IN SEARCH OF BLUE: Works About the Color Blue / Calls & Submissions

November 27, 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 works of art that in some way address the color blue. Open to all traditional and non-traditional genre and media.

It is easy to fall in love with a color. Studying color and understanding its facility requires devotion. Attention and generosity must be paid to making it, to directing the feelings it elicits, to anticipating and discovering its harmonies or discordances with other colors.

Blue, the shortest and most energetic wavelength on the visible color spectrum, holds powerful sway over us. It is attractive, it is calming, but it also holds depths bordering on the sublime. The sky changes, but eternally returns to blue—maybe that lends to the pigment the sky’s immense gravity.

Finding the right blue is a quest—the blue that has the depth of the ocean, that shocks like glacial ice, that reminds us of heaven. Using blue is also a search for blue, for the eternal, for the vast. Blue is a wide and boundless color, one we can get easily get lost in.

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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