ARTIFICIAL LIGHT: International Call / Calls & Submissions

August 29, 2020

Organization Name: Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center

Organization Location: Cincinnati, OH

Type: Calls & Submissions

Fee: $40 for up to FOUR entries submitted. $5 per each additional entry.


The Cincinnati based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest, invites visual artists to submit works of art that depict, reveal, or use artificial light. 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 of any media.

With the invention of artificial light, everyday life, even humanity itself, was changed forever. So were a lot of things, including the art we make. Quality of life was impacted in both positive and negative ways. Beginning roughly 100 years ago people in populated areas had embraced the new ‘marvel’ that was electricity and electric light. Benjamin Franklin’s and others’ discovery of electricity, and Thomas Edison’s, JP Morgan’s, and Nicola Tesla’s practical implementation of it eventually led to a cascade effect that brings us to today. While electricity powers much of society, it is specifically artificial light that has become the primary vehicle of nearly all our communications. It has extended our work days, and formed the avatars of our virtual existences. We have become light-based beings…

How do artists of today incorporate the use of artificial light in their process? How does artificial light serve as a subject in visual art? Does the synthetic nature of such illumination impact the content of artists’ work? We invite artists around the world to answer these questions and more, all centered on the subject of Artificial Light.

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