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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 six to twelve 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.


In celebration of passing its fifth year anniversary marking Manifest's opening to the public, we will now be providing each exhibiting artist one free copy of their exhibit catalog (shows beginning in 2010 or later). Manifest is a rarity amongst galleries and museums around the world for designing and producing a high-quality full-color book for every exhibit produced. By making this change, Manifest continues to expand how it serves its mission and the artists who make it all meaningful.


Manifest is excited to announce the expansion of the Manifest Press project series with the launch of the International Painting Annual exhibit-in-print project. Submissions are now being accepted for this important new Manifest project. Learn more here.

Current and Upcoming Calls for Entry      (next season lineup of calls will be listed here in late summer)

1st International PAINTING Annual (INPA)
exhibit-in-print publication offering $1000 in prizes
Deadline To Submit: June 30, 2010

An international call for entries for works of PAINTING and/or writing about painting. This is a new annual book project building on the Manifest Press collection of publications. The INPA will be a sister project to the International Drawing Annual (INDA) and will be produced in exquisitely designed hard and softcover editions.


Entry Info

Master Pieces
Deadline To Submit: July 2, 2010

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


Entry Info




Proposals for Exhibits

All proposals not related to specific calls for entry:
(now accepting proposals for our 20010-2011 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 June/July of each year.

Fee for submission:


Requirements: 10 - 20 digital images or appropriate media; one page description of concept for exhibit, resume. 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 2009/2010 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, business, statistics, philosophy, sociology, etc.

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


Paid Positions

No positions currently open.


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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