Manifest opportunities

Art About the Between

Clay is molded to make a vessel, but the utility of the vessel lies in the space where there is nothing. Thus, taking advantage of what is, we recognize the utility of what is not.  – Laozi
This is not a call for works about outer space. Rather it is a call for works which explore the subtler concept of the distances or spaces between things, or spaces which things occupy. Examples include, but are by no means limited to NEGATIVE SPACE, EMPTY SPACE, DISTANCE, POSITIVE SPACE, DEPTH, PERSONAL SPACE, and so on.

People often take space for granted, neglecting to respect its importance in defining our world and understanding of reality. Our interest in how this theme is addressed by visual art is broad, and artists may interpret it widely when selecting works to submit. This call is an open question seeking an answer about how artists address space as a subject, or key aspect in the design and creation of their work.

This theme is very open to interpretation and to any and all visual arts media.

Submission deadline: January 4, 2017


Art About Location

Designed to complement its sister exhibition, SPACE, this exhibit seeks worksthat explore the concept of specific location, whether that be from a conceptual standpoint or a more literal interpretation or depiction.

We are open to very wide interpretation of this theme. Submitted works could include landscape, but may also be quite conceptual or metaphorical in their approach to the concept of place. The best results for this exhibit will involve a spectrum of diverse interpretations.

Submission deadline: January 7, 2017


DRAWN 2017
The Fourth Annual International Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing

Manifest was founded in-part to stand for the importance of drawing as a process, skill, and discipline, and as a continuing viable product of the creative fine art and design fields. Since its inception our organization has continued to incorporate drawing-based programming, including education (Drawing Center), publications (INDA), and gallery exhibits into the broader spectrum of its projects. The students and professors who formed Manifest in 2004 knew that despite their diverging career paths (architecture, art history, painting, industrial design, photography) they were brought together because of their connection to drawing and their mutually intense but multi-faceted pursuit of this fundamental discipline.

In honor of the original spirit of the founding ideals of Manifest, the gallery launched DRAWN as a new annual exhibition project marking the organization’s 10th season in 2014. DRAWN seeks to survey and present the broad scope of drawing being made today. This gallery exhibit is completely separate from the annual INDA publication project.

DRAWN calls for artists to submit works of drawing in any media relevant to the practice, any style, and any genre (fine art, illustration, design, conceptual, realism, etc.).

This exhibit has no predefined expectation for type or style of work to be considered or selected. Submissions can range from the most traditional to the most conceptual or experimental. The only criteria beyond excellent quality is that works must qualify as drawing, including that which tests the boundaries of the discipline.

Submission deadline: February 20, 2017



Critical, Philosophical, Creative, Narrative, Poetic, or Historical Works Related to the Practices of DRAWING, PAINTING, PHOTOGRAPHY, or the Subject of LIGHT

NOTE: Learn more about Manifest‘s publications here. All participating authors receive a complimentary copy of the finished book their work is featured in.

Written entries can be in any form (poetic, historical, technical, creative, narrative, philosophical) but should be directly relevant to one of the disciplines indicated (drawing, painting, photography/light).

Next Submission deadline: December 31, 2016 (drawing)
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Future exhibitions:
13th Annual MAGNITUDE SEVEN (small works)
April 3, 2017
(Blogger’s note: This is a great, long-standing tradition at Manifest, and the results are often astonishingly good. It isn’t easy being green, for a frog, but it isn’t any easier being really small, for a work of art–or elsewhere in life, for that matter, except possibly for viruses.)


In Memoriam
Works dealing with loss
April 3, 2017

 Works in a single color

June 14, 2017
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