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.

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.
Music by DJ Spencer LG

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

Would you like to volunteer to help make Momentum Tulsa happen? Click here to sign up for a volunteer shift.

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Laura Gonsalves and Mark Short

Transonic Sponsors

Tom Craft, District Director, Northwestern Mutual
Mary Stewart

Sonic Sponsors

Liz Austin
Steve Cluck
Desert Wren Studio
Hawley Design Furnishings
Brooke and Stuart Hawley
Raymond James and Associates
RedBeard Studios
Saied Music Co.
Bob and Sandy Sober
The Sound Pony

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108 Contemporary
Rachel and George Gibbs
Ken Hird
John and Rhonda Jacobs
Diane Moershel
Fred and Nan Munkholm
Owl & Drum
Mary Pringle
Spa at Southern Hills
Richard and Carol Stewart
Christian and Alesha Trimble
University of Tulsa School of Art
Tulsa People Magazine
Nancy Wolov
Yelp! Tulsa


Gary and April Beshara
Boomerang Printing
Ron and Connie Desai
S. Hawley
Karper Electronics
Fran Schmarrett
Byron and Diane Shen
This Land Press
Tulsa Voice

MOMENTUM TULSA 2014 Artist Information

Curators: Sean Starowitz (Lead) and Libby Williams (Emerging Curator)

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.

View the list of artwork selected for Momentum Tulsa 2014.

Monday, September 29, 12-4 pm: Deliver all selected artworks* and Momentum Market materials (see below) to Living Arts, 307 E Brady
Thursday, October 2, 7-9pm: Momentum Tulsa Patron Preview: Artists in show will have 2 tickets & name tag at will call
Friday, October 3, 6-10pm: Momentum Tulsa Opening Night
          -FREE to the public
          -Artist awards announced at 7:30 pm
-Continues through October 18: exhibition is open & free to the public during gallery hours
Saturday, October 18: 2pm: Spotlight Artist Talk. 4-6 pm: Artwork pick up. ALL artworks must be picked up at this time. If you cannot be there, you must recruit a friend or family member to pick up for you.


Curator: Born in Lima, Peru, Juan William Chávez is an artist and cultural activist who explores the potential of space through creative initiatives that address community and cultural issues. Utilizing art as a way of researching, developing and implementing creative placemaking projects, his studio practice incorporates drawings, films, photographs, architectural interventions and unconventional forms of beekeeping and agriculture. His projects include the Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary and Northside Workshop. He has received awards and grants from Creative Capital, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Art Matters and the Gateway Foundation. Chávez holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Oct 31, 5:00 pm: Emerging curator applications due
Nov 7: Emerging curator applicants notified
Nov 10, 5:00 pm: Momentum Spotlight artist proposals due
Nov 24: Momentum Spotlight artist applicants notified
Week of Dec 8: Curators meet with Spotlight artists
January: Studio visits with Spotlight artists (will coordinate with curator & artist schedules)
Jan 27: Entry deadline for juried survey show
Feb 14: Juried survey show applicants notified
March 6-7 (8-midnight): MOMENTUM OKC Opens

Momentum OKC 2015 Call for Emerging Curators

Deadline: October 31, 2014, 5 pm
Award: $250 honoraria
Entry Fee: Free for OVAC Members, $10 for non-members
Eligibility: Applicant curators must be Oklahoma residents at the time of application and through the installation of the exhibition. Previous curatorial experience is not required. There is no age requirement for applicants.

Click to view full guidelines and online entry form.

Momentum OKC 2015 Call for Spotlight Artist Proposals

Deadline: November 10, 2014, 5 pm
Awards: Three awards of $2,000 + curatorial guidance
Entry Fee: Free for OVAC Members, $10 for non-members
Eligibility: Artists must be 30 years of age or younger and must be residents of Oklahoma during the project period. Proposals must be for the creation of new works. Artists working in all visual media are eligible. Artists must be available for installation and exhibition of work. Past Momentum Spotlight or Art 365 artists are not eligible.

Click to view full guidelines and online entry form.


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 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.

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

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)


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.



Momentum Tulsa 2014 Artwork Preview

Momentum Tulsa 2014 Photos