It’s like ordering carry-out, with art. In 2005, Manifest Gallery issued its first juried international drawing annual—basically an exhibition in book form—and has since added painting and photography to the roster. The caveat: All work must have been created in the past three years. “It’s a moving view of art, an encyclopedia of what’s being made,” says director/curator Jason Franz. Only some 8 percent of submissions get into the book, because, he says, “competition breeds quality, and friction generates creativity. The odds are challenging, but that’s what makes it valuable.”
- MEDAL HEADS: Three of the annuals have been awarded independent Publisher’s international IPPY awards–competing against publications from the likes of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- COMING SOON: This fall, Manifest will add an exhibition annual to the collection, which will feature all the work shown in the gallery the previous season.
- TAKE COVER: Find the books at Manifest Gallery (2727 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills), on their website (manifestgallery.org), or at Weston Art Gallery (650 Walnut St., downtown).