Competitions WHAT: An International Call for Works of Art About Specificity
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International Deadline: November 19, 2020 – The Cincinnati based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest, invites visual artists to submit works of art about specificity as it relates to the Five Themes of Who, What, Where, When, and Why.
Perhaps it is a question, or perhaps it is an answer to any number of related questions in a multi-part puzzle—expressing inquiry or determination about the identity, nature, or value of an object or matter. Whether pronoun, adverb, adjective, or determiner, What is ubiquitous in the English language, with its first known use being over 800 years ago. It continues to fluidly, almost invisibly, enable conversation, learning, and action.
For this exhibit we are interested in the term ‘WHAT’ when taken in context with the Five Themes of Who, Where, When, and Why. Perhaps it is a question, or perhaps it is an answer to any number of related questions in a multi-part puzzle—expressing inquiry or determination about the identity, nature, or value of an object or matter.
What is it?
What is needed, missing, or the matter?
What will you do?
This is what.
WHAT 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.
This exhibit has no defined expectation for type or style of work to be considered or selected. Submissions can range from the most traditional to the most conceptual, abstract, or experimental of any media. This theme is very much open to interpretation by each artist. The theme is offered as a playful opportunity to engage in what will ultimately result in a puzzle-like game across five exhibits in five galleries. You may consider the prompt as a question or as a statement, or both.
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.
JURY & CURATOR
Manifest’s selection process involves a complex two-part system. This exhibit will be juried by an anonymous several member volunteer panel of professional artists 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 design the exhibit 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 FOUR entries submitted. $5 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.
Artists may also consider submitting different works to one or more of the Five Themes exhibits. Find links to all five here.
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