UNFINISHED / ACCIDENTS: An International Call / Calls & Submissions

June 12, 2020

Organization Name: Manifest Creative Research Gallery & Drawing Center

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 to submit works that represent the artists’ astute recognition of the quality of a work at once unfinished yet utterly alive with quality, as well as the artists’ acceptance and incorporation of brilliant accidents into ‘finished’ works. Submissions can range from the most traditional to the most conceptual, abstract, or experimental, including both 2d and 3d forms and media.

A splatter of paint, an accidental tear, spilled solvent, an inadvertent cut one inch too far on the miter saw—any number of random occurrences can ruin a work in progress… or, make it brilliant. Sometimes, despite the artist’s initial reaction, a resistance to the guiding hand of the muse, it takes a fit of cussing, a day in retreat, or a week’s respite before one returns to the studio find the accident transformed into a brilliant unintentional stroke of genius—unchanged yet utterly different. Often such serendipitous moments translate into full-blown discoveries and new directions in work, guiding artists into exciting uncharted waters. When this happens, either because the artist cultivated that flexibility early on, or adjusted to it on the fly, it is as if someone, or some thing else caused the work—as if genii of chance abide in various corners of the studio awaiting their moment to help.

Likewise, the decision of when a work is ‘finished’ is a common conundrum in the midst of the creative process. All too often an artist’s momentum and blind drive forward with an original plan carries them far past the point when a work is at its best, resulting in overworking the substance or overstating the content, leaving no cracks through which the viewer may access and appreciate the living nature of the work at hand.

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


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