17 Jul 2017

Competitions H2O: Call for Artworks Exploring Water

Manifest Creative Research GalleryCincinnati, Ohio, United States

Manifest Creative Research Gallery

Opportunity Description

International Deadline: September 1, 2017 – Manifest presents an open call to artists worldwide exploring the theme of water from aesthetic, creative, and intellectual standpoints. This theme is open to wide interpretation and expression.

Water is a transparent and nearly colorless chemical substance that is the main constituent of Earth’s streams, lakes, and oceans, and the fluids of most living organisms. Its chemical formula is H2O, meaning that its molecule contains one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms, that are connected by covalent bonds. Water strictly refers to the liquid state of that substance, that prevails at standard ambient temperature and pressure; but it often refers also to its solid state (ice) or its gaseous state (steam or water vapor). It also occurs in nature as snow, glaciers, ice packs and icebergs, clouds, fog, dew, aquifers, and atmospheric humidity. (Wikipedia)

71% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water. It is no coincidence then that 60% of the human body is also water. We spend our first nine formative months gestating in a water-filled sack before we’re born, and as many days or weeks as we can visiting the shorelines of bodies of water on vacations. Religious ceremonies treat water as a divine substance, and primitive mythologies assign it a correspondingly god-like character. Of all chemicals in the universe, right alongside breathable air, water is paramount to our existence. Whether or not we think of ourselves this way, we are water-based creatures. Yet ironically, as ubiquitous as it is, water quality and availability are becoming global concerns. Simultaneously solid water is melting, raising sea levels, and threatening the modern way of life for millions of people. We underestimate our connection to this simple assembly of hydrogen and oxygen. We owe our entire existence, future and past, to water.

Manifest is eager to survey and showcase how artists handle the theme of water from aesthetic, creative, and intellectual standpoints. This theme is open to wide interpretation and expression.

This exhibit has no predefined expectation for type or style of work to be considered or selected. Submissions can range from the most traditional to the most conceptual or experimental. The only criteria beyond excellent quality is that works must in some way relate to the theme of Water.

WATER is open to everyone. Professionals as well as students are encouraged to enter. The only limitation is that entries must represent original works which address the theme as described.

A new annual Manifest Grand Jury Prize will result in the awarding of one significant cash prize ($2500) to a single work selected as the ‘best of the entire season’. Winner will be determined by a final end-of-year jury from among a pool of all top-scoring works from each exhibit’s jury process across the current exhibition season. This process will apply to exhibits from the start of our 14th season on September 29, 2017, and applies to each exhibit through August, 2018, including this one.

Open to any and all traditional and non-traditional visual arts 2d and 3d media applicable to the theme.

Manifest’s selection process involves a complex two-part system. This exhibit will be juried by an anonymous 5-9 member panel of professional and academic advisors with a broad range of expertise relative to art and design. The jury will then pass along their recommendations to the exhibit curator who will make the final selections from the jury-approved pool.

Manifest Press will produce a high quality hard-cover publication documenting each entire season of exhibits, artists, and works shown. This continues Manifest’s commitment to long-term documentation and dissemination of our projects, and the expansion of physical exhibits into a broader geography and time frame, while also bringing all exhibits together under one cover each year to create a better product which will be more valuable to the public, teachers, libraries, and exhibiting artists.

$40 for up to three entries submitted. $10 per each additional entry.

Visit Manifest Gallery online to Apply. The online submission process is preferred. However, discs may be submitted (see details on Prospectus).

Artworks are not required to be for sale in order to be included in our exhibitions. Manifest Gallery will retain a commission of 30% of the sale price on all artwork sold during the exhibition.


  • September 1 Deadline for receipt of entries
  • October 2-9 Notifications sent by email to all entrants sometime this week
  • October 16 Hi-res images needed for catalog and PR
  • November 4 Artwork due to Manifest by this date
  • November 9 Special Preview Event & Season 14 launch!
  • November 10 Public Opening
  • December 8 Final Day of Exhibition
  • December 9-16 4 Pick-up hand-delivered work
  • December 13 Schedule shipped artwork for pickup (arranged by artist)

Visit Manifest Gallery online for complete details and to Apply.

Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization located in East Walnut Hills in Cincinnati, Ohio. We serve as a venue for the display and experience of insightful, thought provoking art and design, and functions as a hub for creative research and innovation at all levels of artistic endeavor.

Manifest Gallery
2727 Woodburn Avenue
East Walnut Hills
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206

Gallery hours: T-F 2-7pm, Sat.12-5pm.

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Opp Categories: + Open to One Medium and Photography Only. Opp Types: Competitions. Opp Tags: Deadlines 09 Sept thru Oct, Open to Artists Worldwide, Participant Reviewed Opps, and Special Opportunities. Income: Cash or Value Awards and Publication. Opportunity expires in 33 days.

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