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



September 2011 - August 2012

  September 30 - October 28

main gallery + drawing room

An Exhibit of Works of Abstraction

There are at least three components to a work of art. Often one of them, Subject, supercedes the others, bordering on distraction and flirtation with nostalgia. Abstraction diminishes or sublimates the role of Subject in such a way as to allow Form a chance to take center stage. In essence, Form becomes the Subject. Ironically, this rebalancing gives way to a clearer, and perhaps more truthful, experience of a work of art as a real thing - something that is itself rather than a reference to some external 'other.'

Manifest launches its eighth season with a project intended to feature and explore contemporary abstraction. From non-objective, geometric, expressive, etc., to figurative abstraction (works in which there is a recognizable subject matter that is distorted, is in some way not 'realistic', or is clearly secondary to the overall formal nature of the work).

For this exhibit 374 artists submitted 977 works for consideration. Twenty-two works by the following 19 artists were selected by our two-part jury/curatorial process for presentation in the gallery and catalog.

Barbara Blacharczyk
Chicago, Illinois
Brock Cagann
Indianapolis, Indiana
Laura Carpenter
Fort Collins, Colorado
Joel Edwards
Livingston Manor, New York
Kim Flora
Cincinnati, Ohio
Lili Francuz
Fort Collins, Colorado

Benjamin Gardner
Des Moines, Iowa
Daniel Good
Oakland, California
Amanda Lee
Bloomington, Indiana
Marc Leone
Cincinnati, Ohio
Noel Paris
Santa Ana, California

Allison Reimus 
Chicago, Illinois

Jeff Robinson
Normal, Illinois

Mary Pat Turner
Nashville, Tennessee

Bart Vargas
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Josh Willis
Brooklyn, New York

Jason Tanner Young
Lincoln, Nebraska

Boris Zakic
Georgetown, Kentucky

Angie Zielinski
Pocatello, Idaho




    The Tempest by Marc Leone


      Different Speeds by Jason Tanner Young


    Primitive Tumbler by Noel Paris


    Ripple by Bart Vargas




Friday Sept. 30
6-9 p.m.





parallel space

Recent Paintings by David Smith

For Manifest's 8th season we received 130 solo, group, and concept proposals for consideration for six spots in our schedule. The fierce enthusiasm of so many artists wishing to exhibit in our humble place in Cincinnati was remarkable, and worth pausing to appreciate. We did.

Then we set to work as a committee winnowing down so many excellent options to a concise few. The results, we think, are perfect. And we begin our season with one of them - City-Haze, an exhibit of recent paintings by David Smith helps launch this season by offering an intimate and unique look at paintings being made today on the other side of the world.

Of his work Smith states:

My work has always engaged with the idea or notion of landscape. I explore the elements of space, light, scale and materials through a restricted format. The subjects are often isolated, cropped or momentary, showing interplay between architectural/man made elements like buildings, tankers, jets and changeable environmental conditions like light, weather, pollution etc. A grand and mysterious space displayed through a small and intimate scale.

The processes involved are central to the work. The approach is often fluid and adaptable, employing washes and the chemical qualities of oil to disrupt, dissolve, shroud or alter a piece. This facilitation sets the stage for a flexible outcome. The small scale of the paintings is a deliberate attempt to engage with the polarity of depicting vast, elusive spaces on an intimate scale. The simple compositional design, coupled with minimal colour and the unyielding surface of MDF panel, allow the paintings to grow and command more space than their small size suggests.

The overall intent is to present works that are open ended and spare, in scale, content and treatment. The idea of something or somewhere being empty, shrouded, isolated or suggested is intriguing and works as potential for the audience to fill. As an Irish artist based in Hong Kong, the work may also suggest a sense of transience or a feeling of being in a place, yet not in it fully.

David Smith is an Irish artist currently based in Hong Kong. He graduated from Galway/Mayo I.T. in 1998, I.T. Sligo in 2001 and the University of Ulster 2003 with a Masters degree in Fine Art. He has participated in various exhibitions at the national and international level, including shows in Ireland, the US, Canada and Hong Kong. Most recently he has exhibited in a number of Manifest's juried shows and has work included in Manifest's 1st International Painting Annual. He has also participated in collaborative works in Hong Kong including the Hong Kong Shenzhen biennale of Urbanism/Architecture. Smith is primarily a painter but also works on music based projects and soundtracks for video artworks, solo works and soundtracks for short films. More details can be found at









  November 11 - December 9

main gallery + drawing room

An Exhibit of Works Made From
Direct Observation

The process of making artwork from life, from direct observation, is more than just a convenient way of providing a clear platform for judging achievement of the mastery of technique and form. Of course everyone who has been an art student realizes that this is an excellent rationale for doing so - so that our work can be compared directly with its source. However, too often does the mistake occur in assuming this is the only reason for working from life. Even professional artists sometimes get lost in the art-school loop, and forget that mastery is not the only content of their artwork. Those who manage to overcome this simple drive often leverage mastery, and pure dedication to the light the eye sees, while also elevating the work to a level beyond, to one of enlightenment, even from the simplest of subjects. It is this, the distillation of precious insight from our tangible world, discerned first through meticulous observation, that 'Observed' sets out to explore, present, and document.

