Art takes Manhattan Award 2019

Art takes Manhattan Award Recipients 2019

Art takes Manhattan Award 2019

Art takes Manhattan‘s mission is opening Manhattan’s art market to the world beyond.


The art show for the New York Art Week in the heart of Chelsea

The sixth edition of Art takes Manhattan offers a wealth of living art by twenty living artists. Adjacent to the world famous High Line walking park and a block from Gagosian Gallery, our New York Landmark site is an unavoidable meeting point for the Armory Arts Week.

March 7th – March 10th 2019
524 W 26th Street
New York, NY. 10001

March 7th
10:00 am – 05:00 pm Public viewing (FREE Entry)

6:00 pm – 09:00 pm Opening Reception (Tickets Available)

March 8th
10:00 am – 8:00 pm Public viewing (FREE Entry)

March 9th
10:00 am – 8:00 pm Public viewing (FREE Entry)

March 10th
10:00 am – 3:00 pm Public viewing (FREE Entry)


Selected Artists:

Ahree Song, Anne Beletic, Chin Chin Yang, Craig Kraft, Daniel Rosenbaum, Eric Jackson, Igor Euger Prokop, Juan Manuel Carrillo Rosales, Lien-Chin, Kasia Kurka, Piotr Lesniak, Robert Frankel, Robin Antar, Ruonan Yan, Stefanie Rocknak, Toby MacLennan, Tom Atwood, Vicky Talwar, V.L. Cox, Zehn Guo




Twenty artists Selected for:
– Onsite exhibition at 524 W 26th Street, New York, NY
– Online exhibition and online store catalog at
– Offline and online promotion through our media partners
– Award Winner Certificate signed and sealed by the organization


Our curatorial board Evaluated the artworks based on four criteria:

– Aesthetics, originality and creative vision
– Research, impact factor and critical thinking
– Technical skills
– Potential for development in the art world


Sponsored by Morgan Stanley | Grace Institute | American Marketing Association, New York


Hello Readers,

I wanted to share some thoughts about the upcoming Exhibition.

First, I want to say ‘thank you’ to the Curatorial Board for selecting my Art Submission. In all honesty, I’ve entered into Competitions in New York before and while feedback was mostly positive, my Work has not been selected.

With that said, when I entered into this Competition in December 2018, I took a ‘wait & see’ approach. Of course, I submitted what I felt was three of my best works at the time, but there are so many great Artists I still wondered where I would rank among them.

Hope Rises

Project Manager, Qiyuan Liu, intially contacted me in November 2018 with an Invitation to submit my Work. Mind you, I receive quite a few Invitations and am very selective on which Contests to Enter mainly because I have to work within a limited budget. My first thought was I don’t want to be disappointed again by not being Accepted. My Work probably is not good enough to Compete.

A few weeks later, Qiyuan Liu sent me another Invitation. Four days before the Entry Deadline. By that time, my attitude had shifted to: Well, if I don’t Enter there is zero chance of being Selected, so the odds go up from there. I prepared all the material and sent my Submission.

Art 101

About two weeks later, Qiyuan sends me another email with rather alarming news. Quite a few Artists had submitted Work that included material under someone else’s Copyright ownership. And permission was not granted by the Copyright Owner to use their Material. I almost fell off my chair. That is an egregious mistake.

Entering a Competition is not simply about how good your work is, but how you conduct yourself as an Artist. Do you follow the Entry Guidelines? Do you adhere to the Terms and Conditions? Do you have permission to Enter the Work you’re Submitting?

Gallery Owners want to partner with Artists who are easy to work with. If you follow all the Rules along with having quality Artwork, you can be very successful in the Industry. However, if the Gallery Staff has to make sure you’re doing your part the right way, how easy is it for them to reject your work and select someone else?

Everyone wants to exhibit in NYC. I get it. Yet, if something goes terribly wrong during the Selection Process of a major Competition, it will be tougher for you to see shown anywhere because the Galleries probably communicate well with each other. News travels fast. Personally, I’ve submitted so much Work over the years, I’ve learned from my mistakes.


