creative research gallery and drawing center
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September 2012 - August 2013

  September 28 - October 26, 2012    (previous season 9 exhibitions)

main gallery

Deus Ex Machina
(god from the machine)

An International Competitive Exhibit of Photographic Art Revealing the Divine

Guest Curated by Dennis Kiel
Chief Curator at The Light Factory in Charlotte,
North Carolina

Manifest is proud to be a participating venue in the city-wide FOTOFOCUS celebration by offering four distinct projects centered on photography and lens-based art.

Deus Ex Machina is an exhibit assembled from international submissions considered on a competitive basis by a broad jury and curatorial process. The call for entries sought submissions by artists using photography and the camera/machine to discover, document, and inspire experiences of the sublime (or the divine).

A popular story proving the mythical power of photography is the one which recounts indigenous natives' reactions to the process of having their image taken and reproduced on paper. They believed by taking their picture the camera was stealing people's souls. Of course modern society is numb to such apparent superstition. However, some truth may be at its core - the camera captures a unique transfer of light from the surface of the individual, and freezes it in a two-dimensional stasis, unmoving and unliving, a fragment of time and light. We are beholden to the primary source of light in our lives, the sun, and whether we admit it or not it is an unquestionable deity, a giver of life, and a destroyer.

With this exhibit Manifest explores how photography can not only capture divinity (using light), but also how it produces art objects that somehow replicate the living energy, the positive life-centered sublime and perhaps momentary experience, despite its non-living transitory nature as an art object.

For this competitive project, Manifest received 316 entries from 106 artists from 28 states and 9 countries. Our six-member jury winnowed the submissions down to a pool of semifinalists, from which guest-curator Dennis Kiel selected the final 13 works for inclusion. The exhibit features works by artists from Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Johannesburg, South Africa.

Guest Curator, Dennis Kiel states: "With this competition, I was extremely curious to see how the photographers would deal with this theme, one that asked them to “discover, document, and inspire experiences of the sublime (or the divine).” With that in mind, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the work and the wide variety of approaches offered by the photographers. Although narrowing down the list was not an easy task, I’m sure the visitors to this exhibition will be as pleased as I am with the final results... All of the winning entries have the qualities that I look for in a good photograph. They are visually engaging, thought provoking, and in different ways, challenge the viewer to take a closer look and ultimately make those discoveries they never thought were there."

Works included by:

Matthew Albritton
Ft Thomas, Kentucky

Nathalie Bertrams
Johannesburg, South Africa

Susan Bryant
Clarksville, Tennessee

Seder Burns
Allen Park, Michigan

Bryan Christie
New York, New York

Bryan Florentin
Dallas, Texas

Michael Gard
Valparaiso, Indiana

Marcella Hackbardt
Mount Vernon, Ohio

Laura Hennessy
McDonald, Pennsylvania

Bethany Pipkin
Greenville, North Carolina

Jim Shirey
Athens, Ohio





    Dictionary (Book series) by Laura Hennessy

    Anticipation by Susan Bryant


      Echoed Plexus by Bethany Pipken


      She Who Has No Name by Seder Burns


    Butterfly by Nathalie Bertrams



sponsored by:




Friday Sept. 28
6-9 p.m.

Free Public
Gallery Talk

Tues. Oct. 16
7 p.m.

Date Night
Thurs., Oct. 25
5-7 p.m.

Book Release
Signing and

Friday Oct. 26
6-8 p.m.
(INPHA 1 +







drawing room

Photographs by Nadia Sablin

This solo exhibition of eleven of Nadia Sablin's photographs is one of six selected from among 150 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest's ninth season.

Of her work Sablin states:

For the past six years, I have been working on an extended photographic series in Russia and United States. Titled Together and Alone, it was completed in 2011. This body of work is based on the idea of a search for one’s identity and the pain of separation from childhood. By making portraits of girls and women, I search for a way to reinterpret myself as an adult without losing the magic of childhood. By including photographs from both the former Soviet Union and the United States I am creating a reality whose location is psychological, rather than geographic, in nature. The resulting images are a blend of observation, performance, and autobiographic exploration. As a Russian-born artist, I closely relate to the format of the fairy tale, incorporating it into the imagery of the photographs and into the prose poem that introduces the work:

