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

 



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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

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!
Because Manifest was founded by artists for artists...

As of fall 2021 with the launch of our 18th season, in light of the struggles we have all faced during the covid-19 pandemic and in an effort to give back more in support and recognition of artists achieving excellence, we are doubling the amount of this annual prize to $5000.

The Manifest Grand Jury Prize will be 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 after the close of each season.

LEARN MORE HERE...


   

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 and operated by artists for artists, now in its 17th 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.





  Exhibition Calls   |  Season 18 - Gallery Exhibits running Sept. 2021 – August 2022

12th Annual $5,000 MANIFEST PRIZE
Early Entry Deadline: October 1, 2021
*

An international competition and exhibit featuring one prize-winning jury selected work, including a $5000 cash award. $1000 in additional awards to finalists. NOTE that the Manifest Prize is a separate award from the Season's Manifest Grand Jury Prize.

*Fees discounted for early entry by October 1st.

ENTRY INFO


TAPPED 12 (side-by-side)
Artists and Their Current or Former Professors
Deadline to Submit: October 2, 2021

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.

ENTRY INFO


PERCEPTUAL
Works Made from Direct Observation
Deadline to Submit: October 3, 2021

A call for works in any media made from direct observation. Perceptual is a call for work that primaries the artist’s process of perceiving their subject.

ENTRY INFO


TONDO
Round or Circle-Featuring Works
Deadline to Submit: October 4, 2021

An International Call for Round Works, or Works Featuring the Circle as Primary Element.

ENTRY INFO


THE FIVE-THEME PROJECT: Manifest has again created a very special set of exhibitions—the Five Themes Project. The project is made up of five concurrent interrelated thematic shows that will be presented at Manifest from January 21 - February 18, 2022. The first Five Themes Project was launched in 2020 with great success. This will be the third in what has become a much-loved annual project.

FIVE-THEMES PROJECT (a special multi-exhibit experiment)

ENTRY INFO

WILDERNESS
Works Exploring the Beyond
Deadline to Submit: November 11, 2021

WILDERNESS is a place where we are not. There are places that we have not, cannot, maybe should not bring to heel. What kind of powerful, dangerous, and uncontrolled places remain?


FIVE-THEMES PROJECT (a special multi-exhibit experiment)

ENTRY INFO

RURAL
Exploring the Countryside
Deadline to Submit: November 12, 2021

The RURAL “countryside” is a little less inhabited, but it is still well-mapped and divided. What does a rural home look like? A rural school? A rural place of worship? A rural life? A rural philosophy? Where does 'rural' begin and end? What happens here?


FIVE-THEMES PROJECT (a special multi-exhibit experiment)

ENTRY INFO

SUBURBAN
Exploring Suburbia
Deadline to Submit: November 13, 2021

SUBURBIA is the classic habitat of the American Dream; its markers, its symbols, are specific even if their particular aesthetics have changed over time.


FIVE-THEMES PROJECT (a special multi-exhibit experiment)

ENTRY INFO

URBAN
Exploring the City or City Life
Deadline to Submit: November 14, 2021

URBAN locations are built new on top of old, old converted to new, sometimes for hundreds of years. What does it look like to have so much of human civilization concentrated on one spot? How does the City shape culture, people, and everyday life?


FIVE-THEMES PROJECT (a special multi-exhibit experiment)

ENTRY INFO

POST-URBAN
About What's Next
Deadline to Submit: November 15, 2021

POST-URBAN asks what is going to change, what's next? Our planet is changing, and our policies, economics, interactions both on-and-off line, all of that will have to follow suit. How will our homes and lifestyles adapt?


  EXHIBITS-IN-PRINT CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS
Competitive Book Projects Surveying Painting, Drawing, or Photography on a Rotating Annual Basis

INDA 15
15th International Drawing Annual
(publication + awards)
Deadline to Submit: December 31, 2021

$2000 in prizes, with $1200 first prize.

A competitive peer-juried award-winning publication of works of drawing of all types made since January 1, 2019. This will be the last opportunity to participate in this publication and award until 2025!

Find submission details and info here.


CALL FOR WRITING
Ongoing (publication)
Next Deadline: December 31, 2021

Critical, Philosophical, Creative, or other works related to practices of DRAWING, PAINTING, PHOTOGRAPHY, or the subject of LIGHT. Details on submitting written works to be considered for inclusion in our publications are available here. Writing is featured to supplement the INDA, INPHA, and INPA publications which focus primarily on visual art.



  Residencies

Manifest Artist Residency (MAR) and Scholar in Residence (SIR) 2022/2023
APPLICATION WILL REOPEN IN EARLY 2022

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
CLOSED

FOR 2020/21!




PROJECT JURIES UNDERWAY

  • SIGNAL
  • MISFITS
  • EPIPHANIES
  • WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS FOR ALL PENDING PUBLICATIONS
  • MANIFEST GRAND JURY PRIZE (MGJP) for Season 17


RECENTLY NOTIFIED OF RESULTS

  • 10th International Painting Annual Publication & Awards (INPA 10)
  • PAINTED biennial 2021
  • AQUACHROME biennial 2021
  • Solo Proposals for Season 18

 



ALL SEASON 17 OPPORTUNITIES

Each season Manifest sends an opportunities poster like this one to over 400 academic institutions across the U.S. Our new Season 17 poster is linked at left. It includes all Manifest artist opportunities for the coming season through August 2021. 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.

During this time of COVID new-normal, please consider sharing the link to our poster by email and social media.


  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.






  Season Funder:

Manifest's 18th season is funded in part by a grant from the Josephine S. Russell Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee. This season's programming is also supported by the generosity of tens of thousands of contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign, by a sustainability grant from the Ohio Arts Council, and through the generous direct contributions of individual supporters and private foundations who care deeply about the visual arts.


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