On average, one-third of Manifest's exhibits are dedicated to solo exhibits. Solo exhibitors have included local, regional, and national artists from as far away as New York City, San Francisco, Canada, and Hong Kong. It is important to our non-profit mission that each of our seasons of free public exhibits consist of a balanced mix of solo and group thematic projects. The group shows provide diversity of approach, media, style, and geographic origin, while the solo exhibits provide a deeper insight into an artist's vision.
Well over 250 artists exhibit (through group and solo shows combined) and over 4000 patrons visit the gallery each year; thousands of artists submit works to thematic projects produced at the gallery. Our exhibits are routinely reviewed in local and sometimes national news and art publications (including Sculpture Magazine, Drawing Magazine, and Art Papers among others). And while our focus is on providing a museum-like experience of visual art, patrons and collectors, including museums, watch Manifest and our publications for future acquisitions and exhibitors. We believe this makes the spots in our schedule reserved for solo or proposed exhibits highly valuable.
Manifest is eager to receive proposals of various types and accepts these on an ongoing basis, reviewing them starting in early June in consideration for the upcoming season. No notifications are made until the final season schedule is decided (usually by the end of July). The organization is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit and as such operates on a very lean budget with the support of hard won grants as well as thoughtful individual donations to our Annual Fund and in-kind professional services. As such, all submissions to gallery calls and proposals for exhibits include nominal entry/application fees. These are either at or below the national norm for such fees, and we work very hard to maximize all our resources to make the benefits of submission to and participation in our exhibits more valuable than most gallery experiences. The fact that Manifest's non-profit operations are supported in-part by entry fees does not mean that Manifest is a vanity gallery. With a mission to stand for quality in the visual arts, and to serve as a bridge between the community and the highest forms of visual expression, we set our own bar high and generally exceed the expectations of both the exhibiting artists and our patrons with what we do.
Cash Award Potential: The annual Manifest Grand Jury Prize will result in the awarding of one cash prize ($2500) to a single work selected as the 'best of the entire season'. The winner will be determined by a final end-of-year jury from among a pool of all top-scoring works from each exhibit's jury process across the exhibition season. Solo exhibitors will automatically have one work of their choosing (or Manifest's Director's choosing, should the artist wish it) from their exhibition included in the Grand Jury Prize pool. Details on the Manifest Grand Jury Prize can be found here.