Int’l Call for Solo, Group & Concept Exhibit Proposals: Manifest Gallery, closes June 1 annually

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Solo, Group and Concept Submissions
Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio

Deadline for Proposals: June 1 for each upcoming season. 

Seasons begin late September. Selections are made and season planned by end of July.

After reviewing the full prospectus below, find the required entry form here.

On average, one-third of Manifest’s exhibits are dedicated to solo exhibits. Solo exhibitors have included local, regional, and national artists from as far away as New York City, San Francisco, and Hong Kong. It is important to our non-profit operations that each of our seasons of free public exhibits consist of a balanced mix of solo and group thematic projects. The group shows provide diversity of approach, media, style, and geographic origin, while the solo exhibits provide a deeper insight into one artist’s vision.

Well over 200 artists exhibit and 3000 or more patrons visit the gallery each year; thousands of artists submit works to thematic projects produced at the gallery. Our exhibits are routinely reviewed in local and sometimes national news and art publications (including Sculpture Magazine, Drawing Magazine, and Art Papers among others). We believe this makes the spots in our schedule reserved for solo or proposed exhibits highly valuable.

Manifest is eager to receive proposals of various types and accepts these on an ongoing basis, reviewing them starting in early June in consideration for the upcoming season. No notifications are made until the final season schedule is decided (usually by the end of July). The organization is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit and as such operates on a very lean budget with the support of hard won grants as well as thoughtful individual donations and in-kind professional services. As such, all submissions to gallery calls and proposals for exhibits include nominal entry/application fees. These are either at or below the national norm for such fees, and we work very hard to maximize all our resources to make the benefits of submission to and participation in our exhibits more valuable than most gallery experiences. The fact that Manifest’s non-profit operations are supported in-part by entry fees does not mean that Manifest is a vanity gallery. With a mission to stand for quality in the visual arts, we set our own bar high and generally exceed the expectations of both the exhibiting artists and our patrons with what we do.

In season 10 Manifest expanded its exhibition space by 66%. The museum-quality gallery now comprises nearly 2000 square feet divided between five distinct exhibit spaces of varying proportions and sizes. Total gallery running wall length is approximately 270 feet with all walls being 11.5′ in height. All exhibit spaces are appropriately track-lit. The Main Gallery (the largest of the five) and North Gallery have street-facing windows nearly floor to ceiling providing excellent public exposure for the artwork 24/7. Exhibits are open to the public five days a week for a total of four weeks on view. Images from recent Manifest exhibits can be found in our Facebook albums here.

In general gallery assignments are decided by the curatorial staff when planning the season. Proposals may suggest a gallery, or indicate the need for a specific type of space. For example, our Central Gallery can be made completely dark even during daytime and is currently outfitted with permanent HD video projection capability. But exhibit size and location will be determined by the curatorial staff at the time of season planning. (Gallery floor plan can be downloaded here.)

Types of proposals:

– Solo exhibits

– Two person exhibits (while this is acceptable, it is strongly recommended that artists wishing to propose a two-person exhibit submit individual solo proposals, and request consideration of the two-person show as a curatorial option.)*

– Group shows

– Curatorial project (call for entries proposal by curator)

*NOTE that our curatorial process also considers the possible combination of solo proposals into small selective group shows when possible, and agreeable to the artists.

Eligibility: Anyone can submit a proposal. Artists should bear in mind the need for a consistent and very strong body of work when submitting.

Media/Genre, etc: Open to all traditional and non-traditional genre and media. Manifest sets out to survey, locate, exhibit, and document excellent quality amongst all types of art. Our record of showing a broad mix speaks for itself.

Jury and Curator: Manifest’s main selection process involves a complex two-part system. Most exhibits are juried by an anonymous 9-12 member panel of professional and academic advisors with a broad range of expertise. The jury then passes along their recommendations to the exhibit curator who will make the final selections from the jury-approved pool. Solo proposals are handled in a similar way. While artists may provide a specific goal for an exhibit, the final selection and layout of works will be determined by a Manifest curator in consultation with the artist.

Publication: Through nine seasons Manifest Press produced 74 full-color catalogs documenting the works selected for every exhibit presented in our galleries. Starting during Season 10 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. Each season’s book will be similar or larger in size to 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 can choose 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. Soloexhibitors will receive one copy for free regardless of membership status.

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

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

Become a supporting member at the ARTIST level here.

Delivery and Return of Work: Artists must cover the cost to transport the artwork to and from the gallery. All work selected 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 submitted images or suffers from poor presentation, will be disqualified. Please note that professional-level presentation is a must. Work may be hand delivered or shipped. Shipped works must be sent in an easily reusable container/packaging. Works will be returned in the same manner as delivered or via UPS/USPS. Exhibited 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.

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.

Submission Fee: Each proposal must be accompanied by a $50 non-refundable submission fee. Number of works is not limited. Fee must be paid by U.S. check or U.S. or International 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 proposal form.) Detail images may be included, but should only if necessary for understanding the nature or quality of the artwork.

How many works should I submit?
For proposals we request 12 images be sent for consideration. If the proposal is accepted, additional images may be requested or offered for consideration and further discussion. For group proposals or solo proposals requiring more or less work for some reason, we can accept a different number than the preferred 12 for consideration. While not absolutelynecessary, it is highly preferred for works submitted to be available for exhibit if selected, rather than simply offered as a representational sampling of potential future work for exhibit. Our selection committee strongly prefers to know and see what it will be exhibiting before making the commitment.

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 and Info: 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)

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