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International Call for Art About Being In America [DEADLINE EXTENDED]

Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center   /   Deadline: 09/18/20

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The Cincinnati based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest, invites visual artists to submit works of art that in some way address the theme of Being in America. This exhibit has no defined expectation for type or style of work to be considered or selected. Submissions can range from the most traditional to the most conceptual, abstract, or experimental of any media.

Today the world (of humanity) has been largely unified by a varnish applied by the hand of an invisible virus. In contrast, personal experiences are more polarized than ever, both internationally and within the boundaries of many countries, including the United States of America. With this in mind, given the vise-like pressure now placed on all we do on a daily basis—decisions, calculated risks, eating, socializing, living life, choosing our representatives and leaders—what does it mean to be in a country that is, as John Adams reminds us, "a government of laws, not of men"? What sort of lens has been placed before our eyes, through which we now observe our circumstances, and this place called America, in a new light? How are artists documenting this today, in advance of the future editors of Art History?

With this we ask how artists record, through creative and thoughtful means, thoughts, feelings, and observations on what it means to be in America today, whether that is from the point of view of one living here now, of those who aspire to be here one day, or from those who observe at a distance. The theme is wide open to interpretation, and works need not be over-stated, nor political in nature. They may simply be works that comment or reflect on being in America today. Subtlety is most appreciated and welcome.


Manifest Gallery2727 Woodburn AvenueCincinnati, OH 45206


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


To view the full prospectus and entry form visit


The annual Manifest Grand Jury Prize will result in the awarding of one significant cash prize ($2500) to a single work selected as the 'best of the entire season'.

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Erin Corley

P: 513-861-3638

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