"I was conceived, mistakenly, as a twin, although nobody knew this but me. There were two of us, in the womb, identical from our underdeveloped heads to our microscopic toes. She was a Russian girl, just like me, a secretly Jewish Russian girl, prone to emotion, impatient, bookish. She hid. I knew her well before we left. We conspired on hot days in the village, outwitted the demons in the marshes, looked for treasure among the reeds. We parted ways in '92, when I was brought to greener pastures, great-grandmother's pillows and iron skillet in tow. Our life packed in six check-in suitcases, three carry-ons. I was alone here in your new world, so I tried to replicate her, mold her out of my mother, out of American girls, out of mirrors. I search for her in images by Dutch painters, in stories by Marquez and Bulgakov. She lives off drywall, in an attic, in a well; she ascended to heaven, she is a mother by now, she walks the outskirts of St. Petersburg as a whore, she is still a child, while I've grown bigger, and am good at paying my bills on time. She is still breathing magic. She, the other one, is beautiful. Her braid is down to her feet like my aunties'. She brushes her hair one hundred times before bed. A wolf guards her virtue. I see her in the eyes of strangers. Her gestures overtake theirs for a split second, and she is gone before they know what has happened. With my trap, I wait for her to appear there, and if I'm quick enough, if I press the button at the right moment, none of this will be real. We will be together again, she and I, conspirators, sisters, laughers of derisive laughter, whole."

Showing a sampling of these images at Manifest as Holding On adds another layer of complication/comp-letion to the series. The gallery’s involvement with drawing and painting, which are both influences on my practice, was a strong impetus for me to propose this exhibit. The location of Manifest in Ohio speaks to the time I spent in the midwest during my formative years. Much of the way I experience the United States and my identity as an American comes from living and going to school in the suburbs of a big Ohio city.

Nadia Sablin was born in the Soviet Union and spent her adolescence in the American Midwest. After completing an MFA degree at Arizona State University, she now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and St. Petersburg, Russia. Her photographs have been shown at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Wall Space gallery and Jen Bekman gallery among many others.



    Bathers on the Borshchevik Path


    Betsy Schneider and her Children

parallel space

An all-Video Exhibition

13 videos by 13 artists

Projections is an exhibit assembled from international submissions considered on a competitive basis. Submissions were open to any theme, subject, or concept. The only requirement was that the work be intended or designed for presentation through digital video projection in a mostly dark space dedicated to the viewing of such material.

With this exhibit Manifest is eager share various ways in which artists' works are realized and presented simply through projected light. The nature of the exhibition is dependent upon the works submitted and selected. Manifest is considering various scenarios, including looping all-day single video works, back-to-back screenings during specific times each day, weekly screenings, interactive video/digital work, etc. A screening schedule will be posted here soon.

Manifest's Parallel Space gallery is an ideal 'black box' viewing environment for small groups, outfitted with an HD projector capable of projecting a wall-sized HD image, driven by a networked Apple Mac mini.

Manifest received 179 entries from 104 artists from around the world for this project. Our thirteen-member jury narrowed the submissions down to the pool of thirteen finalists. The exhibit features works by artists from Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, New York, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Hong Kong, China, and Istanbul, Turkey.

The four-week screening schedule for these works can be viewed and downloaded here.

PROJECTIONS features works by:

Recep Akar
Istanbul, Turkey

Liam Alexander
Brooklyn, New York

Sama Alshaibi
Tucson, Arizona

David Beck
Menomonie, Wisconsin

Kim Burgas
New York, New York

Bryan Christie
New York, New York

Lucas Coffin
Fairview Heights, Illinois

Ed Midgett
Boone, North Carolina

Damon Mohl
Louisville, Colorado

Stefan Petranek
Indianapolis, Indiana

Hector Rodriguez
Hong Kong, China

Pierre St-Jacques
Brooklyn, New York

Danny Warner
Manhattan, Kansas



    The Dust Machine by Damon Mohl

    Aphasia Volutia by Danny Warner

      After Here by Ed Midgett

      Prosody by Kim Burgas




  November 9 - December 7

main gallery

Sculpture by Aristotle Georgiades

This solo exhibition of six of Artistotle Georgiades' sculptural works is one of six selected from among 150 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest's ninth season.

Of his work Georgiades states:

In today's economy more modest ideals abound and one must be prepared to find alternative means to an end. In my new projects and those planned for the future I find my selection of materials to be based more on common objects and materials that are approaching obsolescence and are of little value in their present state. Most of my current works have an intention or ambition that has been redirected for one reason or another; the emotional content of this change in direction is the subject of this new work.


Aristotle Georgiades received a B.F.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work ranges from issues of male identity, labor economics, and more recently, the changing American landscape in a post-industrial economy. He works in wood, metal, and recycled architectural materials.