Manifest continues its eighth season with a project featuring works made by artists from a very broad geographical radius, all working from direct observation. While the first assumption may be that pure objective realism was the expectation, Manifest was also eager to see just how artists make work, even non-traditional art, still using the process of looking, working, and looking again. We were curious just how this is done in the world today, and what our broad invitation would turn up. Through its common themes and subtle variety OBSERVED reveals some interesting trends.

For this exhibit 254 artists submitted 577 works for consideration. Twenty works by the following 18 artists were selected by our two-part jury/curatorial process for presentation in the gallery and catalog.

Neil Callander
Louisville, Kentucky

Curtis Cascagnette
Perrysburg, Ohio

Bryan Christie
New York, New York

Michael East
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Brett Eberhardt
Macomb, Illinois

Richard Gilles
Cottonwood, California

Marshall Harris
Fort Worth, Texas

Dan Hudson
Berlin, Germany

Tim Kennedy
Bloomington, Indiana

Eve Mansdorf
Bloomington, Indiana

Brad Nelson
Falmouth, Massachusetts

Erin Quinn
Dublin, Ireland

Scott Ramming
Cincinnati, Ohio

Stefani Rossi
Crawfordsville, Indiana

Nicole Mccormick  Santiago
Williamsburg, Virginia

David Stanger
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Sheldon Tapley
Danville, Kentucky

Derek Wilkinson
Emporia, Kansas





    Self-Portrait with Glasses by Derek Wilkinson


      Real Dinosaur Teeth by Richard Gilles


    Saddle Sketch #1 by Marshall Harris


    16:45:32 by Erin Quinn



Friday Nov. 11
6-9 p.m.

Date Night
Saturday, Dec. 3
5-7 p.m.




parallel space

Recent Sculptures by Alysia Fischer

For this second in Manifest's series of season 8 solo exhibits we are proud to present the work of regional professor, artist, and anthropologist Alysia Fischer. Her sculptural works intrigued our exhibit committee because of their intentional recycled nature, and because of the fitting irony that they seem so particularly alive. "Consumption" promises an artful yet also somewhat of a 'natural-history' experience in the intimate Parallel Space gallery.

Of her work Fischer writes:

I feel an affinity for the history of craft. In my work I focus on skill building, repetitive action, and creating a pleasing visual and/or tactile experience. My studio practice involves hand-cutting, hand-sewing and hand-forging objects, with an industrial sewing machine stitching what my hands cannot.

One purpose of my work is to reflect on the local waste cycle. I work with locally sourced discarded materials in order to demonstrate they have a use-life extending beyond their intended or expected one. It is my hope that the resulting works will challenge the viewer to reconsider what they send to landfills and think about whether those objects may have value within another context. All of the work I will be showing has been made of materials diverted from the Rumpke landfill in Colerain Township. Additionally, I try to consume all of the material, thus the cut outs from the hanging pieces can be found on the floor or sewn into new objects.

Alysia Fischer is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. An Artist and Educator, she has always followed her interests. This led her to study many subjects, including Glassblowing, Religion, Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology, culminating with a Ph.D. in Anthropology and an M.F.A. in Studio Art. When she's not in Jordan working with local glassblowers or trying to understand that country's refuse/recycling system, she can be found in Oxford, Ohio. There she spends her time teaching for the Center for American and World Cultures at Miami University and creating artwork that slyly comments on the waste produced by our consumption-driven culture. Her current medium of choice is discarded bicycle and tractor inner tubes.






  December 16 - January 13, 2012

main gallery + drawing room

An Exhibit of Works by Professors
and their Students
(past or present)

The relationship between art students and their professors can be a powerful one. Even when this bond is left unstated, we carry our professors' voices forward in time as we mature as artists and people. We eventually realize that the instruction given by our teachers during our relatively brief careers as students continues to expand within us. We realize that the learning they inspired (or insisted upon) is a chain-reaction process that develops across our lifetime. All of us who have been students carry forward our professors' legacy in one form or another. And those who are, or have been professors, bear witness to the potency of studenthood.

Out of respect for this student-teacher bond, and in honor of professors working hard to help their students tap into a higher mind relative to art and life, we offer TAPPED, an annual exhibit that presents works of art by current or former professor/student pairs in our Main Gallery and Drawing Room in Cincinnati.

For this exhibit 224 artists submitted 522 works for consideration. Twenty-eight works by the following 28 artists were selected for presentation in the gallery and catalog. The artists are listed in pairings to illustrate their past or present relationships.

