Momentum OKC 2015 @ Farmer’s Public Market

Momentum OKC 2015 @ Farmer’s Public Market

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) will feature the best work made by young Oklahoma artists at Momentum, a multimedia, interactive art event to be held March 6-7, 2015 from 8-11 pm at the Farmer’s Public Market, 311 S. Klein in Oklahoma City.

Momentum exhibits Oklahoma artists ages 30 and younger in a venue created specifically for them, helping them gain experience and meet new audiences. Attendees encounter film, performance, new media, installations, live music and more in an environment that is designed to help audiences discover and engage with art in new ways.

Each year, hundreds of young artists submit their work to be considered for the exhibition. Guest curators narrow submissions to the best-of-the-best artwork for the two-night event. This year’s curators are Juan William Chávez and Suzanne C. Thomas. Chávez is an artist and cultural activist in St. Louis, Missouri who explores the potential of space through creative initiatives that address community and cultural issues. Thomas, selected as the Momentum Emerging Curator, is an artist and a professor of Art at Rose State College in Midwest City.

Selected in late 2014, three artists received Momentum Spotlight awards of $2,000 to create new artistic and socially engaging projects just for Momentum. The Spotlight artists, Randall Barnes of Midwest City, Jenna Bryan of Norman, and Eric Piper of Norman, also receive three months of guidance from the guest curators, who help them refine their projects.

Drawing on his past experience as a graffiti remover, Barnes is creating a workshop of “buffing” or removal, including an alleyway with active participants continually reworking the surface of the wall with graffiti and “buffs.” Inspired by the structure of video games and the aesthetics of Japanese culture, Bryan invites visitors to customize their own avatar from a series of hand-printed paper dolls in Kamisphere. A gallery director and organizer, Piper’s project focuses on community and creation, and includes running a community space for one month. His installation will include artifacts from its events and a miniature model of the space.

The event begins on Friday, March 6 with Momentum: Downtempo, a more mellow evening with music by John Calvin Abney, The Daddyo’s, and Scott A.F. Momentum: Full Speed on Saturday, March 7, offers a louder, faster paced experience with music by Bowlsey and Depth & Current.

Tickets for each night of the opening weekend are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets are available at, 405-879-2400, or at outlets: Blue 7, The Paramount, Guestroom Records (OKC & Norman), and Café Evoke (Edmond).

Free gallery hours follow the opening weekend on March 8-9, 2-7 pm each day. On Monday, March 9 at 6 pm the Spotlight artists will give brief talks about their projects at a closing reception.

Momentum is made possible by generous sponsors such as the Mid-America Arts Alliance; the National Endowment for the Arts; Downtown OKC, Inc.; Dunlap Codding P.C.; Hillary, Peter and Rowan Farrell; Michi and Charles Susan; Staplegun Design, Inc; and Nathan Guilford DDS and Julia Kirt. OVAC is an Allied Arts Member Agency.

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Artist Survival Kit Workshops

From OVAC website
Artist Survival Kit Workshops

The Artist Survival Kit (ASK) is an ongoing series of events that promotes professionalism and is structured as a helpful forum for Oklahoma artists. Open to all Oklahoma artists, ASK activities provide artists with the necessary information to succeed in their careers and build a sense of community among diverse artists from across the state.

Register for any workshops by using the registration links below. Or, you can call OVAC at 405-879-2400 or send us an email.

Scholarships are available. Email us for details.

Upcoming Artist Survival Kit Workshops:

Application Deadline: June 14, 2013
Program Dates: October 1-November 19, 2013

Artist INC Live Oklahoma City is a cutting edge training program that addresses the specific business needs and challenges of artists. Limited to 25 participants, artists of all disciplines gather once a week for eight weeks to learn business skills specific to their art practice and apply those skills cooperatively with their peers. Learn about the program facilitators on our blog.

In collaboration with the Oklahoma Arts CouncilArtist INC, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition,Norman Arts CouncilOklahoma Contemporary Arts CenterOklahoma Film & Music Office and the City of Oklahoma City Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Mid-America Arts Alliance is now accepting applications from artists of all disciplines for Artist INC Live Oklahoma City.

Artist INC, is presented in Oklahoma with Mid-America Arts Alliance sponsored in part by Sonic, Ad Adstra Foundation and Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma.

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Call For Artist: Momentum: Art Doesn’t Stand Still

Call for ArtistMomentum: Art Doesn’t Stand Still

Momentum: Art Doesn’t Stand Still is an annual exhibition that features Oklahoma artists 30 years and younger, working in all media including 2-D and 3-D art, film, installations, performance and more. Held each year in Oklahoma City in March and Tulsa in October, the exhibition has continually presented a diversified look at emerging artistic talent in Oklahoma.Visit the event page for more information about the Momentum event.

Deadline: January 28, 2013, 5:00 pm
Lead Curators: PLUG Projects Team, Kansas City
Awards: Over $2,000 in awards selected by the curators. Additionally, a $100 Viewer’s Choice Award is voted on by the audience.

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Ready to submit? Click here for entry form.

For questions, contact the OVAC office at 405-879-2400 or