Call for Submissions Arboreal: Call for Artwork About Trees
International Deadline: August 30, 2017 – If there is any natural form beyond the ocean that is more symbolic of nature as the origin of humanity, it is trees. Both are powerful beyond our reckoning in their own ways, and each provides an unappreciated resource, assumed, until most recently, to be infinite. Trees are the lungs of the Earth, and thereby an extension of the lungs of any breathing creature, including us.
How do artists interpret the role or form of the tree? What meaning is derived from a creative response to this force of nature? How are the fates of trees, forests, and mankind intertwined, and how is this expressed through art? How do tree-based materials, and therefore trees themselves, influence the artwork that they are used to make?
Manifest invites artists working in any media to share works that either directly or indirectly address the topic of trees or related aspects. The theme is open to wide interpretation, and works may explore various avenues of thought around the tree, its dependents, or its wood.
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 feature or address trees, or related ideas, concerns, or subjects, to fit within the overall theme of ARBOREAL. This does not mean, necessarily, ‘pictures of trees’, and can include a wide variety of perspectives centered on the subject, both direct and indirect.
ARBOREAL 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.
ANNUAL CASH AWARD
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.
Open to any and all traditional and non-traditional visual arts 2d and 3d media applicable to the theme.
Manifest’s carefully assembled juries change from project to project, and as a body have no collective predisposition towards any particular kind or style of art.
JURY & CURATOR
Manifest’s selection process involves a complex two-part system. This project will be juried by a 5-9 member panel of professional and academic volunteer advisors with a broad range of expertise.
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.
SALE OF ARTWORK
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.
- August 30 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 publication and PR (ASAP)
- 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 Pick-up hand-delivered work
- December 13 Schedule shipped artwork for pickup (arranged by artist)
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.
2727 Woodburn Avenue
East Walnut Hills
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
Gallery hours: T-F 2-7pm, Sat.12-5pm.