Momentum Tulsa 2015

View, Purchase and Experience Artwork by Young Oklahoma 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.

See the list of all accepted works for Momentum Tulsa here.

Momentum Tulsa Spotlight Preview Exhibition

Preview the Spotlight artist projects from Ashley Farrier, Ellen Moershel and Erin Raux.
September 4 – 28, Mainline Art Bar, 111 N Main, Tulsa
Gallery Hours: Mon-Tue: 4pm-12am; Wed-Thu: 12pm-12am; Fri-Sat: 12pm-2am; Sun: 12pm-1am

MOMENTUM Tulsa Opening 2015
Friday, October 2, 6-9pm
Living Arts, 307 E Brady, Tulsa OK
Gallery Hours
October 2-23, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 1-5pm; Thursdays 1-9pm

Curator’s Talk
Saturday, October 3, 1-2pm, Living Arts

Spotlight Artists Talks & Closing Reception
Friday, October 23, 6-8pm, Living Arts

Momentum Tulsa Satellite Exhibition
Works Curated by Emerging Curator Mary Kathryn Moeller
Opens Friday, October 2, 6pm-2am
Mainline Art Bar, 111 N Main, Tulsa
Gallery Hours: Mon-Tue: 4pm-12am; Wed-Thu: 12pm-12am; Fri-Sat: 12pm-2am; Sun: 12pm-1a

Would you like to volunteer to help make Momentum Tulsa happen?
Sign up here:
For more information, email Mandy Messina, Operations Manager at

Become a Momentum Tulsa Sponsor

Momentum Tulsa Sponsorship Form

Advancing the next generation of artists, the annual Momentum Tulsa exhibition exemplifies OVAC’s encouragement for young emerging artists. Our local committee needs your help to ensure the success of the event – for artists and the community.

Momentum Tulsa opens Friday, October 2nd, 2015 from 6pm until 9pm, free to the public during the First Friday Brady District Art Walk.
The opening features Oklahoma’s top young artists amongst live music, performances, and interactive projects.
Thursday, October 1st, Momentum honors its patrons with a Patron Preview, featuring a first chance to buy art with local tastes and music.
The exhibition will continue through October 23.

Your support as a donor would help make Momentum Tulsa free to the public and enrich the community with innovative art.

  • Sponsorship Levels

  • Supersonic Sponsors of $1,000+ receive:
    20 tickets to the Momentum Patron Preview Party
    Artist Honorable Mention Award named after business
    Acknowledgement on advertisements, posters, fliers, event signage & website
    Social media campaign with logo & link to site
    Public announcement & special thanks by MC at event
    Option to include retail products (up to 30 items) in Momentum Market

    Transonic Sponsors of $500+ receive:
    10 tickets to the Momentum Patron Preview Party
    Acknowledgement on posters, event signage & website
    Social media mentions & shout outs
    Option to include retail products (up to 20 items) in Momentum Market
    Entry into OVAC Sponsor Gift Pack drawing

    Sonic Sponsors of $200+ receive:
    4 tickets to the Momentum Patron Preview Party
    Acknowledgement on event signage, website & social media
    Option to include retail products (up to 10 items) in Momentum Market

    Velocity Sponsors of $100+ receive:
    2 tickets to the Momentum Patron Preview Party
    Acknowledgement on event signage & website

    Sponsors of $50+ receive:
    2 tickets to the Momentum Patron Preview
    Acknowledgement on website

    Corporate sponsorship levels are also available. Please contact us for details.

    More information: Laura Reese, Programs Coordinator, 405.879.2400,

2015 Momentum Tulsa Sponsors

Supersonic Sponsors:
George Kaiser Family Foundation
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Sonic Sponsors:
Nancy Lynn & Dan Roberts
108 Contemporary
RedBeard Studios LLC
Spa at Southern Hills
Chimera Café
Sandy & Bob Sober
University of Tulsa School of Art

Velocity Sponsors:
Elizabeth Downing & Gavin Manes
Laura Gonsalves
Courtney Hartlep
Dr. Michael Van Antwerp
Byron & Diane Shen
Rachel Gibbs, MD
Mainline Art Bar
Brooke & Stuart Hawley
Rinehart Family
Geoffrey Hicks
Elote Café and Catering
Dick & Cindy Read

