This eighth installment of the Master Pieces project will continue to reveal the intensity and professionalism of students working towards their terminal academic degree in the field of art or design.
Often the most exceptional work comes out of these artists’ immersion in their culture of study and intellectual pursuit. Manifest’s goal, therefore, is to select and document works that in the truest sense of the word are contemporary masterpieces – works that set the standard of quality that the artist is expected to maintain throughout his or her professional career. The exhibit catalogs for Master Pieces, and now theManifest Exhibition Annual, will serve as a visual documentation of these artists’ own benchmarks for years to come.
For this incarnation of the project 148 artists representing 79 different academic graduate programs submitted 402 works for consideration by Manifest's rigorous jury process. Twenty-eight works by 21 artists from 15 states representing 20 different academic programs were selected for presentation in the gallery and catalog.