STAIRS: Works About Stairs / Calls & Submissions

October 15, 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 in someway incorporate stairs. Open to any and all traditional and non-traditional visual arts 2d, 3d, or 4d media, genre, and subject.

Stairs are a transitory space in a home, dividing it into distinct spheres; downstairs for company, upstairs for family. Further up, maybe, into an uninsulated attic. Further down into the cold of a cellar.

Or, they are the thing (or place?) that guides you from outside to inside, up to your hallway, your doorway, preparing you to enter your home. Or, to the beach or up the mountain, to the subway or classroom.

They can be grand, ornate, theatrical. They can be strategically hidden, in corners and behind doors.

How much time is spent on stairs? What kind of time is spent there? What does each step mean on the way up, or down? How many are there?

A stairway is intended to lead you somewhere—but what about when they become a barrier instead?

Stairs are not a room, but they are a space.

What inhabits a stairwell? What accumulates on them? What lives beneath?

STAIRS is a call for works about, featuring, or exploring such architectural space, and the ideas of moving upwards or downwards through spaces and places.

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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