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  Annual Grand Jury Prize


Starting with our 13th season, Manifest launched a new annual cash award of $2500. The Annual Grand Jury Prize (MGJP) is a seasonal capstone recognition awarded to one work from among all those exhibited on-site at the gallery across the season. The winner is selected by the year's jurors in a final post-season process each year.

Special Announcement! Because Manifest was founded by artists for artists...
As of fall 2021 with the launch of our 18th season, in light of the struggles we have all faced during the covid-19 pandemic and in an effort to give back more in support and recognition of artists achieving excellence, we are doubling the amount of this annual prize to $5000.

Sept. 2016-Sept. 2017

  Sept. 2017-Sept. 2018

  Sept. 2018-Sept. 2019

Season 13

Season 14

Season 15

(Jason Ferguson of Grass Lake, Michigan)

(Dana Lynn Harper of Columbus, Ohio)

(Lisa Bryson of Jamul, California)

Sept. 2019-Sept. 2020

  Sept. 2020-Sept. 2021

  Sept. 2021-Sept. 2022

Season 16

Season 17

Season 18

(Jessica Teckemeyer of Stillwater, OK)

  All shows have been juried for season 17. Finalists will be announced here later this year, and the winner by early 2022.

  Compiling candidates each show. Submit work to open projects here.


DETAILS OF THE (as of season 18) $5,000 GRAND JURY PRIZE

  • Based on jury scores the highest scoring work from each exhibit of the season is added to the pool of candidates for the annual Grand Jury Prize. In some cases multiple works tie for the high score in some exhibits. Juries for the exhibits are conducted 'blind' without reference to the artist's personal info, location, or background. Jurors are volunteer experts in art and design from across the United States, including professors, working artists, curators, gallery directors, and others qualified and trusted to provide sound objective judgment of the works provided. Each jury usually consists of at least 5 jurors, and sometimes more than 10. Jury groups are shuffled and changed from exhibit to exhibit, so a pattern does not result. (Learn more about the Manifest jury process here.)
  • At least one work per exhibition will be included for consideration.
  • Multiple works which each received the same high score in their respective jury process will each be included in the Grand Jury Prize pool.
  • Candidates are determined by original exhibition jury scores alone, which consist of up to 12 or more jurors' scores.
  • Every exhibit across the season, excluding the Manifest Prize Winner*, will be eligible. (The Manifest Prize is a separate cash award process and solo exhibit.)
  • There is no need for artists to resubmit works. Consideration is automatic based on exhibition participation. Every artist's work submitted to an exhibit is a potentially candidate.
  • Candidacy will not be announced until sometime between early September and mid-October, at which point the works being considered will be shared publicly.
  • Solo exhibitors, or one-off curatorial projects, will have the exhibit's candidate work selected by the artist, the curator, Manifest's staff, or a combination based on consultation. Only one work may be included in consideration from each solo exhibition.
  • The winner of the Grand Jury Prize will be determined by an end-of-year jury from among the pool of top-scoring works from each exhibit across the completed exhibition season. This jury will likely be made up of all jurors from across the season, and could total as many as 20-30 individuals.
  • Upon finalization the winning work will be announced via the Manifest website, social media channels, and in a press release. The cash prize award of $5,000 will be conveyed shortly thereafter.


  • To heighten the reward for involvement in our nonprofit competitive exhibition jury process.
  • To make an even deeper impact on the career path of the winning artist.
  • To add value to having achieved high scores in the peer-based jury process, and to recognize this publicly as an award of distinction and merit.
  • Infuse enthusiasm and an investment in the whole of each Manifest season, and to celebrate the outcome of the suite of exhibitions.
  • To give back, and provide incentive for achievement and risk taking.

Manifest's nonprofit gallery exhibition schedule includes a range of exhibits across each season, running late September through mid-September every year. Each season includes an average of 30 different exhibits, ranging from solo shows, annual projects, and thematic group exhibitions unique to each season.

Manifest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit operated by a small team of volunteers and staff consisting of students, artists, and teachers. Our first goal has always been to ensure that Manifest's exhibition programming is meaningful to those who make it possible—the artists without whose works the Manifest exhibitions could not happen. Our efforts to publicize, document, showcase, and celebrate each exhibition form the basis of our commitment. Manifest's exhibitions have such a valued reputation that simply passing through the jury process and being included in a show is seen as an award in and of itself. However, we are always searching for new ways, within our limited means, to add value and underscore the importance of excellence in the visual arts—to make an impact on those who honor us with their involvement and trust, our creative colleagues around the world.

Submit to a Manifest project. Learn about them here.

  Season Funder:

Manifest's 18th season is funded in part by a grant from the Josephine S. Russell Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee. This season's programming is also supported by the generosity of tens of thousands of contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign, by a sustainability grant from the Ohio Arts Council, and through the generous direct contributions of individual supporters and private foundations who care deeply about the visual arts.

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