Ariana Jakub Brandes
Caleb Lee Moye
Dezeray Edwards
Karper Electronics
Russ & Amy Ann Arnold
John & Carla Hammer
Urban Furnishings
Owl & Drum
John & Rhonda Jacobs
Jeffrey C. Richardson

Media Sponsors
Mythic Press
This Land
Tulsa Voice

MOMENTUM TULSA 2015: Applicant Info

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s Momentum annually features Oklahoma artists ages 30 years and younger, working in all media including 2D and 3D art, film, installations, performance and more. The exhibition presents a diversified look at young artistic talent in Oklahoma.

Momentum Tulsa is presented at Living Arts of Tulsa in the Brady Arts district, and opens free to the public in conjunction with the Brady’s First Friday Art Crawl, October 2, 2015, 6-9pm.

Momentum Tulsa Artist Info PDF here.

Curator: America Meredith is a Swedish-Cherokee artist, editing publisher, independent curator, and educator living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. An enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, Meredith founded First American Art Magazine to expand discussion about Native art criticism, history, and theory. Meredith’s artwork blends historical styles from Native America and Europe with imagery from global pop culture. America earned her MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and her BFA from the University of Oklahoma. She has shown throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, including the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Design and the United Nations Headquarters. Meredith was a National Museum of the American Indian artist fellow in 2009, won the IAIA Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in Contemporary Native American Arts in 2007, and was voted SF Weekly’s Painter of the Year in 2006. She taught at the Santa Fe Community College, the Institute of American Indian Arts, and the Cherokee Art History section of the Cherokee Clemente Course in the Humanities.

Emerging Curator: Mary Kathryn Moeller is an arts writer, educator and independent curator living in Tulsa. She received her Master’s in Art History from Oklahoma State University in 2014 and served as a curatorial assistant at the Postal Plaza Gallery in Stillwater.

August 1, 5 pm
Awards: Over $1,000 in prizes selected by the curators. Additionally, a $100 Viewer’s Choice Award is voted by the audience.
Oklahoma artists ages 30 and younger may submit up to 3 artworks in any media, including installation, performance, film/video, 2D and 3D art.
Click here for full application guidelines.
Detailed information for Momentum artists here.

May 1, 5:00 pm:
Emerging curator applications due
May 15: Emerging curator applicants notified
June 1, 5:00 pm: Momentum Spotlight artist proposals due
June 15: Momentum Spotlight artist applicants notified
August 1: Entry deadline for juried survey show
August 15: Juried survey show applicants notified
September 27, 1-5pm: Delivery of selected artworks
September 29-30: Installation of exhibition
October 1, 7-8 pm: Momentum Tulsa Patron Preview
October 2, 6-9 pm: Momentum Tulsa opens at Living Arts of Tulsa
October 3-23: Gallery hours (Tues-Sat 1-5 pm, Thurs 1-9 pm)
October 23. 6-8pm: closing reception, curator & spotlight artist talk
October 23, 8-9pm: Art work pick up
October 24, 1-5pm: All artwork must be picked up

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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.

More information for potential Momentum artists here:

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, Concept/OK and 24 Works on Paper, funding sources: grants and fellowships, and other programs for promoting artists: Art Focus Oklahoma, the Virtual Gallery, and the Tulsa Art Studio Tour.

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

Through Momentum Spotlight, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition provides the opportunity to create new bodies of work with curatorial guidance and a $2,000 honorarium.

Momentum Tulsa Spotlight, October 2015
Curator: America Meredith
Emerging Curator: Mary Kathryn Moeller
Spotlight Artists: Ashley Farrier (Stillwater), Ellen Moershel (Norman), Erin Raux (Norman)

Momentum OKC Spotlight, March 2015
Curators: Juan William Chávez
Emerging Curator: Suzanne C. Thomas
Spotlight Artists: Jenna Bryan (Norman), Randall Barnes (Midwest City), Eric Piper (Norman)





Momentum Tulsa 2015 Artwork

Momentum Tulsa 2015 Satellite Show