Momentum Tulsa 2014

View, Purchase and Experience Artwork by Oklahoma’s Emerging Young Artists

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, installation, music and more.

MOMENTUM TULSA 2014
Friday, October 3, 6-10 pm
(During the Brady Arts District‘s First Friday Art Crawl)
Interactive artistic projects and community skill shares continuing throughout the night.

Living Arts, 307 E. Brady, Tulsa
FREE for the first time!

Exhibition continues through October 18.
Tues-Sat: 1-5 pm
Thurs: 1-9 pm

Spotlight Artists Talks & Closing Reception
October 18, 2-4pm

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MOMENTUM TULSA 2014: CALL FOR ENTRIES
Deadline: September 1, 5pm
Curators: Sean Starowitz (Lead) and Libby Williams (Emerging Curator)
Entry Fee: Free for OVAC Members, $10 for non-members

Oklahoma artists ages 30 and younger are invited to submit artwork to the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s (OVAC) interactive, multi-disciplinary art event Momentum Tulsa. Momentum Tulsa will open October 3, 2014 at Living Arts, 307 E. Brady, Tulsa.

Click here for full guidelines and application forms.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Momentum Selection Process:

Q: What do curators do?
A: There is always more artwork than there is space. So, we recruit opinionated, arts-educated people to select what they consider the best work. No committee members or OVAC staff are involved in the decision making so that the curators can look at the artwork without influence. Of course, this process is based on subjective judgments about the quality of artwork. The decisions must be subjective because it’s based on personal opinions about what makes good work. The curators always spend time with the work – looking at it and trying to understand it. Even artwork that one person loves might not resonate with another person.

Q: Who are the curators?
A: We always have different guest curators in order to get different perspectives. The volunteer committee tries to recruit people who are artists or active curators.

Q: What tips do you have to increase my chances of being selected?
A: Some things that help curators pick art could include: outstanding images of your artwork and good presentation (Does anything distract from your work such as distracting backgrounds, poor lighting, an over-sized signature or unfinished edges?).

Less tangible reasons why curators select artwork include things like: expressing a clear vision, comprehensible design elements, careful consideration of materials for concept, scale appropriate to idea, and original concepts or experimentation.

Get tips for creating stronger submissions in this post on the OVAC blog.

Q: Can I get specific comments on my work?
A: Because the curators have such limited time, we are not able to give detailed comments to artists who enter. We do encourage you to get feedback anywhere you can. Galleries, friends, other artists are great places to get feedback about your work and to see if you are communicating your ideas and concepts effectively.

Q: How did Momentum begin?
A: The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition is a statewide non-profit organization that was created just to support artists. As one way to help and reward young artists, OVAC started Momentum in 2002 in Oklahoma City and in 2004 in Tulsa. A committee of volunteers helps to plan the event. The committee is made up of young artists and professionals who give their time to make the event happen. If you are interested in being involved in planning Momentum, you can email your interest to Laura at events@ovac-ok.org. Momentum does cost money to put together and funds come from financial sponsors, ticket sales, percentages of art sales and grant money raised by OVAC and it’s committee members.

Q: Why does this exhibition have an age limit of 30 years old?
A: This exhibition was created specifically to promote and bring together young artists. The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition has programs that support artists at many different stages of their careers– from funding to exhibits. It is important to us that our programs help artists as they are getting started, restarted, or continuing already successful careers. We also consider it important that our programs do not duplicate things other organizations are doing. Thus, we do not put together exhibitions unless they fill a completely different need.

We have other programs that provide visibility and funding for artists of all ages, emerging and established, throughout the year. If you aren’t eligible for Momentum, please look at our other exhibitions such as Art 365 and Concept/OK, funding sources: grants and fellowships, and other programs for promoting artists: Art Focus Oklahoma, the Virtual Gallery, and Art Studio Tour.

Questions
For questions, contact the OVAC office at 405-879-2400 or office@ovac-ok.org.

Through Momentum Spotlight, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition offers three young artists the opportunity to create new bodies of work with the assistance of the Momentum curators. The three selected artists each receive a $2,000 honorarium. Also, an emerging curator works alongside the lead curator.

Momentum Tulsa Spotlight, October 2014
Curators: Sean Starowitz and Libby Williams
Artists: Kerri Shadid (OKC), Billijo Zorn Sneed (Norman), Dillon Votaw (Norman)

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More details coming soon!

Momentum OKC Spotlight, March 2014
Curators: Nathan Lee and Samantha Dillehay
Artists: Eli Casiano (OKC), Elliott Robbins (Midwest City), Katy Seals (Norman)

Read more in the Art Focus Oklahoma article or in our blog series.

Momentum Tulsa Spotlight, October 2013
Curators: Emily Kern and Krystle Brewer
Artists: Leigh Martin (OKC), Stuart Whitis (Norman), Molly Youngblood (Norman)

Read more in the Art Focus Oklahoma article or in our blog series.

 

 

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Upcoming Events

Momentum Tulsa 2014 Call for Artists
Sep 1st to Sep 1st, All Day
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Oct 3rd to Oct 18th, All Day
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Reception: Momentum Tulsa 2014 (TUL)
Oct 3rd to Oct 3rd from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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