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Manifest Creative Research Gallery presents SUSTAIN | SCHEMA | VITAL

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11 Nov 2016 to 9 Dec 2016
2-7 tu-fri, 12-5 sat
2727 Woodburn Avenue
East Walnut Hills
Cincinnati, OH
North America
T: +1 513-861-3638

"Consumption Nation - Landfill 16" by Gordon Lee

Artists in this exhibition: Blake Conroy, Jenny Freestone, Gordon Lee, Margaret LeJeune, C. Matthew Luther, David Marquez, Michael Marshall, Ellen McMahon, Studio Third World Collective, Kathleen Thum, Brandon Briggs, Neil Callander, Lauren Carter, Daniel Dallmann, Jason Ferguson, Andrew Glenn, Jason Guynes, Rebecca Hayes, Becca Levine, Chris Liberti, Eileen MacArthur, Mary Murphy, Omalix, Charity Ponter, Molly Scannell, Rosemary Scott-Fishburn, Shelby Shadwell, Rachel Temkin, Lauryn Welch, Morgan Ford Willingham, Margaret Smithers-Crump


Works about Sustainability

Sustainability is about endurance.  Four domains comprise the organizing principles of Sustainability: ecology, economics, politics and culture.

The present cultural dilemma around the topic may be the fulcrum on which our specie's fate rests. As public and scientific awareness about the state of the planet has grown ever more poignant, and as the relationship of civilization to the fate of the biosphere have grown more clear, so too has our methods for expressing concern, conveying cultural imperatives for better action, and explaining the situation and potential solutions in compelling ways.

For this project, 64 artists representing 25 states and 4 countries submitted 193 works for consideration by Manifest's rigorous jury process. 11 works by the following 10 artists from 8 states and India were selected for presentation in the gallery and MEA publication for season 13. 

Presenting works by:

Blake Conroy

Sparks, Maryland

Jenny Freestone

Takoma Park, Maryland

Gordon Lee

Columbus, Ohio

Margaret LeJeune

Peoria, Illinois

C. Matthew Luther

Riverside, California

David Marquez

Bowling Green, Kentucky

Michael Marshall

Athens, Georgia

Ellen McMahon

Tucson, Arizona

Studio Third World Collective

Delhi, India

Kathleen Thum

Liberty, South Carolina



Traditional and Non-Traditional Self-Portraiture

In art, creating self-portraits is an old familiar genre. Such self-images are often quite different from other portraits, because they reveal the artists’ of engagment with their own image. For this exhibit Manifest is gauges not only how this happens in the art of today, but how artists address the wider concept of self-image, what it means to be aware of “I” and the experience of being an individual. 

For this project, 271 artists representing 43 states and 10 countries submitted 193 works for consideration by Manifest's rigorous jury process. 23 works by the following 20 artists from 14 states and Canada were selected for presentation in the gallery and MEA publication for season 13.

Presenting works by:

Brandon Briggs

Bowling Green, Ohio

Neil Callander

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Lauren Carter

Chicago, Illinois

Daniel Dallmann

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jason Ferguson
Grass Lake, Michigan

Andrew Glenn (AWG)
Moberly, Missouri

Jason Guynes

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Rebecca Hayes

Cohasset, Massachusetts

Becca Levine
Millbrae, California

Chris Liberti

Charlotte, North Carolina

Eileen MacArthur

Ontario, Canada

Mary Murphy

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Orlando, Florida

Charity Ponter
Birmingham, Alabama

Molly Scannell
Arlington, Massachusetts

Rosemary Scott-Fishburn

Gloucester, Massachusetts

Shelby Shadwell

Laramie, Wyoming

Rachel Temkin

Woodhaven, New York

Lauryn Welch

Peterborough, New Hampshire 

Morgan Ford Willingham

Emporia, Kansas


Installation by Margaret Smithers-Crump

Manifest is proud to present the works of Margaret Smithers-Crump in VITAL, an exhibition of glass-like installations expressing the vulnerability and complexity of the natural world.  

About her work, the artist states: "Through its inherent associations to life, death, and renewal, Vital explores water as the source and resource for all living beings and by extension, the vulnerability of the oceans. Acting as metaphors for a fragile existence, the glass-like artworks in this exhibition underscore the vital necessity of water on our planet.

Each installation is made of hundreds of unique hand cut, painted, and chemically bonded units of primarily recycled plexiglas. Individually formed and shaped by heat, these translucent pieces become both membranous and organic. As glass is easily shattered, each of these plexiglas installations reminds us of the fragility of life on Earth and of the importance of water to its survival.”

Artist Bio: 
Margaret Smithers-Crump is a Canadian artist based in Houston, Texas. She received her BFA in Painting from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in 1973. For the last twenty years, Smithers-Crump has been exploring the creative potential of Plexiglas in both painting and installations. Smithers-Crump has had a series of solo and group exhibitions throughout Texas and the United States including her recent one person exhibitions at the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, Galveston Art Center, Galveston,TX; Imperial Center for the Arts and Sciences, Rocky Mount, NC; Penn College of Technology - Penn State, Williamsport, PA; and Lawndale Art Center, Houston,TX.

This exhibition of Margaret Smithers-Crump’s work is one of 8 selected from among 137 proposals submitted for consideration for Manifest’s 13th season.


General Information

Free Public Artist’s Reception
: November 11th  Refreshments will be served, in-part sponsored by the Echo Restaurant
(this will be the 102nd Manifest reception featuring Echo Restaurant fare!)

Walk on Woodburn
: Cincinnati’s Instant Arts District! Visit galleries, shops, and restaurants all along Woodburn Avenue, all with special events and fare for the evening of November 11th.

Lunch and Learn Gallery Talk
: Thursday, December 1st, 12:15
Spend a few minutes of your lunchbreak getting acquainted with your neighborhood gallery! We'll be giving a 20 minute guided tour of our current show, offering insight into the work and a few behind-the-scenes secrets into how it all comes together.  No need to skip out on lunch either - pre-order your lunch from Kitchen 452 by Tuesday, November 29th at 11:00 am and pick it up at the front desk after your visit! Kitchen 452 will offer a 10% discount on all pre-ordered lunches.
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Meet the Manifest Artists In Residence
: At every opening reception the MAR space and resident artists Ellina Chetverikova and Adam Mysock will be receiving visits, discussion, and hosting a viewing of their recent and ongoing projects for their one-year Manifest residencies. This will be a chance for the public to meet these two artists as they continue their time at Manifest.  

Exhibit Runs Through December 9th.
GALLERY HOURS (free admission): Tuesday through Friday 12 – 7:00 p.m., Sat. 12 – 5:00 p.m. or by appointment - school groups welcome and encouraged. LOCATION: 2727 Woodburn Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
(Just south of Madison Rd. at DeSales Corner in East Walnut Hills.)

PARKING: On street and parking across the street in DeSales Business Parking Lot and in public lot between Myrtle and Madison.

CONTACT: Jason Franz, Manifest Executive Director at


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