the theme. With this the exhibit offers a story of the true and the believed.

Manifest's blind jury process reviewed 342 works by 119 artists from 29 states and 14 countries for this exhibit. Twenty-two works by the following 18 artists from 14 states and the countries of Spain and Switzerland were selected for exhibition and will also be featured in the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication (MEA) at the close of the season.

 

Presenting works by:

Jillian Bloise
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Claffey
Bloomington, Indiana

Rick Dailey
Denver, Colorado

Jaime de la Jara
Madrid, Spain

Chris Kalmbach
Cincinnati, Ohio

Katia Lifshin
Tucson, Arizona

Jennifer Meanley
Greensboro, North Carolina

Zach Nagle
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Michael Nichols
Bowling Green, Kentucky

Roberto Osti
Flemington, New Jersey

Bill Porter
Littleton, Massachusetts

Thomas Pfannerstil
Louisville, Kentucky

Dominic Lippillo & Mark Schoon
Starkville, Mississippi

Charles Scott
Carbondale, Illinois

Mark Tennant
New York, New York

Nicolas Vionnet
Zurich, Switzerland

Margaret Whiting
Waterloo, Iowa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


     Margaret Whiting

 

 

     Rick Dailey


 

     Michael Nichols


 

     Zach Nagle


 

 

 


parallel space

 

FORM AND TIME
Drawings by Charles Kanwischer

 

This exhibition of Charles Kanwischer’s drawings is one of 8 selected from among 137 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest’s 13th season.

Fifteen of Charles Kanwischer's drawings will occupy the Parallel Space gallery. The intimate works, most no larger than one-foot in size, embody through their delicate intensity a sense of grave but understated importance. While virtuoso in their execution, the management of nuance, composition, and content through choice of subject and viewpoint makes each drawing a profound contemporary experience, and the entire collection a symphonic exclamation.

Of his work the artist states:

"When I look at the world I see forms and histories in flux. I’m attracted to sites that are visibly and obviously changing from one condition to another—the result of natural decay, erosion or flooding. Or, it may be initiated through human activities such as building and demolition. All these situations present evidence of an ongoingness that I believe constitutes the deeper subject of my work.

Charles Kanwischer was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He received a MFA in Painting/Printmaking from Yale University School of Art and a BFA in Printmaking from University of Iowa. He has served as Professor of Art at Bowling Green State University since 1997. He previously taught at Amherst College and Yale University. Kanwischer lives and works in Waterville, Ohio.

His work has been featured in solo exhibitions including at Brett Shaheen Contemporary and Modern Art, Cleveland 2010 and Ellen Miller Gallery, Boston 1997, 1999, 2001, and 2007. Kanwischer's work has also been featured in many national and regional group exhibitions including: The Pencil Show, at Foxy Production in New York City, Eight Views – Contemporary Landscape at the Washington Arts Center in Washington Depot, CT, New Master Drawings at the Akron Museum of Art, Visions and Revisions, Art on Paper Since 1960 at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Annual Invitational Exhibition at the National Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City.

He is a six time recipient of the Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Excellence Award (1999, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013) and has works in a number of public and private collections including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Akron Museum of Art, and the Progressive Insurance Corporation.

Charles has also had his work included in numerous Manifest INDA publications, including taking the first place prize in the INDA 7.

Learn more at: charleskanwischer.com

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

   


 

  


 


central gallery

 

LINE AND LIGHT
Drawings by Laura Makar

 

This exhibition of Laura Makar’s hand cut paper drawings is one of 8 selected from among 137 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest’s 13th season.

Eight of Laura Makar's cut paper drawings will occupy the Central Gallery. As cut paper the works embody both the fluidity of energy and the stillness of empty paper. As captured essences cemented by impeccable craftsmanship the works serve as a meditation on time, light, and persistent intentionality for both the artist and viewer.

It is by coincidence that Makar and Kanwischer submitted proposals for the same season, and were scheduled for side-by-side exhibits at Manifest. As it turns out, Laura was Charles's student at Bowling Green. Not realizing this at the time, our curatorial interest was in how the two bodies of work relate (silent, concentrated, colorless, highly crafted and detailed) and how they contrast (very small, realism based on observed environments versus fairly large, abstraction based on observed ideas and impulses). We feel the two exhibits together make a perfect pair for experiencing and understanding the motives of the contemporary artist.

Of her work the artist states:

"LINE, a language of mark making that provides a visual to the physical consciousness. It is an ambiguous form, which is completely dependent on vision, and will remain so until used to form a construct. Upon construction, the ambiguity fades and a point of perception begins. It is able, in its delicate form, to be openly conspicuous in showing process, and that transparency will simultaneously prompt intrigue. The most beautiful aspect of line is that a line itself has no prior vision, no baggage, and entrusts itself solely to action.

In these tendencies, line develops into shape. These shapes exist as static media transforming into movement. But, it is on the process, not the visual effect that my work focuses. The process creates an organic and obsessive deliberation; decision-making becomes intuitive and unconscious. Through continuous repetition the positive becomes negative; the small becomes large, and vise versa. It is the repetition that embraces the essence of documenting what I see on a daily basis.

