21 Jul 2018

Competitions Plein Air: An International Call for Works Made Outdoors

Manifest Creative Research GalleryCincinnati, Ohio, United States

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Manifest Creative Research Gallery

Opportunity Description

International Deadline: August 31, 2018 – Manifest announces an international call for works made outdoors, ‘Plein Air’.

It may be only most recent history, due to convenience and the susceptibility of media to the elements, that finds art making happening primarily indoors—often, for some artists, in the same space year after year. Despite our modern comfort, the process of making art has a long lineage in the outdoors. At Manifest we wonder what the context of creation does to the content of the creation. Obviously plein air can be interpreted in a traditional way as ‘painting outdoors’, ostensibly painting the outdoors. But we are also interested in what else it could mean, in today’s world. What other processes and results may be occurring in current art that qualify as plein air, regardless of whether or not they appear related to the traditional images we might conjure from art history? And what does the process of making art outdoors do for the art itself?

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 two-dimensional or three-dimensional works. The only criteria is that works must somehow fulfill the theme of being made outdoors (but be exhibitable in our indoor gallery space) as primary subject, form, or content.

PLEIN AIR is open to everyone. The only limitation is that entries must represent original works which address the broad theme described above.

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

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

Manifest’s selection process involves a complex two-part system. This exhibit will be juried by an anonymous several 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. Fees are non-refundable. Number of entries is unlimited.

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


  • August 31, 2018 – Deadline for receipt of entries
  • October 1-8 – Notifications sent by email to all entrants sometime during this time frame.
  • October 15 – Hi-res images of selected work needed for season annual and PR (ASAP)
  • November 3 – Selected artwork due to Manifest
  • November 8 – Special Preview 7-9pm
  • November 9 – Opening reception 6-9pm
  • December 7 – Final Day of Exhibition
  • December 8-15 – Pick-up hand-delivered work
  • December 12 – Schedule shipped artwork for pickup

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 All Media. Opp Types: Competitions. Opp Tags: Deadlines 07 July thru Aug, Open to Artists Worldwide, Participant Reviewed Opps, and Special Opportunities. Income: Cash or Value Awards, Exhibition – Group, In-Kind Benefit, Publication, and Sales.

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