Professor Student
Douglas Prince Barry Andersen
Jeffery Carl Gregory Deddo*
Patty Carroll Barbara Ciurej / Lindsay Lochman
Blake Williams Adam Chau*
Nancy Nichols-Pethick Corey Crum*
Lauren Garber Lake Erin Curry
Peter Christian Johnson Devin Farrand
Anthony Fisher Jonathan Langfield*
Laverne Miers-Bond Kim Flora
Seth Green Maile Fooy*
Elena Peteva Joshua Johnson*
Christopher Segre-Lewis Kristin Richards*
Aaron Tinder Mimi Solum*
Sara Waters Jonathan Whitfill
*current student















Friday Dec. 16
6-9 p.m.

Date Night
Saturday, Jan. 7
5-7 p.m.







parallel space

The 2nd Annual Manifest Prize

A special workshop "On Seeing: Figure and Space" co-instructed by the artist, Brett Eberhardt, and his wife, TAPPED exhibitor Elena Peteva, will be offered at Manifest's Drawing Center in Madisonville on Saturday, December 17th. (Workshop details and registration can be found here.)

All of Manifest's calls for entry are competitive. The stiffness of the competition has increased in proportion to Manifest's growing reputation, powerful mission, and international reach. Our mission to stand for quality, to create a system whereby works are judged with objectivity as a primary aim, and assembled with as little subjective ego as possible has gained the respect of thousands of artists all over the world, and a vast following of arts lovers, patrons, and supporters.

We maintain that a smaller gallery enables intensely refined exhibits to take place, and we respect the creative principle of reduction to an essential conclusive statement for each exhibit we produce. This is what has led to the high caliber of each Manifest exhibit, and to the gallery's notable reputation.

With this principle of reduction in mind, we were once again inspired by the intensity of our jury process to whittle down a collection of entries to a suitable exhibit. With this we determined to push the process to the ultimate limit - from among hundreds to select ONE single work to be exhibited in a gallery all to itself.

Manifest's jury process for ONE included three levels of jury review of 252 works by 119 artists by a total of 10 different jurors. Each level resulted in fewer works passing on to the next, until a winner was reached. The size and nature of the works considered was not a factor in the jury scoring and selection.

The winning work is a painting entitled "Red Plate (after Lopez)" by Brett Eberhardt of Macomb, Illinois. It will be the recipient of the 2nd annual MANIFEST PRIZE, and presented in the Parallel Space Gallery as the highlight of the process, an honor to the artist, and a poignant statement for gallery visitors.

The Manifest Prize is now an annual offering, and with anticipated increased sponsorship the prize amount will grow in coming years.

Five semi-finalists will also be featured in the full-color exhibit catalog. These are works by Evan Boggess, Bain Butcher, Katherine Mann, Nicole McCormick Santiago, and Stephen Wright.







Red Plate (after Lopez)
by Brett Eberhardt



  January 27 - February 24

main gallery

The Love Boat (abandoned)
& other new sculptures by Travis Townsend

For this third in Manifest's series of season 8 solo exhibits we are proud to present the work of regional professor and artist, Travis Townsend. His large scale toy-like sculptural assemblages promise to transform Manifest's Main Gallery into a mysterious and engaging archaeological playground for discovery. Townsend skillfully walks a thin line between low-craft and high design, whimsy and irony, and he does so in such a way as to create truly unique objects which, ultimately, survive their polar distractions and take on an implied life of their own. With a wry and direct honesty, like a child's drawings, they humbly represent an absolute joy for shared creativity.

Of his work Townsend states:

My idiosyncratic sculptures play off the forms and function of tools, toys, boats, and, perhaps, military equipment. These process-oriented works take a winding path to completion, evolving from continuously redrawn sketches and traveling through many transformations before being cut apart, reassembled, and reworked. Parts are often transplanted, left behind, or recycled. Through this method of construction and reconstruction, I am able to intuitively build and then, at a later time, make necessary changes. 
Embracing the unplanned, these oddly familiar, nearly useful-looking sculptures are imbued with human characteristics and gestures. Curious inspection and patient observation reveal previously unseen drawings and room-like interiors, many with small chairs and ladders “left over” from previous inhabitants.  These things have handles, openings, drawn symbols, and moveable parts, but like the mystery of a ritual object from a broken-down culture, the physical or metaphorical functions are left to the imagination.  In an increasingly commercialized, displaced society, I’m attempting to build slow, somewhat clumsy, objects that reveal a layered history.  


Travis Townsend studied at Kutztown University (BS 1996) and Virginia Commonwealth University (MFA 2000), has recently presented solo exhibitions at Doppler PDX (Portland), Bloomsburg University (PA), the Southwest School of Art and Craft (San Antonio), Weston Gallery (Cincinnati), Georgetown College (KY), and the New Arts Program (PA), and been included in group exhibitions at the University of Hawaii, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts (IL), Kendall College (MI); Spaces Gallery (Cleveland); Lehigh University (PA); and Zone: Chelsea (New York).  Images of his artwork have been published in The Penland Book of Woodworking, New American Paintings, and the Manifest National Drawing Annual. 

