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Resistance to Vision:
Searching, Sifting, Finding, Seeing

Lecture by Dana Saulnier,
Associate Professor, Miami University, Oxford

A drawing will be held for free copies of the exhibit catalog and other Manifest publications!

University of Cincinnati, College of DAAP, Rm 5401



Calls for Entry

All Manifest calls-for-entry are open to all artists, from students to professionals, unless otherwise noted.

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About the Manifest jury and curatorial process

Manifest's exhibit development process is two-part and very intense. The curator develops the exhibit theme which must be approved by the Manifest Board of Directors. Submissions are assembled by staff, and presented to a blind jury of four to six qualified advisors with an art/design background. The juries are a diverse mix of ages and backgrounds, including active professionals, professors, museum curators, and at least one student. The jury is directed to score based purely on their objective assessment of the quality of the work submitted, without regard to the exhibit space, theme, personal preferences, or logistical considerations. They are provided only the basic information for each work of art, including special notes if necessary to understand the submission. Other than the staff presentation the jury process is silent, with no debate.

The jury submits its scores back to staff who tally the results, and then provide the jury-approved works to the curator. Only the works scoring 50% or better are considered jury approved and given to the curator for consideration.

Usually there are far too many jury approved works to include in the exhibit. Therefore the curator is directed to assemble work from the approved pool. In this way, having undergone the filter of our jury, the exhibit returns to the person who proposed the concept, and develops thematic and spatial unity. The curatorial stage allows for subjective interpretation and judgment in order to fulfill the initial concept.

Emphasizing a two-part objective/subjective process and going to the extra effort to arrange for a variety of inputs into the process has contributed to Manifest's ongoing success at developing consistently strong exhibits with international participation and recognition.


Art and Design on Film

A series of film screenings seeking works on film from around the world.

Multiple Deadlines:
Deadline #1 for submissions - November 3, 2007

Trick of the Light: Contemporary Photography
Guest Curated by Dennis Kiel, Chief Curator, The Light Factory, Charlotte, North Carolina.

An international call for entries for works of contemporary photography and light-based imagery. Note: this is NOT limited to images that directly address light as content - but merely works created using light-based processes or media.

Deadline for submissions - November 7, 2007

Body of Work
The Human Form in Contemporary Art

An international call for entries for works in any medium or genre that investigate or incorporate the human form in some way.

Deadline for submissions - December 14, 2007

entry info coming soon


interNational Drawing Annual 2007
exhibit-in-print publication
(see past volumes)

An international call for entries for works of drawing and writing about drawing. A 'selections from' exhibit will also be presented in Manifest's Drawing Room Gallery in March of 2008.

Deadline for submissions - December 31, 2007

An International Exhibit of Wall-based Sculpture

An international call for entries for three-dimensional works that are wall or ceiling mounted.

Deadline for submissions - February 1, 2008

entry info coming soon

4th Annual
Rites of Passage

An international call for entries for works of art or design by senior undergraduates.

Deadline for submissions - March 7, 2008

entry info coming soon

4th Annual
Magnitude 7

An international call for entries for works no larger than 7" in any direction.

Deadline for submissions - April 25, 2008

entry info coming soon

2nd Annual
Master Pieces

An international call for entries for works of art or design by current MFA/MA students or 2008 MFA/MA graduates.

Deadline for submissions - June 6, 2008

entry info coming soon


Proposals for Exhibits

All proposals not related to specific calls for entry: (now accepting proposals for our 2008-2009 season)

Manifest's Exhibition Committee is eager to receive proposals for solo, group, and concept-based exhibits. Proposals are reviewed on an ongoing basis, with no deadline for entry or notification. Each exhibit season (Sept.- Aug.) is planned by May/June of each year.

Supported by: Access Arts' ArtDeadline.Com

Fee for submission:


Requirements: 10 - 20 slides, digital images, or appropriate media; one page description of concept for exhibit, resume or professional documentation as appropriate. Also include a SASE if return of materials is required.*

* You are encouraged to contact the exhibition committee with any questions you may have prior to sending a submission by sending an e-mail to:

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Gallery Internships

Manifest is now seeking interns for the 2007/2008 season.

Ideal applicants will be quality-minded, responsible, and outgoing individuals. Students in any field of study are qualified, however successful applicants should have a reasonable interest in the art and design fields, art history, philosophy, sociology, etc.

Manifest will work with college programs to coordinate the awarding of college credit.


Manifest's 14th season is funded in part by an impact grant
from ArtsWave, the Ohio Arts Council, and the generous contributions
of individual supporters who care deeply about the visual arts.

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(or by special appointment)

closed Sun and Mon

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