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

The Concept exhibition presents an evocative investigation of contemporary artists in Oklahoma, along with a regional artist exchange. The exhibition is designed to nurture, support, and connect artists and arts practitioners; increase exposure for outstanding artists; and foster critical dialogue about their work.

Become a Concept Sponsor

Concept Sponsorship

    • $10,000 and up "Visionary" Sponsors: Sustain free public admission to this groundbreaking, ambitious exhibition.
      Visionary Sponsors receive all acknowledgements below and:
       Top level acknowledgement with logo or name placement on all promotional materials
       ½ page advertisement in Art Focus Oklahoma magazine
       Invitations for up to 20 guests to the Patron Preview opening and catalog release receptions

    • $5,000 and up “Catalog” Sponsors: Facilitate production and national circulation of the Concept catalog.
      Catalog Sponsors receive all acknowledgements below and:
       Logo or name placement on local print advertising
       ¼ page advertisement in Art Focus Oklahoma magazine
       Invitations for up to 15 guests to the Patron Preview opening and catalog release receptions

    • $1,000 and up “Contemporary” Sponsors: Support educational materials and programs to help the public understand and enjoy the artwork.
      Contemporary Sponsors receive all acknowledgements below and:
       Acknowledgement on local print advertising
       Acknowledgement on invitations to local and national audiences of more than 10,000
       Thank you listing in Art Focus Oklahoma magazine, seen by more than 12,000
       Invitations for up to 10 guests to the Patron Preview opening and catalog release receptions

    • $500 “Major” Sponsors: Subsidize outreach efforts and free tours to area schools and social service organizations.
      Major sponsors receive all acknowledgements below and:
       Acknowledgment on gallery wall signage
       Invitations for up to 5 guests to the Patron Preview opening and catalog release receptions

    • $250 Sponsors: Promote the national exposure of Oklahoma artists through Concept.
       Acknowledgement in printed exhibition catalog
       Website and social media acknowledgment
       Invitations for up to 2 guests to the Patron Preview opening and catalog release receptions

    • Corporate giving levels also available. Email director Holly Moye for more info
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Thank you 2016 Sponsors
Allied Arts
Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation
George Kaiser Family Foundation
Kirkpatrick Family Fund
National Endowment for the Arts
Oklahoma Arts Council

Concept contains two exhibition components.
 is a competitively selected exhibition of artwork in all media selected by the guest curator from artist submissions. Concept/Focus is a curated group exhibition of new work by 4 Oklahoma artists and 4 artists from a partner city in the region (the 2016 partner city is St. Louis, MO). The Focus artists are selected by the guest curator from proposals and receive an honorarium and curatorial guidance to create new work to debut at the exhibition.

2016 Focus artists:
Glenn Herbert Davis (Tulsa)
Heather Clark Hilliard (Norman)
Andy Mattern (Stillwater)
Anh-Thuy Nguyen (Tulsa)

St. Louis:
Addoley Dzegede
Meredith Foster
Cole Lu
Catalina Ouyang

2016 Survey artists:
Marilyn Artus (OKC)
Stuart Asprey (Norman)
Randall Barnes (Midwest City)
Tracey Bewley (OKC)
Steve Breerwood (Moore)
Cynthia Brown (Tulsa)
Jason Cytacki (Norman)
Brian Dehart (Tulsa)
Ginna Dowling (Norman)
Yiren Gallagher (Tulsa)
Grace Grothaus Grimm (Tulsa)
Geoffrey Hicks (Tulsa)
Michelle Himes-McCrory (Stillwater)
Akiko Jackson (Tulsa)
Mary Ketch (Norman)
Mandy Messina (OKC)
Molly Murphy-Adams (Tulsa)
Angie Piehl (Stillwater)
Stephanie Pinkston (Broken Arrow)
Haley Prestifilippo (Norman)
Kim Rice (Norman)
Liz Roth (Stillwater)
Parker Seward (Stillwater)
Byron Shen (Skiatook)
Cecilia Villalobos (Skiatook)
George Wilson (OKC)
Jason Wilson (Hartshorne)

2016 Curator: Adam Welch, Pittsburgh, PA


Concept Focus Artists 2016

Glenn Herbert Davis


Addoley Dzegede


Meredith Foster


Heather Clark Hilliard


Cole Lu


Andy Mattern


Catalina Ouyang


Adam Welch


Not pictured: Anh-Thuy Nguyen (as she was completing a residency in Italy at the time of filming)

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 triennially 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.

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

ASK: Professional Photography of Your Art Work (OKC)
Jan 16th to Jan 16th from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Oklahoma City

Concept/Survey Application (Statewide)
Mar 15th to Mar 15th, All Day

Concept Curator’s Talk(Tulsa)
Jun 4th to Jun 4th from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Imagination Day: Family day at Concept(Tulsa)
Jun 18th to Jun 18th from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Craft Currents: Concept Panel Discussion(Tulsa)
Jun 25th to Jun 25th from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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