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 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 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 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.

A note about the pandemic's impact on our exhibition programming:

As a small artist-run nonprofit, we are keenly aware of public wellbeing and of the potential impact of the current pandemic 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 have found 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 has continued 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. All exhibits are currently planned to be produced on schedule**. We will continue to make additional efforts to share images of exhibited works, installation views, and VR Tours via social media during the foreseeable future to provide 'virtual access'.

October 1, 2020

** DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC and ongoing impacts to artists around the world we are continuing our recent exhibit modifications to include some upcoming exhibit deadlines which are being extended by several days. Any exhibit indicated below as extended with covid-impact flexibility options (flagged with yellow) will be going to our 'pandemic-alternative' hybrid online, physical in-gallery, and in-print exhibit plan (with shipping to gallery optional for qualified submissions*) to eliminate the challenges caused by the current crisis associated with accessing and shipping physical work. All other benefits associated with exhibiting at Manifest will still apply to these shows with noted exceptions*.

*Artists are reminded that all exhibited works (whether virtual or physical) will be featured in our large season-documenting retrospective publication, the Manifest Exhibition Annual once it is produced after the season ends. However only physically exhibited works will be eligible to contend for the end-of-season $2,500 Manifest Grand Jury Prize.

These adjustments have been very successful over recent months in allowing artists and Manifest to continue producing exceptional exhibitions and reaching a broad audience during this unprecedented time.

  Exhibition Calls   |  Season 17 - Gallery Exhibits running Sept. 2020 – August 2021

$5000 Award
Final Entry Deadline EXTENDED: October 23, 2020

An international competition and exhibit featuring one prize-winning jury selected work, including a $5000 cash award. $1000 in additional awards to finalists.


Art By or About Collection
Deadline EXTENDED DUE TO COVID: Oct. 23, 2020

“Sleeping on a dragon's hoard with greedy, dragonish thoughts in his heart, he had become a dragon himself.” ― C.S. Lewis

***Covid-impact flexibility plan is NO SHIPPING REQUIRED to participate for qualified submissions.***


Art Honoring or Inspired by Another Artist
Deadline EXTENDED DUE TO COVID: Oct. 24, 2020

An international call for works honoring, inspired by, or sharing respect for another artist.

***Covid-impact flexibility plan is NO SHIPPING REQUIRED to participate for qualified submissions.***


THE FIVE-THEME PROJECT: For this season Manifest has created a very special set of exhibitions—the Five Theme Project. The project is made up of five concurrent interrelated thematic shows that will be presented at Manifest from January 22 through February 19, 2021. The first Five Themes Project was launched in 2020 with great success. This will be the second in what is planned to be an annual series which will vary in approach each year.

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


Art About Identity
Deadline to Submit: November 17, 2020

WHO indicates a specific or generalized identity, whether individual
or collective.
This exhibit will be the first in a five-segment, five-space sequential exhibition experience.

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


Art About Specificity
Deadline to Submit: November 19, 2020

WHAT indicates inquiry or determination about the identity, nature, or value of an object or matter. This exhibit will be the second in a five-segment, five-space sequential exhibition experience.

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


Art About Timing
Deadline to Submit: November 20, 2020

WHEN indicates inquiry or determination about a particular point in time, or a generalized timeframe for some event or action. This exhibit will be the third in a five-segment, five-space sequential exhibition experience.

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


Art About Location
Deadline to Submit: November 21, 2020

WHERE indicates physical location, whether exact, generalized, or as yet undetermined. Or it indicates a circumstance or context. This exhibit will be the fourth in a five-segment, five-space sequential exhibition experience.

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


Art About Causation
Deadline to Submit: November 22, 2020

WHY indicates a reason, cause, grounds, or motive. This exhibit will be the fifth in a five-segment, five-space sequential exhibition experience.

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

10th International Painting Annual
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.

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

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




Manifest Artist Residency (MAR) and Scholar in Residence (SIR) 2021/2022
Next Deadline to Apply: April 9, 2021

Residency details for 2021/22 will be posted by late 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.


FOR 2020/21


  • Manifest Grand Jury Prize for Season 16 (2019-2020)
  • 11th Annual TAPPED

  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 17th season is funded in part by a grant from the Charles Moerlein Foundation, Fifth Third 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 and private foundations who care deeply about the visual arts.

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