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SUBURBAN: An International Call for Works Exploring Suburbia

Manifest Creative Research Gallery   /   Deadline: 11/13/21

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The Cincinnati based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest, invites visual artists and designers to submit works that explore Suburbia. This exhibit has no defined expectation for type, media, or style of work to be considered or selected.

The suburbs encircle and bloom out from a city. Think of it like a circulatory system where cars, buses, and trains flow into a heart along highways and bridges, then are pumped back out in the evenings, past grocery stores and strip-malls and finally through the snaking, branching streets, ending in cul-de-sacs. It is the classic habitat of the "American Dream"; its markers, its symbols, are specific—lawn mowers, garages, apartment complex pools maybe, streets named for trees, communities named for forests or orchards they may or may not have supplanted, frames for unfinished houses—even if their particular aesthetics have changed.

What attracts us to this very in-between space, where you have neighbors to wave at, kids to play with, a job to drive to, and clearly drawn property lines?

Is this American Dream of suburbia just a pretty package for divide and conquer—a new opiate for the masses—not just limited to "America"? Or is it the natural evolution of a much more complex and perhaps even beautiful organism we cannot fully perceive but for which we all play a critical role—the outer fringes of an outstretched body of humanity?


Cincinnati, OH


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


Open Internationally


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'.

Contact Information

Jason Franz
2727 Woodburn Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45206

P: (513) 861-3638

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