Laura Makar was born in Buffalo, NY and grew up in Toledo, OH. She earned her BFA in two-dimensional studies at Bowling Green State University, in 2009 and her MFA in drawing at Wayne State University (WSU) in 2014. While attending WSU she was awarded the 2013 Thomas C. Rumble Graduate Fellowship, and recently received an award for her artwork at the 2015 MFAC Exhibition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center.

Laura has exhibited her work locally and nationally; including exhibitions in California, Georgia, New York, and North Dakota. She was selected to be part of a two-person exhibition at ROY G BIV Gallery, Columbus, OH in late 2016. Currently, Laura serves as Preparator at the Elaine L. Jacob Gallery and Art Department Gallery, WSU.

Learn more at: lauramakar.com

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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north gallery

 

GAME ON!
Art About Play

 

Playfulness is not just for children. The act of playing teaches the young how to grow up, survive, and interact. But it teaches adults how to be alive. For all its assumed frivolity, play is quite possibly a fundamental binding agent in the formation of both human and non-human societies.

For this exhibit Manifest is excited to present examples of works of visual art that address the theme of play, or which are somehow generated or inspired by playing or the objects of such activity. Works include images or objects made of toys and games, playful abstractions, and images of playful moments all in various media including painting, photography, sculpture, and drawing.

Manifest's blind jury process reviewed 363 works by 124 artists from 32 states, Washington D.C., and 4 countries for this exhibit. Thirteen works by the following 10 artists from 8 states were selected for exhibition and will also be featured in the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication (MEA) at the close of the season.

 

Presenting works by:

Thomas Bosse
Athens, Georgia

Jason Bly
Edwardsville, Illinois

Christopher Cosnowski
Chicago, Illinois

David Colannino
New Orleans, Louisiana

Jonathan Frey
Lewisburg, Pensylvania

Richard Luschek
Cincinnati, Ohio

Damon McArthur
Kewanee, Illinois

Lucy Meskill
Milford, New Jersey

Rosalie Rosenthal
Louisville, Kentucky

Buket Savci
Brooklyn, New York

 

 

 

 

 


     Christopher Cosnowski

 

 

     Richard Luschek


 

     Jonathan Frey


 

     Buket Savci

 


  March 10 - April 7     Opening Reception - Friday, March 10, 6-9 p.m.     

main gallery + drawing room

 

SPACE
Art About the In-Between

 

This is not an exhibit of works about outer space. Rather this collection of competitively selected works explores the subtler concept of the distances or spaces between things, or spaces which things occupy.

People often take space for granted, neglecting to respect its importance in defining our world and understanding of reality. Our interest in how this theme is addressed by visual art is broad, and artists interpreted it widely when selecting works to submit for our jury's consideration. The call for works was an open question seeking an answer about how artists address space as a subject, or key aspect in the design and creation of their work.

Manifest's blind jury process reviewed 397 works by 135 artists from 37 states and 3 countries for this exhibit. Seventeen works by the following 13 artists from 9 states across the U.S. were selected for exhibition and will also be featured in the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication (MEA) at the close of the season.

 

Presenting works by:

Zach Brown    
Munhall, Pennsylvania 

Sara Catapano
Edinboro, Pennsylvania

Daniel  Dallmann       
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Thomasin Dewhurst  
Livermore, California

Brigham Dimick         
Edwardsville, Illinois 

Nicholas Hullibarger
Oakland, California

Andy Mattern
Stillwater, Oklahoma

Carolyn Norton
Nacogdoches, Texas

Peter Precourt
Winthrop, Maine       

Billy Renkl      
Clarksville, Tennessee

Sarah Sutton  
Trumansburg, New York

Kim Thorpe
Bethesda, Maryland

Christina Warzecha
Chicago, Illinois

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


     Brigham Dimick

 

 

     Nicholas Hullibarger


 

     Sara Catapano


 

 

 


parallel space

 

KENTUCKY
Regional Showcase

 

In 12 seasons Manifest's projects have included works by artists in 50 states and 40 countries. Beginning in its tenth season Manifest launched an ongoing series of exhibits focusing on works by artists in its own three-state region. Two years ago we added projects that also focused on other definable regions outside our own.

These Regional Showcases were offered to complement the ordinarily very wide geographical makeup of most Manifest exhibits with a closer look at what's being done here in our own backyard, as well as provide a platform from which we can examine the trends, qualities, and idiosyncrasies of contemporary art within specific geographical areas and compare them to our own.

Last year we presented an exhibition focusing on works by artists in our home state of Ohio. This year's 'local' regional showcase takes a look at our neighbor to the south of the river, Kentucky, whose hills we can see from the spire of the nearby St. Francis DeSales Church.

For this 'open call' exhibit 85 artists from across Kentucky submitted 274 works for consideration. Eight works by the following seven artists were selected by several jurors for presentation in the gallery and the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication.