Georgiades has exhibited his sculptural works nationally and internationally in both curated group and solo exhibitions. His work has been reviewed in various publications including Art In America, Sculpture Magazine and The Chicago Tribune. He is also part of the collaborative public art team Actual Size Artworks which has been producing large scale permanent and temporary public works for over fifteen years.





   New Old Growth




Friday Nov. 9
6-9 p.m.

Free Public
Gallery Talk

Thurs. Nov. 29
7 p.m.

Date Night
Thurs., Dec. 6
5-7 p.m.



drawing room + parallel space

Art About History

Curated by Tim Parsley

Everything that has ever happened, ever, has led to this moment...

A small slice of the leading edge of the wave of time is documented, encapsulated, and frozen in the form of human history. They say that history is written by the winners. Perhaps it is more true to say that it is written by those who survive, and only for the brief time in which they can still talk (or make art) about it. That, we suppose, would be the collective 'us.'

History is generally divided into two philosophies, speculative and critical. Regardless of which, key words apply, and include terms such as progress, truth, fact, civilization, cycles, patterns, society, past, direction, humanity, linear, evolution, and so on. Inevitably, history is a view of humanity across time.

How do artists reflect upon, and even participate in history? Surely some do it consciously, as a subject of focus. Others may have it in mind, without the intention of feeding into or addressing it at all. Whatever the case may be, Manifest offers Lost Horizon as a survey of how artists working today make work which is in one way or another about history.

Manifest received 626 entries from 273 artists in 41 states and 16 countries around the world for this project. The exhibit features sixteen works by artists from eleven states and the countries of Canada, England, and Israel.

Lost Horizon features works by:

Zach Cohen
But-Yam, Israel

Catherine Dreiss
Des Moines, Iowa

Alexandra Emberley
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Ivan Fortushniak
Indiana, Pennsylvania

Melissa Furness
Denver, Colorado

Zach Koch
Bloomington, Indiana

Hanna Kozlowski-Slone
Sterling, Kansas

Adam Mysock
New Orleans, Louisiana

Sara Pearce
Cincinnati, Ohio

Justin Plakas
Athens, Georgia

Doug Russell
Laramie, Wyoming

Laura Spalding Best
Tempe, Arizona

Adele Vallance
Ampthill, England

Jave Yoshimoto
Polk, Nebraska


    The Handsome Woman by Catherine Dreiss

    The Unexpected Return by Ivan Fortushniak

      The Grand Tour: The Davenport Sisters Were Perfectly
Capable of Putting Themselves on a Pedestal by Sara Pearce

      Wake by Melissa Furness




  December 14 - January 11, 2012

main gallery

The 3rd Annual Manifest Prize

$1000 award

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 determined to push the process to the ultimate limit - from among many 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 483 works by 190 artists by a total of 16 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 sculpture entitled "Haliades" by John D. Powers of Birmingham, Alabama. It will be the recipient of the 3rd annual MANIFEST PRIZE, and presented in the Main 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 Tamie Beldue, Neil Callander, Aristotle Georgiades, Jason John, and Elise Schweitzer.







Friday Dec. 14
6-9 p.m.

Free Public
Gallery Talk

Sun. Jan. 6
3 p.m.

Date Night
Thurs., Jan. 10
5-7 p.m.






drawing room + parallel space

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 Drawing Room and Parallel Space in Cincinnati.

For this exhibit 199 artists submitted 460 works for consideration. Twenty-six works by the following 26 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
Jessie Rebik Christina Bolgren
Jason Hoelscher Melinda Borysevicz
Leslie Burns John Murphy*
Matthew Ballou Jacob Crook*
Lydia Panas Erica Kabbeko*
Billy Renkl Corey Garrett*
Gerard Huber Hsiu Ching Yu
Lauren Lake Evie Woltil Richner*
Mark Langeneckert Lauren Baker
Brent Oglesbee David Marquez
Eric Penington Bryant Girsch*
Robert Raack David Belgrad*
Sheldon Tapley Tyler Wilkinson
* current student  
















  January 25 - February 22

main gallery

Drawings by Shelby Shadwell

This solo exhibition of Shelby Shadwell's drawings is one of six selected from among 150 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest's ninth season. Shadwell has participated in numerous Manifest projects in the past, including the International Drawing Annual 6 which features his work on the cover.

In late February Shadwell will be offering two separate workshops at Manifest's Drawing Center focusing on Tonality (drawing) and the Trace Monotype process. He will also be conducting a public demonstration of his drawing process on Saturday, February 23 from 5-9p.m. at the Drawing Center, including a live auction of the demonstration drawing as a benefit for Manifest's studio program. Learn more about these offerings here.

