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Twinkle: Works of Art About Sparkle and Enchantment
By Manifest Creative Research Gallery – Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

International Deadline: May 7, 2020 - Twinkle is a small word. A twinkle is light and small, brilliant and fleeting. Twinkles are distractions, attractive attention-traps that sit on the surface where they may seem like shallow decorations—until you remember that the faint twinkle of a star is in reality a massive hydrogen-fueled interstellar explosion seen palely at a distance of billions of miles..

A twinkle sits jewel-like on the white-hot rim of an eclipse, a flickering piece of potent color. The iridescent shimmer swirling on top of spilled gasoline tricks and confuses us, being both pretty and foul. A Twinkle can enchant us like a swarm of lightning-bugs in dark woods, or can overwhelm us in a flurry of sequins, a waterfall of glitter, or a radiant glow of neon and color. It flickers at the end of a fishhook in a muddy lake, attracting uncareful prey swimming into a fisher’s range. The prospect of a shiny, kitten-and-rainbow spiral-bound notebook can even make going back to school at the end of summer a tolerable fate. A twinkle is pretty. A twinkle is fun. A twinkle is dangerous. Manifest calls to artists to submit works about sparkle, enchantment, facade, flashiness, and about the seductive power of bright lights and color.

This exhibit has no defined expectation for type or style of work to be considered or selected. Submissions can range from the most traditional to the most conceptual, abstract, or experimental. Feel free to email us here if you have any questions about submitting work to this exhibit.

TWINKLE 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.

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’…  see more.

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 exhibiting artists.

$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.


  • May 7 – Deadline for receipt of entries
  • June 8 – Notifications sent by email to all entrants by the end of this day.
  • June 15 – Hi-res images needed for season annual and PR
  • July 3 – Artwork due to Manifest by this date
  • July 9 – Special Preview reception (7-9pm)
  • July 10 – Opening reception (6-9pm during Walk on Woodburn)
  • August 7 – Final Day of Exhibition
  • August 8-15 – Pick-up hand-delivered work
  • August 12 – 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

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