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 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.

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'.

July 27, 2020

** DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC and ongoing impacts to artists around the world we are extending our exhibit modifications to include two upcoming shows, the first exhibits of our 17th season. Deadlines for our LET THERE BE, and LET HERE BE exhibitions are extended by several days, and these exhibits will be going to our 'pandemic-alternative' hybrid online, 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. 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 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.

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

Photographic and Lens-Based Art About Tangibility
Deadline EXTENDED DUE TO COVID-19: Aug. 8, 2020

An international call for works of photography, primarily photo-based, or lens-based art exploring tangibility and objectness. Sponsored by FotoFocus and originally planned to be a participating exhibition in the 2020 Biennial.

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


Non-Photo Based Art About Tangibility
Deadline EXTENDED DUE TO COVID-19: Aug. 9, 2020

Concurrent with LET THERE BE, an international call for works of any media that is NOT photography, photo-based, or lens-based art, but which also explores tangibility and objectness.

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


Works About It
Deadline to Submit: August 27, 2020

How do artists record thoughts, feelings, and observations on what it means to be in America today, whether that is from the point of view of one living here now, of those who aspire to be here one day, or from those who observe at a distance.


Deadline to Submit: August 28, 2020

An international call for works in any media about, using, or depicting artificial light.


Art About Maturity & Adulthood
Deadline to Submit: August 29, 2020

An international call for works in any media about maturity, adulthood, and the magic that time brings to age.


Art About Changing Things
Deadline to Submit: August 30, 2020

An international call for art about how artworks can be about or depict the process of tuning, refining, or altering subjects, their contexts, or materials in order to achieve a different purpose or point.


TAPPED 11 (side-by-side)
Artists and Their Current or Former Professors
Deadline to Submit: September 26, 2020

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.


Art By or About Collection
Deadline to Submit: September 28, 2020

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


Art Honoring or Inspired by Another Artist
Deadline to Submit: September 30, 2020

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


$5000 Award
Early Entry Deadline: October 1, 2020

An international competition and exhibit featuring one prize-winning jury selected work, including a $5000 cash award. $1000 in additional awards to finalists. *Fees discounted for early entry by October 1st.


  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) 2020/2021
Deadline to Apply EXTENDED: June 9, 2020

(*Dates have been modified and extended due to COVID-19 impacts on our scheduling.)

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


  • Photo Solo Proposals for Season 17
  • MAR and SIR Residency Applications
  • Solo Proposals for Season 17

  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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