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September 2018 - August 2019

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  November 9 - December 7

Preview Reception: Thursday, November 8, 7-9pm
Public Opening: Friday, November 9, 6-9pm

main gallery + drawing room


The Animal in Contemporary Art


Images of animals in art have existed parallel to those of humans for as long as images (and objects) have been made by people. Our social, creative, and psychological evolution is inextricably tied to our relationships with animals. Whether it be the taming of the wolf, resulting in 'man's best friend', the tethering of the horse which magnified the power and geographic reach of humans, or the domestication of herd animals which contributed to the establishment of cities and large concentrations of people (and the growth of culture), they are all part of the trajectory of humanity to this point in time. All have been documented, explored, and deified throughout the long process by images and objects featuring animals.

But this isn't just history (and pre-history). The animal remains a powerful subject in current art. So Manifest has chosen once again* to coordinate an exhibit that reveals the state of the animal in art. For this purpose we called for artists working in any media to submit works that in some way feature or address animals, real or imagined.

For the resulting exhibit 144 artists from 31 states and 9 countries submitted 434 works for consideration. Thirty works by the following 24 artists from 16 states, and England were selected by a blind jury process for presentation in the gallery and inclusion in the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication.

Presenting works by:

Brandin Baron
San Francisco, California

Cara DeAngelis
Brookfield, Connecticut

Virmarie DePoyster
North Little Rock, Arkansas

Mitch Eckert
Louisville, Kentucky

Felicia Forte
Hamtramck, Michigan

Sarah Fox
San Antonio, Texas

Jenny Freestone
Takoma Park, Maryland

Mark Hosford
Nashville, Tennessee

Brian Kreydatus
Williamsburg, Virginia

Kristen Leonard
Brooklyn, New York

Beauvais Lyons
Knoxville, Tennessee

Laura Mathews
Nottingham, England

Leighton McWilliams
Arlington, Texas

Ally Morgan
Gaithersburg, Maryland

Daniella Napolitano
Little Rock, Arkansas

Rhea O’Neill
Scotts Valley, California

Jessica Orfe
Honolulu, Hawaii

Nathan Perry
Clyde, North Carolina

Bill Price
Memphis, Tennessee

Masako Roberts
Newark, New Jersey

Matthew Schenk
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Nikki Vahle-Schneider
Isanti, Minnesota

Paula Willmot Kraus
Dayton, Ohio

Gretchen Woodman
Nottingham, New Hampshire



*previously Manifest produced KINGDOM (2014) and BESTIARY (2010), two exhibits exploring the same theme.




     Mitch Eckert


     Sarah Fox


     Laura Mathews


     Gretchen Woodman




parallel space


Art Exploring Two Fundamental Aspects

While they may seem beneath us, these two elements—one full of life and nourishment, the other devoid of organic value and spent of energy—soil and dirt are nevertheless the things we're made of, and live upon. We at Manifest believe the concepts of Soil and Dirt represent an interesting lens through which to filter an exhibition of visual art, whether by primarily metaphoric means, or literal examination. We encouraged artists working in all media to consider their relationship, and that of their work, to these two worldly aspects, and invited them to share what they found relevant.

For this exhibit 51 artists from 24 states and 2 countries submitted 153 works for consideration. Nine works by the following 8 artists from 7 states were selected by a blind jury process for presentation in the gallery and inclusion in the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication.

Presenting works by:

Megan Curran
Geneva, Illinois

Tracy Danet
Mokena, Illinois

Jeanne Dodd
Sanford, Michigan

Ed Erdmann
Menomonie, Wisconsin

Sarah Jantzi
Valparaiso, Indiana

Judith Kruger
Litchfield, Connecticut

Kaitlyn Jo Smith
Tucson, Arizona

Kathleen Taylor
Santa Fe, New Mexico







    Kaitlyn Jo Smith


     Kathleen Taylor

    Judith Kruger



Central Gallery + North Gallery


Art Made Outdoors

The edge of the sea is a strange and beautiful place.

