Competitions Aquachrome: International Call for Contemporary Watercolor
International Deadline: July 31, 2017 – Manifest Creative Research Gallery’ announces an international competitive call for contemporary watercolor. Aquachrome is open to everyone. Professionals as well as students are encouraged to enter. The only limitation is that entries must represent original works which feature watercolor as their primary (but not necessarily exclusive) media.
Quite possibly the oldest form of painting, watercolor persists today, defying narrow categorization and broad stereotype. Practiced for centuries in concept development preliminary to ‘finished’ paintings made in oil or other scale-worthy durable media, watercolor also found favor with botanists, illustrators, and portraitists, and was applied to varied and countless surfaces.
Open to all traditional and non-traditional approaches to watercolor. Media such as inkwash and gouache that are used thinly or are otherwise applied or appear like watercolor are acceptable for this project, as are other media used in combination with watercolor as the primary media.
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, including this one.
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.
- July 31, 2017 – Deadline for receipt of entries
- August 21-28 – Notifications sent by email to all entrants sometime this week*
- September 2 – Hi-res images needed for season annual and PR (ASAP)
- September 23 – Artwork due to Manifest by this date
- September 28 – Special Preview Event & Season 14 launch!
- September 29 – Public Opening
- October 27 – Final Day of Exhibition
- October 28-Nov. 4- Pick-up hand-delivered work
- November 1 – 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.