Mary Kathryn Moeller: Momentum Tulsa 2015 Emerging Curator

May 29, 2015

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This post is a part of our series on Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s Momentum Tulsa 2015.  Submissions for Momentum Tulsa Spotlight are due by June 1, 2015 at 5 pm. Oklahoma artists aged 30 and younger are eligible . Momentum Tulsa opens October 2, at the Living Arts Tulsa.

Mary Kathryn Moeller is an arts writer, educator and independent curator living in Tulsa, OK. This year she serves as Momentum Tulsa 2015’s Emerging Curator, selected by lead curator, America Meredith. Moeller received her Master’s in Art History from Oklahoma State University in 2014. 

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Mary Kathryn Moeller, image from “Sharing a Journey: Building the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art Collection” at the OSU Museum of Art, January 23 – May 25, 2014.

While at OSU, Moeller worked as a Graduate Research Assistant with the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art (OSUMA). She also served as a curatorial assistant at the Postal Plaza Gallery in Stillwater. Through her work at the OSUMA, Moeller has extensive knowlege on the workings of a museum, and the logistical know-how for successful exhibitions.

Moeller has curated several projects with Krystle Brewer, a former Momentum Tulsa Emerging Curator. They worked together at the OSUMA on several exhibitions using the historic collection, and since have collaborated on contemporary exhibitions.

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Mary Kathryn Moeller, image from “Sharing a Journey: Building the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art Collection” at the OSU Museum of Art, January 23 – May 25, 2014.

Their most recent exhibition was Selfie: An Exhibition on Identity, at MAINSITE in Norman, OK last spring. Selfie investigated “how artists have explored self and the presentation of self in works of art,” said Moeller.

Moeller is interested in working with and promoting new artists through her curatorial practice. “I have always been interested in working with artists but, until Selfie, that was largely done at somewhat of a distance,” said Moeller, “I am looking for opportunities to develop curatorial projects around the work of young artists.”

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Mary Kathryn Moeller, image from “Selfie: An Exhibition on Identity” at MAINSITE Contemporary Art in Norman, February 14 – March 14, 2014.

Of Momentum, Moeller said “Having attended Momentum in the past, I have always been struck by the quality of the work.  I am thrilled and feel very privileged to be able to help highlight the great work of young Oklahoma artists this year.”

Momentum Tulsa Spotlight projects should be proposals for the creation of new work by Oklahoma artists aged 30 and younger. The curators will select three artists who will each receive a $2,000 honorarium and studio visits with the curators. Artists will be highlighted in exhibition marketing. Project proposals are due June 1, 5pm. Please see the details here on our calendar.

Momentum Tulsa opens October 2, 2015, 6-9pm, at Living Arts, Tulsa. General entries are due August 1, 5pm. Oklahoma artists aged 30 and younger are eligible. Learn more at www.MomentumOklahoma.org