Perceptual: Work Made from Direct Observation / Calls & Submissions

October 2, 2021

Organization Name: Manifest Creative Research Gallery

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 and designers to submit works that primary the artist’s process of perceiving their subject. Submissions can range from the most traditional to the most conceptual, abstract, or experimental of any media addressing this theme.

In the early part of our lives as artist we learn that making art is somewhat less about the things that we make, and more about learning to see and wrestle with our comprehension of our subject. Early art instruction, particularly in drawing and painting, is often based on the idea that you should not respond what you think you see, but rather what you actually see.

This puzzle is the crux of our first lesson that there is a truth in the world we observe that we can train ourselves to pay better attention to, and that our effort to let go of our preconceptions, to catch that truth, not necessarily to record it but to make a gesture at it, to pin down a piece of it, is a thing that makes for great art.

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

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’.

Opportunity Website

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