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Textuality: An International Exhibition
By Manifest Manifest Creative Research Gallery

International Deadline: June 13, 2018 – Manifest Manifest Creative Research Gallery announces a worldwide call for artists to enter our exhibit exploring works which incorporate text or letter forms.

Not long after humanity began drawing, drawings evolved into writing. Pictures became symbols, abstraction blossomed, and language became visual. Two branches, sharing one root, carried forward people’s ideas, feelings, and plans. The visual and the verbal arts shared the role of encapsulating civilization’s data. And they continue to do so today, in so many wondrous and varied ways. TEXTUALITY is an exhibit that inquires into the overlap of these two branches, seeking examples of where the verbal is made visual, where language returns into image.

Manifest prepares for the grand finalé of its 14th season with a project intended to feature and explore works which incorporate text or letter forms. These may be in ways that are quite straightforward, or which are abstract, fragmented, or in other ways surprising or significantly processed away from recognition. We are eager to see just how artists make work in any media or genre (painting, drawing, collage, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media, video, and non-traditional art, etc.) using text or letter forms as a significant element. Manifest last explored this theme in 2012, during our 8th season.

ELIGIBILITY
TEXTUALITY is open to everyone. The only limitation is that entries must represent original works which address the broad theme as defined by ‘text or letterforms’.

MEDIA
Open to any and all traditional and non-traditional visual arts media. Including potentially boundary-testing forms that may exist as both artistic and yet non-art.

CASH AWARD
The 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’… see more

JURY & CURATOR
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.

PUBLICATION
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.

ENTRY FEE
$40 for up to three entries submitted. $10 per each additional entry. Fees are non-refundable. Number of entries is unlimited.

ENTRY
Visit Manifest Gallery online to Apply. The online submission is required.

SALE OF ARTWORK
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.

CALENDAR

  • June 13, 2018 – Deadline for receipt of entries
  • July 9-16 – Notifications sent by email to all entrants sometime during this time frame.
  • July 23 – Hi-res images of selected work needed for season annual and PR (ASAP)
  • August 11 – Selected artwork due to Manifest by this date
  • August 16 – Special Preview Reception
  • August 17 – Opening reception
  • September 14 – Final Day of Exhibition
  • September 15-22 – Pick-up hand-delivered work
  • September 19 – Schedule shipped artwork for pickup (arranged by artist)

Visit Manifest Gallery online for complete details and to Apply.


About
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

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