creative research gallery and drawing center
a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization


Awards  |  Calls for Entry Proposals  |  Internships  Paid Positions

  Calls for Entry

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

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 six to twelve qualified advisors with an art, design, art history, or otherwise relevant 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. The jurors deliberate privately and separately, with no debate or dialoge involved.

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 (that is 50% of the total possible points) are considered jury approved and given to the curator for consideration.

Usually, after this first stage, there still remain too many jury-approved works to include in the exhibit. Therefore the curator is directed to assemble the exhibit 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. However, it must be emphasized that the curatorial role at Manifest is more editorial in nature, not 'curatorial'. Most of the heavy lifting is done at the jury stage.

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.

Solo Exhibit Proposal Process Available HERE


  Current Calls for Entry   (2012-2013 Season)  

International Photography Annual 2 (INPHA)
exhibit-in-print (book) publication
$1000 in cash awards

Notifications were sent on June 4th to all entrants who provided valid email addresses.

An International call for entries for works of photography (lens-based art) and other photo-related works (and/or writing about photography or light)

Jury Concluded for Artwork
(Text Entries will be Final by late July)

Deadline To Submit: June 3, 2013

An Annual International Exhibit of Works of Art or Design by
Current or Recent MFA/MA Graduate Students

Jury Process Underway

International Painting Annual 4 (INPA)
exhibit-in-print (book) publication
$1000 in cash awards

Deadline To Submit: June 30, 2013

An International Call For Entries For Works of PAINTING and/or Writing About Painting.
The book will be produced in exquisitely designed hard and softcover editions and distributed to
collectors, artists, students, and libraries around the world.

Entry Info

N U D E  5
Deadline To Submit: July 8, 2013

An Annual International Exhibit Exploring the Uncovered Human Form in Current Art

Entry Info

  Proposals for Exhibits (Season 10: 2013/2014)

All proposals not related to specific calls for entry:

Manifest's Exhibition Committee is eager to receive proposals for solo, group, and concept-based exhibits. Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis, with a deadline of June 1st for proposals to be considered for the upcoming exhibit season. The exhibit season (Sept.- Aug.) is planned by June/July of each year, and notifications are made by the end of July once all planning is complete. A $30 submission fee is required.

Deadline To Submit: June 1, 2013
(for consideration in the 2013/2014 season)

Committee Process Underway

  Special Programs and Awards  

The Manifest Prize - O N E  4
Deadline To Submit: November 1, 2013

$1000 cash award + solo exhibit
An Annual international competitive annual competition and exhibit featuring one prize-winning
jury selected work.

Entries for The Manifest Prize will be accepted on an ongoing basis for an annual deadline of
November 1 each year.

Entry Info

Manifest Artist Residency (MAR) 2013/2014
a year-long studio residency to support creative research

Meet the 2012/2013 Artist in Residence here.

Deadline To Submit: Application process will be reopened for 2014/2015 in late 2013.

The program is open for application by any serious emerging or established artist, including recent graduates from college art programs. The award will include 24/7 use of a 500
sq. ft. north lit studio for one full year, exposure to Manifest's visiting public during gallery events, free access to Manifest Drawing Center life-drawing sessions, and more.

Selection Process Concluded

  Gallery Internships

Manifest is now seeking interns for the current season and beyond.

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, business, statistics, philosophy, sociology, etc. Internships at Manifest provide extremely valuable hands-on experience with the operations of a small non-profit organization functioning at a level equivalent to most commercial galleries, and many museums. Our interns often use their tenure at Manifest as a springboard to graduate school or full-time employment at museums and organizations around the country.

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

  Paid Positions

The position of Office Manager has been filled as of June 4, 2013


No Open Positions



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.

gallery hours:

tues-fri noon-7pm, sat noon-5pm
(or by special appointment)

closed Sun and Mon

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