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




Celebrating the programs and people of the Manifest Drawing Center
with a special showcase of works by our 8th annual Envision Project students
and a silent auction of previous Envision Project photographs with proceeds supporting the
program’s future and the Joseph A. Stoner Memorial Fund.

Saturday, June 29th, 4-7pm

3464 Central Parkway (m1)

Free tickets to RSVP are available here

A Sanctuary for the Practice, Learning, and Experience of the Visual Arts.
We are here for you!

Life Studio showing in-progress Open Figure Session (model break)

Over the past eight years the Envision Project has provided roughly 80 regional teens representing over 30 different high schools with an intensive 16-week training program in traditional black and white film photography, darkroom skills, visual literacy and critical thinking coaching, and community building, all free of charge.

During this Open House we will be holding a very special silent auction of many exceptional works from Manifest's archive of photographs by these regional teens made in our darkroom during the previous seven years of the Envision Project in order to support the program's continuation. More details on the auction are coming soon!

Manifest Drawing Center Open House
Saturday, June 29, 2024, 4-7pm



Manifest will host a summer open house at the Manifest Drawing Center's Central Parkway campus to welcome friends and neighbors from Greater Cincinnati and beyond.

With a special focus on the work of our 2024 Envision Project students and much more, this season’s Open House will be a unique chance to meet many of the people benefiting from our organization’s in-progress evolution into the Manifest Center for the Visual Arts.

Guests will learn about current programming now active at the Center, discover more about upcoming classes and workshops, and learn about the organization’s mission and vision for its historic property.

Additionally, a large number of exceptional photographs from previous years of the Envision Project will be available for bidding in a silent auction intended to help fund the program's continuation.

  • Studios will be open throughout the building for self-guided visits, including showcases of works by current program participants.

  • Guided tours of the facility and studios will be conducted for those interested in a deeper narrated look at 6pm.

  • Staff, Board Members, and Volunteers will be on hand to explain the various facets of Manifest, aspects of each program space, and plans for the future.

  • Artwork made by many local artists at the Center will be on view.

  • Manifest's two Scholars in Residence will have their studios open, and be on hand for conversations.

  • Light refreshments will be provided.

  • Parking available on site, on street nearby, with overflow parking kindly offered by our neighbors at DePaul Cristo Rey High School.

  • Enter building through the Drawing Center entrance, east side (parking lot side) of building. Look for this unmistakable feature to find your way:

enter the building under the 'sun and moon' off the main parking lot


(email with questions).


Get a behind the scenes tour to learn about the past, present, and future of Manifest. Pictured: Visiting artist Christina Weaver's group discussion during her three-day workshop earlier this year.

Explore the various hallways and passages of M1, including the Photo Wing, Painting and Drawing Wing, and future Printmaking Wing.


Explore the various hallways and passages of M1, including the Photo Wing, Painting and Drawing Wing, and future Printmaking Wing. See works made by our Scholars in Residence, and a 'project finalé' display of works of photographs made in our darkroom by this year's high school Envision Project students.



Be sure to ask about the 'why' of championing traditional darkroom photography in a Drawing Center.


See scores of works made on-site by local artists of all ages and backgrounds, displayed as they arrived off the easel or drawing board!



Get familiar with Manifest's growing natural specimen, classical cast, and reference library collections. Also find a scale model of the future Manifest Gallery and visionary architectural illustrations throughout the building depicting the future of M1 as the Manifest Center for the Visual Arts.

Learn about what people do when they spend time at the Manifest Drawing Center
and learn about the plans to transform this magical building into an even more profound
multi-faceted center for the visual arts!

Today, Tomorrow, and the Future We Dream

As of mid-2022, Manifest’s Drawing Center has settled into its new permanent Central Parkway location (M1) in Cincinnati, Ohio. All the 20-year-old nonprofit's studio programs, including many new ones, are now active daily and expanding! The Center’s role as an alternative for visual arts practice and study, and as a haven for those before, between, or after academic study, has been celebrated across the region for the past two decades, attracting participants of all ages and all walks of life from near and far. It complements Manifest's exhibition program at the gallery which was designed at its founding with equity as a core tenant. Both programs reach an incredibly wide diversity of participants, naturally, organically, and in sync with Manifest's mission to support visual literacy, critical thinking, and skill development while promoting the importance of excellence in visual arts.

Current programs include the Center’s flagship weekly Open non-instructed offerings such as Open Figure Drawing five days a week (including a clothed Sunday morning portrait session); Open Darkroom six times a week; and free STUDY HALL (open creative research studio times,) all serving the creative public, students of art and design, and working artists from the wider Greater Cincinnati region and beyond.

Professionally instructed programs include the ongoing classes: Drawing Essentials, The Figure Series (drawing classes focusing on the human form as subject), The Studio Seminar, and the popular Drawing as Mindfulness, as well as private lessons on a case-by-case basis.

Special visiting artist workshops occur at intervals across the year, with the next two being led by Asheville, NC-based artist Reuben Negrón (June) and Baltimore, MD-based artist Matt Klos (August).

There is a reason why artists visiting from across the U.S. routinely tell us there is nothing quite like Manifest elsewhere. Come see why!


email with questions
Free tickets to RSVP are available here.

 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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closed on sun-mon

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