Artist talk in the gallery: Thursday, February 21, 6-7:30pm

Of his work Shadwell states:

My practice is firmly rooted in large scale observational drawing. I have always been interested in facilitating a dynamic interaction between representation and abstraction since I became familiar with the work of Vija Celmins. Although the particular subject of black plastic trash bags is mostly emphasized in this body of work, I am also moving towards other content including the abstraction of entomological specimens.

Born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, Shadwell has spent most of his years in the Midwest. In 2003 he received his BFA from Washington University School of Fine Art in St. Louis, where he studied printmaking and drawing as a Kenneth E. Hudson Scholar. He then accepted a fellowship to attend Southern Illinois University Carbondale and went on to graduate with an MFA in printmaking and drawing in 2006.

Shadwell actively exhibits across the nation and is represented by 222 Shelby Street Gallery / 333 Montezuma Annex in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was one of three artists to receive a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Wyoming Arts Council in 2010, and he was an artist-in-residence at the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Wendover, Utah in the summer of 2011. Another solo exhibition of his work will be held at BOX 13 Gallery Space, Houston, TX, in May of 2013. Shadwell is currently an Assistant Professor in the Art Department at the University of Wyoming, and he greatly enjoys teaching and making artwork in Laramie.





    Untitled 12


    AUNIVERSAL PICTURE 3 (in progress)



Friday Jan. 25
6-9 p.m.

Free Public
Gallery Talk

Sund., Feb.10

Free Public
Artist Talk

Thurs., Feb. 21

Date Night
Thurs., Feb. 21
5-7 p.m.





drawing room + parallel space

(realism's realism)

This exhibit is dedicated to the memory of Aidan Schapera*

Despite its reputation for respecting and often including works of all genres and approaches, including realism, Manifest has never produced an exhibit designed to survey such works exclusively. Usually the gallery's exhibits and book projects include a wide range of types of works. Some have even focused solely on abstraction, or concept-based works. With this we figured it was about time, now in our ninth season, that we see what comes from a straight-up call for works of realism in any media.

What is realism? In the context of this exhibit it is work which provides an illusionistic or highly descriptive representation of some visible subject. Whether that be by painting, drawing, sculpture, or other media, it is nevertheless closely aligned to what the eye sees - tangible subject matter, with little distortion, subjective interpretation, or other manipulation of visible 'facts.' This is not to say works our jury considered could not have content, meaning, and drama, nor that they couldn't include other non-realistic components. In fact, the 'real' that is depicted could be invented. The goal of the works, however, was that they were designed to convince the viewer by way of the art that the work represents something that exists outside the art itself.

Within the genre of realism one finds subcategories of photo-realism, hyper-realism, and various other nuanced versions of the practice. Manifest offered this broad call in order to survey how contemporary artists approach such work, possibly in unexpected ways, and to present the public with a compelling exhibition, and a view into the relevance of making things real.

For this exhibit 265 artists from 43 states and 16 countries submitted 649 works for consideration. Twenty-five works by the following 25 artists from 16 states and two countries were selected for presentation in the gallery and catalog.


Rob Anderson
Park Hills, Kentucky

Bain Butcher
Knoxville, Tennessee

Shannon Cannings
Lubbock, Texas

Joseph Crone
Indianapolis, Indiana

David Dorsey
Pittsford, New York

Brett Eberhardt
Macomb, Illinois

Gaela Erwin
Louisville, Kentucky

Bridget Grady
Watertown, Connecticut

Nathan Haenlein
Santa Rosa, California

Mark Hanavan
Middletown, Ohio

Philip Jackson
University (Oxford), Mississippi

Ann Pegelow Kaplan
Charlotte, North Carolina

Hwang (Bo) Kim
Lake Saint Louis, Missouri

Kent Krugh
Fairfield, Ohio

Anne Lindberg
St. Louis, Missouri

Louis Marinaro
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Laurin McCracken
Leland, Mississippi

Michael Meadors
Jersey City, New Jersey

Joseph Moniz
Acushnet, Massachusetts

Douglas Norman
Columbus, Ohio

Jose Sanchez "Felox"
Medellin, Colombia

Aidan Schapera*
Bloomington, Indiana

Elise Schweitzer
Indianapolis, Indiana

Benjamin Shamback
Mobile, Alabama

Dennis Wojtkiewicz
Bowling Green, Ohio





    Woman With Two Rocks by Louis Marinaro


      Cystal & Silver w Magnolia on Linen by Laurin McCracken


      Brittney by Hwang (Bo) Kim


    Transit I by Ann Pegelow Kaplan


    Yellow Number 3 by Bain Butcher




  March 8 - April 5

main gallery

Small Is Big

Paintings by:

