“Semblance” Works of Portraiture / Calls & Submissions
May 23, 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 original works of art that address portraiture. Submissions can range from the most traditional to the most conceptual, abstract, or experimental of any media addressing this theme.
As we stated three years ago when we last approached the theme of portraiture, technology exacerbates people’s retreat into the upper limb of their body, encouraging portraiture on a mass scale in the form of social networks such as Facebook and Instagram with their flood of selfies. Facial recognition tools which help sort photos of friends and family based on images of their face, and video conference calling also put the focus on the front of the human head, and puts a premium on visual identity. The center of our humanity has coalesced into the mind, behind the face. When we think of each other, we (usually) start with the face.
Recognition matters. Throughout art history the ability of the artist to not only capture a likeness but also the character and spirit, if you will, of the subject has defined whole careers.
ANNUAL CASH AWARD: The annual Manifest Grand Jury Prize will result in the awarding of one significant cash prize ($2500) to a single work selected as the ‘best of the entire season’.