WAXWORKS: Works Made of, Using, or About Wax / Calls & Submissions

November 6, 2023

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 of art that are made with, using, of, or about wax in all its forms. Open to encaustic painting, sculpture, lost-wax processes, or any other media involving or depicting wax.

Wax’s capacity to mimic the surface, sheen, and luminosity of living flesh lends its use to the uncanny. Its texture rests on the knife edge between attractive and repulsive; The surface is inviting, but touch it for too long and you will feel it soften under the low heat of your hands. That same softness, the ability to be warmed and shaped allows it to become a sketch material, a molding material, something easily shaped or carved.

Wax gives an idea form, and then it is sacrificed, lost, inside the very mold it shapes, burned out and flooded with liquid bronze, silver. An alchemic transformation. It is one of the oldest painting mediums, with its own quality of light, its distinctive smell.

Includes exhibitor honorarium of $50 for each exhibiting artist, and new Grand Jury Award of $1,000 for one jury-selected work from among the exhibits on view.


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