 

Presenting works by:

Jamie Green  
Lexington, Kentucky

Claudia Hammer        
Louisville, Kentucky

Paul Lorenz    
Paducah, Kentucky

Julio Rodriguez          
Louisville, Kentucky

Christian Schmit        
Lakeside Park, Kentucky

Sheldon Tapley          
Danville, Kentucky

Travis Townsend        
Lexington, Kentucky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


     Christian Schmit   

 

 

     Julio Rodriguez


 

     Paul Lorenz


 

 

 


central gallery + north gallery

 

PLACE
Art About Location

 

Designed to complement its sister exhibition, SPACE, this exhibit sought submissions of works that explore the concept of specific location, whether from a conceptual or metaphorical standpoint or a more literal depiction such as landscape. Our jury and curatorial process considered this broad spectrum in the process of creating the final selections.

Manifest's competitive blind jury process reviewed 426 works by 143 artists from 40 states and 7 countries for this exhibit. Eleven works by the following 10 artists from 9 states and Canada were selected for exhibition and will also be featured in the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication (MEA) at the close of the season.

 

Presenting works by:

Kenneth Batista
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Gordon Belray       
Ontario, Canada

Chris Cornelius       
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

David Dorsey
Pittsford, New York

Maggie Evans       
Savannah, Georgia

Sofia Gonzalez      
Little Rock, Arkansas

Kent Krugh
Fairfield, Ohio

Jason Lee                
Morgantown, West Virginia

Michael McCaffrey               
Lawrence, Kansas

Daniel Miller          
Iowa City, Iowa

 

 

 

 

 


     Chris Cornelius  

 

 

     Daniel Miller    

 

 

     Sofia Gonzalez   


 

 


  April 21 - May 19     Opening Reception - Friday, April 21, 6-9 p.m.     

main gallery

 

SINNERS AND SAINTS
Sculpture by Jessica Teckemeyer

 

This exhibition of Jessica Teckemeyer’s work is one of 8 selected from among 137 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest’s 13th season.

Of her work the artist states:

"...Humans are domesticated animals. As social creatures, we combat reason versus instinct. These sculptures represent archetypes. Through translating a human experience into the form of an animal, we look at ourselves from another viewpoint. Animals are my focus because they are devoid of race, gender, and body politics.

This work embodies a symbolic language in which I explore themes including confrontation, spirituality, vulnerability, and death. I am interested in the complexity of human behavior, from our celebratory moments to disastrous events. In observing the extremes both the dark and light of humanity are present. In understanding our polarities, we establish a new sense of awareness.


Jessica Teckemeyer creates mixed-media animal sculptures to explore the multiplicity in human nature. She maintains an active studio practice and serves as an Assistant Professor at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. Teckemeyer received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in May 2010.

Teckemeyer's sculptures have been featured in seven solo exhibitions and over forty group exhibits. Her work has exhibited nationally and internationally, including the cities of: Monaco, France; Montevideo, Uruguay; New York, NY; South Orange, NJ; Santa Ana, CA; Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL; Tallahassee, FL; Cincinnati, OH; Denton, TX; Minneapolis, MN; and Des Moines, IA. She has received numerous awards and grants including the Third Place Founders Award at the “39th Rock Island Art Guild Exhibition” at the Figge Museum in Iowa, Best in Show for the “Social & Politically Engaged Art” at the Reece Museum in Tennessee, Second Prize at the “Tallahassee International” hosted at the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, and a $9,000 Iowa Arts Council Grant supported through the National Endowment for the Arts.

Teckemeyer has fabricated sculptures for internationally known artist Siah Armajani since 2009. Prior to graduate school, Teckemeyer worked in the sculpting, mold making, and painting departments at "Tivoli Too" a 3D design and production studio located near Minneapolis, MN. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2004.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


   

 

 

     


 

   


 

 

 


drawing room + parallel space
+ central gallery + north gallery

 

DRAWN
4th Annual International Exhibition
of Contemporary Drawing

 

Manifest was founded in-part to stand for the importance of drawing as a process, skill, and discipline, and as a continuing viable product of the creative fine art and design fields. Since its inception our nonprofit organization has continued to incorporate drawing-based programming, including education (Drawing Center), publications (INDA), and gallery exhibits into the broader spectrum of its projects. The students and professors who formed Manifest in 2004 knew that despite their diverging career paths (architecture, art history, painting, industrial design, photography) they were brought together by their connection to drawing and their mutually intense but multi-faceted pursuit of this fundamental discipline.

Three years ago, in honor of the original spirit of the founding ideals of Manifest, the gallery launched DRAWN as a new annual exhibition. DRAWN seeks to survey and present the broad scope of drawing being made today. This gallery exhibit is completely separate from but nevertheless complements, and sometimes shares work in common with, the annual INDA publication project.

DRAWN called for artists to submit works of drawing in any media relevant to the practice (including non-traditional approaches), any style, and any genre (fine art, illustration, design, conceptual, realism, etc.).

For this exhibit 284 artists from 42 states and 16 different countries submitted 913 works for consideration. Forty-three works by the following 35 artists from 24 states, Australia and Sweden were selected by a panel of volunteer jurors for presentation in the gallery and the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication.

