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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; 8-11pm
16th Anniversary on 16th Street
Graphite//District House//The Venue OKC
with satellite location at DNA Galleries
The Plaza District, OKC

Free gallery hours March 26-27; 2-7pm

Spotlight Artists: Lisandro Boccacci, Krystle Brewer, Summer Zah

Curator: Kate Van Steenhuyse
Emerging Curator: Kyle Cohlmia

View complete list of survey artists here.
Info for exhibiting artists.

Local music acts:
March 24: Magnificent Bird; Fresh; and Klair Larason
March 25: Cosmostanza and Carte Blanche



Pre-sale ticket sales have now closed. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $15 both nights of the event.

Become a Momentum OKC Sponsor

2017 Momentum OKC Sponsors

Supersonic Sponsors
The Chickasaw Nation
Dunlap Codding
Level Urban Apartments
NSC Consulting
Fitzsimmons Architects

Transonic Sponsors
Hillary, Peter, and Rowan Farrell
Fowler Automotive
Mason Realty Investors
Michi K Susan

Sonic Sponsors
Accel Financial Staffing/Meg Salyer
Blue Sage Studios
Bryon Chambers
Joel Dixon
Richard and Elizabeth Hatcher
David and Dianne Hunter
Barney and Kelsey Karper
Julia Kirt and Nathan Guilford, DDS
Stephen Kovash
Jean and Kent Larason
Laura and Laurent Massenat
Midtown Renaissance
Suzanne Mitchell and Sam Fulkerson
Diane Moershel
Randel and Dana Shadid
Carl and Beth Shortt
Craig and Alicia Smith
Mark and Debbie Stonecipher
Susan Whiteneck

Velocity Sponsors
Aeriel and TS Akers
Sarah Allen
Marilyn and Andy Artus
Jennifer Barron
Gina Ellis
SuSu and Mark Fischer
Andy and Teresa Fugitt
Dave and Arlene Fuller
Curtis and Tammy Gordon Jones
Geoffrey Hicks
Cody and Christin Hughes
F. Bradley Jessop
John and Suzanne Justice
AJ Kirkpatrick & Rebecca Cruise
Paul and Mike Lane
Palmer Studios Inc.
Revolve Productions
Joe and Angela Slack
Clint Stone and Shannon Claire

Susan H. Caldwell
Taylor Caraway
Scott Cowan
Jonathan Hils
Horny Toad Fine Art Services
Cayla Lewis
Holly Moye & Garrett Hauck
Marissa and Nathan Raglin
Chris Stinchcomb

Special Thanks
The Fulmer Group
The Barn – Creative Work Spaces
Anthem Brewing Co.
Pancho’s Liquor Town
Plaza District Association
Prairie Wolf Spirits
Whole Foods Market
Thirsty People
Wheeler District

Media Partners
Yelp Oklahoma City
Oklahoma Gazette
Keep It Local
The Spy FM

Southwestern Stationery & Bank Supply

Third Floor Design

Raffle Prizes
COOP Ale-Works
Dave & Buster’s
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
Iron Masters
Mahogany Steakhouse
Porch School & Art Supply
Savory Spice Shop
Soul Tree, a Holistic Lifestyle Company

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. Co-presented with East Central University.

Momentum Ada 2017
May 19 – 20, East Central University and downtown Main Street, Ada, Oklahoma

Featuring Spotlight Artists:
Julius the Robot
Laurence Myers Reese
A survey selection of some of the most innovative regional artists

Curated by Bryan Cardinale-Powell and Samantha Dillehay

The Festival is FREE and open to the public; all are welcome, however, some content may not be suitable for children–discretion is advised.

With live music acts:
Friday, May 19th
7:00pm – 11:30pm
OMM (Our Mother’s Martyr)

Saturday, May 20th
6:00pm – 11:30pm
Porch Mice
Em & The Mother Superiors

The stage is outdoors on the plaza at ECU.

Free Event Schedule:
Friday, May 19, 8-11pm; Saturday, May 20, 7-11pm
Installations at The Grandview on Main St. and the Pogue Gallery on the ECU Campus.
Film reels showing every hour on the hour at the Estep Center and Chalmers Black Box Theater (ECU Campus).

Featured Presentation (ticketed):

acclaimed filmmaker John Waters, “This Filthy World”
May 19, 7:30pm
Hallie Brown Ford Theater
Tickets $15; available here:
Coming in from out-of-town? There is a Momentum Ada rate at LaQuinta Inn in Ada. Ask for the ECU rate and get a single for $85, double occupancy for $90.
Sponsored by:
The Chickasaw Nation
Rob and Monica Neal
David and Deanna Piercy
Brad Jessop
Stephen Kovash
Redland Childers Architects
Mercy Hospital


Momentum Ada will be free and open to the public.

Join us for featured presentation John Waters “This Filthy World” on May 19. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased HERE.


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.

All opportunities for 2017 are currently closed. Please check back in the fall of 2017 for the 2018 application information.

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

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Momentum OKC 2016 Patron Preview Party

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