Catherine Kehoe
(Roslindale, Massachusetts)

Tim Kennedy
(Bloomington, Indiana)

Ken Kewley

(Easton, Pennsylvania)

Eve Mansdorf
(Bloomington, Indiana)

EM Saniga
(Nottingham, Pennsylvania)

This group exhibition is one of six proposals selected from among 150 submitted for consideration for Manifest's ninth season. Three of these artists have participated in Manifest projects in the past. Numerous students of Mansdorf's and Kennedy's at Indiana University have often made the final jury cut in our highly competitive projects. Manifest is proud to showcase this group of 30 small paintings by a powerful recognized group of active painters.

On March 9th and 10th Tim Kennedy will be offering a workshop on 'The Bay Area Technique (Taking Temperature)' at Manifest's Drawing Center. Learn more about the workshop here.

Kennedy will also be offering a talk about his work
at the gallery on March 9th at 7:30 p.m.

Excerpt from the Artists' exhibition concept
written by Tim Kennedy:

Small paintings that stand on their own – as a category distinct from painted studies – are capable of producing a powerful effect on viewers. Paintings done on small scale communicate intimacy. The viewer becomes intensely aware of his or her own space as well as the space in the painting. Viewing a small painting one can feel the contradictory sensations of nearness and distance experienced simultaneously. We see the artist’s hand in the marks on the surface of the panel or canvas that magically transform themselves at the same instant into a house or a flower – and then back again. It is an endless circuit that produces the hypnotic illusion of stopped time. 

Veracity and sincerity are also qualities that paintings of modest scale convey exceptionally well.  Painting on a small scale implies the role of witness on the part of the artist and the ability to truthfully record the perceived world – but it is truth honed with feeling. Small works permit the pleasure of touch. Small scale allows the artist to vicariously caress the things he or she paints.

Small is Big is intended to celebrate the virtues of painting on a small scale through the work of five of its practitioners.



    Schmata Head by Catherine Kehoe


      April by Tim Kennedy


      South Beach by Ken Kewley


    Portage Lake by Eve Mansdorf


    Double House Near Oxford by EM Saniga





Friday March 8
6-9 p.m.

Free Public
Artist's Talk

(Tim Kennedy)
Sat., March 9
7:30 p.m.

Free Public
Gallery Talk

Sun., March 24
3 p.m.

Date Night
Thurs., April 4
5-7 p.m.








drawing room + parallel space

(new media)

Art and Science are intertwined throughout history. New media in art arise from a variety of places– sometimes the artist's lab, sometimes the scientist's and engineer's, and other times from someplace completely unexpected. Inevitably this is driven by curiosity, a need for new means of expressing complex ideas, and often enough the simple desire to create something novel.

As part of its ongoing effort to survey various approaches to art making, expression, and creative discovery Manifest offers CODE_D as an invitation to artists to share works of New Media. In calling for submissions from around the world we had no predetermined expectations for what would constitute 'new' media. While the title of the project plays off the concept of the digital, that was by no means the defining parameter for works to be considered. Works submitted to this peer-juried exhibit could be of any media, style, or genre, and represent New Media in any number of widely interpreted ways, which they did.

We set out on this project eager to present and document a broadly compelling exhibition, a collection of works of New Media revealing the excitement, mystery, and intellect behind the leading edge of creativity in the world today.

For this exhibit 114 artists from around the world submitted 227 works for consideration. Seventeen works by the following 15 artists from 11 states and 4 countries (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, and the countries of England, Germany, and Spain) were selected for presentation in the gallery and catalog.

The exhibit includes several short video-based works which will be screened on an ongoing basis througout the four-week exhibition.