His awards include an Emerging Artist Grant from the American Craft Council, a Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, three grants from the Virginia A. Groot Foundation, and a National Young Sculptors Award from Miami University. Townsend has participated in residencies at Oregon College of Art and Craft, Penland School of Crafts, Vermont Studio Center, and the Emma Lake Collaboration.  He lives in Lexington, KY, teaches drawing, design, and concepts at Eastern Kentucky University, and has taught workshops at Penland (NC), Peters Valley Craft Center (NJ), Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (TN), and Oregon College of Art and Craft.  Townsend recently curated an exhibition titled Generously Odd for the Lexington Art League. Ongoing projects include a series of drawing-based installations with the SmithTownsendCollaborative.




      The Love Boat (abandoned)


    Renovated Newky Toy




Friday Jan. 27
6-9 p.m.

Date Night*
Saturday, Feb.. 18
5-7 p.m.

*25% off dinner
at Suzie Wong's
with voucher from





drawing room + parallel space

An International Exhibit of Works
Made Using Graphite

According to Wikipedia:

The mineral graphite /ˈɡræfaɪt/ is one of the allotropes of carbon. It was named by Abraham Gottlob Werner in 1789 from the Ancient Greek γράφω (graphō), "to draw/write",[4] for its use in pencils, where it is commonly called lead (not to be confused with the metallic element lead). Unlike diamond (another carbon allotrope), graphite is an electrical conductor, a semimetal. It is, consequently, useful in such applications as arc lamp electrodes. Graphite is the most stable form of carbon under standard conditions. Therefore, it is used in thermochemistry as the standard state for defining the heat of formation of carbon compounds. Graphite may be considered the highest grade of coal, just above anthracite and alternatively called meta-anthracite, although it is not normally used as fuel because it is difficult to ignite.

This definition reveals the true nature of the substance so many of us have drawn and written with since childhood. This seemingly commonplace substance, ubiquitous in schools, studios, and businesses, is the core of what is in fact a real equivalent to a modern day magic wand. Akin to diamonds and earth, and difficult to ignite it nevertheless manages to turn 'lead' to gold in the grip of intense and purposeful artists' hands. With a flick of a wrist it converts mere flexible planes of pressed and dried wood or cotton pulp into beguiling, energy filled artifacts.

Manifest continues its eighth season with a project featuring works made from graphite. We of course expected to see a good many straight forward graphite 'drawings,' but we also realize that graphite is used as a primary media in many other art forms as well. So through its rigorous jury process Manifest was eager to see just how artists make work, including sculpture, mixed media, and non-traditional art, using graphite as a primary (but not necessarily exclusive) media.

For this exhibit 224 artists from 37 states and 20 countries submitted 473 works for consideration. Eighteen works by the following 16 artists from Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Germany and Mexico were selected for presentation in the gallery and catalog.


Linda Anderson
Bloomington, Indiana

Olga Chorro
Mexico City, Mexico

Marshall Harris
Ft. Worth, Texas

Nathan Heuer
Victoria, Texas

Lauren Lake
Gainesville, Florida

Marc Leone
Cincinnati, Ohio

Michelle-Marie Letelier
Berlin, Germany

Paul Lorenz
Paducah, Kentucky

Armin Mersmann
Midland, Michigan

Felicity Papp
Paderborn, Germany

Anthony Pessler
Phoenix, Arizona

Suzanne Proulx
Erie, Pennsylvania

Seana Reilly
Atlanta, Georgia

Ryder Richards
Princeton, Texas

Lena Schmid
Leverett, Massachusetts

Robin Smith
Littleton, Colorado





    Untitled_2 by Marc Leone


      ménage-à-trois by Armin Mersmann


    GenetiveCase by Seana Reilly


    Adán y Eva by Olga Chorro

  March 9 - April 6

main gallery

An International Exhibit of Works Involving Text or Letterforms

Not long after humanity began drawing, drawings evolved into writing. Pictures became symbols, abstraction blossomed, and language became visual. Two branches, sharing one root, carried forward people's ideas, feelings, and plans. The visual and the verbal arts shared the role of encapsulating civilization's data. And they continue to do so today, in so many wondrous and varied ways. TEXTUALITY is an exhibit that inquires into the overlap of these two branches, seeking examples of where the verbal is made visual, where language returns into image.

Submissions to this competitive exhibit were expected to range from the straightforward, to works that were abstract, fragmented, or in other ways surprising or significantly processed away from recognition. Manifest was eager to see just how artists make work of any media or genre using text or letter forms as a significant element.

For this exhibit 331 artists from 41 states and 13 countries submitted 835 works for consideration. Fifteen works by the following 13 artists from Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Virginia, Canada, and Germany were selected for presentation in the gallery and catalog.