 

Presenting works by:

Nicole Adkisson
Choctaw, Oklahoma

Brian Andrews
Cincinnati, Ohio

Ed Bernstein
Bloomington, Indiana

Lucas Bianchi
Elgin, Illinois

Christopher Brown
Park City, Utah

Dan Christian
Bear Creek Township, Pennsylvania

Larry Cressman
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Jennifer Cronin
Chicago, Illinois

Nora Daniel
Zanesville, Ohio

Franklin Delgado
Savannah, Georgia

Michael DeLuca
Paoli, Pennsylvania

Steven Elbert
Columbus, Ohio

Christopher Fleming
Seattle, Washington

Tanja Gant
Madison, Mississippi

Hiroshi Hayakawa
Columbus, Ohio

Nicci Haynes
Canberra, Australia

Dale Inglett
Alfred Station, New York

Ron Janowich
Gainesville, Florida

Donald Keefe
Ooltewah, Tennessee

Robert Long
Tucson, Arizona

Michael Meadors
Clayton, North Carolina

John McKaig
Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Richard Morris
San Diego, California

Kevin Oehler
Denver, Colorado

Juan Perdiguero
Oswego, New York

Elena Peteva
Providence, Rhode Island

Joseph Pfeiffer-Herbert
Galloway, New Jersey

Adam Rake
Iowa City, Iowa

Lauren Scavo
Indiana, Pennsylvania

Shelby Shadwell
Laramie, Wyoming

Lana Stephens
Stockholm, Sweden

Sheldon Tapley
Danville, Kentucky

Alice Valenti
Baltimore, Maryland

Duat Vu
Springfield, Missouri

Derek Wilkinson
Emporia, Kansas

 

 

 

 

 

 


     Christopher Brown  

 

     Ron Janowich

 

 

     Michael DeLuca

 

 

     Kevin Oehler

 

 

     Steven Elbert

 

 

     Richard Morris


 

 


  June 2 - June 30     Opening Reception - Friday, June 2, 6-9 p.m.     

main gallery

 

RITES OF PASSAGE
13th Annual Emerging Artists Exhibition

An Exhibit of Works by Current or Recent Undergraduates

Initiated in 2005, The Rites of Passage exhibits were developed to support student excellence by offering a public venue for the display of advanced creative research; to promote young artists as they transition into their professional careers; and to bring the positive creative energies national institutions together in one place.

With this thirteenth annual installment of the Rites series, Manifest offers a $500 best of show prize to reward excellence at this early career level.

The Rites call for submissions was open to students graduating or expecting to graduate in 2016, 2017, or 2018 (undergraduate juniors, seniors, and those who graduated last year).

For this exhibit 91 artists representing 65 academic institutions in 29 states across the U.S. submitted 277 works for consideration. Fifteen works by the following 13 artists representing 12 different academic institutions in 8 states are featured in the 13th annual Rites of Passage exhibit. Artists are listed with their academic status as of the dates of their entry into this competition.

The best of show award recipient will be revealed during the June 2nd opening reception.

Why is this important?
Passing through an accredited college art program is one way among many to become an artist. While it does not guarantee success, it does serve as a measurable achievement, and if the degree granting institution is holding up its end of the deal, each artist who attains a degree through such a program has met or surpassed certain standards. For programs which are appropriately rigorous, passing a student is seriously meaningful business. Manifest's Rites of Passage is meant to serve as an external view into this process, across a broader scope than just one institution, and is offered as a bridge between academic pursuit and the general public.

The exhibit catalogs for Rites, and now the Manifest Exhibition Annual, have over time become a compelling document framing a view into the state of art in academia, and quite possibly the launching place for future notable artists of the world.



Featuring works by:

Cody Anderson*
Senior, University of Wyoming

Mathew Brown**
Junior, City College of New York

Michael France
Senior, Ohio University

Nazareth Garcia
Senior, American Academy of Art

Joseph Goh
Junior, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Samantha Jane Hardewig
2016 Graduate, University of Nebraska- Lincoln

Cecilia Lo
Senior, Savannah College of Art and Design

Simon McCool
Senior, Indiana University

Azalea Patricia Rodriguez
Senior, Arizona State University

Melanie Tassone
Senior, Dominican University

Samantha Taylor
Senior, Wittenberg University

Livia Xie
Senior, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Ran Zheng
Senior, Rhode Island School of Design

 

* Best of Show award recipient

** Director's Choice Award recipient

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


    Mathew Brown


 

     Cecilia Lo


 

     Samantha Taylor


 


drawing room + parallel space

 

MAGNITUDE SEVEN
13th Annual Small Works Exhibition

Back in 2005 we launched the Magnitude Seven project with the idea that small works would be easier and more practical for artists to send to Manifest from anywhere in the world. This proved true, and right off it was this exhibit that lead to Manifest earning the tag line 'a neighborhood gallery for the world.'

Inevitably MAG 7 is a wild and varied mix of works, including an extreme range of media, styles, and artist intents.The exhibit always gains unity from the common scale, so even disparate works seem to engage in playful and tolerant conversation across the gallery or side by side. We have found that having a couple galleries full of hand-sized works is a joyful experience of small things well made, a menagerie of creativity, and a poignant reminder that bigger is not always better.

