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



photo: Drew Hart, Walnut Hills High School (from Envision Project 2)


“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”Dorothea Lange




October 2, 2019-January 19, 2020

Wednesdays (General Class Meetings) 5-7pm
(Photography Labs) 2-6pm*

*Early in the program, students will be divided into two groups. Group 1 will have a Lab time from 2-4pm on Sundays and Group 2 will have their Lab from 4-6pm.

Application Deadline: Friday, September 20, 2019


Work alongside professional photographers as you visually document the issues that affect your life!

Manifest Drawing Center, in conjunction with the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, is proud to announce the third annual Envision Project. This special program is seeking applications from high school students interested in learning traditional film photography and making a significant impact through visual storytelling.

photos: Anushka Mukherjee, Grade 9 William Mason High School and Leah Breuer, Grade 11 Milford High School (both photos made for Envision Project 1)

We are looking for 12 high school students to participate in this free 16-week, black and white photography program at Manifest Drawing Center’s Community Darkroom in Madisonville. Students will learn the fundamentals of analog film photography while exploring how the photograph can expose and frame the world around them. The Envision Project will culminate with a yearlong exhibition of students’ photographs at the offices of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission in Columbus.

Tuition: FREE
Admission is competitive. Applications must be filled out online and require a letter of recommendation from one academic reference in order to be considered. Participants will be awarded spots based on application review.

Level of Study: No prior film-based photographic experience is required. All materials will be provided, but students are welcome to use their own film camera.


Application Deadline: Friday, September 20, 2019

Notification of Acceptance: Week of September 23rd.

Questions? Email Adam Mysock at

photo: Eli Holtman (from Envision Project 2)

LOCATION: Unless otherwise specified, all courses are hosted at Manifest's Drawing Center Studios in Madisonville at 4905 Whetsel Avenue (second floor) (see map and direction links below). Manifest's studio facility provides two classrooms, a darkroom, and a processing room all totaling nearly 4000 square-feet. The studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids.


Map to NEW Walnut Hills Studios   |   Studio Calendar    |   Darkroom Calendar


About the instructor:

Sharee Allen has lived a nomadic lifestyle in seven U.S. cities and abroad. She earned her BA in Fine Art from Alfred University in western New York, and an MA in Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Her Master’s thesis researched the role of self-portraiture in adolescent identity formation.

Sharee’s professional photography career began onboard the cruise ship MS Amsterdam in 2010, where she traveled to six continents and worked as Image Creator. Upon her return to the States, she took on positions for Rolling Stone, Lomography, Freestyle Photo, and Cincy Refined. Since returning to Cincinnati in 2015, she has held a therapist position at Holly Hill Children’s Services and led mural painting projects with area high schools. Sharee is co-founder of the local nonprofit RISE and the webzine No Particular Order.


Manifest's 16th season is funded in part by a grant from the Robert H. Reakirt Foundation, PNC Bank, Trustee. This season's programming is also supported by an impact grant from ArtsWave, by a sustainability grant from the Ohio Arts Council, and through the generous contributions of individual supporters who care deeply about the visual arts.

gallery hours:

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

closed Sun and Mon

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2727 woodburn avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45206

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cincinnati, ohio 45206



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