creative research gallery and drawing center
a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization


Calls for Entry Artist Residency  |  Internships  Paid Positions |  Download the Full Season Opportunities Poster 

All Manifest calls-for-entry are open to all artists, from students to professionals, unless otherwise noted.

Expanding support for exhibiting artists

Starting in fall 2023 and for Manifest's 20th season, each participating exhibitor will receive a $50 honorarium. The honorarium is a modest thank-you for collaborating with us as we chart our future. However, as an all-artist staff ourselves, we realize it may also be helpful as practical support for shipping, framing, delivery, or travel to attend the Manifest exhibit events.


All exhibitors during each of 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. To mark our transition into Manifest's 20th season as an arts organization by artists, for artists, we are making a change. 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. This expands our support from one to up to nine artists each year, and allocates 80% more funding to recognize the merits of exhibited works. 



Manifest is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit founded and operated by artists for artists, now heading into its 20th season. Since its launch in 2004 Manifest's exhibits and publications have featured nearly 10,000 works by 4,000 artists. Our organization has provided considerable support to working artists through all four aspects of its programming, and this continues to evolve every year. This is supported largely by individual donations small and large from across the country and beyond to our Annual Fund.

  Exhibition Calls   |  Season 20 - Gallery Exhibits running Sept. 2023 – August 2024
Show Period 3 (December 15 - January 12, 2024)

14th Annual Competitive Award
Final Entry Deadline: October 1, 2023

$5000 cash award + solo exhibit of the winning work

$1000 in additional awards

An international competition and exhibit recognizing and rewarding exceptional Quality, Creativity, Craftsmanship, Professionalism, Intellect, Skill, and Presentation—featuring the prize-winning jury selected work.



Show Period 4 (January 26 - February 23, 2024)

A Call for Works About Food
Deadline: October 13, 2023

FOODSTUFFS is a call to the artists of today for works that explore food, hunger, nourishment, and food-related rituals and cultural practices as subject, form, or content.


A Call for Works Made of, Using, or About Wax
Deadline: October 14, 2023

WAXWORKS is an exhibition of artworks made with, using, of, or about wax in all its forms. It is open to encaustic painting, sculpture, lost-wax processes, or any other media involving or depicting wax.


A Call for Works on, of, or About Paper
Deadline: October 15, 2023

PAPERWORKS is an exhibit of works on paper, of paper, and about paper in all of its uses.



Show Period 5 (March 8 - April 5, 2024)


A Call for Works About Food
Deadline: November 25, 2023

Calling for works for our special annual exhibit devoted to works by artists living and working in Ohio, Kentucky, & Indiana.
no media or thematic restrictions!






  • GRAND JURY AWARD for Season 18
  • GRAND JURY AWARD for Season 19
  • SELF


  • GRAND JURY AWARD for Season 17
  • SOLO PROPOSALS for season 20


About the Manifest Jury Process

The Manifest jury process is conducted by a rotating peer group panel of volunteers who are artists, arts professionals, Manifest alumni, and previous award recipients from around the country. Panel makeup changes from exhibit to exhibit in order to promote diversity in the types of work shown in the gallery. The process is always conducted as a blind jury where only the work in question is judged, not individuals.

About the Manifest Peer Jury and Curatorial Process

Manifest is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit founded and operated by artists for artists, now in its 18th season. Since its launch in 2004 Manifest's exhibits and publications have featured over 10,000 works by more than 3,500 artists. Our organization has provided considerable support to working artists through all four aspects of its programming, and this continues to evolve every year.


(Season 20 poster shown at left)

Each season Manifest sends an opportunities poster like this one to over 400 academic institutions across the U.S. Our new Season 20 poster is linked for download at left. It includes all Manifest artist opportunities for the season through August 2024.

This poster gets pinned on information boards, studio walls, art center info boards, and professors' office doors. It lists a full season of opportunities for professional, developing, academic, and student artists to participate in Manifest's peer-juried exhibits, publications, awards, and artist residency programs.

If you are an instructor or administrator at an academic institution with an art program, and do not usually see our posters at your institution and would like one or more, please email us at with your name, school mailing address, and the name of the institution you represent. We'll add you to our list if your school is not already on it.

Please also consider sharing the link to our poster by email and social media. Manifest is an organization by artists, for artists. We can only do what we do by virtue of good word of mouth and broad artist-involvement.

  Gallery Internships & Volunteer Opportunities for Community Service

Manifest is now seeking interns and volunteers for the current season and beyond.

Ideal applicants will be quality-minded, responsible, and outgoing individuals. Students in any field of study are qualified, however successful applicants should have a reasonable interest in the art and design fields, art history, business, statistics, philosophy, sociology, etc. Internships at Manifest provide valuable hands-on experience with the operations of a small non-profit organization functioning at a level equivalent to most commercial or university galleries and many museums. Our interns often use their tenure at Manifest as a springboard to graduate school or full-time employment at museums and organizations around the country.

Manifest will work with college programs to coordinate the awarding of college credit. Non-students are eligible to apply for volunteer internship positions as well.

  Paid Positions - Staff & Studio Instructors

Manifest is always looking for kindred creative spirits devoted to excellence in the visual arts for teaching opportunities in our educational studio curriculum. Our studios are a great landing spot for recent MFAs to hone their skill in the classroom for those who desire a future in education.




 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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