Linda Carreiro
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

TyRuben Ellingson
Chandler, Arizona

Margaret Fletcher
Auburn, Alabama

Skye Gilkerson
Baltimore, Maryland

Pato Hebert
Los Angeles, California

Kenn Kotara
Asheville, North Carolina

Carole P. Kunstadt
New York, New York

Alison McNulty
Kaiserslautern, Germany

Robin Miller
Savannah, Georgia

Rob Tarbell
Crozet, Virginia

Adam White
Louisville, Kentucky

Margaret Whiting
Waterloo, Iowa

Ethan Worden
Oakland, California





    New Standard Encyclopedia of Universal Knowledge
    by Margaret Whiting


      (T)HERE by Ethan Worden


    Letter Bomb by Robin Miller






Friday March 9
6-9 p.m.

Date Night*
., March 31
5-7 p.m.

*25% off dinner
at Suzie Wong's
with voucher from





drawing room

A Group Show of Drawings, Paintings, and Photographs by Four Artists

For Manifest's 8th exhibition season we received 130 solo, group, and concept proposals for consideration for six spots in our schedule. We simply did not have room in our calendar for everything we wanted to show. But during the process the works of four artists in our top pool of proposals seemed to vie in equal determination for our attention. So we capitulated, and gave them all an invitation to mingle in one intimate collection in our Drawing Room gallery. We are convinced that the collection we have selected will make for an enticing experience of Ink and Air...

Manifest is very pleased to present the works of these four artists in this special exhibit of drawing, painting, prints and photographs:

Judith Brandon
Cleveland, Ohio

Van Chu
Salt Lake City, Utah

Patti Jordan
Montclair, New Jersey

Randall Tiedman
Cleveland, Ohio



    Fly-Fucker (Corpus 011) by Patti Jordan


    Mushrooms and Trees 3 (detail) by Van Chu


      Aegean Storm by Judith Brandon


    Merry Heart by Randall Tiedman




parallel space

Drawings by David Kassan

Curated by Tim Parsley

For our 4th solo exhibit of Manifest’s 8th season, we welcome the work of David Kassan to Cincinnati for the first time. Recognized internationally for his mastery of contemporary portrait painting and drawing, he represents the leading edge of current approaches to realism. While fastidious in their application, Kassan’s portraits capture more than just technical acuity. They evoke emotional precision and quiet confidence.

Of his work, Kassan states:

My work is a way of meditation, a way of slowing down time though the careful observation of overlooked slices of my environment. It is the subtlety of emotion in my acquaintances that inhabit this environment which intrigues me…

Time is the most valuable thing that we all have, the one aspect of daily life that we can not get back once its gone. I want to use time while trying to understand the world around me.

PROCESS: Drawings by David Kassan gives us a unique view into the “slowing down of time” through a specific focus on his works on paper. The opportunity to investigate the drawings of an artist is an intimate privilege, as often they reveal the inner workings and decisions that are sometimes covered over once paint is applied. We are particularly pleased to offer this exhibition in conjunction with an intensive portraiture workshop taught by Kassan at Manifest’s Drawing Center Studio as well as a 4-hour public demonstration given by him on March 16th (see for details). Essential to Kassan’s practice as an artist is his commitment to teaching others. Therefore, Manifest is proud to offer a Cincinnati platform for Kassan as both artist and teacher.

David Jon Kassan lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He has taught throughout the United States, Australia, Portugal and Iceland, and continues to be a sought-after drawing and painting instructor because of his steadfast commitment to the classic discipline of working from life and creating compelling expressions of the human form. He has received many awards, including 1st Place in the Portrait Society of America International Exhibition (2009) and the 1st Place Prize for Portraiture at The National Academy (2004). Kassan’s work is also included in numerous publications including International Artist Magazine and Drawing Magazine as well book publications such as The Upset: Young Contemporary Art (2008) and Manifest's own 5th International Drawing Annual.

More examples of David Jon Kassan’s work and full C.V. can be found at He is represented by Gallery Henoch (Chelsea), New York, NY.


    Aubrey by David Kassan


    Henry by David Kassan

  April 20 - May 18

main gallery + drawing room

An Exhibit of Works Exploring Plant Life

At one time the world of living things was classified into two simple groups, plants and animals. Botany concerned itself with the study of plants. We are linked to these, our earthly cousins, in so many ways. As a planetary phenomenon we take for granted that to our yin the plants provide the yang. We breath in oxygen and out carbon dioxide, they absorb carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen. Clearly an elegant arrangement was agreed upon by the forces of the Universe to arrive at such a symbiosis. Whether it be the form of organic plant life, or the concept of its functionality, the implications of its shared existence with humanity, or its clever ability to convert sunlight into food, plant life is as fascinating as it is beautiful. In the context of contemporary society it is interesting to consider what this can mean in the hands of artists.

Manifest continues its eighth season with an exhibit featuring works which explore the theme of plant life (using formal or conceptual methods). Botanical results from an extensive call to artists using plant life as a source of inspiration and exploration.

For this exhibit 408 artists from 42 states and 14 countries submitted a Manifest exhibit record 1036 works for consideration. Twenty-nine works by the following 25 artists from California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia were selected for presentation in the gallery and full color catalog.

