WINDOW: Works About, Featuring, or Utilizing Windows and the Worlds They Connect / 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 windows. Open to any and all traditional and non-traditional visual arts 2d, 3d, or 4d media, genre, and subject.

Windows are, above all, a place for observation. The world preforms outside its fixed frame, and we watch it, hear it, and catch the pieces of it that pass through. Windows open your home to sunlight while keeping out the rain. They permit breezes to pass through and cool the air, bringing smells of trees and foods and car exhaust, sounds of people and ambulances and birds. Sometimes they let in the birds.

They are, however, more than a place for us to look out, more than a one-way lens. Here, seeing means potentially being seen. A public building anticipates this and creates a presentable facade in the form of displays, clean, organized lobbies and warm, inviting electrical light. Looking through a home’s window however is at best rude and at worst, predatory. It’s tempting, though, to glimpse how others live—a way to study without interacting, detached. To see something secret, or private, not arranged for your gaze. Windows let this gaze in, a gap in the secure barrier between inside and out, public and private. Windows are the negotiated risk we take to let the light in.

WINDOW is an international call for works featuring, using, or about windows, and the worlds they connect.

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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