Competitions METAL: An International Call for Works Made of/or About Metal
International Deadline: February 12, 2021 – The Cincinnati based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest, invites visual artists to submit works that are either representations of, feature prominently, or are made primarily of metal. Submissions can range from the most traditional to the most conceptual, abstract, or experimental of any media.
Historically magical, metal holds its place in human history alongside such formative catalysts of civilization as the taming of the dog and horse, agriculture, electricity, and even DNA. Considering that roughly 80% of the periodic table of elements falls within the category of metal, it’s no wonder it is, like water, so essential to our way of life today, and to life in general. Even one’s blood tastes of iron. But, as we know, not all metal is created or perceived equally. As it was reported recently an iron dagger belonging to the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen was crafted from a fallen meteorite (iron was more valued than gold in Egypt over 3,000 years ago!).
Metal is yet another generally ubiquitous category of materials, so pervasive as to be taken for granted on a daily basis. Manifest is interested in how artists elevate, observe, depict, and characterize metal in the art of today
METAL 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. Works must be clearly about, of, or feature metal as a key subject or material. (For example, works could be sculptures made of metal, or they could be paintings of metal subject matter, or they could be drawings or paintings on metal.
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’… see more.
JURY & CURATOR
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. Fees are non-refundable. Number of entries is unlimited.
Visit Manifest Gallery for more details and to Apply. Manifest accepts only digital images/files for consideration. Emailed entries submission is highly preferred, online entry form is required.
Artworks are not required to be for sale in order to be included in our exhibitions. It is required that works are indicated as either “for sale” or not for sale (NFS) on the submitted entry form. 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