Wilson Borja
Fayetteville, Arkansas

James Curran
Littleton, Massachusetts

Ronan Devlin (with David J. Knowles)
Conwy, England

Santiago Echeverry
Tampa, Florida

Juan Escudero
Oviedo, Spain

Hwayong Jung
Brooklyn, New York

Ryan Mandell
Boise, Idaho

Jessye McDowell
Auburn, Alabama

Mark Nystrom
Boone, North Carolina

Bethany Pipkin
Greenville, North Carolina

Nick Reszetar
Milan, Michigan

Ying-Fang Shen
Richmond, Virginia

Anne Spalter
Providence, Rhode Island

Tore Terrasi
Arlington, Texas

Marcelina Wellmer
Berlin, Germany




    Truss by Ryan Mandell


      Interstate 95--RI by Anne Spalter


      Untitled (Digital Fingerprint) by Jessye McDowell


    Body Scans by Nick Reszetar


    Error 404 502 410 by Marcelina Wellmer


  April 19 - May 17

main gallery + drawing room

(movement in art)

Sometimes we take movement for granted. The fact that the Earth is rotating at 1000 miles per hour, or hurtling through space around the sun at 67,000 miles per hour goes practically unnoticed by everyone, except perhaps when one stops to appreciate just why the sun rises and sets, or why we experience seasons. Yet everything about our lives, and life on Earth, is inextricably linked to movement of one form or another.

In honor of the phenomenon of transitioning through space, relative location, and action (and reaction), Manifest invited artists, designers, and engineers to submit to this competitive juried exhibit works which incorporate literal movement (kinetic in one form or another), as well as non-moving works that depict or are clearly about physical movement.

For this exhibit 139 artists from 32 states and 13 countries submitted 274 works for consideration. Ten works by the following 6 artists from Illinois, North Carolina, and Ohio were selected for presentation in the gallery and catalog.


Ryan Buyssens
Charlotte, North Carolina

Pablo Garcia
Chicago, Illinois

Sam Nichols
Asheville, North Carolina

Mark Nystrom
Boone, North Carolina

Kate Shannon
Mansfield, Ohio

Jacob Tonski
Oxford, Ohio






    Promenade by Ryan Buyssens


      Balance From Within by Jacob Tonski


      Still Life #2 by Sam Nichols





Friday April 19
6-9 p.m.

Free Public
Gallery Talk

Sun., April 28
3 p.m.

Date Night
5-7 p.m.

(25% off dinner
at Suzie Wong's
after gallery visit)




parallel space

Fictive Portraits
Prints by Dennis Olsen

This solo exhibition of Dennis Olsen's printmaking is one of six selected from among 150 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest's ninth season. Manifest is proud to turn its Parallel Space into Dennis's 'village' for the four-week duration of the exhibit, and to share the works of this notable printmaker and professor with visitors to the gallery.


Of his work Olsen states:

Like authors who frequently say that their fictitious characters take them in unexpected directions, such journeys lead me to places that I have never visited and demand a resolution that can only be described as discovery. I permit myself to explore themes I have never used in previous work: humor and silliness, vulnerability and pomposity, anger and tenderness. The project grew quickly into a body of work that resembled inhabitants of a village that exists in no specific location and at no historical time...

Dennis Olsen is professor of printmaking, drawing, and digital media at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He received his M.A. degree from UCLA in 1967 and in that year was awarded a Fulbright grant to study printmaking in Italy. In 1970 he co-founded the Santa Reparata Graphic Art Centre (now Santa Reparata International School of Art) in Florence, Italy. and served as Director of classes and Professor of printmaking until his return to the United States in 1981. He is now president of the SRISA Board of Directors.

Olsen has given workshops and lectures on his work on over 90 occasions in the U.S.A., Italy, Canada, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Peru, Turkey, Estonia, and most recently, Finland and Russia. His work in printmaking, painting, drawing, and ceramics has been exhibited in more 160 exhibitions during the last 40 years, including more than 30 one-person exhibits. In the past two years his Fictive Portraits have received seven purchase awards from national print competitions, and in 2011 he was awarded a three-week residency at the Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium. His work appears in several books on printmaking and most recently was included in the 'A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking'.




      Derek's Totem by Dennis Olsen


      Vadim and Valentin by Dennis Olsen


  May 31 – June 28

main gallery

An Exhibit of Works by Current or Recent Undergraduates

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 ninth 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 2012, 2013, or 2014.

For this exhibit 188 artists representing 91 academic institutions from 32 states and 3 countries submitted 415 works for consideration. Twelve works by the following 11 artists representing eleven different academic institutions are featured in the 9th annual Rites of Passage exhibit.

The best of show award recipient will be revealed during the May 31st opening reception.

Why is this important? Passing through an acredited college art program is one way among many to become an artist. While it does not guarantee success, it does serve as a measurable achievement, and if the degree granting institution is holding up its end of the deal, each artist who attains a degree through such a program has met or surpassed certain standards. For programs which are appropriately rigorous, passing a student is seriously meaningful business. Manifest's Rites of Passage is meant to serve as an external view into this process, across a broader scope than just one institution, and is offered as a bridge between academic pursuit and the general public. The exhibit catalogs for Rites will, over time, become a compelling document framing a view into the state of art in academia, and quite possibly the launching place for future notable artists of the world.

