International Drawing Annual 8

An International Juried Exhibition-in-print
$1000 in cash awards


(works of writing are still be juried)

Email notifications were sent to all entrants on Feb. 28th. Results are posted here.

ENTRY FORM [link] <<<<<<

view previous online resources

Competitive Annual Publication of Works of Contemporary Drawing
and/or Writing about Drawing

The award-winning International Drawing Annual is an extension of Manifest's Drawing Center activities. Its goal is to support the recognition, documentation, and publication of excellent, current, and relevant works of drawing from around the world.

A natural question will be "what is drawing?" and that is exactly one question the Annual is meant to investigate from year to year. Furthermore the goal is to ask "what is exceptional drawing?" Therefore submissions are expected to vary, including a range of drawing types, from the most academic to the most experimental, but all with some relevance to the artists' honest understanding of the practice of "drawing."

The International Drawing Annual is open to any artist submitting original works of art or design created within the past three years (2010 - 2012). Professionals and students in ALL disciplines are encouraged to submit. Manifest is eager to receive works of drawing in a wide range of applications (technical, graphic, fine art, design, architectural, digital, illustration, etc.) with the qualification being that artwork submitted is representative of high quality "drawing."

Note that artists who previously exhibited at Manifest or had work included in our publication projects ARE perfectly eligible to submit. Our juries are always conducted 'blind', and we do not disqualify folks who have success in past juries. However there is no advantage here either because our jury members are changed from project to project.

Media (artwork)
Open to any media applicable to the practice of drawing including but by no means limited to traditional drawing media. Printmaking, digital/new media, photography, sculpture, painting, installation, etc., are all possibly valid.


Essays and other drawing-related writings

With the inclusion of a call for writing about drawing Manifest eagerly pursues a deeper understanding of how drawing is realized, discussed, and interpreted in contemporary society. Works of writing will be selected to complement the artwork chosen for inclusion in the publication, (independent of any particular work of art). Text pieces are included at the start of the book, as an introduction to the 'exhibit in print'.

Written entries can be in any form (poetic, historical, technical, philosophical) but should be directly relevant to the practice of drawing and must be original works with proper citation for quoted material. Length of written entries should be limited to a max. of approximately 1500 words. INDA entrants may choose to submit either artwork, writing or both. In either case, written entries should not be mere artist statements, referring to specific works of their own drawing. Artist statements are requested separately after works are selected for the book.

Jury and Curator
Manifest's selection process involves a complex two-part system. This project will be juried by a 9-12 member panel of professional and academic advisors with a broad range of expertise. The jury will then pass along their scores to the project curator who will assemble the final selections from the jury-approved pool.

Each artist/author selected for inclusion in the INDA will receive one complimentary copy of the publication. The books produced for this ongoing project have increased in page count and print quality each year, with the most recent publication reaching over 180 pages in length. In 2011, the INDA 5 was awarded a national silver medal award from the Independent Publishers Association in their New York City ceremony. Manifest's books are distributed to bookstores across the country, including museum bookstores, and are available through Amazon.com as well as at Manifest Gallery and on the Manifest website. Arts patrons, artists, professors, and art students around the world collect our publications.

Online INDA Resource
An Internet-based online International Drawing Annual Resource website will be published to accompany the printed Annual. This will feature statements, bios, contact info., and professional information for each person included.

Entry Fee
Each work submitted (drawn or written) must be accompanied by a $10 non-refundable entry fee. Number of entries is unlimited. Entry fee must be paid by U.S. check or money order made payable to MANIFEST, or by credit card via PayPal. Detail images may be included at no additional cost but should only be provided when necessary to reveal accurate understanding of the artwork. Beyond this nominal fee, the requirements spelled out here, and providing print-quality digital images of selected works, there are NO hidden costs or obligations associated with participation, and NO obligation to purchase additional copies.

What is my fee used for?
Manifest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization operating by artists, for artists, with no reserve or endowment. All proceeds from entry fees fund project-related expenses, including design and printing of the publication.


How many works can or should I submit?
The average number of works submitted to typical Manifest calls is 3. Some artists like to submit several more, especially if they have a couple different bodies of work which they'd like our jury to consider, or if they have a suite of works that are interrelated. While we have absolutely no minimum number required (other than one), nor do we give an advantage to those who submit more, it is helpful to have a few options to select from. Our jury often gains insight into one work by seeing it in context with a few others by the same artist. And we do routinely accept pairs or sets of work by artists once they are determined to be a finalist. It is also worth noting that our book projects like the INDA, INPHA, and INPA are not limited by size of work nor gallery space, so we are able to more easily include, on average, more works by one artist if justified by our jury scores.

