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


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  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 dialogue 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 (coming soon for season 11)


  Current Calls for Entry   ( 2013-2014   |   Season 10 )

Deadline to Submit: August 27, 2013

Calling for Landscape in Contemporary Art
MANIFEST'S 10th Season All-Gallery Opening Exhibit!


Deadline to Submit: September 30, 2013

Calling for Contemporary Painting
Currently planned to debut Manifest's expanded galleries.


Deadline to Submit: October 2, 2013

Calling for works of Contemporary Watercolor


Professors and their current or former students
Deadline to Submit: November 4, 2013

An annual exhibit of works by professors and their students, showcasing the legacy of the academic process in art.


  REGIONAL Calls for Entry   ( 2013-2014   |   Season 10 )

By artists in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana
Deadline to Submit: November 8, 2013

The first in a new series of ongoing exhibits showcasing works by artists in Manifest's own (three state) back yard.


  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

  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 or university 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. Non-students are eligible to apply for volunteer internship positions as well.

  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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