Featuring works by:

Derek Brennan
Senior, Bowling Green State University

Andrea Clark
Senior, University of Kentucky

Rhiannon Connor
Senior, Indiana University

Joshua Emery
2012 Graduate, Slippery Rock University

Taylor Mazer
2012 Graduate, Kendall College of Art and Design

Lauren O'Connor-Korb
2012 Graduate, San Jose State University

Erin Penland
2012 Graduate, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Rachelle Raymer-Gilbert
2012 Graduate, University of Toledo

Rachel Sard
2012 Graduate, Washington University in St. Louis

Mary Schartman
Senior, University of Cincinnati

Brendan Solinsky
Junior, Northern Michigan University



    Young Pup and Knox by Derek Brennan


      C Bench 2 by Brendan Solinsky


      Survival of the Fittest by Lauren O'Connor-Korb


    Afternoon Field by Rhiannon Connor





Friday May 31
6-9 p.m.

Free Public
Gallery Talk

Sun., June 23
3 p.m.

Date Night
June 27
5-7 p.m.

(25% off dinner
at Suzie Wong's
after gallery visit)






drawing room + parallel space

9th Annual MAGNITUDE-7
(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 Finland.

Inevitably Mag 7 is a melange 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 ninth annual exhibit of works no larger than seven inches in any dimension.

For this incarnation of the project 253 artists from 40 states and 17 different countries submitted 523 works for consideration by Manifest's rigorous jury process. Thirty-two works by the following 27 artists from 18 states and 3 countries were selected for presentation in the gallery and catalog.

Featuring works by:

Nimer Aleck
Austin, Texas

Carol Ashton-Hergenhan
Bensalem, Pennsylvania

Michael Aurbach
Nashville, Tennessee

Donald Beal
Provincetown, Massachusetts

Christie Blizard
Columbus, Indiana

Susan Bryant
Clarksville, Tennessee

Preston Buchtel
Cleveland, Ohio

Julie Chabrian
Port Orange, Florida

Alice Coulter
Bethel, Ohio

William DeBernardi
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

John Ferry
Prairie Village, Kansas

Tyler Graffam
Manchester, New Hampshire

Inkeri Harri
Helsinki, Finland

Brandon Hearty
Alberta, Canada

Robin Hextrum
Aliso Viejo, California

Carole P. Kunstadt
New York, New York

Dylan Mize
Warrensburg, Missouri

Dora Natella
Granger, Indiana

Jeremy Plunkett
Glendale, Wisconsin

Seana Reilly
Atlanta, Georgia

Julia Romano
Córdoba, Argentina

Chris Sedgwick
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Rabecca Signoriello
New Castle, Pennsylvania

Jesse Thomas
Yellow Springs, Ohio

Jessica Tolbert
Urbana, Illinois

Lisa Wicka
West Lafayette, Indiana

Molly Wicks
Brookings, South Dakota




   Third Eye: Blind Transcendentalist by Michael Aurbach


      Landscape Studies - De Haes II by Julia Romano


      The Boy and the Skull by Inkeri Harri


    Push by Jessica Tolbert


   Seer by Chris Sedgwick

  July 12 - August 9

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 seventh 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.

For this incarnation of the project 162 artists representing 78 different academic graduate programs submitted 411 works for consideration by Manifest's rigorous jury process. Twenty-one works by the following 14 artists from 11 states representing 14 different academic programs were selected for presentation in the gallery and catalog. 

Lisa Arenstein
2013 Master, Kent State University

Andrew K. Currey
Current Graduate Student, OTIS College of Art and Design

Colleen Fitzgerald
2012 Master, Parsons the New School for Design

Samantha Haring
Current Graduate Student, Northern Illinois University

Donald Keefe
2013 Master, University of Florida, School of
Art + Art History

Annie Kielman
2013 Master, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Jason Krueger
2013 Master, Indiana State University

Rahshia Linendoll-Sawyer
Current Graduate Student, George Mason University

Joshua Risner
Current Graduate Student, Kendall College
of Art & Design

Marna Shopoff
Current Graduate Student, Herron School of
Art & Design

Daniel Smith
Current Graduate Student, Indiana University, Bloomington

Wendi Turchan
Current Graduate Student, University of Oregon

Ben Willis
2013 Master, Arizona State University

Chelsea Younkman
2013 Master, Bowling Green State University


   Cull by Annie Kielman


      We Are Not Made of Wood 023 by Rahshia Linendoll-Sawyer


      Hinge by Wendi Turchan






Friday July 12
6-9 p.m.

