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MOMENTUM OKC 2017: Event Info

The Momentum exhibition works with 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 OKC 2017
March 24-25, 2017
Location TBA

Become a Momentum OKC Sponsor

Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors! Please check back in November 2016 to learn how you can support future Momentum exhibitions.

2016 Momentum OKC Sponsors

Headline Sponsor
Yelp Oklahoma City

Supersonic Sponsors
Dunlap Codding
TiTi & Brian Fitzsimmons
Keep it Local OK
LEVEL Urban Apartments
Southwestern Stationery and Bank Supply

Transonic Sponsors
2nd Street Wine Shop
Anthem Brewing Co.
Coffee Slingers Roasters
Downtown OKC, Inc.
Empire Slice House
Erin DeMoss Creative
Fowler Automotive
Hillary, Peter & Rowan Farrell
Julia Kirt & Nathan Guilford, DDS
Oklahoma Gazette
Prairie Wolf Spirits
Staplegun Design
Strong Tonic
Thirsty People

Sonic Sponsors
Betsy King. A Shoe Boutique
Blue Sage Studios
Bryon Chambers
Deluxe OK
Joel Dixon
Elizabeth Eickman
Kim Haywood
Curtis & Tammy Jones
King Kopy
Stephen Kovash
Mr. & Mrs. Kent C. Larason
Laura & Laurent Massenat
Steve Mason
Midtown Renaissance
Suzanne Mitchell & Sam Fulkerson
Diane & Phillip Moershel
Oklahoma Gazette
Porch School & Art Supply
Larry Querbach
Accel Financial Staffing/Meg Salyer
Ira & Sandy Schlezinger
Randel & Dana Shadid
Carl & Beth Shortt
SixTwelve/Amy Young
Clint Stone & Shannon Claire
Michi K Susan

Velocity Sponsors
Ariel & TS Akers
Bombs Away Art
Collected Thread
Tiffani & Nathanael Cook
Corbishley Violins
AJ Kirkpatrick & Rebecca Cruise
Ralph Curtin
Robert & Maroline Dennis
DNA Galleries
Peter Dolese
Jason Dunnington
Gina Ellis
Andy & Teresa Fugitt
Richard & Elizabeth Hatcher
Geoffry Hicks
In the Kitchen with Scotty
F. Bradley Jessop
Karper Electronics
KINDT Events, Inc.
Mike & Paula Lane
Matt Latham
Cayla Lewis
Joshua Lunsford
Kris & Peter Markes
Midway Deli
Robin & Shawn Meyers
Jeff Mize
Andy & Stacy Rine
Mary Jo Schoeling & Tom Shaver
Richard & Merlina Shows
John & Suzanne Thomas
Eddie Walker & Tim Fields
Tim and Jarica Walsh

Taylor Caraway
Dave & Buster’s
Samantha Dillehay
Emily Duncan & Adam Belusko
Bobby Gouge
Rachel Grantmeir
Cary Joy Haans
Jonathan Hils
Zack Johnson
Gayle Jones
Julianne Marin
Sergio Marin
Jane-Ann & Todd McCarthy
Adrienne Nobles
Lisa Pitsiri
Cacky Poarch
Ernesto & Lin Sanchez
Andrew Shaneyfelt
Joe & Angela Slack
Slaughter’s Hall
Chris Stinchcomb
Brandi & David Sullivan
Erin Williford
Mucki Wright

MOMENTUM Ada 2017: Event Info

The Momentum film and new media festival works with 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, and more.

Momentum Ada 2017
Details coming soon!

Become a Momentum Ada Sponsor

Please check back in December 2016 to learn how you can support future Momentum exhibitions.

2017 Momentum Ada Sponsors


MOMENTUM: 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.


CLICK HERE: Momentum OKC Emerging Curator call for entry details. Applications due November 1, 2016, 5:00pm.

CLICK HERE: Momentum OKC Spotlight Artist call for entry details. Applications due November 13, 2016, 5:00pm.

CLICK HERE: Momentum Ada Spotlight Artist call for entry details. Applications due January 1, 2017, 5:00pm.


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 Holly 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 OKC 2016 Artwork

Momentum OKC 2016 Patron Preview Party