14 Aug 2020

Competitions Hoard: Call for Works of Art By or About Collection

Manifest Creative Research GalleryCincinnati, Ohio, United States

Manifest Creative Research Gallery

Opportunity Description

International Deadline: September 28, 2020 – The Cincinnati based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest, invites visual artists to submit works that in some way address the theme of collection. Submissions can range from the most traditional to the most conceptual, abstract, or experimental of any media.

Collecting things has surely been a hallmark of humanity since our earliest days as a species. It is in part thanks to the remnants of things accumulated, cherished or otherwise, and then hoarded in caves, clay pots, sunken ships, dried wells, libraries, crypts, and more that we have been able to discern some thread of a history of humanity over time to this day. Even art as a phenomenon of civilization has been shaped by one form of collecting or another—museums, powerful people or institutions amassing value or expressing their taste, cultural movements reinforcing identities, and so on.

Some works of art are themselves representative of this process, one of accumulation, categorization, and hoarding in one form or another. How do artists use such cumulative processes to convey meaning, to create valuable experiences for the viewer, to express content or aesthetic moments beyond the raw material itself? For this exhibit Manifest invites artists to share works that in some way do this, and reveal the power of a dragon’s hoard.

HOARD is open to everyone. The only limitation is that entries must represent original works which address the broad theme described above. Submitting specific works shown previously in Manifest’s physical gallery exhibits is discouraged.

Open to any and all traditional and non-traditional visual arts media.

Manifest’s carefully assembled juries of professional and academic advisors change from project to project, and have no collective predisposition towards any particular kind or style of art.

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.

The 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… see more

$40 for up to FOUR entries submitted. $5 per each additional entry. Number of works is not limited.

Visit Manifest Gallery online to Apply.

All work, unless indicated as not for sale (NFS), will be available for sale during exhibit. Manifest Gallery will retain a commission of 30% on all artwork sold during the exhibition.


  • September 28, 2020 – Deadline to Submit
  • November 9 Notifications sent by email to all entrants by the end of this day. – ASAP, by Nov. 16
  • Hi-res images needed for season annual and PR – December 5
  • Artwork due to Manifest by this date – December 11
  • Opening preview (6-9pm). Likely a limited-attendance timed and ticketed event due to guidelines related to the pandemic – January 8
  • Final Day of Exhibition – January 9-16
  • Pick-up hand-delivered work – January 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

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Opp Categories: + Open to All Media. 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, Exhibition – Group, Publication, and Sales. Opportunity expires in 6 days.

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