We are happy to offer this thirteenth annual exhibit of works no larger than seven inches in any dimension. For this year's project 153 artists from 34 states and 11 countries submitted 438 works for consideration by Manifest's intensely competitive jury process. Thirty-four works by the following 20 artists from 15 states and Canada were selected for presentation in the gallery and the season-documenting Manifest Exhibition Annual.

 

Pirjo Berg
Grand Forks, North Dakota

David Bonagurio
Utica, New York

Dimelza Broche
Athens, Georgia

Susan Bryant
Clarksville, Tennessee

Ellina Chetverikova
Cincinnati, Ohio

Adrienne Dixon
Great Mills, Maryland

Tenley Dubois
Issaquah, Washington

John Ferry
Prairie Village, Kansas

Christy Georg
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Marco Hernandez
Wichita, Kansas

Anna Lee-Hoelzle       
Cottage Grove, Oregon

Kathleen Lemoine
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Tammy McClennan
Toronto, Ontario

Xi Nan
Flushing, New York

Dora Natella
Granger, Indiana

Steve Paddack
Indianapolis, Indiana

Molly Scannell
Arlington, Massachusetts

John Spurlock
Huntington, West Virginia

Hayward Wilkirson
Lexington, Kentucky

Erin Wozniak
North Canton, Ohio

 

 

 

 

 


    Hayward Wilkirson

 

 

     John Spurlock

 

 

     Adrienne Dixon



central gallery + north gallery

 

MAR 2016/17
Manifest Artist Residency Showcase Exhibitions

Artists' Gallery Talk: Saturday, June 17, 6-7pm
Open to the public!

The year-long Manifest Artist Residency was launched in 2012 with the goal to provide artists with a combination of free studio space, supportive resources such as teaching opportunities and free access to life drawing and other programs at the Manifest Drawing Center, the powerful creative culture that permeates all Manifest programs, and routine engagement with the visiting public during each of our nine exhibit receptions each season. To cement their year of development each artist receives another benefit of the program–a MAR Showcase solo exhibition.

These two solo exhibits feature works made by our two 2016/17 Artists in Residence, Ellina Chetverikova and Adam Mysock. This marks the culmination of their residency at Manifest which concludes in June, and serves as a celebration of their achievements, learning, and adoption into the broad Manifest 'family'.

 

 

VESTIGES
Paintings by Ellina Chetverikova

north gallery

It’s always incredibly important to remember where we all came from. What is our background? How we got to where we are now?

The collection of experiences that we all have as humans and our perception of them dictates and shapes our character. I often think about my past. Maybe because of the long 10-year separation with my homeland and my Ukrainian family.  I wonder if anything at all will be the same upon my return home. Would it last until I can see it?

I often contemplate about different people and places that influenced and raised me. This exhibit is dedicated to the recollection of my imprints. Vestiges that are forever imprinted in our minds hearts and influence us everyday.
 I hope that observing them you would be able to contemplate and remember yours.

 

Ellina Chetverikova was born in Severodonetsk, Ukraine in 1989. She developed a love of painting and drawing at an early age, and studied art since she was 13 years old. Ellina moved from Ukraine to Cincinnati, Ohio as an exchange student, to pursue her arts education. She received her BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 2012, and her MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.

 

 

 

TO REPEAT
Paintings by Adam Mysock

central gallery

We have an uneasy relationship with repetition. 

As children, navigating our earliest interactions with the world, we develop a zeal for repeating. Kids will read the same books, watch the same movies, sing the same songs—all to feel competent and in control of what's coming next. As we grow, we quickly learn that it’s reassuring and informative to engage in acts of repetition.

Alternatively, through our subsequent functions in a society largely driven by profits, we’re pressed to associate repeating with waste—or even punishment. To repeat means to divert energy and time from the “next” and offer them again to the “last.”  As we mature, we’re advised that repetition limits potential progress.

It’s in these contradictions, the dualities that define our relationship with repetition, that the works in To Repeat find their purpose.  Prompted by a restlessness with our current political climate and George Santayama’s often paraphrased words, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” the paintings survey both human-compelled repetition and potentially parallel, cosmically derived instances of recurrence.

Through examinations into the most basic components required for something to qualify as a repetition and reflections on our attitudes toward the inevitable mutations produced amid repeated events, these paintings encourage contemplation of both the faults and promises of reiteration in our culture today. 

 

Adam Mysock holds a BFA degree in Painting and Art History from Tulane University and an MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. In collaboration with his studio practice, he has taught at the university level for more than 10 years—most recently as a Senior Professor of Practice at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Mysock's work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and is in private collections throughout the world, including those of Thomas Rusche, Beth Rudin DeWoody, and the 21C Museum. In 2012, he was awarded first prize “Best in Show” in the Ogden Museum’s first annual Louisiana Contemporary Juried Exhibition. He was also included in the 2013 South edition of New American Paintings. More recently, Mysock has exhibited at VOLTA NY, Galerie Andreas Binder in Munich, Germany, the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, Galerie Jochen Hempel in Berlin, Germany, and is part of the traveling group exhibition Guns in the Hands of Artists.



