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.

Downtempo, Friday, March 6, 8-11pm
Full Speed, Saturday, March 7, 8-11pm

Farmer’s Public Market, 311 S Klein, Oklahoma City, OK

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.

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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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Supersonic Sponsors

Dunlap Codding, P.C.

Transonic Sponsors

Hillary, Peter, and Rowan Farrell
Nathan Guilford, DDS and Julia Kirt
Staplegun Design, Inc.
Michi and Charles Susan

Sonic Sponsors

Accel Financial Staffing/Meg Salyer
Authentic Plastering Inc.
Phil Brown
Bryon Chambers
Joel Dixon
Elizabeth Eickman and Marvin Quinn
Rand Elliott
Richard and Elizabeth Hatcher
Kim Haywood
Karper Electronics
Stephen Kovash
Cayla Lewis, Aron Holt, Whitney Weingartner, et al
Travis Mason
Midtown Renaissance
Carl and Beth Shortt
Curt Stamp
Grady Cole Whiteneck

Velocity Sponsors

Awful Objects
Jennifer Barron and Bonnie Allen
Michelle Bui
Bryan Cook
Deluxe Oklahoma City
Peter Dolese
Gina Ellis
Michael Hoffner
Margaret Keith
AJ Kirkpatrick and Rebecca Craige
Catheryn Koss and Andrew Kershen
Land Project Management, LLC
Kent and Jean Larason
Suzanne Mitchell and Sam Fulkerson
John and Suzanne Justice
Peter and Kris Markes
Diane Moershel
Nicole Poole
Randel and Dana Shadid
Denise and Keith Spiker
Christian and Alesha Trimble


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

Emerging Curator: Suzanne Thomas, artist and art professor

Dec 15: Call for bands/musical acts deadline
January 27, 5 pm: Deadline for Artwork entries. Submissions accepted at
February 13 by 5 pm: Artists notified via email, selected artist list posted at
February 19 6-8pm: Thursday info session for selected artists, in OKC TBD
February 21 1-3pm: Saturday info session for selected artists, in Tulsa TBD
March 2, 6-8 pm & March 3, 10am-12 pm: Delivery of selected artworks
March 6 & 7, 8-11 pm: Momentum OKC Opening Event
March 8 & 9, 2-7 pm: Free Gallery Hours
March 9, 7-9 pm & March 10, 10 am-Noon: Artwork pick up. ALL artwork must be picked up at this time.

Momentum OKC 2015 Call for Entries

Deadline: January 27, 2015, 5 pm
Awards: Over $2,000 in prizes selected by the curators. Additionally, a $100 Viewer’s Choice Award is voted by the audience.
Entry Fee: Free for OVAC Members, $10 for non-members
Eligibility:  Momentum is open to artists ages 30 and younger who live and work in Oklahoma, or who have a permanent address in Oklahoma. Performance artists, filmmakers, installation, 2D and 3D artists are encouraged to submit up to three entries. Submissions must have been created in the last two years and may not have been exhibited in previous Momentums.
You may submit up to 3 pieces total (i.e. if you submit one performance art proposal, you could also submit two paintings).

Click to view full guidelines.
Entries can be submitted online at


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 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.




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Upcoming Events

Momentum OKC 2015 Artist Deadline
Jan 27th to Jan 27th from 5:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Momentum OKC Artist Info Session (Tulsa)
Feb 19th to Feb 19th from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Momentum OKC Artist Info Session (OKC)
Feb 21st to Feb 21st from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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Mar 6th to Mar 6th from 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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Mar 7th to Mar 7th from 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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Momentum OKC 2015: Free Gallery Hours (OKC)
Mar 8th to Mar 8th from 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Momentum OKC 2015: Free Gallery Hours (OKC)
Mar 9th to Mar 9th from 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Momentum OKC 2015 Spotlight Artist Talks (OKC)
Mar 9th to Mar 9th from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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