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




Jason Franz
Executive Director (volunteer), Chief Curator
Visual Artist and Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati

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

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

Teaching Philosophy



Tim Parsley
Assistant Director and Drawing Center Director
Visual Artist and MFA graduate student in painting, Miami University

In addition to a split major BFA in 2D/3D from the University of Cincinnati Parsley holds an MA in Practical Ministries (1999) and a BS in Biblical Studies (1995). With this early career he developed extensive experience with leadership, budget management, program development, volunteer management, fundraising and more. Parsley also serves part time as a project manager and lead artist for the ArtWorks mural project, and recently as crewmember for the Contemporary Arts Center. He is a 2007 Summa Cum Laude BFA graduate from UC and was the top College of DAAP graduate, also receiving the Wolfstein award in 2006, and School of Art Outstanding Senior Award in 2007. In 2011 Tim returned to academia to pursue yet another degree, his MFA, at Miami University in Oxford.



Joanna Vance
Office Manager
Poet and MFA graduate student in creative writing, Seattle Pacific University

Originally a native of Pennsylvania, Joanna is a summa cum laude graduate of Houghton College with a BA in Writing and Humanities (2009). As a Shaw Fellow with Image, a Seattle based arts journal, she developed her knowledge of administration within the context of an arts non-profit. She is currently studying for her MFA in Poetry through the low-residency program at Seattle Pacific University. Joining Manifest in the spring of 2010, Joanna brings order and energy to the details of the organization's weekly management, and serves as the caretaker of Manifest's administrative structure.




Rob Anderson
Gallery Manager
Visual Artist and Adjunct Instructor, Northern Kentucky University

Rob Anderson joined the Manifest team in the summer of 2011, bringing valuable teaching and gallery experience to his role as Gallery Manager. He holds an MFA from the University of Cincinnati (2007) and BFA from Xavier University (2005). A working artist, Anderson has shown his work at such venues as the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Warsaw Project Space, Weston Art Gallery, and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor teaching courses in the Department of Visual Arts at Northern Kentucky University; he has also taught at Miami University of Ohio, Art Academy of Cincinnati, and the University of Cincinnati.





Qualified professionals volunteering to support Manifest programs for one-year
  periods in the areas of education, design, grantwriting, and with other key organizational needs.

Christy Carr (04-05)
Designer and Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Art Academy of Cincinnati

Robert Spahr (04-05)
Visual Artist and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at Dowling College
and Adjunct Professor of New Media at SUNY, Purchase College, New York

Kristin Cullen (05-07, 09-10)
Designer and Associate Professor of Graphic Design, University of Cincinnati

Kevin Muente (05-10)
Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing, Northern Kentucky University

Matthew Litteken (07-08)
Professor of Drawing and Painting, Professional Artist

Robert Anderson (07-09)
Adjunct Professor of Drawing and Painting, Professional Artist

Matt Wizinsky (08)
Graphic Designer

Kim Shifflett (08)
Professional Artist

Trevor Ponder (04-11)
Professional Arti
st, Current Graduate Student of Architecture, University of Cincinnati (2011)





Mike Bale

Joanne Easton

Mary Frede

Sydney Kreuzmann

Gabrielle Lang

Tanya M. Robinson

Chrissy Rother (senior intern)

Greg Swiger

John Tibbs

Aasiya Townsell




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

gallery hours:

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

closed Sun and Mon

Contribute to our Annual Fund



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2727 woodburn avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45206

drawing center map
4905 whetsel avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45227



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