Art takes Manhattan Entrance

Art takes Manhattan Entrance

Breaking News

While at my day job, I have tried to change my attitude. Lift my spirits. Don’t turn into “Mr. Grumpy Gills.” Yet, some days, it can be tough. Earlier this week, I was getting annoyed because of the usual, something breaks down at work or there’s a problem with the software. We have to scramble to get things done. It frustrates me.

Periodically, I check Notifications on my phone. When I received the email from Director, Manuel Rodríguez, Congratulating me for being Selected into the Exhibition, it didn’t have much of a reaction to it. My mind was too preoccupied with what was going on at work. I thought, okay, when I get home, wind down, I can think more clearly.

I finally realized what happened when I went to their website ( and saw my name in the group of Selected Artists. Me: …what?… For the most part, I am an emotionally stable person. Typically, I don’t get too high or too low. I think it’s safe to say I started freaking out like …oh my gosh… repeatedly. It’s been difficult for me to fall asleep the past few days.


Because I had little to no hope of being Selected, I did not plan on what I’d do if I was. (“Fantastic, Eric.”) I know. 🙂 After receiving the grand news, the next 24 hours were spent scribbling out my Budget. How to pay my normal bills while ordering, insuring, and shipping my Artwork. Do I want to work framed or on Acrylic Sheets? Which Printer will I use? How long will it take to produce the prints and frames let alone what the Shipping time will be because I have less than a month to have it hanging in NYC.

(Breathe). After a brief phone call with my Printer yesterday morning, I ordered the three art pieces on Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl Paper with Black Oak Solid Wood frames with Passe-Partout. I chose Acrylic Glass because it’s shatterproof. The frames need to be shipped three times. One: From the Printer to me. Two: I have to prep them for Return Shipping (in case they do not sell at the Exhibition) and ship them to NYC. Three: From the Gallery back to me. That is a lot of travel time and I do not want the frames’ glass to break. If all goes to plan, I should have the Art by the 25th of this month, which will give me over a week to prepare and ship them to the Gallery.

In terms of my normal responsibilities, the next week and a half will be a bit hectic as I shuffle things around. However, by the final week of February, I should be back on schedule (in theory).


Art takes Manhattan Map

Google Maps | Around the Gallery


In Flight

Finally, I have to figure out how to afford going to New York to attend the entire four days of the Exhibition. First, I have to request two days off of work (which they won’t be thrilled with). Plane ticket cost? Hotel cost? Needless to say, I’ll need a souvenir or two, as well. I have never been to New York before. I haven’t seen the Statue of Liberty (besides ..on TV). I have to go.

Then, I began to browse around the area of the Gallery’s location in Chelsea. Pier 62. The Empire State Building. The Chrysler Building. The Whitney Museum of American Art? That sounds important. 🙂 Point being, I am going to check prices today and see what is manageable. Yes, my camera has to accompany me at all times. Non-negotiable. 🙂



If you are in the New York area, I invite you to attend the Exhibit Opening next month. Here are the three pieces chosen by the Curatorial Board, which will be Framed:

Touch the Shore by Eric Christopher Jackson

TOUCH THE SHORE (2018) – 29″ x 12″ | External: 33″ x 16″


Edge of Light | Art by Eric Christopher Jackson

EDGE OF LIGHT (2018) – 20″ x 20″ | External: 24″ x 24″


Come to Shore by Eric Christopher Jackson

COME TO SHORE (2018) – 24″ x 16″ | External: 28″ x 20″


Feels like I’m holding my breath a bit. I did say that I needed more Adventure in my Life. This certainly qualifies. I have more Art News to share, but will do that at a later date. Because of all the struggles I’ve gone through for a long period of time, I can’t express how grateful I am to God to have this opportunity, now.

Despite all the times I’ve failed and been rejected, for some bizarre reason I still believed that God gave me certain gifts to share. Although I gave up completely a couple of times over the years, I always ended up pursuing the same goals, again. I couldn’t turn off the desire to Create. My main focus is to improve. Improve the Work. Improve myself. Raise my level of thinking in terms of what I can accomplish if I put the work into it.

Earn it.
Eric Christopher Jackson

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