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ARTIFICIAL LIGHT: International Call for Works Depicting, Revealing, or Using Artificial Light

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The non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest based in Cincinnati, is excited to invite visual artists to submit works of art that depict, reveal, or use artificial light. Submissions can range from the most traditional to the most conceptual, abstract, or experimental of any media. All forms of media, style, and type are accepted.


With the invention of artificial light, everyday life, even humanity itself, was changed forever. Artificial light changed many things, including the art we make. Our quality of life was impacted both positively and negatively. Beginning roughly 100 years ago, people in populated areas embraced the new 'marvel' that was electricity and electric light. Benjamin Franklin's and others' discovery of electricity, and Thomas Edison's, JP Morgan's, and Nicola Tesla's practical implementation of electricity eventually led to the cascade effect that brought us to today. While electricity powers much of society, it is specifically artificial light that has become the primary vehicle of nearly all our communications. It has extended our work days, and formed the avatars of our virtual existences. We have become light-based beings...

How is artificial light incorporated into the work of artists nowadays? How does artificial light serve as a subject in visual art? Does the synthetic nature of such illumination impact each artist's work? We invite artists around the world to answer these questions and more, all centered on the subject of Artificial Light.


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


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