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Tuesday, August 25, 2015


$5,000 Cash Award + Solo Feature Exhibit of the ONE Prize-winning work
Deadline: October 1, 2015

We are very excited to announce that the annual Manifest Prize (ONE) award is increasing to $5,000 for this forthcoming 6th annual award. This underscores our non-profit organization's strong desire to reward, showcase, celebrate, and document the most exceptional artwork being made today, and to do this in a tasteful non-commercial public context. Further, the award is intended to incentivize the creation of excellent work and to make a significant impact on artists' careers. Manifest's mission is centered on championing the importance of quality in visual art. This project is one aspect of the realization of our mission.

With this Manifest is opening the project to a nearly year-round submission process, pausing only a couple months to process the jury through a large panel of volunteer jurors from around the U.S. and beyond, and then to select and present the prize winner at the gallery.

The entry process for the 6th annual Manifest Prize award (and ONE exhibit) is now open.

Entry fee total: $36 for up to three works, $10 each additional entry. Open to works of any media, any genre/style, any size... 

There are no restrictions on submissions to The Manifest Prize. Artists who have submitted to or been included in previous Manifest projects are always welcome to submit to any future project, including the Manifest Prize.

Works submitted must have been completed within the past five years (2010-2015 for the 6th Manifest Prize).

IMPORTANT! Works submitted MUST be available for the exhibition period of early December through mid-January in order to be eligible for the prize. Submission constitutes a formal agreement to provide the work for exhibit should it be selected.

Jury Process: Manifest's normal selection process involves a complex two-part system. This exhibit will be juried by an anonymous 7-15 member panel of professional and academic advisors with a broad range of expertise. Because of the nature of this project, works approved by the first jury will be passed through a second, and possibly a third jury round, with jurors being shuffled from round to round. The work receiving the highest average score will be awarded the prize. The five next highest scorers will be the runners up. Juror comments will be posted in the gallery and in the Manifest Exhibition Annual.

In addition to the cash prize and solo feature gallery exhibit at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, the prizewinner will have multiple pages devoted to their winning work in the season-documenting Manifest Exhibition Annual (MEA) hardcover publication, including artist's statement, bio, and jury statements. Five semi-finalists will have their selected works included in the MEA as well.
Submission deadline: October 1st of each year

Questions? email