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photo: Kate Eckerle, Grade 10 Highlands High School (from Envision Project 1)


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



Taught by Michael Wilson

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 second 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 12-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.

Project Dates: January 4 - March 24
Thursdays 4-6pm
Saturdays 10am-2pm

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 photographic experience is required. All materials will be provided, but students are welcome to use their own film camera.


Application Deadline: Friday, December 15, 2017

Notification of Acceptance: December 19, 2017

Questions? Email Adam Mysock at

photo: Emma Schutte, Grade 12 Highlands High School (from Envision Project 1)

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 Studio    |   Studio Calendar    |   Darkroom Calendar

About the instructor:

Michael Wilson is a life-long resident of Cincinnati residing in Price Hill. He developed his interest in photography while attending Northern Kentucky University where he earned a BFA degree in 1981. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions at such local venues as Baker Hunt Foundation (Covington, Ky.); Thomas More Gallery, Thomas More College (Crestview Hills, Ky.); In Situ Gallery (Cincinnati, Ohio); Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center (Covington, Ky.); as well as the Cincinnati Art Museum and Contemporary Arts Center. Wilson's photographs have been exhibited regionally at the J. B. Speed Museum (Louisville, Ky.); Rosewood Arts Centre (Kettering, Ohio); and Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art (Cleveland, Ohio). His work is represented in the Cincinnati corporate collections of E. W. Scripps; PNC Bank; Frost & Jacobs; Deloitte & Touche; and Duke Energy. He is also represented in the collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum and the J. B. Speed Museum. In addition, his images have been featured in more than three hundred photographic projects working with musicians and record labels.

Among the many artists Michael has photographed are: Lyle Lovett, B. B. King, Waylon Jennings, Randy Newman, Emmylou Harris, Bill Frisell, David Byrne, Philip Glass, Dawn Upshaw, and Doc Watson. Clients include: Nonesuch Records, Warner Brothers Records, Sony Music, Capitol Records, Alfred A. Knopf, Penguin Putnam, Mother Jones Magazine, Health Magazine, Uncut Magazine, and Pentagram Design. 


Manifest's 15th 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

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