Saturday, January 14, 2012

Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center

Deadline: June 1, 2012 (ONLINE)

Call for Exhibit Proposals
Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center

Cincinnati, OH
SEASON 9 - 2012/2013

EXHIBIT PROPOSALS: Solo, Two-person, Group and Concept Submissions

Seasons begin late September. Selections are made and season planned by end of July.

One-third of Manifest's exhibits are dedicated to solo exhibits. Solo exhibitors have included local, regional, and national artists. It is important that each of our seasons of free public exhibits consist of a balanced mix of solo and group thematic projects. The group shows provide diversity of approach, media, style, and geographic origin, while the solo exhibits provide a deeper insight into one artist's vision.

Manifest is eager to receive proposals of various types. And accepts these on an ongoing basis, reviewing them starting in early June in consideration for the upcoming season. With a mission to stand for quality in the visual arts, we set our own bar high, and generally exceed the expectations of both the exhibiting artists and our patrons with what we do.

The museum-quality gallery currently comprises roughly 1000 square feet divided between three distinct exhibit spaces of varying proportions and sizes. Total gallery running wall length is 160 feet, with all walls being 11.5' in height. All exhibit spaces are appropriately track-lit. The Main Gallery (the largest of the three) has street-facing windows nearly floor to ceiling providing excellent public exposure for the artwork 24/7. Exhibits are open to the public five hours a day, five days a week for a total of four weeks on view.

Eligibility: Anyone can submit a proposal. Artists should bear in mind the need for a consistent and very strong body of work when submitting.

Media/Genre, etc: Open to all traditional and non-traditional genre and media. Manifest sets out to survey, locate, exhibit, and document excellent quality amongst all types of art. Our record of showing a broad mix speaks for itself. If it's good, we want to see it, and if possible show it.

Jury and Curator: Manifest's main selection process involves a complex two-part system. Most exhibits are juried by an anonymous 9-12 member panel of professional and academic advisors with a broad range of expertise. The jury then passes along their recommendations to the exhibit curator who will make the final selections from the jury-approved pool. Solo proposals are handled in a similar but smaller scale way. While artists may provide a specific goal for an exhibit, the final selection and layout of works will be determined by a Manifest curator in consultation with the artist.

Catalog: Manifest will produce a full-color catalog documenting the work selected for exhibit. Each exhibiting SOLO artist will receive five free copies of the catalog.

Insurance: Works will be insured while on gallery premises.

Submission Fee: Each proposal must be accompanied by a $30 non-refundable submission fee. Number of works is not limited.

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Contact Manifest via email with questions:

Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center
P.O. Box 6218
Cincinnati, OH 45206