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Manifest Creative Research Gallery presents FACE FIRST | EXTREMITIES | LOSING YOUR HEAD

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8 Nov 2014 to 5 Dec 2014
2-7 tu-fri, 12-5 sat
2727 Woodburn Avenue
East Walnut Hills
Cincinnati, OH
North America
T: +1 513-861-3638

Reed Govert

Artists in this exhibition: Jeffrey Abt, Louis Alvarez Roure, Jimmie Arroyo, Debra Balchen, Angela Cunningham, Daniel Dallmann, Hélène Delmaire, Thomasin Dewhurst, Yuxiang Dong, Phil El Rassi, Reed Govert, Tanja Gant, Mark Hanavan, Willie Jones, Ricki Klages, Eileen MacArthur, Louis Marinaro, Omalix, Martin O’Connor, Miriam Omura, Keith Parks, Ann Piper, Matthew Schenk, Sohail Shehada, Isaac Smith, David Stanger, Judy Takacs, Derek Wilkinson, Ben Willis, Dennis Wojtkiewicz, Caomin Xie, Jamie Bates Slone , Cynthia Gutierrez, Jee Hwang, Carrie Lingscheit, Daniel Maidman, Elena Peteva, Hyeyoung Shin, Rachel VanWylen, Erica Young, Angela Cunningham, David Dorsey, Mitch Eckert, Alia El-Bermani, TyRuben Ellingson, Marshall Harris, Todd Kunkler, Josh Raftery, David Stanger, Derek Wilkinson

Exploring the Human Face

Opening Reception: Friday, November 7, 2014,  6-9pm
during Walk on Woodburn

Main Gallery + Drawing Room + Parallel Space


We consciously and unconsciously categorize identity based on the human face. It is, for most people, their social thumbprint and emotional signpost. Inevitably the face is the ‘I’ in first person statements.

As we stated four years ago when we last approached this theme, technology exacerbates people’s retreat into the upper limb of their body, encouraging portraiture on a mass scale in the form of social networks such as Facebook and Instagram with their flood of 'selfies'. Facial recognition tools which help sort photos of friends and family based on images of their face, and video conference calling also put the focus on the front of the human head. The center of our humanity has coalesced into the mind, behind the face. When we think of each other, we (usually) start with the face first.

Manifest's seven-member jury reviewed 613 works by 215 artists from 41 states, Washington D.C., and 7 countries. Thirty-seven works by the following 31 artists from 17 states and 2 countries were selected for exhibition and will also be featured in the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication (MEA) at the close of the season.

Presenting works by:

Jeffrey Abt
Huntington Woods, Michigan

Louis Alvarez Roure
Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey

Jimmie Arroyo
Tenafly, New Jersey

Debra Balchen
Chicago, Illinois

Angela Cunningham
Marshall, North Carolina

Daniel Dallmann
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hélène Delmaire
Lille, France

Thomasin Dewhurst
Livermore, California

Yuxiang Dong
Rochester, New York

Phil El Rassi
Nashville, Tennessee

Reed Govert
Cincinnati, Ohio

Tanja Gant
Plano, Texas

Mark Hanavan
Middletown, Ohio

Willie Jones
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Ricki Klages
Laramie, Wyoming

Eileen MacArthur
Arthur, Ontario, Canada

Louis Marinaro
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Orlando, Florida

Martin O’Connor
Rocky River, Ohio

Miriam Omura
Birmingham, Alabama

Keith Parks
La Mesa, California

Ann Piper
Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

Matthew Schenk
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Sohail Shehada
Norman, Oklahoma

Isaac Smith
Bowling Green, Ohio

David Stanger
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Judy Takacs
Solon, Ohio

Derek Wilkinson
Emporia, Kansas

Ben Willis
Tempe, Arizona

Dennis Wojtkiewicz
Bowling Green, Ohio

Caomin Xie
Atlanta, Georgia


Exploring Hands and Feet

Central Gallery


They're a part of us we take for granted, like everything else we've lived with all our lives from birth. Naturally they feel less just a part, and more an inseparable extension of our wholeness. Yet when lost, paralyzed, or wounded, our hands and feet are recognized for what they are–the outermost point of contact our minds have with the world outside our bodies. Anthropologically they define our specie, served its propagation around the globe in distant pre-history, and even provided the hand-stamp signature on our oldest surviving paintings from 40,000 years ago.

