Int’l Call for Fresh Paint Biennial, Manifest Gallery, closes July 28

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An International Competitive Biennial Exhibit of Contemporary Painting

Deadline to Submit: Friday, July 28, 2017

FRESH PAINT BIENNIAL 2017 An International Competitive Biennial Exhibit of Contemporary Painting

An International Competitive Biennial Exhibit of Contemporary Painting

At some point many generations ago society reached a level where ordinary people could spend a lifetime perfecting their ability to mix and apply paint, in extraordinary ways. To launch its 12th season Manifest established FRESH PAINT as a permanent biennial project. It was first presented in fall 2013 to inaugurate our expanded gallery. FRESH PAINT 2017 will be the third biennial presentation of this international survey of contemporary painting.

FRESH PAINT joins Drawn as a recurring gallery exhibition designed to complement our annual INDA and INPA (drawing and painting) publications. Every two years it will launch our exhibition season by presenting a competitive group exhibition focused exclusively on painting.

FRESH PAINT is a gallery exhibit that calls for works of painting by artists around the world as they carry the tradition forward, or reform it for another day.

This exhibit has no predefined expectation for type, style, or media of work to be considered or selected. Submissions can range from the most traditional to the most conceptual, abstract, or experimental. The only criteria beyond excellent quality is that works must in some way represent an approach to painting.

FRESH PAINT is open to everyone. Professionals as well as students are encouraged to enter. The only limitation is that entries must represent original works of art that qualify in some way as ‘painting’. There is no size restriction, other than what can fit through our doors or hang on our walls. (Large paintings are most welcome, but remember, you’ll have to get them here if selected!) If in doubt about very large works fitting the gallery, contact us to inquire. There is no date restriction. We call for ‘recent’ painting, but realize that ‘recent’ can mean different things to different people at different stages in their careers. Bottom line, we’re looking for great painting of all kinds.

Open to all traditional and non-traditional genre and media. Not limited to pure ‘painting on canvas’. We are eager to see how far the boundaries of Contemporary Painting reach. Manifest’s carefully assembled juries change from project to project, and have no collective predisposition towards any particular kind or style of art.

A new annual Manifest Grand Jury Prize will result in the awarding of one significant cash prize ($2500) to a single work selected as the ‘best of the entire season’. Winner will be determined by a final end-of-year jury from among a pool of all top-scoring works from each exhibit’s jury process across the current exhibition season. This process will apply to exhibits from the start of our 14th season on September 29, 2017, and applies to each exhibit through August, 2018, including this one. Details on the Manifest Grand Jury Prize can be found here.

$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.

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.

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, presentation, or quality of the artwork and these files must be named as instructed below. Particularly complex or content-heavy works may include a file labeled as ‘detail’ which is a one-page verbal description providing relevant context or information (with no artist’s name included within the text itself—all materials must remain anonymous.)

Manifest’s selection process involves a complex two-part system. This exhibit will be juried by an anonymous several-member panel of 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.)


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