Momentum 2016

View, Purchase and Experience Artwork by Young Oklahoma Artists

MOMENTUM OKC 2016: Event Info

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: Downtempo
Friday, March 4, 2016
8-11 pm
Set at a mellow pace
location: TBD

Momentum: Full Speed
Saturday, March 5, 2016
8-11 pm
Nothing held back
location: TBD

Advance Tickets: $10
At the Door: $15

Free Gallery Hours
March 6-7, 2-7 pm

Spotlight Artists Talks 
Monday, March 7, 2016 6-7pm

Would you like to volunteer to help make Momentum OKC happen?
For more information, email Mandy Messina, Operations Manager at

Become a Momentum OKC Sponsor

Momentum OKC Sponsorship Form

Advancing the next generation of artists, the annual Momentum OKC 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.

This year, we present Momentum again in Oklahoma City. Returning with a market and animated spaces on the first floor, Momentum will feature visual art, performances & live music over two exciting nights:
Downtempo on Friday, March 4th and Full Speed on Saturday, March 5th, 2016.
Then OVAC offers free gallery hours March 6th and 7th for more visitors to attend.
For acknowledgement on all appropriate materials, respond by January 4, 2016.

  • Sponsorship Levels

  • Presenting Sponsors of $5,000+ receive:
    30 tickets to Momentum*
    20 tickets to Patron Preview Party*
    Curator’s Choice artist award named after business & opportunity to present award
    Top level acknowledgement with logo on all promotional materials*
    Social media mentions & shout outs*
    Public announcement & special thanks by MC at event*

    Headline Sponsors of $2,500+ receive:
    20 tickets to Momentum*
    15 tickets to the Patron Preview Party*
    Artist Honorable Mention Award named after business
    Acknowledgement on all promotional materials as Headline Sponsor*
    Social media mentions & shout outs*
    Public announcement & special thanks by MC at event*

    Supersonic Sponsors of $1,000+ receive:
    15 tickets to Momentum*
    10 tickets to Patron Preview Party*
    Artist Honorable Mention Award named after business
    Acknowledgement on advertisements, posters, fliers, event signage* & website*
    Social media mentions & shout outs*
    Public announcement & special thanks by MC at event*

    Transonic Sponsors of $500+ receive:
    10 tickets to Momentum*
    4 tickets to Patron Preview Party*
    Acknowledgement on posters, event signage* social media* & website*

    Sonic Sponsors of $200+ receive:
    5 tickets to Momentum*
    2 tickets to the Patron Preview Party*
    Acknowledgement on event signage, website & social media

    Velocity Sponsors of $100+ receive:
    2 tickets to Momentum*
    Acknowledgement on event signage, website & social media

    Sponsors of $50+ receive:
    1 ticket to Momentum*
    Acknowledgement on social media, website and our gratitude

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

    For acknowledgement on all materials, please respond by January 4, 2016.
    More information: Laura Reese, Programs Coordinator, 405.879.2400

    *these benefits are also applicable to in-kind donations of goods or services at this level

2016 Momentum OKC Sponsors

Transonic Sponsor
Staplegun Design

Sonic Sponsor
Deluxe OK
Stephen Kovash
Midtown Renaissance
Diane & Phillip Moershel
Accel Financial Staffing/Meg Salyer
Michi K Susan

Velocity Sponsor
AJ Kirkpatrick & Rebecca Cruise
Jason Dunnington

Cacky Poarch

MOMENTUM OKC 2016: 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 OKC will be March 4 – 5, 2016

Curator: Trent Lawson is an artist in Oklahoma City. He received his BFA in Studio Art from Oklahoma City University in 2002. His work on black velvet references 80s pop culture and cinema as well as art history. Lawson has extensive involvement in OVAC as the previous Events Production Coordinator and volunteered for Momentum since 2003. He currently works at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art as Chief Preparator. He’s been chasing the velvet dragon since 2010. 

Emerging Curator: Catherine Shotick, Oklahoma City, OK.

Spotlight Artists: Applications for Spotlight Artists are being accepted now through November 15.

Please check back December 1, 2015 for application information.
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.

November 1, 5:00 pm:
Emerging curator applications due
November 15: Emerging curator applicants notified
November 15, 5:00 pm: Momentum Spotlight artist proposals due
December 1: Momentum Spotlight artist applicants notified
December 1: Entry opens for juried survey show
January 25: Entry closes for juried survey show
March 4-5, 6-9 pm: Momentum OKC opens

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 recruits 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 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 OKC Spotlight, March 2016
Curator: Trent Lawson
Emerging Curator: Catherine Shotick
Spotlight Artists: Klair Larason (Oklahoma City), Haley Prestifilippo (Norman), and Gloria Shows (Oklahoma City)

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 Tulsa 2015 Artwork

Momentum Tulsa 2015 Satellite Show