Momentum OKC 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.

DowntempoFriday, March 6, 8-11pm
Set at a mellow pace. Music by:
John Calvin Abney
The Daddy O’s
Scott A.F.

Full SpeedSaturday, March 7, 8-11pm
Nothing held back. Music by:
Depth & Current

Farmer’s Public Market, 311 S Klein, Oklahoma City, OK (click for map)

Gallery Hours
Sunday & Monday, March 8 & 9, 2-7pm

Spotlight Artists Talks & Closing Reception
Monday March 9, 6-7pm

Would you like to volunteer to help make Momentum OKC happen? Click here to view available shifts and sign up.

Become a Momentum OKC Sponsor
Momentum OKC Sponsors

Hypersonic Sponsors

This project is supported in part by an award from Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, Oklahoma Arts Council, and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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ITC Holdings

Supersonic Sponsors

Dunlap Codding, P.C.
Keep it Local OK
S&S Promotions

Transonic Sponsors

All About Cha
Hillary, Peter, & Rowan Farrell
Nathan Guilford DDS & Julia Kirt
Staplegun Design, Inc.
Michi & Charles Susan
Odd Fab Design Lab
Tree & Leaf Clothing
Urban Tea House

Sonic Sponsors 

Accel Financial Staffing/Meg Salyer
Authentic  Plastering Inc.
Phil Brown
Bryon Chambers
Joel Dixon
DNA Galleries
Elizabeth Eickman & Marvin Quinn
Rand Elliott
Richard & Elizabeth Hatcher
Karper Electronics
Stephen Kovash
Steve Mason
Travis Mason
Midtown Renaissance
Melissa Scaramucci
Carl & Beth Shortt
Curt Stamp
The Library Girls’ Christmas Party
Grady Cole Whiteneck

Velocity Sponsors

Awful Objects
Jennifer Barron & Bonnie Allen
Michelle Bui
Bryan Cook
Corbishley Violins, Arsenios Corbishley
Deluxe Oklahoma City
Peter Dolese
Gina Ellis
Kim Haywood
Michael Hoffner
John & Suzanne Justice
Margaret Keith
AJ Kirkpatrick & Rebecca Cruise
Catheryn Koss & Andrew Kershan
Land Project Management
Kent & Jean Larason
Klair Larason
Peter & Kris Markes
Shawn & Robin Meyers
Suzanne Mitchell & Sam Fulkerson
Diane Moershel
Nicole Poole
Randel & Dana Shadid
Denise & Keith Spiker
Clint Stone & Shannon Claire
Christian & Alesha Trimble


Sarah Agee
Marilyn and Andy Artus
Justin Avera
Adam Belusko
Able Blakely
Rhonda and Stephen Boswell
Horny Toad Fine Art Services, Steve & Chandra Boyd
Susan H Caldwell
Dr. Eric and Ann Costello
Beka and Nathan Curtin
Ralph Curtin
Robert and Caroline Dennis
Lauren Dennison
Samantha Dillehay
Jason Dunnington
Megan Elliott
Meredith and Jason Gresham
Cary Joy Haans
Michael Hendrick
Jonathan Hils
Jetpack Jezy
Curtis and Tammy Jones
Jeb Joseph
Alexandra Knox
Andrew Lauffer
Trent Lawson
The Library Girls’ Christmas Party
Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse
Kindt Steven Myers
Molly O’Connor
OKC Mobile Fitness
Fran Schmarrett
Ryan Pack
Jessica Perry
Lisa Pitsiri
Cacky Poarch
Blair Quiring
James Travis Weldon Rhynes
Ernesto and Lin Sanchez
Ira and Sandy Schlezinger
Tom and Gloria Shadid
Andrew Shanyfelt
Joe and Angela Slack
Justice Smithers
Chris Stinchcomb
Brandi Sullivan
Rachel Taylor
The Social Club
Erin Williford
Mucki Wright
Amy Young

Special Thanks

Design: University of Central Oklahoma Clocktower Studio
Printing: Southwestern Stationery
Atmosphere: Odd Fab Design Lab, PLENTY Mercantile, Red Bull, Always Greener
Door Prizes: DNA Galleries, T an Urban Teahouse, Kerri Shadid/Poetry Stand + More!

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.

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.

May 1, 5 pm
Honoraria: $500
The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition seeks an emerging curator for Momentum Tulsa 2015.
Click here for full application guidelines.

June 1, 5 pm
Awards: Three awards of $2,000 each
The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition seeks proposals from Oklahoma artists 30 years of age and younger for Momentum Tulsa 2015 Spotlight.
Click here for full application guidelines.

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.

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
July 9 & 11: Momentum Artist Info Sessions in Tulsa and OKC
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, 7-9 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


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 2015
Curator: America Meredith
Visit the “Apply” tab for Emerging Curator & Spotlight Artist application details.

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


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


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 OKC 2015 Artwork Preview

Momentum OKC 2014 Event Photos