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Custom-A - Manolis Projects

J. Steven Manolis, Orbs, 2020
Acrylic on canvas 
47 x 102.5 inches

Manolis Projects Gallery, MIAMI: PASTEL PARADISE Exhibition (Thursday, March 16, 2023) application instructions.


Guest artists must apply by submitting their resume and three representative high-resolution images of their abstract paintings in any media. Deadline for application submission is Tuesday, February 14th.

Applicants selected will be notified the earlier of five days after submission or at latest by Friday, February 17th.

Accepted guest artists must be in attendance at the exhibition opening (Thursday, March 16th) and are welcome to invite family and friends. 

Applications must be submitted by emailing with the subject: PASTEL PARADISE APPLICANT.

There is no fee required to apply.


Each artist is invited to show one or two 40”H X 30”W works, either 1 1/2” or 1 3/8”D, painted on canvas.

The works have no specific criteria other than they MUST be abstract expressionist works that ‘visually color qualify’ as PASTEL or interpreting the exhibition’s PASTEL title. 

Due date for reception of the finished image(s) (please, submit 300dpi images) is Sunday, February 26th.

Physical receipt of the painted work(s) must be by Friday, March 3th, but the sooner we can receive these works, the better! 

The works will be hung in a tight grid UNFRAMED, it is critical that the size and depth requested be PRECISELY followed. In prior submissions, the depth and sizes have been slightly different from the criteria and the paintings unhungable in the exhibition.  

This show will be JUDGED! and will have up to 20 to 30 significant Financial Prize Awards. 

The judging of the grand prize for ‘Best in Show’, will be made by Bruce Helander, Florida Hall of Fame member and former National Gallery of Art judge, and J. Steven Manolis, artist, co-gallery owner, and former chairman of the National Academy of Design. 

Exhibition artists’ prizes will be between $250 and $5000, and we expect between 10 and 30 awards. 

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