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Season 20 (2023/24) Grand Jury Awards

The Grand Jury Awards consider works exhibited at Manifest from late
September 2023 through mid-September 2024



In celebration of Manifest's 20th Season we have dramatically increased the amount of financial support and awards provided to artists participating in our gallery program. This includes a cash honorarium provided to every exhibiting artist (in essence every artist who exhibits receieves an award), and a newly formatted Grand Jury Award process which increases the annual total by 80% and increases the nubmer of artists benefitting by 800%.

All exhibitors during each of our nine exhibition periods across the season are automatically eligible to be considered for this award. Since Manifest's 13th season the annual Grand Jury Award has recognized one exhibited work each year with a significant jury-determined cash prize, representing the 'best of the best' shown in Manifest's many exhibits that year. For season 20 the new Grand Jury Award format will result in the awarding of $1,000 to one work during each of our nine exhibition periods.


  • The works shown below represent the highest ranking artworks out of what will be an estimated 10,000 separate works submitted for consideration across all exhibits during our 20th season. (This excludes the Manifest Prize winner/exhibitor. The Manifest Prize is a separate cash award process and solo exhibit.)

  • To the degree it is possible, the Grand Jury Award will be re-juried by the same jurors who served for each exhibition period, excluding any who may have a conflict of interest. Most exhibition periods at Manifest include three or four exhibits. When the season is concluded this could result in as many as 30 individuals having re-scored the works shown below in an effort to determine each award winner. The detailed history, jury process, and rationale for the Grand Jury Award can be found here.
  • At least one work per eligible exhibition is included as a finalist in consideration for each of the nine awards. If more than one work per exhibit is included below, it is because the works received the same high score in the original jury process for that exhibit. Solo exhibitors are invited to select their preferred work from their exhibition for jury, or may defer to the Director's choice.

  • We have made this page available so the artists and the public are aware of the contenders, and to serve as a recognition of these artists' works for having received high scores from their respective juries, which given the intensity of the competition is an achievement worthy of distinction.

  • Thumbnails below may be clicked to see the full image. Images are provided in chronological order based on the date of exhibition.



Exhibition Period 1: September 29 - October 27, 2023

PAINTED BIENNIAL 2023 and AQUACHROME - (7) Top Ranking Works by Jury


Ed Ferszt
Kingston, Rhode Island

The Odyssey
Watercolor on Stretched Paper
56" x 56" x 2"

Exhibition: AQUACHROME


Sophie McVicar
Birmingham, Alabama

Sacred Senate of the Skies
watercolor and 23 karat gold leaf
40" x 26"

Exhibition: AQUACHROME



Scott Teplin
Brooklyn, New York

Garbage In Garbage Out
watercolor on paper, diptych
44" x 30" (each 22" x 30")

Exhibition: AQUACHROME


Edgar Cano-Lopez
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Mud Fantasy
oil on linen
51" x 51" x 1 1/4"

Exhibition: PAINTED




Mihee Nahm
Euless, Texas

Day Walk (Small)
oil on linen
12" x 16" x 1 1/4"

Exhibition: PAINTED


Sandy Rice
Canton, Michigan

acrylic paint on wood mosaic
22" x 17" x 1.75"

Exhibition: PAINTED


Gabriel Zea
Brooklyn, New York

A Callous Wind, Blowing in the New Direction of Time
oil on canvas
48" x 56"

Exhibition: PAINTED


Exhibition Period 2: November 10 - December 8, 2023

MOMENTUM, SELF, and KASEY RAMIREZ - (5) Top Ranking Works by Jury


Patti Jordan
Montclair, New Jersey

CELLS/SELVES (Zygote 009)
Ink, Charcoal, Graphite, Pencil, Mica Powders on Fabriano Paper
52 x 52 Inches

Exhibition: MOMENTUM


M. Lohrum
Tacoronte, Spain

Infinite Walk
Participative performative drawing. Moving Image
10 minutes 47 seconds duration




Kasey Ramirez
West Hartford, Connecticut

charcoal on gessoed paper
34.25 x 51.25”

Exhibition: HORIZON (SOLO)


Shannon Fody
Royal Oak, Michigan

Left Brain / Right Brain
5 x 5"

Exhibition: SELF




Marcella Hackbardt
Mount Vernon, Ohio

Dream Kitchen
archival pigment print
17.5 x 23"

Exhibition: SELF


This entire season of exhibitions will be documented, with every work shown in the gallery published in full color, in the monumental Manifest Exhibition Annual (MEAs20).

Support Manifest's nonprofit exhibition program and collect all exhibited works under one cover in book form by pre-ordering directly from Manifest at a discount here. (Pre-Order Price: $100 plus shipping.) See the season lineup here. Learn about the award-winning MEA series here.

Submit to a Manifest project. Learn about them here.

 Josephine S. Russell
Charitable Trust, PNC Bank Trustee

Manifest is supported by sustainability funding from the Ohio Arts Council, and through the generous direct contributions of individual supporters and private foundations who care deeply about Manifest's mission for the visual arts.

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