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MOMENTUM 2019: 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.

Save the date for March 22 & 23, 2019!

2019 CALLS FOR ENTRY: General Survey Applications NOW OPEN!

Highlights from Momentum 2018!

Video created by Rabbit House Productions

Music by Samuel Regan

Become a Momentum Sponsor

Momentum Sponsorship Form

p>Advancing the next generation of artists, the annual Momentum 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 in Oklahoma City. Momentum will feature visual art, performances & live music over two exciting nights:
Friday, March 22nd and Saturday, March 23rd, 2019.
Then OVAC offers free gallery hours March 24th for more visitors to attend.
For acknowledgement on all appropriate materials, respond by January 25, 2019.

  • Sponsorship Levels

  • Headline Sponsors of $2,500+ receive:
    1/2 page advertisement in Art Focus Oklahoma magazine
    Top level ackknowledgement with logo on all promotional materials
    15 tickets to Momentum
    10 tickets to the Momentum VIP Cocktails and Spotlight Preview at 21c Museum Hotel
    Honorable Mention Award named after business
    Acknowledgment on all promotional materials as Headline Sponsor
    Facebook and Twitter mention with links to website/promotion

    Supersonic Sponsors of $1,000+ receive:
    12 tickets to Momentum
    6 tickets to the Momentum VIP Cocktails and Spotlight Preview at 21c Museum Hotel
    Honorable Mention Award named after business
    Acknowledgement on advertisements, posters, fliers, event signage & website

    Transonic Sponsors of $500+ receive:
    8 tickets to Momentum
    4 tickets to the Momentum VIP Cocktails and Spotlight Preview at 21c Museum Hotel
    Acknowledgement on posters, event signage, social media & website

    Sonic Sponsors of $200+ receive:
    4 tickets to Momentum
    2 tickets to the Momentum VIP Cocktails and Spotlight Preview at 21c Museum Hotel
    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 website

    For acknowledgement on all materials, please respond by January 25, 2019.
    More information: Sterling Smith, Programs & Events Manager, 405.879.2400

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

2019 Momentum 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.


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 Sterling 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 $1,000 honorarium.

Momentum OKC Spotlight, March 2019
Curator: Zoe Larkins
Emerging Curator: Samantha Rhodes
Spotlight Artists: Emily Chase (Tulsa), Cecilia Otero (Oklahoma City), and Anna Thomas (Tulsa)

Momentum OKC 2018 Artwork


Momentum OKC 2016 Artwork

Momentum OKC 2016 Patron Preview Party