4th Annual

An International
Competitive Juried Exhibit of Works by New Masters

A call for current graduate students
or 2009 MFA/MA graduates


Postmark Deadline for Entry:
June 5, 2009



Some say there is a glut of artists with MFA degrees in the world - that they are a dime a dozen. Unless academia is conferring this terminal fine art degree on anyone willing to pay the often staggering price for it, this devaluation of the degreed Master is indicative, we feel, of a systemic problem in society. The role of the master artist as cultural observer, intellectual mystic, and social healer is trivialized and misunderstood. Some suggest that an academic degree has no power to establish one's mastery of an art form - that only hard work and trial by fire in the 'real world' can do that. But these critics are, one might guess, those who either did not try, or could not survive the grueling critiques and endless all-nighters in the framework of the academic graduate process. Certainly, to say one is a Master is not to devalue other means of attaining excellence or status. But to have studied in the context of a university or college program, with rigourous requirements, and gained the terminal degree of Master surely warrants some merit. WIth this in mind this 3rd Annual Master Pieces will seek to present the best works by the best new Masters in 2009.

Eligibility: Master Pieces is open to current MFA/MA students or 2009 MFA/MA graduates. If in doubt of eligibility contact Manifest to inquire. All entries must represent original works of art or design.

Media/Genre: Open to all traditional and non-traditional genre and media, including but not limited to: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, installation, video, etc.

Catalog: Manifest will produce a full-color catalog documenting the work in Master Pieces. Exhibitors will receive a 50% discount on one copy of the catalog. For examples of past catalogs visit: www.manifestgallery.org/manifestpress

Delivery and Return of Work: All work accepted for the exhibition must arrive ready to install. Works not gallery-ready, or not exhibiting good craftsmanship, may be omitted from the exhibit. Accepted work that differs significantly from the entry images or suffers from poor presentation, will be disqualified. Work may be hand delivered or shipped. Shipped works must be sent in an easily reusable container/packaging with return shipping prepaid. Works will be returned in the same manner as delivered or via UPS/USPS. All work must arrive at Manifest by the specified date (see deadlines link). Accepted work will remain on display for the duration of the exhibition.

Insurance: Works will be insured while on gallery premises. Insurance covers theft, vandalism, damage caused by gallery patrons or staff (in accordance with insurance policy). PLEASE NOTE: Insurance does not cover damage caused during shipping due to any reason, including mishandling by carrier or failure of packaging to protect works in transit. Also not covered is damage caused to work by failure of the work itself, its mounting systems installed by the artist, or disintegration/degradation due to the nature/quality of materials or craftsmanship.

Entry Fee: Each work submitted must be accompanied by a $10 non-refundable entry fee. Number of entries is unlimited. Entry fee must be paid by check or money order made payable to MANIFEST, or by credit card via PayPal. (If paying by PayPal PLEASE use the paypal link provided on the page that follows the submission of the online entry form.) Detail images may be included at no additional cost.

Sale of Work: All work, unless indicated as not for sale (NFS), will be available for sale during exhibit. Manifest Gallery will retain a commission of 30% on all artwork sold during the exhibition. Images: Entrants can choose to submit artwork in either slide or digital format (see below). Manifest Gallery will retain the submitted images of accepted artwork and reserves the right to use the images in publications and gallery publicity. CD's and slides of works not selected will only be returned if accompanied by a SASE. (digital entries and online form submissions preferred)

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, print-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.

Submission images must meet the following specifications:

FILE NAME = artist's last name (underscore) first name, followed by the entry number as noted on the entry form
(i.e. Jones_Mike_1.jpg).

Detail, installation, or alternate view images must include the word 'detail' in the filename
(i.e. Jones_Mike_1detail1.jpg.).

Image files should be in HIGH QUALITY JPEG format, images should be no smaller than 1000 pixels in any direction (about 13") and 72dpi. Images must be oriented properly (i.e. top of image is top of artwork) and must not include artist's name, or other descriptive text within the image itself, nor contain borders, frames, or margins except as part of the actual work. Video work should be sent with simlar naming conventions in quicktime compatible format.

To send via EMAIL:
The email should include the artist's full name as subject along with 'INPA 1 submission.'

To send on CD/DVD:
Clearly label the disc with the artist's full name. File specifications for CD submission - (see e-mail specs. above)


June 30

August 16

Spring 2011

Deadline for entry

Notifications sent by e-mail

Publication available and awards announced

Entry Checklist:

Completed entry form (online required)

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

Digital images or written entires formatted as directed (e-mailed or mailed)


If sending through the USPS, mail materials to:

Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center
P.O. Box 6218
Cincinnati, OH 45206

e-mail info@manifestgallery.org with questions


(See printable full prospectus linked below - PLEASE feel free to print, share, or forward this information. The success of this exhibit will rely largely on word-of-mouth publicity.)





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