WOOD Exhibition / Calls & Submissions
The Cincinnati-based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest, invites visual artists to submit works which in some way address or reflect the theme of WOOD. Artists are encouraged to take a broadly creative view in interpreting the theme as it applies to their work. Works may be made of wood, made using wood in ways that are discernible in the finished work, or made about the subject of wood. Submissions can range from the most traditional realism to the most conceptual, abstract, or experimental work. This includes furniture, craftwork, fine art, sculpture, etc.
Wood has been used by people for thousands of years for fuel, as construction material, for making tools, weapons, furniture, and paper. But as a product of the Earth it has existed far longer than humanity, for roughly 400 million years. Like land-based coral, its layers accumulate year by year by virtue of a living and breathing process. These layers often become, either through intention or circumstance, an aesthetic aspect of wood’s afterlife as man-made objects. When visible this evidence of years spent living, breathing, and drinking adds compelling meaning to things made with wood. The craftsmanship of artists and other makers elevates this latent content from something hidden to a celebratory proclamation about living.