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Those listed here are Cincinnati-based artists who have taught in the past decade, or may teach a course in the near future. These are not all the instructors who have taught or will teach at Manifest's Drawing Center. Other instructors have included Constance McClure, Charles Frymier, Dave Nash, and Paul Loehle. And we are continually considering new courses, and new instructors, to integrate into our program.

Special 'master class' workshops have been instructed by artists and designers such as Juliette Aristides, Scott Roberston, Shane Wolf, Tim Kennedy, Shelby Shadwell, David Kassan, Savannah Tate Cuff, Pablo Garcia, Bobby Rebholz, and others.

Manifest staff, many of whom are also practicing artists and professors, as well as current artists in the Manifest Artist Residency are always on the slate for teaching various courses throughout the year. In 2016 we appointed our first Resident Instructor, Samantha Haring, who will serve in this capacity for the duration of a year.




Rob Anderson holds an MFA from the University of Cincinnati (2007) and BFA from Xavier University (2005). A working artist, Anderson has shown his work at such venues as the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, Warsaw Project Space, Weston Art Gallery, and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor teaching courses in the Department of Visual Arts at Northern Kentucky University; he has also taught at Miami University of Ohio, Art Academy of Cincinnati, and the University of Cincinnati. Anderson recently won the prestigious 2013 Miami University Young Painters Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award, and published an article on portrait painting in the Artist's Magazine.

Courses taught:

- Figure in Graphite
- Life Painting



Jessica Grace Bechtel holds a BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. She is an actively working and exhibiting artist exhibiting her work widely, including recently at The Carnegie Visual Arts Center in Covington, Kentucky and with Heinemann-Myers Contemporary Art in Bethesda, Maryland. She also spent 10 years with the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, designing and creating large-scale painting and sculpture. Jessica brings a breadth of experience and an intentional focus on supporting artists as they develop their style and creative vision.

Courses taught:

- Botanical



Charlie Berger earned his MFA from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) and has since taught drawing and design at a number of arts institutions including The Art Academy of Cincinnati and in the DAAP School of Design Foundations Program. He has taught drawing and painting to teens and adults throughout Cincinnati for more than 25 years. His students describe him as knowledgeable, friendly, energetic and lots of fun!

Courses taught:

- Drawing in Perspective
- College Prep Studio

- Materials and Techniques: The Essentials of Color
- High School Figure Drawing
- Drawing Fundamentals




Debbie Brod has taught art to children, teen-agers, and adults for the Art Academy of Cincinnati, the School for Creative and Performing Arts (through the Cincinnati Arts Association) and many other schools for more than twenty years. She has led drawing workshops at the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Taft Museum, and art-making workshops for families at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, and the Cincinnati Public Library, among other venues. Debbie has also been an artist-in-residence with the Ohio Arts Council’s Arts Learning Program since 1994, and travels throughout Ohio and neighboring states to do intensive community-based art projects with people of all ages.

Courses taught:

- MINIFEST: Drawing Through Time (ages 7-9)




Dan O’Connor is a Cincinnati area painter dedicated to pursuits of studying and working from life. In the past several years he has exhibited both nationally and locally. He holds a BFA from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. O'Connor currently teaches introduction to painting at Northern Kentucky University.

Courses taught:

- About Face
: Portrait Drawing
- Advanced Life Drawing
- Beginning and Intermediate Life Drawing
- Hands and Feet
- Materials and Techniques: Watercolor
- Materials and Techniques: Silverpoint
- Materials and Techniques: Edd Tempera
- Methods: Blocking-in the Figure
- The Figure in Watercolor
- and more...




In addition to a split major BFA in painting/drawing and sculpture from the University of Cincinnati Parsley holds an MA in Practical Ministries (1999) and a BS in Biblical Studies (1995). In this early career he developed extensive experience with working creatively with people. His more recent academic studies in art provided Parsley the opportunity to serve part time as a project manager and lead artist for the ArtWorks mural project, and as crewmember for the Contemporary Arts Center. He is a Summa Cum Laude BFA graduate from UC and was the top College of DAAP graduate, also receiving the Wolfstein award and School of Art Outstanding Senior Award. His works are regularly exhibited in regional exhibits, and he is actively engaged in current portrait commissions. Tim Parsley was hired in fall of 2007 to flll the role of Manifest's Assistant Director. In this capacity he also serves as Manifest's Drawing Center Studio program coordinator.

Courses taught:

- About Face
- Drawing Camp




Jennifer Purdum was born in Northeastern Ohio in 1975 and grew up in the small town of Wooster, OH.  She attended University of Cincinnati and graduated in 2000 with a BFA.  She attended graduate school from 2001-2003 at American University, first in Corciano, Italy and finishing in Washington D.C. with an MFA in painting and printmaking.  She was an adjunct instructor in New Orleans until hurricane Katrina, which led to her return to Cincinnati, Ohio.  She currently teaches drawing, printmaking, and 3-D design at Miami University.  Purdum has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Cincinnati Art Museum, Manifest Creative Research Gallery, and AGallery in New York. 

Courses taught:

- Drawing
for Objects




Jonathan Queen is one of Cincinnati's eminent painters. He holds a BFA from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, and is a full-time working artist represented by Miller Gallery. Queen's work weaves a magical bond between first-rate academic painting and contemporary content like none other. He brings to Manifest's studio a formidable expertise at image-making from observation, a keen wit, and a kind and generous personality.

Courses taught:

- Object Drawing

- Tonal Drawing with Charcoal
- Color Theory with Oils




Emil Robinson holds a BA from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and an MFA from the University of Cincinnati college of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. He is an actively working and exhibiting artist, and recently had work included in exhibits at The Carnegie Visual Arts Center in Covington, Kentucky; Associated Artists Gallery in Winston Salem, North Carolina; The Columbus Museum of Art; and Tatistcheff Gallery in New York City. He is also a 2007 recipient of the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant, which allowed him to spend several months working and studying independently in London, England.

Courses taught:

- About Face

- Advanced Life Drawing I and II
- Color for Life Drawing
- Gesture Drawing
- The Figure in Pastel
- and more...



Tyler Wilkinson

Tyler Wilkinson received his BFA from Centre College, a nationally ranked liberal arts college in Danville, Kentucky. At Centre his work focused on drawing and painting. The majority of Wilkinson's time at Centre consisted of diligent study of the human form and still life objects.

Wilkinson has presented classroom demonstrations in portrait drawing from life and in the use of toned supports. He has extensive study in the history of picture making spanning the range of antique to the contemporary. His work and teaching clearly benefit fromhis study of the history of art both in the U.S., in various American cities and museums, and while abroad in Europe.

Tyler is Manifest's first Artist in Residence (MAR), and has the use of the MAR studio space adjacent to Manifest Gallery for the one-year award period.

Courses taught:

- Blocking-in the Portrait

- Blocking-in the Figure






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Manifest's 13th 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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