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MOMENTUM 2018: 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 2018
Dates and venue to be announced soon!

Apply now for Momentum 2018 General Survey.

Free gallery hours: Coming Soon!

Spotlight Artists: Coming Soon!

Curator: Anna Katherine Brodbeck
Emerging Curator: Bianca Martucci-Fink

View complete list of 2017 survey artists here.
Info for exhibiting artists.

Local music acts: Coming Soon!



Pre-sale tickets will be available in January 2018.

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: 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 to apply for Momentum 2018 General Survey.
Application Deadline: January 24
Applicants Notified: February 2

Applications for Momentum 2018 Spotlight Artists have now closed. Applicants will be notified Monday, November 27 by 5pm.

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 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






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