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Face First: An International Call for Entries

International Deadline: September 26, 2014 - Highly regarded Manifest Creative Research Gallery announces the "Face First", an international call for entries exploring the human face.

We consciously and unconsciously categorize identity based on the human face. It is, for most people, their social thumbprint and emotional signpost. Inevitably the face is the ‘I’ in first person statements. As we stated four years ago when we last approached this theme, technology exacerbates people’s retreat into the upper limb of their body, encouraging portraiture on a mass scale in the form of social networks such as Facebook and Instagram with their flood of 'selfies'. Facial recognition tools which help sort photos of friends and family based on images of their face, and video conference calling also put the focus on the front of the human head. The center of our humanity has coalesced into the mind, behind the face. When we think of each other, we (usually) start with the face first.

With this in mind we offer this call to artists for works that address the human face in some way. While portraiture is certainly welcome, this is not intended to be an exhibit exclusively about that genre nor include works featuring only the face. All manner of interpretations, explorations, and machinations involving the human face are welcome.

Artists are encouraged to take a broadly creative view of the theme. Our multi-member juries enjoy surprise, creative solutions, and most of all exceptionally well put together visual art.

Face First' is a competitive international exhibition of works exploring the theme of the human face. Works selected will represent some point of view, image, or idea about the face, whether real or imagined.

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, abstract, or experimental. The only criteria beyond excellent quality (image/presentation) is that works must qualify as being clearly related to or about the human face.

Face First' is open to everyone. The only limitation beyond the general theme is that entries must represent original works which qualify in some considerable way as exploring the theme of the human face.

Open to any and all traditional and non-traditional visual arts media.

Manifest's carefully assembled juries change from project to project, and as a body have no collective predisposition towards any particular kind or style of art.

Manifest's selection process involves a complex two-part system. This exhibit will be juried by an anonymous several-member panel of professional and academic advisors with a broad range of expertise relative to art and design.

Manifest Press will produce a high quality hard-cover publication documenting this exhibition, artists, and works shown, along the other new season exhibitions. This continues Manifest's commitment to documentation and dissemination of our projects, and the expansion of physical exhibits into a broader geography and timeframe.

$36 for up to three entries submitted. $10 per each additional entry. Fees are non-refundable. Number of entries is unlimited.

Visit Manifest Gallery for complete info, project calendar, and to enter online.


  • September 26 Deadline for entry
  • October 13-18 Notifications sent by e-mail sometime this week**
  • October 20 Hi-res images needed for publication and PR (ASAP)
  • November 1 Artwork due to Manifest by this date
  • November 7 Opening reception
  • December 5 Final Day of Exhibition
  • December 6-13 Pick-up hand-delivered work
  • December 10 Schedule shipped artwork for pickup (arranged by artist)

Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization located in East Walnut Hills in Cincinnati, Ohio. We serve as a venue for the display and experience of insightful, thought provoking art and design, and functions as a hub for creative research and innovation at all levels of artistic endeavor.

Manifest Gallery is locate at 2727 Woodburn Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio; and Manifest's Drawing Center is located 4905 Whetsel Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio - gallery hours: T-F 2-7pm, Sat.12-5pm.

Visit Manifest Gallery for complete info, project calendar, and to enter online.


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