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

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

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
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 OKC 2015: Artist Info

Click to view Momentum OKC 2015 selected artist list.

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: Artist Info Session, TCC Center for Creativity, 909 S. Boston Ave, Tulsa
February 21 4-6pm: Artist Info Session, IAO Gallery, 706 W. Sheridan Ave, OKC
February 21, 1-4 pm: Artist Survival Kit Workshop – Prep School: Framing, Crating Installing (free admission for Momentum artists)
March 2, 6-8 pm & March 3, 10am-12 pm: Delivery of selected artworks & Market items to Farmer’s Public Market, 311 S. Klein Ave, OKC
March 6, 7-9 pm: Patron Preview – artists encouraged to attend
March 6 & 7, 8-11 pm: Momentum OKC Opening Event
March 8 & 9, 2-7 pm: Free Gallery Hours
March 9, Noon-1 pm: Art Moves: Momentum Artist Talks
March 9, 6 pm: Spotlight Artist Talks
March 9, 7-9 pm & March 10, 10 am-Noon: Artwork pick up. ALL artwork must be picked up at this time.


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 (OKC)
Mar 6th to Mar 6th from 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Oklahoma City

Momentum OKC 2015 (OKC)
Mar 7th to Mar 7th from 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Oklahoma City

Momentum OKC 2015: Free Gallery Hours (OKC)
Mar 8th to Mar 8th from 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City

Art Moves Artist Talks at Momentum
Mar 9th to Mar 9th from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Oklahoma City

Momentum OKC 2015: Free Gallery Hours (OKC)
Mar 9th to Mar 9th from 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City

Momentum OKC 2015 Spotlight Artist Talks (OKC)
Mar 9th to Mar 9th from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City

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