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Manifest International DRAWING Annual, INDA

March 13, 2014


The International Drawing Annual is open to any artist submitting original works of art or design created within the past three years. Artists, designers, illustrators, professionals, and students in all disciplines are encouraged to submit. Manifest is eager to receive works of drawing in a wide range of applications (technical, graphic, fine art, design, architectural, digital, illustration, etc.) with the qualification being that artwork submitted is representative of high quality “drawing.”


The International Drawing Annual publication was conceived as an extension of Manifest’s Drawing Center mission to promote, feature, and explore drawing as a rich and culturally significant art form.

The goal of the INDA is to support the recognition, documentation, and publication of excellent, current, and relevant works of drawing from around the world.

A natural question will be “what is drawing?” and that is exactly one question the Annual is meant to investigate from year to year. Furthermore the goal is to ask “what is exceptional drawing?” Therefore submissions are expected to vary, including a range of drawing types, from the most academic to the most experimental, but all with some relevance to the artists’ honest understanding of the practice of “drawing.”

Open to any media applicable to the practice of drawing including but by no means limited to traditional drawing media. Printmaking, digital/new media, photography, sculpture, painting, installation, etc., are all possibly valid.

Essays and other drawing-related writings: With the inclusion of a call for writing about drawing Manifest eagerly pursues a deeper understanding of how drawing is realized, discussed, and interpreted in contemporary society. Works of writing will be selected to complement the artwork chosen for inclusion in the publication, (independent of any particular work of art). Text pieces are included at the start of the book, as an introduction to the ‘exhibit in print.’

Written entries can be in any form (poetic, historical, technical, philosophical) but should be directly relevant to the practice of drawing and must be original works with proper citation for quoted material. Length of written entries should be limited to a max. of approximately 1500 words. INDA entrants may choose to submit either artwork, writing or both. In either case, written entries should be mere artist statements, referring to specific works of their own drawing. Artist statements are requested separately after works are selected for the book.

Each artist/author selected for inclusion in the INDA will receive one complimentary copy of the publication.First, Second, and Third Place awards for works of drawing will be decided by the jury committee. Each award winner will have a brief artist’s statement included in the publication. There will be three cash prizes of $700, $200, and $100 for first, second, and third place winners.


Submission info for the next volume can be found under opportunities when it becomes available. Each INDA deadline is the end of each calendar year (December 31).


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