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.

The Grand Jury Award
$5,000 end of season award

All exhibitors during a given season are automatically eligible to be considered for this award. As of fall 2021, in light of the struggles the world has faced during the covid-19 pandemic and in an effort to give back more in support and recognition of artists achieving excellence, Manifest is doubling the amount of this annual award to $5,000. The Grand Jury Award 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...

Manifest is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit founded and operated by artists for artists, now in its 18th season. Since its launch in 2004 Manifest's exhibits and publications have featured nearly 10,000 works by nearly 4,000 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 19 - Gallery Exhibits running Sept. 2022 – August 2023

Show Period 5 (March 10 - April 7, 2023)


Deadline Extended: December 18, 2022

Calling for works for our special annual exhibit devoted to works by artists living and working in Ohio, Kentucky, & Indiana.

OPEN CALL: no media or thematic restrictions!


Works Made Using Casting Methods, Molds, Stamps, or Forms
Deadline Extended: December 18, 2022

CAST/molded is an international call for works of any media using casting methods, molds, stamps, or forms. The exhibition is open to a very wide range of applications, and any work of art or design that employs a form of casting, molding, stamping, or other form-based manipulation of materials to create primarily three-dimensional work will be considered. Works that explore the boundaries between 2d and 3d, such as relief work, are also most welcome.



Show Period 6 (April 21 - May 19, 2023)

DRAWN 2023
The 10th Annual International Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing

Deadline to Submit: January 6, 2023

DRAWN calls for artists to submit works of drawing in any media relevant to the practice (including non-traditional approaches), any style, and any genre (fine art, illustration, conceptual, realism, etc.).


An International Call for Works of Art About Hybrids

Deadline to Submit: January 7, 2023

CHIMERA is a call for hybrids—works where multiple unrelated elements are combined into one form, practice, or idea to generate a new and compelling whole.


An International Call for Works Featuring
Multiple Figures*

Deadline to Submit: January 8, 2023

multi-FIGURE is a call for works that include more than one figure, open to interpretation, as well as traditional and creative approaches. (*Figure does not necessarily mean human or even realistic form.)


  Residencies - Application Coming Soon for 2023/2024

Manifest Artist Residency (MAR) and Scholar in Residence (SIR) 2022/2023

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 new permanent Drawing Center facility (M1), and more for one year.


FOR 2022/23


  • GRAND JURY AWARD for Seasons 17 & 18
  • FIVE THEMES PROJECT: Window, Table, Mirror, Stairs, Bed (show period 4)


  • TAPPED 13 (show period 3)
  • BOOK CLUB (show period 3)
  • IMPRINT (show period 3)
  • 13th ANNUAL MANIFEST PRIZE (show period 3)


About the Manifest Jury Process

The Manifest jury process is conducted by a rotating peer group panel of volunteers who are artists, arts professionals, Manifest alumni, and previous award recipients 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 and operated by artists for artists, now in its 18th season. Since its launch in 2004 Manifest's exhibits and publications have featured over 8,000 works by more than 3,500 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 19 poster is linked for download at left. It includes all Manifest artist opportunities for the coming season through August 2023.

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 and would like one or more, 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.

Please also consider sharing the link to our poster by email and social media. Manifest is an organization by artists, for artists. We can only do what we do by virtue of good word of mouth.

  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 19th season is 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 Manifest's mission for the visual arts.

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