— Rachel Carson

It may be only most recent history, due to convenience and the susceptibility of media to the elements, that finds art making happening primarily indoors—often, for some artists, in the same space year after year. Despite our modern comfort, the process of making art has a long lineage in the outdoors. At Manifest we wonder what the context of creation does to the content of the creation. Obviously plein air can be interpreted in a traditional way as 'painting outdoors', ostensibly painting the outdoors. But we are also interested in what else it could mean, in today's world. What other processes and results may be occurring in current art that qualify as plein air, regardless of whether or not they appear related to the traditional images we might conjure from art history? And what does the process of making art outdoors do for the art itself?

The collection of work that resulted from our query includes a dominant proportion of the former—exceptional examples that echo the traditional. These are accented neatly by a handful of works that defy ordinary expectations for such a theme. We believe the dialogue between the two makes the whole all the more interesting in the gallery.

For this exhibit 57 artists from 23 states and 3 countries submitted 185 works for consideration. Twenty-seven works by the following 15 artists from 12 states were selected by a blind jury process for presentation in the gallery and inclusion in the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication.

Presenting works by:

David Andree
Fayetteville, Arkansas

Martin Geiger
Staunton, Virginia

Brittany Gilbert
Greensboro, North Carolina

John Lasater
Siloam Springs, Arkansas

Clayton Lewis
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Michael McCaffrey
Lawrence, Kansas

Oliver Meinerding
Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky

Joe Morzuch
Mississippi State, Mississippi

Claudia O'Steen (with Aly Ogasian) 
Rock Hill, South Carolina

Nathan Perry
Clyde, North Carolina

Scott Ramming
Cincinnati, Ohio

Christopher Ryan
Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Mimi Sheiner
El Cerrito, California

Abigail Smithson
Redwood City, California

Jesse Thomas
Portland, Oregon









     David Andree


     Scott Ramming


     Nathan Perry




December 14, 2018 - January 11, 2019

Preview Reception: Thursday, December 13, 7-9pm
Public Opening: Friday, December 14, 6-9pm

  January 25 - February 22

Preview Reception: Thursday, January 24, 7-9pm
Public Opening: Friday, January 25, 6-9pm

  March 8 - April 5

Preview Reception: Thursday, March 7, 7-9pm
Public Opening: Friday, March 8, 6-9pm

  April 19 - May 17

Preview Reception: Thursday, April 18, 7-9pm
Public Opening: Friday, April 19, 6-9pm

  May 31 - June 28

Preview Reception: Thursday, May 30, 7-9pm
Public Opening: Friday, May 31, 6-9pm

  July 12 - August 9

Preview Reception: Thursday, July 11, 7-9pm
Public Opening: Friday, July 12, 6-9pm

  August 16 - September 13    (SEASON 15 FINALÉ)

Preview Reception: Thursday, August 15, 7-9pm
Public Opening: Friday, August 16, 6-9pm


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  September 28 - October 26, 2018     (SEASON 15 LAUNCH) Preview Reception: Thursday, September 27, 7-9pm
Public Opening: Friday, September 28, 6-9pm

main gallery


ARCHIVE [photo]
Photo & Lens-based Art About Archives

A FotoFocus Biennial 2018 Participating Venue Exhibition


Manifest is proud to launch its 15th season with this FotoFocus sponsored exhibition marking the gallery's fourth Biennial participation.

Commonly defined as an accumulation of records or the place they are located archives contain primary source documents that have accumulated over the course of a particular span of time, and are kept (or presented) to show the function or history of a particular person, idea, or phenomena. This competitive exhibit called for photo and lens-based works which addressed this theme in some way based on this definition.

Manifest’s own mission as a nonprofit entity is to function as an organizational archive of the artwork and artists’ histories it presents, publishes, and interacts with. This is one aspect of our 'Creative Research'. This exhibition brings together works of photographic and lens-based visual art which in one way or another, literally, formally, or figuratively, represents the concept of archive.

It provides, through its concurrent presentation with four other exhibitions, a comparison between photo and non-photo approaches, and inspires consideration of the role of visual art in the process of housing, presenting, and preserving primary source information, and of the artist’s part in the process of interpreting or feeding into the archive.

