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Aquachrome: Biennial Exhibit of Contemporary Watercolor
By Manifest Creative Research Gallery
International Deadline: July 29, 2019 – The
Cincinnati based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest,
invites visual artists to submit works that utilize watercolor, gouache,
ink wash and other similar painting media as their primary (but not
Quite possibly the oldest form of painting, watercolor persists
today, defying narrow categorization and broad stereotype. Practiced for
centuries in concept development preliminary to ‘finished’ paintings
made in oil or other scale-worthy durable media, watercolor also found
favor with botanists, illustrators, and portraitists, and was applied to
varied and countless surfaces.
The nature of the media itself represents a delicate and dictatorial
transparency, fluidity, and a potential for expressive spontaneity. This
not only makes it an ideal vehicle for visual art, but also one of
training, intensity, philosophy, and play for any who practice it. Where
an artist can easily dominate other painting media, forcing a will
through viscous layers into a work of art like taming a wild horse, with
watercolor there is dialog, compromise, and undeniable forthrightness.
In this way the artist practicing watercolor works with a tiger in the
AQUACHROME is open to everyone. The only limitation is that entries must
represent original works which feature watercolor, gouache, ink wash,
or other similar painting media as their primary (but not exclusive)
Open to all traditional and non-traditional approaches to
watercolor. Media such as ink wash and gouache that are used thinly or
are otherwise applied or appear akin to watercolor are acceptable for
this project, as are other media used in combination with watercolor as
the primary media.
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.
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
$40 for up to four entries submitted. $5 per each additional entry. Fees are non-refundable. Number of entries is unlimited.
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. It is required that works are indicated as either “for
sale” or not for sale (NFS) on the submitted entry form. Manifest
Gallery will retain a commission of 30% of the sale price on all artwork
sold during the exhibition.
- July 29 – Deadline for receipt of entries
- August 19-26 – Notifications sent by email to all entrants by 8/26 end of day.
- September 2 – Hi-res images needed for publication and PR (ASAP)
- September 21 – Artwork due to Manifest by this date
- September 26 – Special Preview Event & Season 16 launch! (7-9pm)
- September 27 – Public Opening (6-9pm)
- October 25 – Final Day of Exhibition
- October 26-Nov. 2 – Pick-up hand-delivered work
- October 30 – 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.
2727 Woodburn Avenue
East Walnut Hills
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
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