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





Open Figure is an uninstructed life-drawing studio format whereby professionals, students, and the creative public can work side-by-side in common pursuit of excellence in the discipline of drawing (or various other media) while working from the nude model. This no-performance-pressure environment inevitably leads to new learning, support, and productivity that complements formal study (at the high school, college, or professional level), or other non-figure-related artistic work. Each session is moderated by Manifest Associates who are trained and well-qualified artists and/or instructors at the college level.

Twelve hours of life drawing in two days!

This special offering is generally intended for longer more extended poses. At the moderator's discretion with participant input multiple poses may be set up during this two-day drawing marathon. Each Quarter, we invite a new, special-guest moderator to lead participants through this intensive event. Stay tuned for details about our next moderator.

Participants are welcome to work in various media besides drawing, while taking into consideration other participants and the integrity of the studio space.


December 14 and 15, 2019


9:30 - 12:30
12:30 - 2:30 lunch break (option for group lunch off-site)
2:30 - 5:30

10am - 1pm
1 - 1:30 break 
1:30 - 4:30

* This schedule is subject to change from one quarter to the next, depending on the goals of the moderator. If there are any changes, this website will be updated as soon as possible. Please check back regularly.

PRICE: $60
($30 for students with academic reference and valid current student I.D.) Free for current Drawing League members.

Manifest works hard to provide studio opportunities at a reasonable cost, including supplementing operations through grant funding. Therefore this special opportunity does not allow for a per-day registration or fee amount.

For the fee, participants may attend at their leisure, all or part of each day. Registration is required.

LOCATION: 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 3000 square-feet. The studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study materials.

Drawing horses and easels as well as storage shelf space are available on a first-come first served basis. Supplementary seating, including chairs, stools, and cushions is also available. Participants should provide for their own supplies and drawing board.


Map to Studio    |   Studio Calendar    |   Darkroom Calendar



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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gallery map
2727 woodburn avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45206

drawing center map
4905 whetsel avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45227



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