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Imaginarium: Art Involving Invented Places or Things
By Manifest Creative Research Gallery

International Deadline: November 22, 2017 – Manifest presents an open call to artists for “Imaginarium”, an international competitive exhibit of art involving invented places or things.

Imagination is the source of so much wonder. It is a virtual, yet natural, playground of the mind. As such it is an inseparable and fascinating aspect of life as a human. Unfocused, imagination can be a source of problems, spirals of decay, and self-destruction. However, like any tool, even mental ones, it can also be useful for health, growth, and general mental and emotional wellbeing. Along with its companion exhibit “Characterized” this show theme takes a slice of how imagination and invention show up in visual art, and seeks to examine it.

For IMAGINARIUM we are seeking submissions of works that primarily focus on invented places or things. This exhibit will complement Characterized which will focus primarily on invented characters. The relationship between the two exhibitions, we expect, will be quite interesting.

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 primary theme of invented places or things. Works of concept design, illustration, and other forms of visual art are perfectly acceptable alongside works of fine art.

IMAGINARIUM is open to everyone. The only limitation is that entries must represent original works which address the theme of invented places or things

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.

Open to any and all traditional and non-traditional visual arts media.

Manifest’s selection process involves a complex two-part system. This exhibit will be juried by an anonymous 5-9 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.

Manifest Press will produce a 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.

$40 for up to three entries submitted. $10 per each additional entry.

Visit Manifest Gallery online to Apply. The online submission process is preferred. However, discs may be submitted (see details on Prospectus).

Artworks are not required to be for sale in order to be included in our exhibitions. Manifest Gallery will retain a commission of 30% of the sale price on all artwork sold during the exhibition.


November 22 Deadline for receipt of entries
December 18-27 Notifications sent by email to all entrants sometime this week
January 8, 2018 Hi-res images needed for publication and PR (ASAP)
January 20 Artwork due to Manifest by this date
January 25 Special Preview Event
January 26 Public Opening
February 23 Final Day of Exhibition
Feb. 24 – March 3 Pick-up hand-delivered work
February 28 Schedule shipped artwork for pickup (arranged by artist)

Visit Manifest Gallery online for complete details and to Apply.

Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization located in East Walnut Hills in Cincinnati, Ohio. We serve 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 Gallery
2727 Woodburn Avenue
East Walnut Hills
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206

Gallery hours: T-F 2-7pm, Sat.12-5pm.

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