The hand and the foot remain a powerful reminder of our humanity, our physicality, and our origins. Not solely practical tools for locomotion, survival, and the manipulation of our environment, they also carry our expression. We can speak fluently with our hands, punctuate vocal speech, and express love and tenderness with our touches, trust and agreement with a handshake, or great violence and anger with a simple gesture. One could claim that all we are, all we have accomplished in our time on Earth–both good and ill–is an expression of these extremities.

Manifest's seven-member jury reviewed 334 works by 126 artists from 30 states and 8 countries. Nine works by the following 9 artists from 5 states were selected for exhibition and will also be featured in the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication (MEA) at the close of the season.

Presenting works by:

Jamie Bates Slone
Kansas City, Missouri

Cynthia Gutierrez
New York, New York

Jee Hwang
Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Carrie Lingscheit
Chicago, Illinois

Daniel Maidman
Brooklyn, New York

Elena Peteva
Providence, Rhode Island

Hyeyoung Shin
Kansas City, Missouri

Rachel VanWylen
Jackson, Michigan

Erica Young
Brooklyn, New York


Exploring the Skull

North Gallery


We vertebrates are really not all that different under the skin. The thing that cradles our concept of identity, and houses our intellectual and emotional organ–our command center if you will, the skull–has long been the subject of visual art. The articulation of our interest in the subject runs the gamut from cliché to horrific, from the ironic to the tragic, and all points between. Contemplating the human or animal skull is akin to contemplating a star-rich night sky. It can often serve as a talisman of self-reflection, of proof of mortality, endurance, and commonality. Our fascination with the skull goes far deeper than the common symbolism it is burdened by today, and broader than its past use in phrenology or to support theories regarding sexual dimorphism. Ultimately the skull is evidence, after all, that we are in fact made of dust.

Manifest's seven-member jury reviewed 342 works by 131 artists from 32 states and 7 countries. Eleven works by the following 10 artists from 8 states were selected for exhibition and will also be featured in the Manifest Exhibition Annual publication (MEA) at the close of the season.
Presenting works by:

Angela Cunningham
Marshall, North Carolina

David Dorsey
Pittsford, New York

Mitch Eckert
Louisville, Kentucky

Alia El-Bermani
Apex, North Carolina

TyRuben Ellingson
Midlothian, Virginia

Marshall Harris
Fort Worth, Texas

Todd Kunkler
Athens, Ohio

Josh Raftery
Athens, Ohio

David Stanger
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Derek Wilkinson
Emporia, Kansas


General Info:

FREE PUBLIC ARTIST'S RECEPTION: Friday, November 7, 6-9 p.m.
Refreshments will be served, in-part sponsored by the Echo Restaurant
(this will be the 84th 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.

SAY HELLO TO TWO MANIFEST ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE (MAR): At every opening reception for the next year, the MAR space and new Resident Artists Christina Weaver and Taylor Wooline will be open for visits, discussion, and viewing of their recent and ongoing work in their one-year Manifest residencies. This will be the first chance for the public to meet these two artists, originally from Alabama and West Virginia respectively, as they launch their one-year programs with Manifest.


GALLERY HOURS (free admission): Tuesday through Friday 12 – 7:00 p.m., Sat. 12 – 5 p.m.
or by appointment for groups - 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

CONTACT: Jason Franz, Manifest Executive Director at

GALLERY PHONE: 513-861-3638


A NEW HARDCOVER MANIFEST EXHIBITION ANNUAL PUBLICATION WILL DOCUMENT EVERY EXHIBIT OF THE SEASON: Members at the Craftsman or Artist level will have the option to get this large-format book for free. Pre-orders will begin soon!


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