Deadline for Application!: April 9, 2015
Manifest Artist Residency Award
Notification of Selection: On or around May 1, 2015
Residency commences: By July 1, 2015 (for a one year period)
Artists are invited to submit complete applications to Manifest's Manifest Artist Residency program (MAR). Applications will be reviewed on a competitive basis. One or two artists will be selected as the recipient(s) of the MAR award which consists of the following:
- Free 24/7 use of a private studio consisting of (for one artist) approximately five hundred square feet of studio and display space (two north-lit rooms and a hallway) for a period of one year (including nominal utilities). In the event that two separate applicants are each awarded the residency,* each will receive one room, with some shared common space including hallway and restroom.
- Free Drawing League Membership at Manifest Drawing Center which provides access to approximately 400 hours of life drawing sessions through weekly Open Figure and semi-regular Drawing Marathon offerings.
- The artist will be given the consideration for teaching courses in our studio program, for pay, during the course of the residency. This will be contingent upon suitability and qualifications, as well as course enrollment, and will be determined by the Coordinator of the Drawing Center program.
- Regular public exposure of artwork and studio during Manifest exhibit receptions to over 2000 members of the public.
- The opportunity to submit to any and all of Manifest’s calls for entry for which the artist is eligible, with the entry fees waived for all submissions. Works submitted by the Resident Artist will still be juried through the blind jury process used for all Manifest projects.
- The participation in a MAR Showcase exhibit in the gallery near the conclusion of the Residency. This is contingent upon invitation by the Director and the availability of suitable work.
- The presentation of an artist talk to the public at or near the conclusion of the Residency.
* In 2012/13 one artist was awarded the Residency. In 2013/14 and 2014/15 two separate applicants received the award. Applicants have the option to indicate on the application form whether or not they wish to be considered for an exclusive Residency award, or are open to the dual award. It is our belief, based on experience, that having two residents activates the experience and the overall value of the program far more than just one. So it is our recommendation that applicants remain open to having a 'neighbor colleague'. In cases where there are two Residents, each will be provided their own private separate studio, but will share hallway access and restroom.
The program is open for application by any serious emerging or established artist, including recent graduates from college art programs. It will benefit Manifest's community by providing exposure to the often unseen working space and practices of artists, serving to eliminate some boundaries to contemporary artmaking which currently may divide the everyday public from the fine visual arts.
The ideal candidate for the award of the program may be working in any media or genre, but would also make reasonable use of the available life-drawing sessions even if this is ancillary activity to their primary work. Suitability for teaching will be considered, but will not be a primary factor in the selection process, and a teaching appointment is not guaranteed.
The residency studio is adjacent to Manifest Gallery, sharing a common hallway in the same building. The studio consists of two north-lit rooms on the first floor and a semi-private hallway usable for display. The residency space totals approximately 500 square feet.
The resident artist(s) will be selected by a committee comprised of internal staff, board members, and academic/professional advisors. Primary criteria for selection will include:
- Quality and consistency of sample work.
- Motivation and potential for the creation of excellent new work during residency.
- The degree to which the individual will benefit from the program.
- The ability of the artist to take full advantage of the opportunity and utilize the program resources to maximize its benefits.
Goals for the Manifest Artist Residency Program include:
- Provide an ideal space for the creation of new work.
- Greatly increase the likelihood of future success for the resident artist.
- Offer the opportunity to develop drawing or other art-making skills relative to the consistent availability of life drawing models, or to explore how life-drawing can relate to other art-making activities. (Applicants are NOT required to be figurative artists.)
- Create a supportive environment for development as a teaching artist, if appropriate.
- Place the artist in a vital and growing arts community in Cincinnati, with a location ideal for visiting and learning from other artists and arts organizations in the city.
- Expand how Manifest's programming impacts individual artists, our community, and artmaking in society.
- Establish a broad view into contemporary art by providing the public with insights into both art production (exhibits) and processes (studio) under one roof.
Basic conditions for the program:*
The Artist in Residence must remain in good standing, fully using the space and resources provided, and participating in the public component of the Award in order to remain in the program for the full duration. Presently the MAR is strictly a one-year program, without the option for shorter durations. Accepting the award constitutes a commitment to the full year. Manifest believes that a full-year immersion in the process, culture, and energy of the MAR is required in order for the program to make its intended positive impact on the artistic career path of each resident artist.
The public component includes opening the studio and hosting public guests during Manifest's nine exhibit receptions across the year, as well as the possible instruction of courses (for pay), artist talks, and documentary activities.
Manifest reserves the right to document the studio and works made during the residency, and to use images in program and organizational promotional material, including websites and publications.
The Residency space is not a dwelling, and includes no formal kitchen or bathing facilities. The artist must secure his or her own living arrangements, although Manifest will provide advice and as much informational assistance as possible in placing the artist in close proximity to the studio. (East Walnut Hills has many excellent options for apartments, some in historic homes, within walking distance to Manifest.)
The Residency space is provided as-is, unfurnished and unequipped. The artist may need to provide their own furniture or equipment needed to utilize the space.
At the conclusion of the residency, the artist must return the space to the same condition in which it was awarded to them (or better).
The MAR program currently involves no cash award or payment to the artist, other than for the potential pay for courses taught which would be on a separate contractual basis. The value of the award is estimated at approximately $10,000 per artist.
Manifest will not conduct the sale of the artist's work, unless it is included in a formal Manifest exhibit, or by separate agreement. The artist may sell their own work (and only their work), from the residency space on their own terms.
Periodic reviews will be conducted to ensure the integrity of the program.
* Submission of application indicates agreement to the terms spelled out in this prospectus. A more detailed formal agreement, further clarifying the terms, will be provided upon establishment of the award recipient.
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Well over 200 artists exhibit, and 3000 or more patrons visit the gallery each year. Thousands of artists submit works to thematic projects and our three major publications produced at the gallery. Our exhibits are routinely reviewed in local, and sometimes national news and art publications (including Sculpture Magazine, Drawing Magazine, and Art Papers among others). Our Drawing Center attracts and supports a healthy community of active creative participants, including regional professors, students, professional artists, and aspiring novices. We believe all of this makes involvement at Manifest, and in the MAR program, extremely valuable.
Manifest will accept applications for the MAR award on an ongoing basis, reviewing them starting in early April for the upcoming one-year term. Notifications will be made on or around May 1st, with the target start date for the residency being July 1st of each year.
The organization is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit and as such operates on a very lean budget, and with the support of hard won (and dwindling) grants, as well as thoughtful individual donations, and in-kind professional and volunteer services. As such, all submissions and applications to projects include modest entry/submission fees. These are either at or below the national norm for such fees, and we work very hard to maximize all our resources to make the benefits of submission to and participation in our exhibits more valuable than most gallery experiences. With a mission to stand for quality in the visual arts, we set our own bar high, and generally exceed the expectations of participating artists and our patrons.
Learn about the current and past MAR here.