CHARACTERIZED-An International Competitive Exhibit of Art Involving Invented Characters
Deadline: November 20, 2017
Whether it be ancient mythology, or modern film and all points between, people clearly need characters. Maybe they’re a relief from the all-too-real ones dominating life, or maybe they represent an ideal outside of current circumstances to which we can aspire. Perhaps they are a cautionary tale. Whatever the case, invented characters populate our culture, and have evolved with it over time, representing a subtle and potent symbiosis of the real with the imagined. Manifest wonders how this shows up in visual art (and design) of today. With this call we hope to assemble an exhibit that answers this question, and celebrates those who live among us for who and what they really are.
This exhibit has no predefined expectation for type or style of work to be considered or selected. Submissions can range from the most traditional to the most conceptual or experimental in any visual art medium. The only criteria beyond excellent quality is that works must address the theme of invented characters. Works of concept design, illustration, and other forms of visual art are perfectly acceptable alongside works of fine art.
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About Manifest Gallery
Manifest is much more than a gallery. Our organization is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit founded on Woodburn Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2004 by professors and students from area universities seeking to make a positive community impact. Manifest continues to be operated by professors, students, and working artists to this day. Our programming is divided into four balanced quadrants: Gallery (exhibitions), Press (publications), Artist Residency (support), and Drawing Center (education). The first three programs are housed on Woodburn Avenue. The Drawing Center Studio, located in the community of Madisonville seven miles along Madison Road, houses the fourth. Manifest’s operations are funded by a mix of artist-supported revenue, state funding from the Ohio Arts Council, regional funding from ArtsWave, grants from local and national foundations, a supporting annual membership, and donations from individuals like you. Furthermore, sales of our publications help fund Manifest’s educational work.
Manifest’s mission is to stand for quality in the visual arts, as well as the importance of creative research, meaningful and accessible art-based experiences for the public, deep learning outside academia, and the rigorous documentation of exceptional art for posterity.
The organization seeks to engage students, professionals, and the public from around the world through accessible world-class exhibits, studio programs, and publications centered on the broader visual arts.
Manifest Gallery serves as a venue for the display and experience of insightful, thought provoking art and design, and functions as a hub for creative research and innovation at all levels of artistic endeavor.
Manifest Drawing Center promotes and explores drawing, photography, and related activities as rich and culturally significant art forms through the pursuit of educational hands-on activities.
Manifest Press documents the organization’s activities through carefully designed publications and has the goal to make the organization’s projects accessible for public availability everywhere, including outside its own geographical radius.
The Manifest Artist Residency supports artists in making art and engaging the general public by providing an optimal working space and dynamic environment for meaningful growth.