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.

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.



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.

About the Manifest Peer Jury and Curatorial Process


Manifest is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit founded by artists for artists, now in its 15th 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 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.

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

Deadline to Submit: September 11, 2019

Calling for Works About Shadows, Nocturnes, Nightscapes,
and Darkness

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.” ― Anne Frank


ONE 10
10th Annual $5000 Manifest Prize
Early Deadline to Submit October 1, 2019

$5000 cash award + solo exhibit of the winning work
An international competition and exhibit featuring one
prize-winning jury selected work. *Reduced entry fee for early submission.


TAPPED 10 (side-by-side)
Artists and Their Current or Former Professors
Deadline to Submit: October 6, 2019

Calling for works by artists and their current OR former teachers, showcasing the legacy of the academic process in art.

Not a call for collaborative works. TAPPED will exhibit paired works by each artist. This year we celebrate a decade of doing so!


Deadline to Submit: October 8, 2019

Calling for Works About Bugs & Insects, Real or Imagined.

“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.”
Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis


Deadline to Submit: October 11, 2019

Calling for Works About Anxiety and/or Impending Disaster.

“Present fears are less than horrible imaginings.”
— William Shakespeare


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

8th International Photography Annual
Deadline to Submit: December 31, 2019

A competitive peer-juried award-winning publication of works of photography and lens-based art of all types made since January 1, 2017. This will be the last opportunity to participate in this publication and award until 2023!

$2000 in prizes, with $1200 first prize.

Ongoing Call for Writing (publication)
Deadline: December 31, 2019

Critical, Philosophical, Creative, or other works related to practices



Manifest Artist Residency (MAR) and Scholar in Residence (SIR) 2019/2020
Deadline to Apply CLOSED

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

Two programs 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.

FOR 2019/20



  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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tues-fri noon-7pm, sat noon-5pm
(or by special appointment)

closed Sun and Mon

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