Awards and CASH PRIZES
First, Second, and Third Place awards for works of drawing will be decided by the jury committee. Each award winner will have a brief artist's statement included in the publication. There will be three cash prizes of $700, $200, and $100 for first, second, and third place winners.

Exhibit at Manifest Gallery
Artists selected for inclusion in the INDA 8 publication will also be considered for the Selections from the International Drawing Annual exhibit, scheduled for August/September 2013. This will be a small hand-picked 'highlights' exhibit at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati. Works are not required to be available for exhibit in order to be considered for the INDA project. Participation is by invitation.

Text Entries

Authors can choose to submit written entries in either Word or PDF format. Written entries must be submitted electronically via e-mail attachment and file names must follow the guidelines provided below for entry images.


In an effort to conserve resources Manifest accepts only digital images and entry forms for consideration. (see details below). The Gallery will retain the submitted images of accepted artwork and reserves the right to use the images in publications and gallery publicity. CD's of works not selected will only be returned if accompanied by a SASE.
(online entry form required and emailed images preferred over mailed CD)

Digital Format: Digital images can be submitted on CD or by e-mail (send to: show@manifestgallery.org). The email and online submission process is HIGHLY PREFERRED because it makes our process more efficient and saves postage and materials for the artists. Hi-Res, professional-quality images will be requested for accepted works upon conclusion of the jury process. If suitable images are not provided, the work will not be included in the publication.

To send via email: (send to: show@manifestgallery.org). The email should include the artist's full name as subject along with 'INTERNATIONAL DRAWING ANNUAL 8 submission' The images must meet the following specifications:

All entry files (regardless of type or media) must be named with artist's last name (underscore) first name, followed by the entry number as noted on the entry form (i.e. Jones_Mike_1.jpg). Please DO NOT include any other information in the file name, such as title of work, etc.

Detail, installation, or alternate view images must include the word 'detail' in the filename (i.e. Jones_Mike_1detail1.jpg). If you do NOT include the term DETAIL as part of the filename for any additional, extra, installation, or closeup images supporting your entry these will be counted as additional separate entries and our system will expect a corresponding fee for them.


Detail info should NOT be included on the entry form. The image files should be in HIGH QUALITY JPEG format, images should be no smaller than 1000 pixels in any direction (about 13”) and 72dpi. This should result in most image files ranging from 700kb to 2mb in file size (this is approximate).

Be ABSOLUTELY sure you are sending files at the correct size AND that your email app. does not automatically downsize the attached images when sending. Apple Mail, for example, provides a setting for resizing attachments in the new message composition window (lower right corner).

Images must be oriented properly (i.e. top of image is top of artwork) and should not include text info or borders that are not part of the actual work. Video work* should be sent with similar naming conventions in a quicktime compatible format file (preferably not DVD format for the jury process). If video work is selected, then print-quality still images will be required for the publication. *note that artists submitting time-based art (video, etc.) must realize that for the purpose of the publication only still imagery will be used to represent the project in print.

Please do NOT submit resume, c.v., bio, or other text info. The only text submitted beyond the entry form should be written entries, should you opt to include one or more. Written entries must be listed on the entry form.

If for any reason you submit your entry form more than once, only the most recent form will be retained in our system. All previous forms will be deleted. If you decide to submit additional work later, you’ll need to submit a new form containing ALL the works for the exhibit.


January 14

February 19

Early 2014

Deadline for entry EXTENDED!

Notifications sent by e-mail sometime this week**

Publication available and awards announced

** note that our notification emails are sometimes not received due to aggressive filtering by email servers on the recipient side. For this reason we also post the results of the jury on the exhibits page of the website soon after sending the notifications (usually within a few days). We encourage all entrants to white list (or allow) email from the manifestgallery.org domain to help ensure our communications arrive.


Entry Checklist

Completed entry form (online required)

U.S. check, money order, or credit card through PayPal (payable to Manifest)

Digital images or written entries formatted as directed (e-mailed is preferred)


If sending through the USPS, mail materials to:

Attn: International Drawing Annual 8
P.O. Box 6218
Cincinnati, OH 45206

e-mail show@manifestgallery.org with questions


PLEASE feel free to print, share, or forward this information. The success of the INDA will rely largely on word-of-mouth publicity.)





Manifest's 10th season is funded in part by an impact grant from ArtsWave, and by the Ohio Arts Council.

gallery hours:

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

closed Sun and Mon

Help us manifest!



gallery map
2727 woodburn avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45206

drawing center map
4905 whetsel avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45227



Copyright © 2013