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

 



Calls for Entry Artist Residency  |  Internships  Paid Positions|  Download the Full Season Opportunities Poster 

All Manifest calls-for-entry are open to all artists, from students to professionals, unless otherwise noted.
  GENERAL EXHIBITION INFO FOR ARTISTS

Manifest Grand Jury Prize

A $2500 cash prize awarded to one work as a 'best of the season' from among all exhibits at Manifest. All current season exhibitors are potentially eligible for this prize.* Candidates will be announced in early fall after the close of each season.

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The Manifest Jury Process

The Manifest jury process is conducted by a rotating peer group panel of volunteers who are artists and arts professionals from around the country. Panel makeup changes from exhibit to exhibit in order to promote diversity in the types of work shown in the gallery. The process is always conducted as a blind jury where only the work in question is judged, not individuals.

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About the Manifest Peer Jury and Curatorial Process

 

Manifest is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit founded by artists for artists, now in its 16th season. Since its launch in 2004 Manifest's exhibits and publications have featured nearly 7500 works by over 3000 artists. Our organization has provided considerable support to working artists through all four aspects of its programming, and this continues to evolve every year.




Each season Manifest sends an opportunities poster like this one to over 400 academic institutions across the U.S. Our new Season 16 poster is linked at right. It includes all Manifest artist opportunities for the coming season through August 2020. This poster gets pinned on information boards, studio walls, art centers' info boards, and professors' office doors. It lists a full season of opportunities for professional, developing, academic, and student artists to participate in Manifest's peer-juried exhibits, publications, and artist residency programs. If you are an instructor or administrator at an academic institution with an art program, and do not usually see our posters at your institution, please email us at info@manifestgallery.org with your name, school mailing address, and the name of the institution you represent. We'll add you to our list if your school is not already on it.


A note about the COVID-19 crisis:

As a small artist-run nonprofit, we are keenly aware of public wellbeing and of the potential impact of the Novel Coronavirus on our friends, colleagues, students, and neighbors. Manifest believes in creativity, discipline, and optimism, and that these are essential especially in challenging times. With this we will find ways to serve the artists, students, and community members who rely on our programming as a source of inspiration and aspiration, even in a crisis like the one we now all face together. The Gallery will continue to operate, and current and future exhibition and publication processes will continue with a few modifications.** Submissions to our projects will continue to be accepted. Most exhibits are currently planned to be produced on schedule**. We will be making additional efforts to share images of exhibited works and installation shots via social media during the foreseeable future to provide 'virtual access'. Artists are also reminded that all exhibited works (whether virtual or physical) will be featured in our large season-documenting publication, the Manifest Exhibition Annual once it is produced after the season ends. You can read our recent full statement regarding the COVID-19 situation here.

March 23, 2020

** DUE TO THE COVID-19 STAY-AT-HOME ORDER FOR OHIO the Deadlines for our 16th Annual Small Works exhibition (Magnitude Seven) and our 16th Annual Emerging Artists exhibition (Rites of Passage) are both extended by several weeks, and these exhibits will be going to an emergency online and print-only exhibit plan to eliminate the challenges associated with accessing and shipping physical work. At present these are the only upcoming exhibitions affected by this change of plan. All other benefits associated with exhibiting at Manifest will still apply to these shows.

 


  Gallery Exhibition Calls  ( 2019-2020   |  Season 16 - Gallery Exhibits running Sept. 2019 – August 2020)

MAGNITUDE 7
16th Annual Small Works Exhibition
DEADLINE EXTENDED DUE TO COVID-19: April 21, 2020

A popular favorite—A competitive international exhibit of works of any media, genre, or style no larger than 7 inches in size*.

***Emergency default plan is NO SHIPPING REQUIRED to participate—online and in-print exhibition only.**

ENTRY INFO


RITES OF PASSAGE
16th Annual Emerging Artists Exhibition
DEADLINE EXTENDED DUE TO COVID-19: April 26, 2020

A competitive survey of works by artists attaining or scheduled to receive an undergraduate degree in art or design in 2019, 2020, or 2021. Including $500 best of show prize.

***Emergency default plan is NO SHIPPING REQUIRED to participate—online and in-print exhibition only.***

ENTRY INFO


MASTER PIECES
14th Annual MFA/MA Exhibition
Deadline: May 3, 2020

A competitive survey of works by current or recent
graduate students.

ENTRY INFO


MINI/MICRO
Art About Small Things
Deadline: May 5, 2020

An International Call for Art of Any Size About Small Subjects.

