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Call for Entries for Works by
Artists Living in the State of Ohio

Deadline for Entry: January 11, 2016


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In 11 seasons Manifest's projects have included works by artists in 50 states and 40 countries. Beginning in its tenth season, Manifest launched an ongoing series of exhibits focusing on works by artists in its own three-state region. Last year we added projects that also focused on other definable regions outside our own. These Regional Showcases were offered to complement the ordinarily very wide geographical makeup of most Manifest exhibits with a closer look at what's being done here in our own backyard, as well as provide a platform from which we can examine the trends, qualities, and idiosyncrasies of contemporary art within specific geographical areas and compare them to our own.

For our 12th Season we are eager to survey and showcase works by artists living in Manifest's home state of Ohio.

This exhibit has no predefined expectation for type or style of work to be considered or selected. THIS IS AN OPEN CALL. Submissions can range from the most traditional to the most conceptual or experimental. The only criteria for entry is that works must qualify as works of visual art made by artists living in Ohio.

More about the Regional Showcase Series:
Manifest was founded, and continues to be operated by regional artists, so it is only fitting that, with more space in which to program, the organization offers the Regional Showcase series. We feel this is important for the artists and the public living within reasonable driving distance of the gallery. It will give each a chance to show and share, and to gain perspective on our region's creative wealth as it relates to the broader art world. In cases where projects feature other regions it will serve to inform our local artists about works made by their peers elsewhere, and promote those 'outside' regional artists to our regional arts patrons.

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This exhibit is open to everyone. Professionals as well as students are encouraged to enter. The only limitation is that entries must represent original works and be made by artists currently living in Ohio.

Open to all traditional and non-traditional media within the framework of the theme.

Manifest's carefully assembled juries change from project to project, and have no collective predisposition towards any particular kind or style of art. The jury's directive is to seek and score accordingly the best quality work possible.


$36 for up to three entries submitted. $10 per each additional entry. Fees are non-refundable. 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. (If paying by PayPal PLEASE use the paypal link provided on the page that follows the submission of the online entry form.)

The average number of works submitted to a typical Manifest project is 3. Some artists choose to submit 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.

If for any reason you submit the entry form (linked at the top and bottom of this page) 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.

Detail images should only be included if truly necessary for understanding the nature or quality of the artwork and these files must be named as instructed below.

Manifest's selection process involves a complex two-part system. This exhibit will be juried by an anonymous multi-member panel of volunteer professional and academic advisors with a broad range of expertise relative to art and design. The jury will then pass along their recommendations to the exhibit curator who will make the final selections from the jury-approved pool. (Read more about Manifest's jury process here.)

Manifest accepts only digital images/files for consideration. See specifications 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.

(emailed entries submission is highly preferred, online entry form is required)

Digital Format: Digital images can be submitted on CD or by e-mail (send to: 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 may not be included in the season publication.

Entry 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. The copy of your entry form sent by email will provide samples for file-naming.


Information for detail images 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 but this is only 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. When emailing images, it is preferred that you do not include messages in the body of the email, nor attach anything other than the entry images to the email (no resume, bio, receipts, signature image, or statement). Our system automatically files the attachments of each message without reading notes. If you wish to comment or ask a question you may send a follow up email with no attachments. Any essential information regarding the nature of entries should be included in the notes section for each work on the entry form.

VIDEO etc.?


Manifest requests that all video or interactive submissions, or video details illustrating an entry, be in the form of a link to a viewable online copy of each work AND a single representative jpeg image. The work should be shown online in its full length. It is understood that online versions of video files may be lower quality than those expected for exhibition in the gallery due to compression and Internet formatting.

Note that a jpeg still image should still be submitted to represent the entry in addition to the video material, and this file name should include the term 'video'. Please email us if you have any uncertainty about this (

Video links should be provided on the entry form for each work in the VIEWING LINK section, and should link directly to online or downloadable content that does NOT require a login, password or membership to view. These may be in the form of Youtube, Vimeo, Dropbox, or other similar links. Effort should be made to eliminate confusion or extraneous information that may interfere with the jury's viewing of the work. Any extraneous information, or material not considered to be 'the work' will inevitably detract from the jury score for that work.