 

 

 


        Ellina Chetverikova

 

        Ellina Chetverikova

 

 

 

 

 

 

          Adam Mysock

 

 

          Adam Mysock


 


  July 14 - August 11 Preview Reception: Thursday, July 13, 6-9pm | Public Opening: Friday, July 14, 6-9 pm     

main gallery

 

IN MEMORIAM
Art About Loss

 

In a larger sense the creation of any art object is a form of externalized memory. Sometimes, however, the direct purpose of the artwork is to serve as a vehicle for a specific remembrance, a totem of loss, or a symbol of transition from a time, place, or state of being that is no longer accessible. As such, these objects become infused with more life—more substance—than they may at first appear to represent. Whether through abstract symbols, illustrations of the memorialized, or poetic conceptualizations of the idea of remembrance, Manifest asked artists to submit works made with these concepts in mind. This project was open to wide interpretation of the theme, and was not restricted to traditional definitions of the term 'in memoriam' (such as may relate to obituaries and epitaphs).

Manifest's blind jury process reviewed 575 works by 202 artists from 23 states and 6 countries for this exhibit. Twenty works by the following 12 artists from 8 states across the U.S. were selected for exhibition and will also be featured in the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication (MEA) at the close of the season.

 

Presenting works by:

Gerry Bannan
Roanoke, Virginia

Cole Carothers
Milford, Ohio

Christian Carson
Brockport, New York

Samantha Haring
Cincinnati, Ohio

Amber Law
Walker, Louisiana

Kathy Liao
Kansas City, Missouri

Michael McCaffrey
Lawrence, Kansas

Emily McIlroy
Honolulu, Hawaii

Greg Sand
Clarksville, Tennessee

Judy Takacs
Solon, Ohio

Sarah Treanor
Akron, Ohio

Duat Vu
Springfield, Missouri

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


     Greg Sand

 

 

     Cole Carothers


 

     Emily McIlroy


 

 

 


drawing room

 

SKETCH
Art as Process

 

Nearly all artists, regardless of the media in which they realize 'final' works, create sketches or 'thought-works' that help them work out solutions to problems, conceptualize a plan, or test and re-test options before making an investment in time and media to create a finished work. Too often these works stay hidden, secret, or forgotten.

Many artists demonstrate lessons or techniques by creating example works. Whether it be through a demonstration of a basic drawing process for a college class, or a more complicated technical demonstration for advanced subjects or other media, the results are often stunning, conveying an unself-conscious naturalness due to their functional nature (being 'just' a lesson). Yet such transient works do not get seen because they don't fit into the artist's portfolio of subject, style, or content. Rather, they are cast aside, saved in drawers or portfolios, and lost to the world.

It was in the Renaissance that commerce and the production of paper gave rise to the value of sketches as more than just private notations. Leonardo DaVinci is known for his prolific sketching, continually jotting down words but also beautifully detailed visual notations about the world around him. The directness of the connection between these sketches and DaVinci's ideas is part of what gives them their inherent energy, and makes them so alluring.

We believe the same energy is encapsulated in sketches made by artists around the world today. This exhibition seeks to feature those hidden, unclaimed, yet immediately potent works so their energy may be appreciated and shared in the light of day.

For this exhibit 62 artists from 24 states and 4 countries submitted 274 works for consideration. Twenty-three works by the following 15 artists from 9 states and Canada were selected by several jurors for presentation in the gallery and the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication.

 

Presenting works by:

Neil Callander
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Sean Caulfield
Alberta, Canada

Matthew Egan
Greenville, North Carolina

Steven Elbert
Columbus, Ohio

Felicia Forte
Hamtramck, Michigan

William Haney
Raritan, New Jersey

Samantha Haring
Cincinnati, Ohio

Nathan Heuer
Indiana, Pennsylvania

Steve Hughes
Marquette, Michigan

Evan Kitson
New Providence, New Jersey

Michael Mentler
Dallas, Texas

Marcus Michels
Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Nathan Perry
Clyde, North Carolina

David Stallings
Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Sheldon Tapley
Danville, Kentucky

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


     Sheldon Tapley

 

 

     Michael Mentler


 

     Evan Kitson


 

 

 


parallel space + central gallery + north gallery

 

11th Annual
MASTER PIECES


An Exhibit of Works by Current & Recent
Graduate Students

Building upon the philosophy of the Rites of Passage exhibits for undergrads, each year Manifest offers a similar opportunity to current and recent graduate students for exhibiting at Manifest.

This eleventh installment of the Master Pieces project will continue to reveal the intensity and professionalism of students working towards their terminal academic degree in the field of visual arts.

As do our annual Rites of Passage and TAPPED exhibits, Master Pieces reflects our commitment to surveying, documenting, and presenting the state of arts in academia on an ongoing basis. We believe this is important to artists, the public, students, and teachers.