This exhibition, along with its companion exhibits, serves as the grand opening of Manifest's 15th season.

For this exhibit 47 artists from 19 states and 3 countries submitted 160 works for consideration. Sixteen works by the following 11 artists from 7 states, and Canada were selected by a blind jury process for presentation in the gallery and the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication.

Presenting works by:

Mike Callaghan
Toronto, Canada

Alyse Delaney
Brooklyn, New York

Karen Hillier
Bryan, Texas

Jieun Beth Kim
Austin, Texas

David Knox
New Orleans, Louisiana

Kent Krugh
Fairfield, Ohio

Isabella La Rocca
Danville, Kentucky

William Nourse
Amesbury, Massachusetts

Vesna Pavlovic
Nashville, Tennessee

Crystal Tursich
Columbus, Ohio

Jenny Zeller
Louisville, Kentucky



Also part of the FotoFocus Biennial and sponsored by FotoFocus is the ARCHIVE [negative] project and exhibition at the Manifest Drawing Center in Madisonville.

Over the summer, Manifest Drawing Center's Resident Instructor of Photography Michael Wilson invited fourteen nationally renowned photographers to participate in ARCHIVE [negative]. For the project, each artist provided one of their original black and white negatives which then were printed in collaboration with Michael in the Manifest Darkroom. The resulting archive of photographs, some of which have never been seen beyond film, stand as both an analog record of the late 20th century and an exciting survey of the rich character of black and white film photography. Join us at Manifest Drawing Center for the opening of this two-week exhibition!

Opening and Benefit Auction: October 13, 2018, 6-9pm

PLEASE NOTE: The Exhibition will be at our our Drawing Center location in Madisonville: 4905 Whetsel Avenue. Cincinnati, Ohio 45227.

Learn more about this event including the list of participating artists, and RSVP for the opening and benefit auction here.





     Isabella La Rocca


     Vesna Pavlovic


     Karen Hillier




drawing room


Photographic Collages by Greg Sand

Greg Sand is an artist and photographer who explores the issues of existence, time and death. He works primarily with digital photography to produce work that addresses the nature of photography and its role in defining reality. Sand received his BFA in Photography from Austin Peay State University in 2008. He has won the acclaim of both jurors and audiences, winning numerous awards and honors. In 2009, Sand was selected by critic Catherine Edelman and the Griffin Museum of Photography as one of "the most exciting new artists emerging in the world of photography." Sand currently lives and works in Clarksville, Tennessee. He is represented by the Cumberland Gallery in Nashville, Tennessee, and exhibits across the United States.

Of his work the artist states:

"In ‘Chronicle’ I combine 1/2” and 1” square pieces that I have cut from found photographs to examine the fragmentation of memories. When recalling our childhood, we may remember the shoes our father always wore or the way our mother held her hands: a part represents the whole. Photographs function in a similar manner. They do not show a whole person or an entire life, but instead capture a single moment. These keepsakes help determine some of the pieces of memory that stick with us.       

This series started as an exploration of the overwhelming scope of humanity and human history versus the insignificance of the individual. I wanted to find a visual representation of the 6,393 deaths that occur every hour in the world. I made the piece ‘Chronicle: Passing (6,393 Per Hour)’ to try to comprehend this staggering figure. I moved on to other subjects that became more about the nature of memory. The themes of death and loss are still present throughout the series—most blatantly in the images of funerary flowers and disembodied shadows—as the source photos I use often have a built-in sense of history and sadness.

This exhibition is one of 7 selected from among 145 solo proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest’s 15th season.






parallel space


Stories We Tell Ourselves
Constructed Photographs by Dominic Lippillo

Dominic Lippillo's work questions the role of photography by making digitally constructed images that address notions of space versus place, memory, and experience. His work is included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Photographic Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; and the University of North Dakota. Publications where his work is featured include Don't Take Pictures, Mono Chroma, Exposure, Daily Serving, and The Eye of Photography. He is a recipient of a South Arts Fellowship (2018), a Mississippi Arts Commission Visual Artist Fellowship (2016), and the Mississippi State University Faculty Research Award for the College of Architecture, Art and Design (2013). He earned his MFA in Photography from Ohio University (2009) and a BFA in Photography from Youngstown State University (2005). Lippillo is an Associate Professor of Photography at Mississippi State University. 