Terry Arena
Ventura, California

Lynn Basa
Chicago, Illinois

Elizabeth Brown
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Deborah Bryan
Johnson City, Tennessee

Charles Corda
Coconut Grove, Florida

David Dorsey
Pittsford, New York

Kristen Ebeling
Ypsilanti, Michigan

Brad Faus
Lakeville, Connecticut

Chad Fonfara
Kearney, Nevada

Marguerite French
Enfield, Connecticut

John Grant
Charlottesville, Virginia

Marshall Harris
Fort Worth, Texas

Noriko Kuresumi
Astoria, New York

Cary Loving
Richmond, Virginia

Jamie Obermeier
Lombard, Illinois

Isaac Powell
Richmond, Kentucky

Francis Schanberger
Dayton, Ohio

Brad Smith
Cincinnati, Ohio

Brandon Smith
Richmond, Kentucky

Alexander Solomon
Royal Oak, Michigan

Katie St. Clair
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Nathan  Sullivan
Jaffrey, New Hampshire

Ernest Viveiros
Mount Sterling, Ohio

John Whitesell
Floyds Knobs, Indiana

Margaret Whiting
Waterloo, Iowa




    Blueprint for Protea Type by Marguerite French


      Untitled by Kristen Ebeling


    Visitation by John Grant


    An Easy Solution by Jamie Obermeier


    Untitled by Alexander Solomon






Friday April 20
6-9 p.m.

Clay Alliance
Pottery Fair

., May 5
11-5 p.m.

Date Night*
., May 12
5-7 p.m.

*25% off dinner
at Suzie Wong's
with voucher from




parallel space

From the 7th International Drawing Annual

Selections from the International Drawing Annual is the seventh annual presentation of this exhibit, featuring a sampling of artworks and artists to be included in the forthcoming International Drawing Annual 7 exhibit-in-print publication.

The International Drawing Annual publication project was launched in 2005 as an extension of Manifest's Drawing Center mission to promote, feature, and explore drawing as a rich and culturally significant art form. The goal of the INDA is to support the recognition, documentation, and publication of excellent, current, and relevant works of drawing from around the world. More info. about this ongoing project can be found here.

All works included in each annual are made within three years leading up to its publication. Soft and hardcover versions of the INDA 7 book will be available by early 2013 (the INDA 6 books were just released in February). Previous volumes remain available at such places as Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Suder's, The Weston Gallery,, and of course at Manifest Gallery and the Manifest website.

The books serve as a valuable reflection on the diversity and vitality of drawing active in the world. They are used by artists, collectors, other galleries, fans of art, students, and even teachers in the classroom for reference about drawing, and to connect to the practice of drawing through a very open and considerate survey of the art form.

For the INDA 7 a ten person jury reviewed 1511 entries by 572 artists from around the world. A total of 126 works by 81 artists will be included in the final publication. Ten works, by the following nine artists are presented at Manifest as a sampling of this very exciting and important ongoing project.

Erika Baez
Nanticoke, Pennsylvania

Karen Bondarchuk
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Jason Dunda
Chicago, Illinois

Joanne Easton
Cincinnati, Ohio

Lori Esposito
Providence, Rhode Island

Charles Kanwischer
Waterville, Ohio

Ron Linn
Provo, Utah

Seana Reilly
Atlanta, Georgia

Angela Young
Tempe, Arizona




      Invasive Devotional by Lori Esposito


    Hamilton Street by Charles Kanwischer


    The Most Beautiful Searchlight in the World by Jason Dunda


    TippingPoint by Seana Reilly

  June 1 – June 29

main gallery

An Exhibit of Works by Current or Recent Undergraduates

Conceived and initiated in 2005, The Rites of Passage exhibits were developed in order to support student excellence by offering a public venue for the display of advanced ‘creative research’; to promote young artists as they transition into their professional careers; and to bring the positive creative energies of regional and national institutions together in one place.

With this eighth annual installment of the Rites series, Manifest offers a $300 best of show award to encourage and support excellence at this career level. The Rites call for submissions was open to students graduating or expecting to graduate in 2011, 2012, or 2013.

For this exhibit 193 artists representing 95 different college and university art programs submitted 507 works for consideration. Twelve works by the following 12 artists representing ten different academic institutions will be featured in the 8th annual Rites of Passage exhibit at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati.

Mike Bale
Senior, Northern Kentucky University

Miranda Becht
Senior, Indiana University Southeast

Maia Bersenadze
Junior, College of Visual Arts, St. Paul

Benjamin Cook
Senior, University of Louisville

Benji Florian
Senior, Purdue University West Lafayette

Kristy Leverock
Senior, Indiana University Southeast

Christian Mickovic
Senior, Cleveland Institute of Art

Ruth Poor
Junior, DePauw University

Marna Shopoff
Senior, Herron School of Art & Design

John Tibbs
Junior, Northern Kentucky University

Kathryn Whistler
Senior, Tulane University

Tyler Wilkinson
Senior, Centre College




      Complementary Exchange by Marna Shopoff


    You'd Better Get Used to It by Kristy Leverock


    Bag Lady by Tyler Wilkinson







Friday June 1
6-9 p.m.