Often the most exceptional work comes out of graduate students' immersion in their culture of study and intellectual pursuit. Manifest’s goal, therefore, is to select and document works that in the truest sense of the word are contemporary masterpieces—works that represent the standard of quality that the artist is expected to maintain throughout his or her professional career. The exhibit catalogs for Master Pieces, and now the Manifest Exhibition Annual, will serve as a visual documentation of these artists’ own benchmarks for years to come.

For this eleventh competition for the project 80 artists representing 58 different academic graduate programs in 27 states and 3 countries submitted 252 works for consideration by Manifest's rigorous jury process. Twenty-one works by the following 14 artists from 12 states representing 14 different academic programs were selected for presentation in the gallery and MEA publication for season 13. 

 

 

Presenting works by:

Brianna Angelakis
2017 Master
University of Florida

Lisa Bryson
Current Graduate Student
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Whitney Causey
2016 Master
Louisiana Tech University

Cam DeCaussin
2017 Master
Arizona State University

Shiqing Deng
Current Graduate Student
New York Academy of Art

Kylie Ford
Current Graduate Student
Maine College of Art

Jess Holz
Current Graduate Student
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Hillary Heckard
Current Graduate Student
Alfred University

Carolyn Norton
Current Graduate Student
Stephen F. Austin State University

Kristen Peyton
Current Graduate Student
The University of New Hampshire

Molly Phalan
Current Graduate Student
Purdue University

Julio Suarez
2017 Master
Indiana University Bloomington

Megan Alyce Taylor
2017 Master
Miami University

Jeremy Thurlby
2017 Master
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

 

 

 

 

 

 


     Hillary Heckard

 

 

     Brianna Angelakis

 

 

     Jeremy Thurlby


 

 


  August 18 - September 15    (SEASON 13 FINALÉ) Preview Reception: Thursday, August 17, 6-9pm     
Public Opening: Friday, August 18, 6-9 pm      

main gallery

 

MONOCHROME
Art Utilizing Primarily One Color

 

Sometimes you can say more by saying less. Many artists find that the intentional reduction of visual information actually increases a work of art’s impact. One such reduction is the use of color, creating engaging art through the use of a single hue or very narrow pallet.

The only limitation for this competitively juried exhibit was that entries were required to represent original works of art or design and address the theme of 'monochrome' in some way. The 'chroma' that is 'mono' was up to each artist. The color was not required to be the primary content of the work of art. The limited pallet was simply expected to be a factor in the realization of the work, whatever form it may take. Manifest was open to artists' interpretation of the definition of 'monochrome'.

Manifest's blind jury process reviewed 421 works by 144 artists from 21 states and 5 countries for this exhibit. Thirteen works by the following 12 artists from 8 states across the U.S., Germany and Switzerland were selected for exhibition and will also be featured in the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication (MEA) at the close of the season.

 

Presenting works by:

Wes Battoclette
Cincinnati, Ohio

Judith Brandon
Cleveland, Ohio

Namwon Choi
Savannah, Georgia

Drew Etienne
Bloomington, Indiana

Veronique Gambier
Ghent, New York

Katie Kameen
Richmond, Indiana

Ann Klem
Fisherville, Kentucky

Kat Knutsen
New Bedford, Massachusetts           

Jessica Larva
Chicago, Illinois

Alegria Polit
Zurich, Switzerland

Kathleen Taylor
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Maxim Wakultschik
Düsseldorf, Germany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


     Veronique Gambier

 

 

     Katie Kameen


 

     Ann Klem


 

 

 


drawing room + parallel space

 

9th Annual NUDE
Exploring the Uncovered Human Form

 

Every exhibition season Manifest exhibits many kinds of works, from more conceptual and experimental art to the traditional. In fact we think it's important to have such a range in our repertoire. It is something that Manifest is known for. Our annual projects allow us the chance to track how artists around the world address a consistent theme, subject, or media over time, or allow us to document the state of art in a particular strata of creative activity, and to study and preserve our findings in a meaningful way through our publications and website.

NUDE is one such project. The human body is a popular subject for many reasons, the most obvious being that it is us. Throughout history the representation of the human form has been charged with tremendous energy, both positive and negative. Whether it be a religious edict that one should not depict the human form—a taboo, or the glorious opposite, a revelation of mastery over form in the crafting of sensuous and life-like physical human beauty, the art of the body has nevertheless moved us through time.

Through all the permutations art has experienced across history, work of the body persists. We use the human nude to master skill, understand ourselves, and push social and psychological buttons for the sake of expression (sensual, delicate, and so on). We intend for Manifest's ongoing annual NUDE project to explore how our collective body is used today in art to achieve these goals and more.

This year we were happy to renew our invitation to artists to submit works in any media, of any style or genre (abstract, conceptual, realistic, etc.), and of any size and media, for consideration in Manifest's ninth annual NUDE, an international competitive exhibit exploring the uncovered human form in current art.

For this exhibit 161 artists from 34 states and 9 countries submitted 512 works for consideration. Twenty-one works by the following 16 artists from 9 states were selected by several jurors for presentation in the gallery and the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication.

