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


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About Manifest:

Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center was founded in 2004 by Cincinnati area professors and students. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization headquartered in the historic urban neighborhood of East Walnut Hills in Cincinnati, Ohio. The museum-like street level exhibition space is minutes away from downtown Cincinnati, and the numerous academic institutions of higher learning in the region. It is also within easy walking distance of a diversely populated historic neighborhood with residents from all walks of life. The galleries are free and open to the public five or more hours per day (including evenings), five days a week, presenting unique and widely varied exhibitions featuring jury-selected works by artists from around the world. The 15,000 square foot Manifest Drawing Center studio is located about four miles west of the gallery in the community of Clifton. This recently purchased 90 year old historic building is what will become the home for ALL Manifest programs over the course of the next two years following a significant renovation and construction phase that is in the planning stages now. The Drawing Center offers life-drawing and a photographic darkroom for artists of all levels, as well as independent professionally-instructed college-level workshops and public demos in painting, drawing, photography, and other related disciplines throughout the year.

Manifest’s mission is to stand for the importance of quality and creative research in the visual arts, meaningful and accessible art-based experiences for the public, deep learning outside academia promoting skill development, visual literacy and critical thinking, and the rigorous documentation of exceptional art for posterity.

Manifest Gallery serves as a venue for the display and experience of quality-vetted contemporary visual art made by local, national, and international artists, including students and professionals.

Manifest Drawing Center promotes and explores drawing, photography, and related activities as rich and culturally significant art forms through the pursuit of educational hands-on activities. 

Manifest Press documents the organization's collaborations with artists through artfully designed publications and has the goal to make the organization's projects accessible for public availability everywhere, including outside its own geographical radius.

The Manifest Artist Residency (MAR) supports artists in making art and engaging the general public by providing an optimal working space and dynamic environment for meaningful growth.

To learn a lot more about Manifest, its history, programs, supporters, and people take a few moments to browse the website.




 Josephine S. Russell
Charitable Trust

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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tues-fri 12-7pm, sat noon-5pm
closed on sun-mon

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2727 woodburn avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45206

drawing center map (m1)
3464 Central Parkway
cincinnati, ohio 45223



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