ENTRY INFO


TWINKLE
Art About Sparkle
Deadline: May 7, 2020

An International Call for Art About Sparkle, Enchantment, Facade, Flashiness, and the Seductive Power of Bright Lights and Color

ENTRY INFO


MONSTERS
Real or Imagined...
Deadline: May 8, 2020

An international call for art about monsters, real or imagined.

ENTRY INFO


  Publication Projects   ( Competitive Book Projects Surveying Painting, Drawing, or Photography )

INPA 10
10th International Painting Annual
(publication)
Deadline to Submit: December 31, 2020

A competitive peer-juried award-winning publication of works of painting of all types made since January 1, 2018. This will be the last opportunity to participate in this publication and award until 2023!

$2000 in prizes, with $1200 first prize.



WRITING
Ongoing Call for Writing (publication)
Deadline: December 31, 2020

Critical, Philosophical, Creative, or other works related to practices
of DRAWING, PAINTING, PHOTOGRAPHY, or the subject of LIGHT


ENTRY INFO


  Upcoming Season 17 - Solo Gallery Exhibits running Sept. 2020 – August 2021)

PHOTO SOLO PROPOSALS
SEASON OPENER DURING FOTOFOCUS BIENNIAL
Deadline to Submit: April 19, 2020

A special call for solo proposals of photography and photo-based works to coincide with Manifest's FotoFocus Biennial Participating Venue Exhibition and the launch of Manifest's 17th season.

PROPOSAL
PROCESS OPEN NOW


SOLO PROPOSALS - FULL SEASON 17
Deadline to Submit: June 1, 2020

A Call for Solo Proposals for Season 17
(September 2020 - August, 2021). Process is now open!

** NOTE: A separate process will be offered for photo and ceramic-specific works, with applications being accepted starting in early 2020, to allow for specific involvement at Manifest during the fall FotoFocus Biennial and the spring NCECA conference happening in Cincinnati. These will be posted here when open.

PROPOSAL
PROCESS OPEN NOW FOR 2020/21


CERAMICS-BASED PROPOSALS
MID-SEASON EXHIBIT DURING NCECA
Deadline to Submit: June 1, 2020

A special call for exhibit proposals of ceramics-based works to coincide with The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference (NCECA) to be held in March of 2021 in Cincinnati.

PROPOSAL
PROCESS OPEN NOW

 

  Residencies

Manifest Artist Residency (MAR) and Scholar in Residence (SIR) 2020/2021
Deadline to Apply: April 9, 2020

A year-long free studio residency to support creative research.

Two programs representing up to three spots are open for application by any serious emerging or established artist, including recent graduates from college art programs. The MAR will include 24/7 use of up to a 500 sq.ft. north lit studio adjacent to Manifest Gallery, and more, for one year. The SIR will include immersion in the Manifest Drawing Center study culture, including free enrollment in all programming, a dedicated work space, mentoring, and daily access to and use of the Drawing Center facility, and more, for one year.



APPLICATION
NOW OPEN

FOR 2020/21




PROJECT JURIES UNDERWAY

  • WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS FOR ALL PENDING PUBLICATIONS
  • Manifest Grand Jury Prize Season 15
  • DRAWN 2020
  • WOOD
  • REDUCTION
  • INPHA 8



  Gallery Internships & Volunteer Opportunities for Community Service



Manifest is now seeking interns and volunteers for the current season and beyond.


Ideal applicants will be quality-minded, responsible, and outgoing individuals. Students in any field of study are qualified, however successful applicants should have a reasonable interest in the art and design fields, art history, business, statistics, philosophy, sociology, etc. Internships at Manifest provide valuable hands-on experience with the operations of a small non-profit organization functioning at a level equivalent to most commercial or university galleries and many museums. Our interns often use their tenure at Manifest as a springboard to graduate school or full-time employment at museums and organizations around the country.

Manifest will work with college programs to coordinate the awarding of college credit. Non-students are eligible to apply for volunteer internship positions as well.





  Paid Positions


Manifest is not currently hiring for any paid positions. But we are always considering new volunteers passionate about our programming and mission.






    

Manifest's 16th season is funded in part by a grant from the Robert H. Reakirt Foundation, PNC Bank, Trustee. This season's programming is also supported by an impact grant from ArtsWave, by a sustainability grant from the Ohio Arts Council, and through the generous contributions of individual supporters who care deeply about the visual arts.


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