 

Presenting works by:

Martin Beck
Lexington, Kentucky

Sally Bousquet
Hingham, Massachusetts

Chris Corson
Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Paul Cotter
Pleasant Hill, California

Shiqing Deng
Brooklyn, New York

Matthew Durante
New York, New York

Martha Gaustad
Toledo, Ohio

Annie Gonzalez
Riverview, Florida

Stephanie Grenadier
Halifax, Massachusetts

James Grubola
Louisville, Kentucky

Jose Gomez
Tampa, Florida

Dora Natella
Granger, Indiana

Nick Reszetar
Milan, Michigan

Kevin Schroeder
Toledo, Ohio

Alex Spinney
Brooklyn, New York

Tim Waite
Halifax, Massachusetts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


     Stephanie Grenadier

 

 

     Shiqing Deng


 

     James Grubola


 

 

 


central gallery

 

ANIMAL NATURE
Printmaking by Ralph Slatton

 

This exhibition of Ralph Slatton's work is one of 8 selected from among 137 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest’s 13th season.

Of his work the artist states:

"My influences are considered fantasy Gothic, an often dark view of fable, humor, and lore. What better vehicle to convey these ideas than those found in the world of animals. Their sense of balance and gravity are beautifully choreographed. Their expressions are inscrutably humorous, but always raw, with unbridled presence. As such, my animals elusively disguise some moral truth, human condition, personal dilemma, or conundrum. Those who view my work often respond with opposite reactions. Some experience humorous animals, while others see sinister ones. This often occurs in the art of ancient cultures, where humorous icons carry serious content. For example, the cute plump dogs found in Pre-Columbian art would at first glance appear whimsical. On the darker side, the dogs are supposedly eaten by their masters, during the journey to the underworld. It is my intention to take the viewer down a visual and psychological rabbit hole. A place where animals wear disguises of both the strong and weak, experiencing the freedom of entrapment, and generally revel in the dark side of human foibles. 

Ralph Slatton was born in 1952 in an old farm house, surrounded by the cotton fields of Trumann, Arkansas. He was a descendant of both Far Eastern and Southern culture, as his mother was a native of Yokohama, Japan, and his father a resident of Northeast Arkansas. Slatton earned the BFA and MA degrees from Arkansas State University and the MFA degree from the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History. While working as Assistant Registrar at the Iowa Museum of Art, he served as courier for a large exhibition of African art to the Taiwan Museum of Art in Taichung. Working with the collections greatly influenced his interest in animal imagery and symbolism, which is a major theme of his work today. 

Throughout his career, Slatton has exhibited in many venues including:  the Ino-cho Paper Museum, Kochi-shi, Japan; Taipei Fine Art Museum; Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung; 2nd Sapporo International, Japan; and SACI, Studio Arts Center International, Florence, Italy.  He has presented lectures at Culver Stockton College, at North Dakota State University, and the Hunter Museum of American Art. His work has been published in several books, Best of Printmaking '97, Rockford Publishers; and The Contemporary Art of Nature: Mammals, 2015, E. Ashley Rooney, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd

Slatton was hired at East Tennessee State University in 1990 to head the drawing program and also serve as advisor to the pre-medical illustration program. He is the recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Research Award for 2010. He is currently in charge of the printmaking program and also teaches drawing, and comic book illustration. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

   


 

 


north gallery

 

A QUIET MIND
Drawings by Tamie Beldue

 

This exhibition of Tamie Beldue's work is one of 8 selected from among 137 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest’s 13th season. Tamie's work has been included in many Manifest exhibits and publications over the years, including achieving semi-finalist status in the prestigious and highly competitive Manifest Prize. Most notably it was a solo exhibition of her drawings, Figures in Gray, that was one of two exhibits that launched Manifest's exhibition program in January of 2005. We are very excited to feature another gallery full of Tamie's works nearly thirteen years later to help close out our 13th season of exhibitions.

Of her work the artist states:

"While focusing on the figure and the environment as subject, these mixed media works demonstrate a contemporary context of drawing through pieces that balance a representational canon with conceptual motivations through distinct bodies of work.   

Perceptual experiences are integral as a continuum of information challenges choices made in each piece. I rely on these relationships to delve into prudent editing of information, allowing for divergence in clarity, yet establishing a space where an inhale could actually be palpable.  

At an experiential level, the viewer is presented with information that appears realistic from a distance that upon closer examination quickly dissolves into the simplicity of marks which directly translates to the abstraction associated with the making. 


Tamie Beldue was born in upstate New York. She is a contemporary American artist focused in mixed media drawings. Beldue received a BFA from the Columbus College of Art & Design and earned her MFA at the University of Cincinnati. Beldue has exhibited extensively in the US in group and solo exhibitions, including the Fort Wayne Museum of Art Realism Biennial, Southern Ohio Museum, North Carolina Museum of Art, Mobile Museum of Art, the Arnot Art Museum's Re-Presenting Representation and the Fontbonne University Fine Arts Gallery. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Arnot Museum of Art, The DeYoung Museum, Howard & Judy Tullman Collection, James T. Dyke Collection of Contemporary Drawings and the Sandy & Diane Besser Collection. Currently she is represented by Blue Spiral Galleries in Asheville, NC and is an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina Asheville.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


  

 

 

     


 

 


 

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