Of his work the artist states:

"Throughout the series, “Stories We Tell Ourselves”, memory, landscape, vernacular images, and narrative coalesce in a series of constructed photographs. Drawing influence from my experiences, American Scene painting, and the settings found in Raymond Carver’s short stories where melancholy is balanced by curiosity, I seek out non-specific American landscapes to photograph and embellish by adding atmospheric conditions and appropriated figures that are alien to the landscapes.

I begin the process for this series by photographing unoccupied suburban and rural areas to serve as backdrops of the everyday. I then search through my collection of anonymous vernacular images—photographs with unknown internal and external contexts—that have been purchased in secondhand shops to find figures to inhabit the minimalistic scenes. In doing so, a pensive human presence appears as an rückenfigur contemplating the landscape for the viewer to identify with, or as a visual device to direct the viewer’s gaze in or out of the frame. I approach finding the locations to photograph, and choose the figures to appropriate, with an eye for ambiguity and an irrational attraction and fascination to unassuming details, thus allowing my mind to wander outside of the confines of my eye’s visual field.

In these re-contextualized photographic realities the landscapes and figures share a symbiotic relationship, which allows them to transcend time, space, and experience due to their juxtaposition. By creating composite photographs I am inviting the viewer to impose new meanings and create their own re-telling’s of the stories intertwining the anonymous figures and unspecified locations.

Listen in on a podcast interview with Dominic:

This exhibition is one of 7 selected from among 145 solo proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest’s 15th season.









central gallery


Photographs by Wes Battoclette

Wes Battoclette is a Cincinnati-based artist using photography as his primary medium. He was educated in Fine Art earning his BFA at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning in 2008. A focus of his work is centered around redefining perceptions of architecture and the landscape through photography, often utilizing new technologies and techniques to transform the final image.

Of his work the artist states:

"The Whitewashed Series explores ways in which the absence of color can erase assumptions of a space and let your mind transform its past and present into something fresh and desirable.

I was first drawn to these buildings while driving through a busy area full of color one overcast day. Right in the middle of all this was an abandoned whitewashed building trying its best to conceal itself.  To me however it stood out like a blinding light.

The atmosphere around these buildings plays a vital part in the series. Finding that magic moment of overcast adds a very personal connection as if the building is pulling me into its void.

This exhibition is one of 7 selected from among 145 solo proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest’s 15th season.














north gallery


Non-Photo-Based Art About Archives


ARCHIVES invited artists to consider the meaning of the concepts 'primary source, preservation, collective data, accumulation, time, history, reflection, etc.' as they considered the potential for works fitting into or addressing the over arching theme of this show. We were eager to see just how artists make work in any non-photo-based media or genre (painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media, and non-traditional art, etc.) which in some way addresses the theme of ARCHIVES. As Manifest has done before, this exhibit sets out to provide a counterpoint to the FotoFocus Biennial themed photo-specific exhibition in our Main Gallery, thereby providing the viewer a valuable opportunity to compare and contrast the role of media and creative processes in the resulting work which is, nevertheless, united by theme.

For this exhibit 37 artists from 14 states, Washington D.C., and 3 countries submitted 79 works for consideration. Nine works by the following 5 artists from 4 states, and Ireland were selected by a blind jury process for presentation in the gallery and the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication.

Presenting works by:

Amy Dean
Clarksville, Tennessee

Ashly Griffith
New Orleans, Louisiana

Curt Lund
St Paul, Minnesota

Seamus O’Rourke
Dublin, Ireland

Jonathan Ware
Lexington, Kentucky








     Amy Dean


    Curt Lund




Manifest's 15th season is funded in part by an impact grant
from ArtsWave, the Ohio Arts Council, and the generous contributions
of individual supporters who care deeply about the visual arts.

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