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manifest exhibition annual
season 12

The Season 12 Manifest Exhibition Annual

In season 12 Manifest continued into its second decade as The Neighborhood Gallery for the World.

This was our second full season with expanded gallery spaces—a museum-like sequence of five rooms of varying shapes, sizes, and personalities. Having the ability to confidently plan for 45 galleries of art across the year (nine exhibit periods times five spaces programmed for each period) once again enabled our staff to make the most of the rich options provided by our exhibits concepts and so many participating artists.

It is important for the reader to understand that every exhibition at Manifest is put through a rigorous blind jury process—one which prioritizes quality over taste or style, and which by virtue of many jurors volunteering their time from across the country achieves a neutralization of any singular curatorial bias or juror prejudice. The works contained in this book, though inevitably determined in part by the artists who chose to participate and the works they offered for consideration, is also a culmination of this process of extreme selectivity. The 416 works represented here were chosen from among roughly 9,769 submitted across the year. With the obvious exception of our regional projects, and those which are restricted to student work (Rites of Passage and Master Pieces) our exhibitions are open to all artists anywhere in the world. In the exhibits documented in this book 236 artists from 38 states and 6 countries are represented.

Season 12 saw the production of 29 separate exhibitions. Among them are included the recently expanded Regional Showcase series, our second painting biennial, and 11 solo exhibitions, rounding out Manifest’s customary balance between solo shows, annual projects, and unique thematic group shows. It is also worth noting that this book includes works by student artists representing 24 different academic institutions. Their inclusion emphasizes Manifest’s ongoing connection and commitment to our founding in 2004, when students and their teachers came together to establish a Switzerland-like organization—a nexus where their common ground of higher pursuit in the visual arts could be examined outside the confines of their own academic programs.

As Manifest approached the conclusion of its first decade we felt it important to mark our new maturity with a declarative statement, so the decision was made to move from printing small softcover exhibit catalogs to producing the substantial and monolithic Manifest Exhibition Annual. We believe this to be a more engaging way for the public to experience this documentation as an archive. It will also be more meaningful into the future for the artists whose work is included by cementing their place alongside that of their peers in the history of our programming, and the history of art at this point in time.

It is my strong belief as an educator, artist, curator of exhibits, and founding director of Manifest that it is very important to distinguish between what it means to have a sense of taste (one’s personal preferences), and having a sense for quality (what one knows, objectively, to be ‘good’). The former is informed by personal experiences, biases, notions, cultural programming, and sentiment—usually for oneself as an individual. The latter is guided by detachment, study, comparison, understanding of principles, craftsmanship, and context. Those who are in a position to judge (jury) a body of work, and to plan an exhibition, serve in the role of arbiter of quality in order to present a collective whole which ends up not only greater than the sum of its parts, but also a rich opportunity for members of the public to practice their own individual sense of taste within an overall context of quality. That is what we work so hard to do here at Manifest. It is my sincere hope that this book serves as evidence of our success.

The pages that follow contain every work presented in Manifest’s galleries during our twelfth season, from September 2015–September 2016. Each chapter represents an exhibition period of four weeks, divided into sections representing specific exhibits on view during that period. Each section is prefaced with the text that was included as part of the exhibition.

This publication is offered in honor of the quality achieved by each and every artist who participated, and everyone who supported the Manifest organization during our 12th season.

Jason Franz, Executive Director
Cincinnati, Ohio

View the season lineup here.


Featuring Works by these Season 12 Exhibiting Artists

Heather Accurso
Matthew Addison
Barry Andersen
Cecile Baird
Ron Barron
Alex Bauer
Andreas Baumgartner
Mia Beach
Bartosz Beda
Tamie Beldue
Michael Bergt
Ashton Bird
Mark Bischel
Ashley Blalock
Alexander Boeschenstein
Greg Boll
Karen Bondarchuk
Darcie Book 
Sally Bousquet
Sue Bryan
Mark Bush
Stephen Cefalo
James Chase
Joomi Chung
Kat Cockey
Zach Coneybeer
Blake Conroy
Benjamin Cook
Spencer Corbett 
Albert Ramos Cortes
Jessica Courtney
Katherine Cox
Susanna Crum 
Sheena Daugherty
Kirsty Templeton Davidge
Al Denyer
Sarah Deppe
John Dixon
Holly Donovan
David Dorsey
Kurt Dyrhaug
Laura Earle
Brett Eberhardt
Mitch Eckert 
Alicia Eggert
Eric Elliot
Jonathan Etringer
Jordan Ewert
Mary Farrell
Haley Farthing
Cathleen Faubert
Jeffrey Fichera
Matthew Finley
Craig Fisher
Bryan Florentin
Maureen Forman
Ivan Fortushniak
Benny Fountain
Michael France
Sara Frantz

Tracy Frein
Marina Fridman
Valerie Sullivan Fuchs
Reagan Furqueron
Tanja Gant
Xia Gao
Martha Gaustad
Ron Geibel
Ron Gerbrandt
Richard Gilles
Charlie Goering
Rick Goldsberry
Joshua Gomez
Dan Good 
Beth Grabowski
David Gracie
Antonietta Grassi
Stephanie Grenadier
Tina Gutierrez
Kenneth Hall
Kevin Haran 
Samantha Haring
Hiroshi Hayakawa
Cynthia Hellyer Heinz
Karen Hillier 
Matthew Hilyard
Sonja Hinrichsen
Kerry Hirth
Stuart Holland
Joseph Holsapple
Christine Holtz
Ellen Holtzblatt
Zach Horn
John Hundt
John Nicholas Hutchings
Aneka Ingold
Philip Jackson
Mike Jacobs
Stephan Jahanshahi
Lucas James
Zoltan Janvary
Emily Jay
Rob Jefferson
Riin Kaljurand 
Karla Kantorovich
Edward Kelley
Michael Kellner
Ann Kim 
Virginia Kistler
Rob Kolomyski
Robert Koss
Alex Krajkowski
Carole P. Kunstadt
Elizabeth LaBarge
Lauren Lake
James Lange
Siri Langone
Jill Lavetsky
Brianna Lee
Matthew Lee

