9th Annual Exhibit of Paired Works by Artists and
their Current or Former Instructors*
Please Note - this is NOT a call for collaborative works.
TAPPED will feature works made by distinct individuals.
DEADLINE: September 30, 2018
The relationship between artists and their current or former instructors can be a powerful one. Even when this bond is left unstated, we carry our professors' voices forward in time as we mature as artists and people. We eventually realize that the instruction given by our teachers during our relatively brief careers as students continues to expand within us. We realize that the learning they inspired (or insisted upon) is a chain-reaction process that develops across our lifetime. All of us who have been students carry forward our teachers' legacy in one form or another. And those who are, or have been teachers, bear witness to the potency of studenthood.
Most working artists have been a student at some point in time. Most have reached where they are because of this.
Out of respect for this artist-teacher bond, and in honor of instructors working hard to help artists tap into a higher mind relative to art and life, we offer TAPPED every year, an annual exhibit that presents works of art by current or former artist/teacher pairs.
* It is important to note that this project is open to CURRENT or PAST professor/student pairs. The 'student' half of the pair may be a college freshman, a retired veteran, or at any stage in between. Likewise, the instructor half of the pair may be currently or no longer teaching. The sole criteria for the pairing is that the relationship between the two was a formal teacher/student one at some point in time.
(Yes, this project is also open to those whose teacher/student relationship is/was in the high school or other primary or secondary education level).
THE TAPPING PROCESS
Submission to this exhibit may be initiated by either party. Artists will seek out an instructor who has been a key teacher to them or whose work they particularly respect and 'tap' them to participate in this project submission.
Or instructors may 'tap' artists who are their current or former students to participate. Either way, the 'tapping' is intended as a form of honor and invitation. The type, style, media, etc. of the works by each member may be very different. However, it is highly advised that the pairs (or groups) of entrants discuss and consider their mutual entries prior to submission. This is especially important for current students. But please note that the works submitted by one artist are not required to be similar or even relate in theme, media, or style to the other artist.
Each member of the pair must submit an entry form, entry fee, and image(s) for their work and only their work. Each one must refer to the other(s) on their form in the appropriate place. Each may list multiple students or instructors as they wish, however there must be at least the same number of works submitted by the entrant as there are persons named in their form's 'companion' field. (For example, if you tap two people, then you must submit at least two works). If this explanation is unclear, view the entry form (link) and it should become clearer. (There have been times in previous exhibits where a person tapped both a former teacher and a current or former student, making a three-way connection. This is welcomed when applicable!)
We highly recommend that those wishing to enter discuss and plan their entry with their named exhibit companion(s) in advance. Each person named on the entry form as a companion will receive a copy of that form by email. It is very important to be sure email addresses are correct before submitting the form!
Even in its 9th year, this is still an unusual type of call for Manifest to undertake. The logistics of coordinating pairs of artists to submit independently of each other, while maintaining an integral association, are tricky. We welcome any inquiry for further clarification and will assist as we are able.
We are eager to share the energy and legacy of academic pursuit with our audience. Our society can gain from a deeper appreciation of what is done by and between artists and their teachers.
AFTER REVIEWING THE FULL PROSPECTUS BELOW, FIND THE REQUIRED ENTRY FORM HERE. <<<<
SUBMISSION AND EXHIBITION
TAPPED is open to everyone. The only limitation is that entries must represent original works of art or design and each entrant must name at least one current or former instructor or student as an exhibiting companion.
Open to all traditional and non-traditional genre and media (including sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, etc.)
$40 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.)
Any fee payment must reference your name, or we must be notified if another party is paying your fee.
What is my fee used for?
Manifest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and state-funded charitable organization operated by artists, for artists, with no reserve or endowment. All proceeds from entry fees fund project-related expenses. Not unlike paying a fee to enter a marathon race, this democratically enables our organization's projects to happen. For over a decade Manifest has earned an international reputation for producing quality exhibits, and benefitting the artists involved over time, on its meager budget. Our board of directors and small dedicated staff work hard to make involvement with Manifest projects well worth the effort and cost to do so. It is important to note that this jury fee is the only cost charged by Manifest for participation.
HOW MANY WORKS SHOULD I SUBMIT?
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.
JURY AND CURATOR
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.)
SUBMISSION OF IMAGES
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: firstname.lastname@example.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 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.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING VIDEO, MOTION, and INTERACTIVE, ENTRIES or DETAILS
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 (email@example.com)
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.
AGREEMENT TO PARTICIPATE
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.
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.
Exhibiting Artists will have the option of purchasing the MEA for the season in which their work is exhibited at half price. All artists also have the ability to become a supporting member of Manifest’s Annual Fund at the eligible level, which includes being recognized as a supporter within all print and public membership materials, which includes a free MEA for the season which is currently underway. Solo exhibitors receive one copy of the MEA for free.
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. The previous MEA books are currently in production, but by the end of this season (our 15th) our production timeframe is expected to be caught up. Our publication production timeframes can vary significantly due to the nature of our small nonprofit staff. But we always deliver quality work.
Visit Manifest Press to see past catalogs (the old style) and our award-winning INDA, INPA, and INPHA books.
Become a supporting member of Manifest here.
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. 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.
SALE OF ARTWORK
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.
September 30, 2018
Deadline for receipt of entries
Notifications sent by email to all entrants sometime this week
Hi-res images needed for season annual and PR
Artwork due to Manifest by this date
Special Preview (7-9pm)
Public 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: firstname.lastname@example.org). The email should include the artist's full name as subject along with 'TAPPED submission.' Please do not send links to Google Drive documents.
The online/email submission process is preferred. However, discs may be mailed to the following address:
Creative Research Gallery
P.O. Box 6218
Cincinnati, OH 45206
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free to print, share, or forward this information. The success of
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