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Dark: Call for Works About
Shadows, Nocturnes, Nightscapes, & Darkness

By Manifest Creative Research Gallery

International Deadline: September 11, 2019 – The Cincinnati based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest, invites visual artists to submit works which in some way address the theme of Dark.

We close our eyes to it, are born out of it. So much hides within it, and disappears—even us. Under our beds, in the deepest of woods, past the furthest reaches of the Universe, there lurks the dark. It is the unknown, the opposite of light—the impossible paradoxical weight reciprocal to the speed of light itself. Darkness saturates existence, gifting the insight brought by contrast. Therefore, perhaps, it somehow serves as a source for happiness and even light itself.

Artists are encouraged to take a broadly creative view of the theme. This includes any manner of interpretation, from literal to symbolic and philosophical.

ELIGIBILITY
DARK is open to everyone. The only limitation is that entries must represent original works which address the broad theme described above. Submitting works shown previously in Manifest’s physical gallery exhibits is discouraged.

MEDIA
Open to any and all traditional and non-traditional visual arts media, genre, subject matter, and content.

CASH AWARD
The 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’.

JURY & CURATOR
This exhibit will be juried by an anonymous several member volunteer panel of professional artists 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 design the exhibit 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 four entries submitted. $5 per each additional entry. Fees are non-refundable. Number of entries is unlimited.

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

DATES

  • September 11 – Deadline for receipt of entries
  • October 14 – Notifications sent by email to all entrants by end of day.
  • October 21 – Hi-res images needed for publication and PR (ASAP)
  • November 2 – Artwork due to Manifest by this date
  • November 7 – Special Preview Event (7-9pm)
  • November 8 – Public Opening (6-9pm)
  • December 6 – Final Day of Exhibition
  • December 7-14 – Pick-up hand-delivered work
  • December 11 – Schedule shipped artwork for pickup (arranged by artist)

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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