ILLUSTRATED: Works that Explain, Clarify, Illuminate, or Communicate / Calls & Submissions

September 1, 2023

Organization Name: Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center

Organization Location: Cincinnati, OH

Type: Calls & Submissions

Fee: $40


The Cincinnati based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest, invites visual artists and designers to submit original works that depict, represent, explain, clarify, relate, illuminate, detail, or communicate.This may most certainly include works that are not ‘pure’ illustration, but which reflect on or reference the above ideas and the role of the visual in similar ways. Open to all traditional and non-traditional genre and media.

How much do you want to be understood?
Clarity of meaning is a question, rather than an essential quality of art. We can explore ideas while holding space for uncertainty and mystery, leaving some questions open-ended.
But when is there no room for ambiguity? Visual work is sometimes tasked with answering questions rather than raising them, with conveying information rather than emotion—think of technical manuals explaining which-part-goes-where, books full of images that work in union with text to tell a story (or tell a story without any text at all), advertisements where images are calibrated, targeted, to market products to you, courtroom drawings, maps, and so much more. Before the advent of photography, visual art and design were practically synonymous with ‘illustration’. Before the advent of movable type, visual illustration was the primary means of education and non-audible communication.
When communication is the goal, the artist looks beyond their own self expression or self-satisfaction, considering more carefully the audience and the message they are conveying—and when words, even direct words, result in confusion or delay, an image shows us the way.

ANNUAL CASH AWARD: The annual Manifest Grand Jury Prize will result in the awarding of one significant cash prize ($5000) to a single work selected as the ‘best of the entire season’.

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