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Manifest Artistic Merit Scholarship

Covering partial or full cost to Manifest Open Sessions



At Manifest we want to provide the opportunity for young people to test and possibly pursue a career in the arts, including fine art or design. Studying short or long courses or attending Open Sessions at the Drawing Center is a perfect opportunity not only for youth to gain knowledge and skill, and test their interests, but also an incredibly valuable and rare chance to work side-by-side with some of the best working artists and professors in our region. This mixed culture at the Drawing Center is one of its critical values for any participant.

Qualifications (How can I get a scholarship?)

The Manifest Artistic Merit Scholarship is open to high school and college students residing in the Cincinnati- Northern Kentucky area. These are competitive scholarships, awarded based on the strength of the portfolio and statement of interest. These things will be required in order for you to be considered for a Manifest Artistic Merit Scholarship:

  • Minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Online application form
  • Statement of Interest: Please submit a 300-word (or more) essay on why you would like to study at Manifest Drawing Center. Statements can be submitted as .doc or .PDF
  • Letter or recommendation from academic reference
  • 5 examples of your work (submitted in .jpg format at <200 dpi)

Please submit all supplementary material to Adam Mysock at mysock@manifestdrawingcenter.orgg

Programs (What does a scholarship give me?)

The Manifest Artistic Merit Scholarship can cover entrance fees into programs especially suited towards portfolio enhancement. These programs provide opportunities to draw from the life model, and to participate in professional development workshops aimed at making better artists, and making artists better. Specific award amounts will be determined by our committee, primarily based on the materials provided in the application.

Programs include (but are not limited to):

  • Weekly Open Figure Life Drawing Sessions*
  • QUICKDRAW Open Life Drawing Gesture Sessions*
  • Drawing Marathons*
  • Manifest Visiting Artist Public Demonstrations
  • Professional Development Workshops

    * uninstructed


LOCATION: Unless otherwise specified, all courses are hosted at Manifest's new facility at 'M1' in Clifton at 3464 Central Parkway (see map and directions below). Manifest's new facility provides multiple studio classrooms, private lesson space, a darkroom, a film processing room, and a multi-purpose lecture and class meeting space as well as on-site parking, grounds, and exterior spaces in which to relax, discuss, and make art. The studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids.

Deadlines & Timeframe
When should I submit and when will I know?)

Applications for Manifest Artistic Merit Scholarships will be reviewed as they are received.

We aim to notify applicants within two weeks of the application submission. (This is an approximate timeframe.)

Scholarship Award recipients must make good use of the opportunity, remaining in good standing with Manifest, otherwise the scholarship is subject to being revoked. We also ask that recipients provide documentation of their accomplishments at the Drawing Center, and be open to providing feedback. 


Email us at or call 513-861-3638.


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 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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2727 woodburn avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45206

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3464 Central Parkway
cincinnati, ohio 45223



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