NO RETURN: Transient Temporary Works / Calls & Submissions

July 1, 2022

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 that explore temporary, one-way, and non-archival artwork—works that are not really ‘collectible’, that aren’t meant to last, maybe not even long enough to return to its maker at the end of the exhibition… or be handed down to a future generation.

How long is your artwork supposed to last?

Is it allowed to be temporary? Disposable?

Generally, art-making is synonymous with object-making, with the type of artwork describing the thing, rather than what it is about. You are a painter making paintings, a sculptor making sculptures, a photographer making photographs, etc. When you make a thing, you are taught to craft it not just for the sake of excellence, but for the sake of surviving the test of time.
There is a world within the world of art, though, that is unconcerned with long-term existence. Food is meant to be eaten quickly, and live music and dance are allowed to evaporate after the gesture of their making is completed. Can physical objects embrace that temporary nature?
What would you make if you didn’t have to consider the color-fastness of your paint, or the acid content of your ink or paper? If elements you bring together do not have to stay together, forever and ever?

What is contained within the brief life of an artwork?

Can’t it be enough to be something wonderful now, even if it may not be in 100 years?

Can we let it die and decompose?

Do you even need to include return shipping?
(It would be nice to not have to think about the future.)

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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