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MOMENTUM 2019: Event Info


Momentum is back with two nights of ART, LIVE MUSIC, and tons of surprises! This dynamic and unique event works with Oklahoma artists ages 30 and younger in an environment created specifically for them, helping them gain experience and meet new audiences. Attendees encounter film, performance, new media, installation, music, and more! In partnership with Factory Obscura, this year’s statewide event will be held in the infamous Womb gallery in Oklahoma City on March 22nd and 23rd from 8pm – 11pm.


2019 Momentum Sponsors

Spotlight Artist Program Sponsor
Dunlap Codding

Headline Sponsor
The Chickasaw Nation
Factory Obscura
Mason Realty Investors

Supersonic Sponsor
Downtown OKC Partnership
Kent Beck Motors
Level Urban Apartments
OKC Marquee

Transonic Sponsors
Fitzsimmons Architects
Gulfport Energy
Andy and Sue Moss Sullivan

Sonic Sponsors
Accel Financial Staffing
Blue Sage Studios, LTD.
Country Carpet
Joel Dixon
DNA Galleries
Andrew Holder
Stephen Kovash
Midtown Renaissance
Diane Moershel
Max Naifeh
Scout Studios
Clint Stone and Shannon Claire
Mark and Debbie Stonecipher
Amy Young

Velocity Sponsors
Marilyn and Andy Artus
Chandra and Steve Boyd
Rep. Jason Dunnington
Hillary, Peter, and Rowan Farrell
Sam Fulkerson and Suzanne Mitchell
Richard and Elizabeth Hatcher
AJ Kirkpatrick and Rebecca Cruise
Julia Kirt and Nathan Guilford
Robin and Shawn Meyers
Paseo Arts Association
Marissa and Nathan Raglin
Beth and Carl Shortt Jr.

Susan Beaty
Gina H. Ellis
Jonathan and Jackie Hils
Stephanie Ruggles
Shawn Wright

Third Floor Design, University of Tulsa


Southwestern Stationery and Bank Supply

Special Thanks
21c Museum Hotel

2019 Momentum Artists

Spotlight Artists
Emily Chase
Cecilia Otero
Anna Thomas

General Survey Artists
Kenzie Adair
Ryan Addis
Dylan Albertson
Kylie Anderson
Liz Boudreaux
Ally Burt
Teran Columbus
Rachel Davis
Ryan Davis
Emily Difani
Christian Dixon
Liesl Dolese
Amber Duboise-Shepherd
Aubrey Ginsterblum
Faun Harjo
Mycah Higley
Zachary Hunter
Katelynn Knick
Taylor Lawrence
Marcus Leonard
Alexandra Lewis
Sarah Machemehl
Nina Nguyen
Kelley Queen
Marissa Raglin
Kyndall Rainey
Gabriel Rojas
Lauren Schlepp
Maddie Schmidt
Lucas Simmons
Virginia Sitzes
Justice Smithers
Jordan Tacker
Michael Takahata
Megan Tiernan
Cecilia Villalobos
Tamber Walls
Madeleine Witt

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 2019 Artwork

Momentum OKC 2018 Artwork

Momentum OKC 2016 Artwork

Momentum OKC 2016 Patron Preview Party