Links to video entries must remain valid and active through the notification of jury results.

Submitting the entry form indicates that you agree with the conditions of entry and exhibit as outlined in this prospectus, that you are reserving spots in our jury, that you will send the entry fee, and that you agree to make your work available and will ship/deliver it to the gallery should it be selected for exhibit. DO NOT submit an entry form if you cannot follow through. Do not double-book your work, commit it to other conflicting exhibitions, or sell it without securing its availability for our exhibit, after submitting to this project.


Completed entry form (online submission is required)

Fee paid by check or credit card via PayPal (payable to Manifest)

Digital images formatted as directed (e-mailed is preferred), or linked video/interactive work referenced on the entry form.


Through nine seasons Manifest Press produced 74 full-color catalogs documenting the works selected for every exhibit presented in our galleries. Starting with season 10 (fall of 2013) we shifted to the design of one much larger high quality hard-cover publication documenting each entire season of exhibits, artists, and works shown. This continues Manifest's commitment to long-term documentation and dissemination of our projects, and the expansion of physical exhibits into a broader geography and time frame, while also bringing all exhibits together under one cover each year to create a better product which will be more valuable to the public, teachers, libraries, and exhibiting artists. The book is planned to be larger in size than our INDA, INPA, and INPHA publications, and will be designed, printed, and distributed with the same quality and attention to detail. This will not replace those media specific exhibits-in-print, rather it will complement them, and we think round out Manifest Press's publication suite nicely.

Each exhibiting artist who is a Manifest Supporting Member at the Artist Level* or above during the same season as their exhibit will have the option to receive one free copy of the season publication. Exhibiting artists who are not supporting members at the specified level during the season will be able to purchase their copy of the season publication at half price.

The publication will be designed and printed within the first quarter of the following season, and expected to ship by the following January. (Manifest's exhibit season runs September to September each year.

Visit Manifest Press to see past catalogs (the old style) and our award-winning INDA, INPA, and INPHA books.

Become a supporting member at the ARTIST level here.

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. Please note that professional-level presentation and craftsmanship is a must. 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 calendar below). Accepted work will remain on display for the duration of the exhibition. Works not claimed within 30 days of the end of the exhibit will become the property of Manifest. The artists are responsible for all shipping costs to and from the gallery.

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 or provided by the artist, disintegration/degradation due to the nature/quality of materials or craftsmanship, or incidental damage to works whose artist-directed presentation methods put them at risk.

All work, unless indicated as not for sale (NFS), will be available for sale during exhibit. Manifest Gallery will retain a commission of 30% of the sale price on all artwork sold during the exhibition. Artists set the sale price on the entry form. Works are not required to be for sale in order to be included in exhibitions.


January 11, 2016

February 1-6

February 8

February 27

March 4

April 1

April 2-9

April 6

Deadline for receipt of entries

Notifications sent by email to all entrants
sometime this week

Hi-res images needed for season annual and PR (ASAP)

Artwork due to Manifest by this date

Opening reception

Final Day of Exhibition

Pick-up hand-delivered work

Schedule shipped artwork for pickup (arranged by artist)


To send via email:
(send to: The email should include the artist's full name as subject along with 'REGIONAL (OHIO) submission.'

Please do not send links to Google Drive documents.
Please be sure to name your files correctly as per the above instructions, and that they are not downsized when attaching them to the email.


The online/email submission process is preferred. However, discs may be mailed to the following address:

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

e-mail with questions



PLEASE feel free to print, share, or forward this information. The success of this exhibit will rely largely on sharing.




Manifest's 12th season is funded in part by an impact grant from ArtsWave, and by the Ohio Arts Council.

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