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




Celebrating the programs and people of the Manifest Drawing Center
with a special showcase of works by our teaching artists and moderators,
studio setups, with live music TBA!

Saturday, November 11th, 4-7pm

3464 Central Parkway (m1)

A Sanctuary for the Practice, Learning, and Experience of the Visual Arts


Works by: Aisha Fajardo, Hannah Parrett, Alexandra Franz, Scott Ramming, Samantha Haring. Above: Brigid O'Kane

Celebrating the Instructors and Session Moderators of Manifest

Manifest Drawing Center Open House
Saturday, November 11, 2023, 4-7pm



Manifest will be hosting a fall open house at the Manifest Drawing Center's Central Parkway campus to welcome friends and neighbors from across Greater Cincinnati.

With a special focus on the work of our phenomenal team of drawing, painting, and photography instructors, this season’s Open House will be a unique chance to meet many of the people leading the organization’s expansion into the Manifest Center for the Visual Arts.

Additionally, guests will learn about current programming now active at the Center, discover more about upcoming classes and workshops, and learn about the organization’s mission and vision for its historic property.

  • Studios will be open throughout the building for self-guided visits, including showcases of works by current program participants.

  • Guided tours of the facility and studios will be conducted for those interested in a deeper narrated look at 6pm.

  • Staff and Volunteers will be on hand to explain the various facets of Manifest, aspects of each program space, and plans for the future.

  • Artwork made by many local artists at the Center will be on view.

  • Manifest's two Scholars in Residence will have their studios open, and be on hand for conversations.

  • Light refreshments will be provided.

  • Parking available on site, on street nearby, with overflow parking kindly offered by our neighbors at DePaul Cristo Rey High School.

  • Enter building through the Drawing Center entrance, east side (parking lot side) of building. Look for this unmistakeable feature to find your way:

enter the building under the 'sun and moon' off the main parking lot


(email with questions).


The walls throughout the Center feature freshly-made works by weekly participants. (Emil Robinson at left and above)

Photo by the Joseph A. Stoner Resident Instructor of Photography, Michael Wilson. The Photo Wing at Manifest Drawing Center includes a dedicated classroom, processing room, and ten-enlarger darkroom. Works by instructors, lab moderators, and students populate the walls of this wing on the second floor of M1.



Photo by the Joseph A. Stoner Resident Instructor of Photography, Michael Wilson. Michael is credited with 'showing Manifest the light' when he suggested our Drawing Center program would be the perfect preservation agent for film photography learning. Michael has led the design and setup of Manifest's three different darkrooms since the program's founding, and touched countless lives of students of photography through his gentle, inspired instruction.



Drawing by Resident Instructor of Drawing as Mindfulness (and Manifest Co-Founder), Brigid O'Kane


Drawing by Resident Instructor, Samantha Haring



Painting by Resident Instructor, Scott Ramming



Learn about what people do when they spend time at the Manifest Drawing Center
and learn about the plans to transform this magical building into an even more profound
multi-faceted center for the visual arts!

Today, Tomorrow, and the Future to Come

As of mid-2022, Manifest’s Drawing Center has settled into its new permanent Central Parkway location (M1). All the nonprofit studio programs, including many new ones, are now active daily! The Center’s role as an alternative for visual arts practice and study has been celebrated across the region for the past two decades, attracting participants of all ages from near and far.

Current programs include the Center’s flagship weekly Open non-instructed offerings such as Open Figure Drawing four days a week (including a clothed Sunday morning portrait session); Open Darkroom five days a week; and free STUDY HALL (open creative research studio times,) all serving the creative public, students of art and design, and working artists from the wider Greater Cincinnati region and beyond.

Professionally instructed programs include the ongoing classes: Drawing Essentials, The Figure Series (drawing classes focusing on the human form as subject), The Studio Seminar, and the popular Drawing as Mindfulness, as well as private lessons on a case-by-case basis.

Special visiting artist workshops occur at intervals across the year, with the next two being led by Connecticut-based designer and illustrator Bobby Rebholz (December) and New York-based painter Steven Assael (January).

There is a reason why artists visiting from across the U.S. routinely tell us there is nothing quite like Manifest elsewhere. Come see why!


email with questions
Free tickets to RSVP are available here.

 Josephine S. Russell
Charitable Trust, PNC Bank Trustee

Manifest is supported by sustainability funding from the Ohio Arts Council, and through the generous direct contributions of individual supporters and private foundations who care deeply about Manifest's mission for the visual arts.

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closed on sun-mon

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cincinnati, ohio 45206

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cincinnati, ohio 45223



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