Young Suk Lee
Younghoo Lee
Gordon Lee
Marius Lehene
Ryan Lewis
Kathy Liao
Wen-Dan Lin
Mike Lombardy
Tracy Longley-Cook
Eileen MacArthur
Monika Malewska
Douglas Malone
Darren Marsh
Gregory Martin
William Mathie
Nichole Maury
Kathryn Maxwell
Taylor Mazer
Michael McCaffrey
Colleen McCulla
Joshua McDevitt
Carsten Meier
Sean Merchant
Armin Mersmann
Matthew Meserve
Marcus Michels
Douglas Miller
Katie Miller
Barbara Miner
Josh Mitchel
K Mixon
Allen Morris
Amanda Morris
Vince Natale
Dora Natella
Guadalupe Navarro
Alissa Neal
Kortney Niewierski
Jack Nixon
Rob O’Neil
Seamus O’Rourke
Alyson Ogasian & Claudia O’Steen
Deborah Orloff 
Ruth Owens
Mark Paich
Michelle Paine
Yvonne Palkowitsh
Tim Parsley
Krystal Perez
Elena Peteva 
Molly Phalan
Bill Porter
Lyndon Probst
Tanya Ragir
Adam Rake
Mark Raymer
Josh Rectenwald
Michael Reese
Rachel Reisert
Tom Rice
Courtney Richards
John Rizzo
Joyce Rosner
Gibbs Rounsavall 
Kim Roush
Edward L. Rubin
Elizabeth Runyon
John Sabraw
Katie Samson
Rick Schatzberg
Sul-Jee Scully
Meredith Setser
Benjamin Shamback
Betty Shelton
Heather Sincavage
Sarah Phyllis Smith
Paul Smulders
Jessica Springman
John Sproul
David Stenulson
Kelsey Stephenson
Guy Stricklin
Nathan Sullivan
Judy Takács
Sheldon Tapley
Tana Tapson
Kathleen Taylor
Susan Tennant
Richard Theissen
Jack Toolin
Travis Townsend
Sarah Treanor
Copper Tritscheller
John Troy
Jenny Roesel Ustick
Alice Valenti
Samantha VanDeman
Duat Vu
Thuan Vu
Tim Waite
Jersey Walz
Tun-Ping Wang
Lianne Wappett
Lin Wei
Margaret White
Russ White
Marisa S. White
Emily Wiethorn
Derek Wilkinson
Michael Wilson
Roscoe Wilson
Ken Wood
Hal Yaskulka
Millicent Young
Hamideh Zolfaghari


SEASON 12 Exhibitions at Manifest Gallery
320 pages, 29 exhibits, 412 works of art, 236 Artists from 38 states and 6 countries:




320 pages full-color,
13" x 10",
hardcover casebound (symth sewn binding, premium laminated full-color printed cover; full color dust jacket.)

(all proceeds support Manifest's future)



about the MEA 12

29 exhibits
(See exhibit listing here.)

412 works of art

236 Artists from 38 states and 6 countries including: Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, The Netherlands, and the United States 

24 academic institutions represented by student work, including:

Arizona State University
Ball State University
Columbus College of Art and Design
Eastern Michigan University
Edinboro University
Indiana University
Morehead University
Nebraska Wesleyan University
Northern Kentucky University
Ohio University
Purdue University
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of Visual Arts
University of Alberta
University of Cincinnati
University of Illinois
University of Iowa
University of Kansas
University of Miami
University of Nebraska
University of Northern Iowa
University of Tennessee
University of Wisconsin
Wayne State University


Through nine seasons Manifest Press produced 74 full-color catalogs documenting the works selected for every exhibit presented in our galleries. Starting with season 10 (fall of 2013) we shifted to the design of one much larger high quality hard-cover publication retrospectively documenting each entire season of exhibits, artists, and works shown.

The Manifest Exhibition Annual continues Manifest's commitment to long-term documentation and dissemination of our projects, and the expansion of physical exhibits into a broader geography and time frame, while also bringing all exhibits together under one cover each year to create a better product which will be more valuable to the public, teachers, libraries, and exhibiting artists. The book is much larger in size than our already robust INDA, INPA, and INPHA media-specific survey publications, and is designed, printed, and distributed with the same quality and attention to detail.

This commitment represented a dramatic undertaking for our small nonprofit staff. We have faced many unexpected challenges and positive changes since establishing the plan for the MEA. Once production of the retrospective books is up to speed each publication will be designed and printed within the first half of the following season, and expected to ship by the following summer. (Manifest's exhibit season runs September to September each year.

Visit Manifest Press to see past catalogs (the old style) and our award-winning INDA, INPA, and INPHA books.

The MEA is an optional free member's benefit option when you become a supporting member at the PHILOSOPHER level (or above) here.

Academic pricing for Manifest Press publications is available for students, professors, and institutions.

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