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Manifest Artistic Merit Scholarship

Covering partial or full cost to Manifest Open Sessions



At Manifest we want to provide the opportunity for young people to test and possibly pursue a career in the arts, including fine art or design. Studying short or long courses or attending Open Sessions at the Drawing Center is a perfect opportunity not only for youth to gain knowledge and skill, and test their interests, but also an incredibly valuable and rare chance to work side-by-side with some of the best working artists and professors in our region. This mixed culture at the Drawing Center is one of its critical values for any participant.

Qualifications (How can I get a scholarship?)

The Manifest Artistic Merit Scholarship is open to high school and college students residing in the Cincinnati- Northern Kentucky area. These are competitive scholarships, awarded based on the strength of the portfolio and statement of interest. These things will be required in order for you to be considered for a Manifest Artistic Merit Scholarship:

  • Minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Online application form
  • Statement of Interest: Please submit a 300-word (or more) essay on why you would like to study at Manifest Drawing Center. Statements can be submitted as .doc or .PDF
  • Letter or recommendation from academic reference
  • 5 examples of your work (submitted in .jpg format at <200 dpi)

Please submit all supplementary material to Adam Mysock at mysock@manifestdrawingcenter.orgg

Programs (What does a scholarship give me?)

The Manifest Artistic Merit Scholarship can cover entrance fees into programs especially suited towards portfolio enhancement. These programs provide opportunities to draw from the life model, and to participate in professional development workshops aimed at making better artists, and making artists better. Specific award amounts will be determined by our committee, primarily based on the materials provided in the application.

Programs include (but are not limited to):

  • Weekly Open Figure Life Drawing Sessions*
  • QUICKDRAW Open Life Drawing Gesture Sessions*
  • Drawing Marathons*
  • Manifest Visiting Artist Public Demonstrations
  • Professional Development Workshops

    * uninstructed



Hosted at Manifest's Drawing Center Studios in Madisonville at 4905 Whetsel Avenue (second floor) (see map and directions below). Manifest's studio facility provides two classrooms totalling over 3500 square-feet. The studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids.

Deadlines & Timeframe
When should I submit and when will I know?)

Our current scholarship funding is for Manifest’s Season 14 year of September 2017 through August 2018. Applications for Manifest Artistic Merit Scholarships will be reviewed as they are received.

We aim to notify applicants within two weeks of the application submission. (This is an approximate timeframe.)

Scholarship Award recipients must make good use of the opportunity, remaining in good standing with Manifest, otherwise the scholarship is subject to being revoked. We also ask that recipients provide documentation of their accomplishments at the Drawing Center, and be open to providing feedback. 


Email us at or call 513-861-3638.


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Manifest's 15th 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

drawing center map
4905 whetsel avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45227



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