Date Night*
., June 23
5-7 p.m.

*25% off dinner
at Suzie Wong's
with voucher from




drawing room + parallel space

8th Annual Exhibit of Small Works

Back in 2005 we launched the Magnitude 7 project with the idea that small works would be easier and more affordable for artists to send to Manifest from anywhere in the world. This proved true, and right off it was this project that lead to Manifest gaining the tag line 'a neighborhood gallery for the world.' This iteration of the exhibit is no different, with works coming together from all across the U.S. and the countries of Argentina, Canada, and Latvia.

Inevitably Mag 7 is a stew of various works, including an extremely wide range of media, styles, and artist intents.The exhibit always gains unity from the common scale, so even disparate works seem to engage in playful and tolerant conversation across the gallery or side by side. We have found that having a couple galleries full of hand-sized works is somehow a relief steeped in the joy of small things well made, a menagerie of creativity, and a poignant reminder that bigger is not always better.

We are delighted to offer this eighth annual exhibit of works no larger than seven inches in any dimension.

For this incarnation of the project 183 artists submitted 432 works for consideration by Manifest's rigorous jury process. Thirty-seven works by the following 28 artists were selected for presentation in the gallery and catalog.

Lisa Ambrose
Plainwell, Michigan

Lauren Baker
Columbia, Missouri

Mike Binzer
Victoria, British Columbia

Kate Budd
Akron, Ohio

Bethany DeVries
Denver, Colorado

Erin Enderle
Savannah, Georgia

Mallory Feltz
Cincinnati, Ohio

John Ferry
Prairie Village, Kansas

McGarren Flack
Holladay, Utah

Inguna Gremzde
Ogre, Latvia

Robin Hextrum
Aliso Viejo, California

Ryan Horvath
Edwardsville, Illinois

Ben Hosac
Orange, California

Justin Kim
Florence, Massachusetts

Carole P. Kunstadt
New York, New York

Noriko Kuresumi
Astoria, New York

Terri Lindbloom
Tallahassee, Florida

Eileen MacArthur
Ontario, Canada

Dora Natella
Granger, Indiana

Marya Roland
Waynesville, North Carolina

Julia Romano
Córdoba, Argentina

Patricia Schappler
Bedford, New Hampshire

Ian Shelly
New Albany, Indiana

Mimi Solum
Urbandale, Iowa

Sally Schluter Tardella
Bloomfield Township, Michigan

Andrew Wapinski
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Polly Yates
Chicago, Illinois

Kim Young
Bowling Green, Ohio




      Block 2 by Marya Roland


    Borrowed landscapes - Van Ruysdael by Julia Romano


    It Is There In The Quiet by Mike Binzer

    Pale Bivalve by Kate Budd


    Clementine by Bethany DeVries



  July 13 - August 10

main gallery + drawing room + parallel space


Building upon the philosophy of the Rites of Passage exhibits for undergrads, each year Manifest offers a similar opportunity to graduate students for exhibiting at Manifest.

This sixth installment of the Master Pieces project will continue to reveal the intensity and professionalism of students working towards their (generally) terminal academic degree in the field of art or design.

Often the most exceptional work comes out of these artists’ immersion in their culture of study and intellectual pursuit. Manifest’s goal, therefore, is to select and document works that in the truest sense of the word are contemporary masterpieces – works that set the standard of quality that the artist is expected to maintain throughout his or her professional career. The exhibit catalog for this show will serve as a visual documentation of these artists’ own benchmarks for years to come.

This 6th annual Master Pieces was open to submissions by current graduate students, or those who received their MFA/MA degree in 2011 or 2012. One hundred and thirty five artists submitted 342 works for consideration. Of these, twenty four works by the following eighteen artists were selected for exhibition at Manifest Gallery and documentation in the full-color catalog.

Devin Balara
Current MFA/MA Student
Indiana University

Robert Beam
Current MFA/MA Student
University of Oregon

Julie Chabrian
Current MFA/MA Student
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Joanne Easton
2011 Master's Degree Recipient
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Amanda Forrest - Chan
Current MFA/MA Student
University of Alberta

Chelsey Hammersmith
Current MFA/MA Student
Bowling Green State University

Nathan Hatch
2011 Master's Degree Recipient
University of Kentucky

Andrew Hendrixson
2011 Master's Degree Recipient
University of Florida

Wonjun Jung
Current MFA/MA Student
Hunter college, CUNY

Mel Keiser
2011 Master's Degree Recipient
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Sarah Knill
2011 Master's Degree Recipient
Kendall College of Art and Design

Rahshia Linendoll-Sawyer
Current MFA/MA Student
George Mason University - School of Art

Zahra Nazari
Current MFA/MA Student
Memphis College of Art

Matthew O'Brien
2012 Master's Degree Recipient
Eastern Michigan University

Samuel Preston
Current MFA/MA Student
Fontbonne University

Niv Rozenberg
2011 Master's Degree Recipient
Parsons The New School for Design

Carol Salisbury
2012 Master's Degree Recipient
University of Kansas

James Schenck
2012 Master's Degree Recipient
University of Cincinnati




      Feist by Chelsey Hammersmith


    Replica by Matthew O'Brien


    Untitled (green couch) by Samuel Preston

    Self through Binary Fission No. 22 by Mel Keiser


    Iron Neckpiece #1 by Carol Salisbury


    16 Years by Andrew Hendrixson



Friday July 13
6-9 p.m.

