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Reduction: An International Call for Works of Art About Scaling Back
By Manifest Creative Research Gallery – Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

International Deadline: February 13, 2020 – The Cincinnati based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest, invites visual artists to submit works which in some way address or reflect the theme of REDUCTION.

All art is by one means or another ‘designed’. Contrary to the common assumption that art is a process of adding material up, assembling, growing a thing from raw materials, to design something effectively generally involves the under-appreciated skill of reduction—the cutting away of extraneous, unnecessary elements and material, the elimination of all that is not in the work’s best interest, even if this is simply a process of decision-making—in order to reach a single, conclusive whole. When this is done well it is considered to be an example of Unity, where all the parts add up to a well-functioning unit, something greater than just their sum, without anything unnecessary getting in the way or distracting from the content of the work.

Artists are encouraged to take a broadly creative view in interpreting the theme as it applies to their work. Works may reflect reduction as a part of the process of its making (carving or cutting away), or address the theme by the evident honing of the formal or conceptual aspects of the art work.

ELIGIBILITY & MEDIA
Reduction 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.

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

JURY & CURATOR
Manifest’s carefully assembled juries of professional and academic advisors change from project to project, and have no collective predisposition towards any particular kind or style of art.

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.

AWARDS & CASH PRIZES
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’. 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… see more

ENTRY FEE
$40 for up to four entries submitted. $5 per each additional entry. Fees are non-refundable. Number of entries is unlimited.

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

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

  • February 13, 2020 – Deadline for receipt of entries
  • March 16 – Notifications sent by email to all entrants by the end of this day.
  • March 23 – Hi-res images needed for season annual and PR
  • April 11 – Artwork due to Manifest by this date
  • April 16 – Special Preview, 7-9pm
  • April 17 – Public Opening Reception, 6-9pm
  • May 15 – Final Day of Exhibition
  • May 16-23 –  Pick-up hand-delivered work
  • May 20 – 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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