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



September 2023 - August 2024

This exhibition season is financially assisted by a grant from the Josephine S. Russell 
Charitable Trust, PNC Bank Trustee, and many individual donations, large and small, from across 40 states and three countries.
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Season 20 Launch!
September 29 - October 27, 2023

Ticketed Preview - Annual Fund Benefit (GET TICKETS HERE)
Thursday, Sept. 28, 7-9pm
Public Opening: Friday, Sept. 29, 6-9pm

main gallery + central gallery + north gallery


Manifest Gallery's 6th Biennial Survey of Contemporary Painting

At some point many generations ago society reached a level where ordinary people could spend a lifetime perfecting their ability to mix and apply paint in extraordinary ways. Manifest established this exhibit as a permanent biennial project ten years ago in 2013 to inaugurate our expanded gallery. PAINTED 2023 is the sixth biennial presentation of this survey of contemporary painting.

PAINTED joins Drawn as a recurring gallery exhibition designed to complement our recurring INDA and INPA (drawing and painting) publications. Every two years it launches our exhibition season by presenting a competitive group exhibition focused exclusively on painting.

For this exhibit, 174 artists submitted 702 works from 35 states and 9 countries, including Austria, Canada, China, England, Japan, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United States. Thirty works by the following 23 artists from 14 states were selected by a blind jury process for presentation in the gallery and the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication.

We are pleased to present works by:

Edgar Cano-Lopez
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Yulia Gasio
Huntington Beach, California

Glen Hansen
South Jamesport, New York

David Heshmatpour
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Susan Hoffer
Lake Placid, New York

Lynne Jones
Evanston, Illinois

Rob Kolomyski
Woodbury, Minnesota

Paul Loehle
Cincinnati, Ohio

Perin Mahler
Laguna Beach, California

Monika Malewska
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

Andrew Martin
Lubbock, Texas

Michael McCaffrey
Lawrence, Kansas

Justin McIntosh
Camby, Indiana

Marcus Michels
Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Kenneth Millington
Beacon, New York

RD Mitchell
Plano, Texas

Joe Morzuch
Starkville, Mississippi

Mihee Nahm
Euless, Texas

Lucy Kay Plowe
Bedford, New Hampshire

Sandy Rice
Canton, Michigan

Marc Ross
Columbus, Ohio

Benjamin Shamback
Mobile, Alabama

Gabriel Zea
Brooklyn, New York








     Edgar Cano-Lopez


     Lynne Jones


     Rob Kolomyski

     Lucy Kay Plowe


drawing room + parallel space


Biennial Exhibit of Contemporary Watercolor*

Quite possibly the oldest form of painting, watercolor persists today, defying narrow categorization and broad stereotype. Practiced for centuries in concept development preliminary to 'finished' paintings made in oil or other scale-worthy durable media, watercolor also found favor with botanists, illustrators, and portraitists, and was applied to varied and countless surfaces.

The nature of the media itself represents a delicate and dictatorial transparency, fluidity, and a potential for expressive spontaneity. This not only makes it an ideal vehicle for contemporary art, but also one of training, intensity, philosophy, and play for any who practice it. Where an artist can easily dominate other painting media, forcing a will through viscous layers into a work of art like taming a wild horse, with watercolor there is dialog, compromise, and undeniable forthrightness. In this way the artist practicing watercolor works with a tiger in the room.

*Along with watercolor, works in gouache, ink wash, and other similar media were accepted for consideration as a subset of the broader Manifest painting biennial.

For this exhibit 53 artists submitted 193 works from 22 states and 4 countries, Belgium, Canada, France, and the United States. Nineteen works by the following 13 artists from 12 states were selected by a blind jury process for presentation in the gallery and the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication.

Presenting works by:

Gary Barton
Provo, Utah

Shawn Edrington
Pocatello, Idaho

Ed Ferszt
Kingston, Rhode Island

Antonio Gonzalez-Garcia
Columbus, Ohio

Janet Gorzegno
Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Melissa Gwyn
San Francisco, California

Mikey Hernandez
Irving, Texas

Olga Kosheleva
Downers Grove, Illinois

Sophie McVicar
Birmingham, Alabama

Tanya Pirasteh
Columbus, Ohio

Scott Teplin
Brooklyn, New York

Ripley Whiteside
Madison, Tennessee

Dalton Zheng
Henrico, Virginia




     Gary Barton


     Tanya Pirasteh

     Ed Ferszt





November 10 - December 8, 2023

Ticketed Preview - Annual Fund Benefit:
Thursday, Nov. 9, 7-9pm
Public Opening: Friday, Nov. 10, 6-9pm

December 15, 2023 - January 12, 2024

Ticketed Preview - Annual Fund Benefit:
Thursday, Dec. 14, 7-9pm
Public Opening: Friday, Dec. 15, 6-9pm

January 26 - February 23, 2024

Ticketed Preview - Annual Fund Benefit:
Thursday, Jan. 25, 7-9pm
Public Opening: Friday, Jan. 26, 6-9pm

March 8 - April 5, 2024

Ticketed Preview - Annual Fund Benefit:
Thursday, March 7, 7-9pm
Public Opening: Friday, March 8, 6-9pm

April 19 - May 17, 2024

Ticketed Preview - Annual Fund Benefit:
Thursday, April 18, 7-9pm
Public Opening: Friday, April 19, 6-9pm

May 31 - June 28, 2024

Ticketed Preview - Annual Fund Benefit:
Thursday, May 30, 7-9pm
Public Opening: Friday, May 31, 6-9pm

July 12 - August 9, 2024

Ticketed Preview - Annual Fund Benefit:
Thursday, July 11, 7-9pm
Public Opening: Friday, July 12, 6-9pm

August 16 - September 13, 2024

Ticketed Preview - Annual Fund Benefit:
Thursday, Aug. 15, 7-9pm
Public Opening: Friday, Aug. 16, 6-9pm


——— END OF SEASON 20  ———


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 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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