Date Night*
., August 4
5-7 p.m.

*25% off dinner
at Suzie Wong's
with voucher from




  August 17 – September 14      (SEASON FINALÉ)

main gallery + drawing room

An Exhibit of Works Exploring the Uncovered Human Form

Manifest exhibits many kinds of works, from more conceptual and experimental art to the traditional. In fact we think it's important to have such a range in our repertoire. It is something that Manifest is known for.

Our annual projects allow us the chance to track how artists around the world address a consistent theme, subject, or media over time, or allow us to document the state of art in a particular strata of professional activity, and to study and preserve our findings in a meaningful way through our exhibit catalogs and website.

NUDE is one such project. The human body is a popular subject for many reasons, the most obvious being that it is us.

Throughout history the representation of the human form has been charged with tremendous energy. Through all the permutations art has experienced across history, work of the body persists. We use the human nude to master skill, understand ourselves, and push social and psychological buttons for the sake of expression.

We intend for Manifest's annual NUDE project to explore how our collective body is used today in art to achieve these goals and more.

This year we received 522 entries from 221 artists from 34 states and 15 countries. Our jury selected 20 works from the following seventeen artists from Georgia, Ilinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and the countries of Hungary and Scotland.


Martin Arnold
Oxford, Mississippi

Ken Beach
Chicago, Ilinois

Donald Beal
Provincetown, Massachusetts

Tamie Beldue
Black Mountain, North Carolina

Grace Benedict
Lafayette, Indiana

Daniel Dömölky
Budapest, Hungary

Steven Hudson
Champaign, Illinois

Travis S. Little
Indianapolis, Indiana

Jeffrey Markowsky
Savannah, Georgia

Alan McGowan
Edinburgh, Scotland

Eric Penington
West Lafayette, Indiana

Michael Reedy
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Shane Snider
Black Mountain, North Carolina

David Stanger
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Sheldon Tapley
Danville, Kentucky

Erick von Hoffmann
Arglye, New York

Danny  Warner
Manhattan, Kansas




      Torso by Alan McGowan


    Model with Puppy by Donald Beal


    Golden Age by Daniel Dömölky

    Lauren by Travis Little






Friday August 17
6-9 p.m.

Date Night*
., September 8
5-7 p.m.

*25% off dinner
at Suzie Wong's
with voucher from





parallel space

Darkfire and The Waiting Room
An exhibition of prints by Sean Caulfield
with collaborators Hart (poetry) and Colberg (book design)

To initiate "Darkfire" and "The Waiting Room," Caulfield, Hart and Colberg used themes and poetic images taken from Dante's "Inferno" and "Purgatory" as a common start for each of their image/text pairings (eventually working towards responding to all three volumes of Dante's famous work). They share an ongoing interest in the "Divine Comedy," as well as with the long history of illustration associated with this work (Blake, Botticelli). These compelling images, often inspired by earlier classical and medieval myths, have a power that endures in contemporary society in the face of drastic cultural, social and environmental change.

Although the work looks to the past for inspiration, its merging of mechanistic and organic languages is intended to point viewers towards a contemporary context in which advancements in technology are rapidly changing our relationship to the natural world, biology, and our own bodies. In a broad sense, then, these artist's books are intended to encourage individuals to engage in reflection and dialogue about the changing environments of our daily lives. Further, by investigating the formal and conceptual dynamic of relations between text and image, "Darkfire" and "The Waiting Room" are a celebration of poetic language and imagery for its own sake, as well as artifacts that pay homage to the artist's book as an important part of contemporary culture.

Sean Caulfield is a Centennial Professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta, and has exhibited his prints, drawings and artist's books extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, and Japan. Recent exhibitions include: Perceptions of Promise, Glenbow Museum; Return to the Surface, Davidson Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA; Imagining Science, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta; among others.

Caulfield has received numerous grants and awards for his work including: Triennial Prize at the 2nd Bangkok Triennial International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Bangkok, Thailand; SSHRC Fine Arts Creation Grant; Canada Council Travel Grant; and a Visual Arts Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council, Illinois, USA. His work is in various public and private collections including: Houghton Library, Harvard University, USA; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England; Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA, among others.





    The Reed (The Waiting Room)

    The Spill (Darkfire)




 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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