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



Please join us for our Summer Open House
celebrating the programs and people of the Manifest Drawing Center
and see the exciting visualizations of the design plans for the grounds of The Manifest Center for the Visual Arts.

Saturday, June 10th, 4-7pm

(This event also serves as the artist's reception for the high school students participating in the 7th Annual Envision Project,
as well as the celebration of Isaiah Armstrong's 2022-2023 year as Scholar in Residence.)

3464 Central Parkway (m1)

A Sanctuary for the Practice, Learning, and Experience of the Visual Arts


Learn about Manifest's free 16 week darkroom photography course for teens, and see exceptional works made by the students in our program. (student work shown above)

Celebrating the Students of the 7th Annual ENVISION PROJECT, and our Scholar in Residence, Isaiah Armstrong

Manifest Drawing Center Open House
Saturday, June 10, 2023, 4-7pm

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

This is another chance to see the how programs have expanded into what will become the Manifest Center for the Visual Arts over the next two years.

Guests will learn about current programming now active at the Center, meet some of the Manifest team, and learn about the organization's mission and the vision for its historic property.

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

  • Studios will be open throughout the building for self-guided visits.

  • Staff 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.

  • This event will also serve as the celebratory reception for Manifest's 7th Annual Envision Project, a 16 week darkroom photography course for teens, sponosred by the Ohio Arts Council.

  • We will also be celebrating the conclusion of Isaiah Armstrong's year as Manifest's Scholar in Residence.

  • 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 unmistakeable feature to find your way:

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


(email with questions).




Isaiah Armstrong's studio work table at Manifest

Meet Isaiah Armstrong, the 2022-2023 Scholar in Residence, who also served as intructor for the Envision Project. See the work Isaiah made during his year-long residency over the past year, learn what he learned and what's next for him on his creative journey.


Isaiah Armstrong



Isaiah Armstrong


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!

As of mid-2022 Manifest's Drawing Center has settled into its new permanent Central Parkway location (M1). All the nonprofit studio programs, including many new ones, are now active on a daily basis! The Center's role as an alternative for visual arts practice and study has been celebrated across the region for the past two decades, attracting participants of all ages from near and far.

Current programs include the Center's flagship weekly Open non-instructed offerings such as Open Figure Drawing four days a week (including a new Sunday morning portrait session); Open Darkroom five days a week; and free 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: Photography Essentials, Drawing Essentials, the Painted Subject, Painting Essentials, 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 being with Savannah, Georgia based Bridget Conn in collaboration with the Taft Museum of Art.

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, or just to let us know to expect you - but no RSVP is required)

  Season Funder:

Manifest's 19th season is supported by the generosity of tens of thousands of contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign, by a sustainability grant 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.

gallery hours:

tues-fri 12-7pm, sat noon-5pm
closed on sun-mon

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2727 woodburn avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45206

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3464 Central Parkway
cincinnati, ohio 45223



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