Free Public
Gallery Talk

Sunday July 21
3 p.m.

Date Night
Aug. 8
5-7 p.m.

(25% off dinner
at Suzie Wong's
after gallery visit)



  August 16 – September 13      (SEASON 9 FINALÉ)

main gallery

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 in art today to achieve these goals and more.

For this exhibit 216 artists from across the U.S. and beyond submitted 538 works for consideration. Thirteen works by the following 12 artists from 6 states and the countries of Canada, France, and Israel were selected for presentation in the gallery and catalog.


Brandon Briggs
Bowling Green, Ohio

Daniel Dallmann
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Matthew Davey
Indianapolis, Indiana

Hélène Delmaire
Lille, France

Mathieu Dubé
Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

Junsoo Kim
San Francisco, California

Eve Mansdorf
Bloomington, Indiana

Jenny Neria Markel
Netanya, Israel

Gary Mitchell
Dayton, Ohio

Nick Reszetar
Milan, Michigan

Debra Small
Sacramento, California

Jon Sours
Asheville, North Carolina



     Peter Pan by Brandon Briggs


      Jared Sleeping by Eve Mansdorf


      Family Does Laundry by Gary Mitchell


      Nude 4 by Debra Small





Friday August 16
6-9 p.m.

Date Night
Sept. 12
5-7 p.m.

(25% off dinner
at Suzie Wong's
after gallery visit)





drawing room

From the 8th International Drawing Annual

Curated by Tim Parsley

Selections from the International Drawing Annual is the eighth annual presentation of this exhibit, featuring a sampling of artworks and artists to be included in the forthcoming International Drawing Annual 8 exhibit-in-print publication.

The award-winning 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 8 book will be available by early 2014. Previous volumes remain available at such places as Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Suder's, The Weston Gallery,, and 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. Finalists for the publication itself are listed here.

This small exhibit was hand-picked by Tim Parsley, Manifest's Associate Curator, from among the works juried into the publication project which were also available for exhibition in the gallery. Parsley selected nine works by the following seven artists for exhibition.

Matt Hamon

Potomac, Montana

Amy Herzel
Keller, Texas

Dale Inglett
Alfred, New York

Paul Loehle
West Chester, Ohio

Taylor Mazer
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Nina Pascal
Floral Park, New York

Melissa Wilkinson
Bono, Arkansas


     Golden Wheat by Amy Herzel


      Untitled by Dale Inglett


      Versions by Paul Loehle




parallel space

The Superstructure Series
Works by John Westmark

This solo exhibition of John Westmark's paintings is one of six selected from among 150 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest's ninth season. Manifest is proud to showcase this new body of work by the award-winning artist as its final solo presentation of the season.

Of his work Westmark states:

Since the early 60’s, the idea of mobile cities – whether flying, floating, rolling, walking or otherwise – have been proposed by both architects and science fiction authors as either a solution to the challenges faced by the static city of today, or as the ultimate survival vehicle of the future.

Whichever the case, this work asks you to suspend for a moment all practicality and consider a city untethered to terra firma, capable of moving on its own, dodging catastrophe or hunting new resources. Suppose for a moment that Sendai City could have rolled to higher ground before the tsunamis reached the coast. What if Staten Island could have simply gotten up and walked out of Superstorm Sandy’s path?

Ultimately, after each catastrophic event, against the standard orthodoxy of rebuilding, is the fleeting revelation of an outlandish mutation.

John Westmark’s work has been exhibited widely and is held in collections worldwide. In 2011, he was awarded a Pollock-Krasner grant and was selected as a finalist for the Arte Laguna painting prize and exhibition, Venice, Italy. In 2012, John was awarded The Gibbes Museum of Art Factor Prize for Southern Art. (Charleston, SC) The Factor Prize acknowledges an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South. John’s work was selected to appear in Art Takes Miami (2012 edition), a limited edition publication distributed to galleries, art critics, collectors, and journalists. His work has also been featured in New American Paintings, American Art Collector, and Studio Visit Magazine.

Westmark received an MFA from the University of Florida and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. He currently lives and works in Gainesville, Florida.

See and learn more about John Westmark at:






      Bizz Buzz




      Babylon Wheel




SEASON 10 (Manifest X!) OPENS ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2013 at 6pm


 Josephine S. Russell
Charitable Trust

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