Inclusive of practicing Oklahoma artists, this biennial exhibition invites audiences to investigate current art making in Oklahoma.

The Concept exhibition debuted in Tulsa as the inaugural exhibition of the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa’s new Hardesty Arts Center. Featuring 44 artists, the exhibition welcomed thousands of visitors during its run December 16, 2012-February 16, 2013. Concept is presented biennially by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition.

Through a regional partnership with Kansas City-based Charlotte Street Foundation, the Concept/Focus portion of the exhibition included an exchange of four artistic projects from both Oklahoma and Kansas City. The second exhibition in this exchange was presented at Charlotte Street’s la Esquina gallery, Kansas City, March 15-April 20, 2013, curated by Charlotte Street 2012-13 Curator-in-Residence Jamilee Polson Lacy.

With site specificity in mind, for FOCUS: OK<->KC at la Esquina, the featured Kansas City and Oklahoma artists reconsider, adjust, and even recreate projects originally presented at the Hardesty Arts Center in Tulsa. In doing so, each artist’s contribution stresses the union of material and site, content and place, and audience and experience. Together, the artworks featured in this traveling exhibition represent artistic and intellectual growth generated by a change of scenery.

The next installation of Concept will open in fall 2015.

This biennial exhibition will be open to submissions from visual artists working in any medium.  OVAC will release the next call for entries for the Focus exchange in January 2015 and Survey in spring 2015.

More details coming soon.

2013 Focus Artists
Grace Grothaus (Tulsa)
Aaron Hauck (Afton)
Geoffrey Krawczyk (Norman)
Romy Owens (OKC)

Kansas City, MO:
Jason Carron
Cory Imig
Charlie Mylie & Lindsey Griffith
Garry Noland

Blog: Focus Artist project updates.

2013 Residency Artists
Narciso Argüelles (Edmond)
Sarah Hearn (OKC)
Gregory Ruppe (Ft. Worth, TX)

2013 Survey Artists
Sarah Atlee
Marjorie Atwood
Paul Bagley
Nick Bayer
Autumn Brown
Kendall Brown
Bryan Cook
Glenn Herbert Davis
Cathy Deuschle
Robert Dorhmann
Ron Fleming & Linda Stilley
James Gaar
Justine Green
Katherine Hair
Bob Hawks
Geoffrey Hicks
Heather Clark Hilliard
Kaylee Huerta
Travis Hummingbird
Kate Johnson
Marcus Kesler
Bobby Martin
Nicole McMahan
Caryl Morgan
Laurie Spencer
William Struby
Patrick Uva
George Wilson
Janice Wright