Altarpieces / Calls & Submissions

July 28, 2024

Organization Name: Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center

Organization Location: Cincinnati, OH

Type: Calls & Submissions

Fee: $45


The Cincinnati based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest, invites visual artists and designers to submit original works that utilize purposeful arrangement, ritual, still life, altars, shrines, odes, eulogies, offerings, decorations, and dedications. Open to all traditional and non-traditional genre and media.

An altar is a place for worship, for ritual, for sacrifice. While functionally a table, an altar is holier in intent—the difference comes from dedication. Objects on an altar are carefully arranged and used for sacred purpose. An object placed on an altar becomes an icon.

The objects in a still life are similarly arranged, imbued with meaning by artistic intent. If a still life is an altarpiece, to what deity is it dedicated?

Through this call we ask at what point does such devotional practice, often quite personal, become art—generating special objects or images made for something, that are destined, dedicated to and for someone, some object of devotion, a conduit for a higher idea to be shared with a public audience? What do we enshrine through the making of art?

Submission fee covers up to three entries. $5 per each additional entry.

Includes exhibitor honorarium of $50 for each exhibiting artist, and new Grand Jury Award of $1,000 for one jury-selected work from among the exhibits on view.

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