Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship

The Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship aims to train promising writers and curators by expanding their professional education and experience. This distinctive, yearlong program awards 12 fellows the opportunity to participate in a structured and innovative curriculum designed to encourage new writing and curatorial projects. The Fellowship offers each participant the opportunity to cultivate skills and knowledge by offering access to leading regional and national curators, critics, organizers and academics through public lectures and intimate, hands-on workshops.

The Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship identifies talented Fellows who possess a passion for art, a drive to excel in writing about art, and the desire to become active and engaged participants in the current contemporary art dialogue. The program provides education, mentorship, and support to writers and curators to help them realize greater potential. This is the third installment of the program, which was also held in 2012 and 2010. The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) presents this program in partnership with the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and the University of Oklahoma School of Art and Art History with additional support from the Norman Arts Council and MAINSITE Contemporary Art. Regional partners include the Charlotte Street Foundation (Kansas City, MO), Bemis Art Center (Omaha, NE), and The Luminary (St. Louis, MO).

The Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship is funded in part by the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and the Oklahoma Arts Council

2015 Mentors:

Chad Alligood, Curator, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR.

Robert Bailey, Art Historian, Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Julia Cole, Interdisciplinary artist, educator and community strategist; Rocket Grants Coordinator, Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City, MO.

James McAnally, Artist, Critic, Curator; Director of The Luminary and Executive Editor of Temporary Art Review.

Amanda McDonald Crowley, Curator and cultural worker; Artistic Director, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art; Curator in Residence, Alt-w Design Informatics, New Media Scotland.

Barbara Pollack, Critic, Contributing Editor of Artnews, contributing writer to Art in America, Artnet.com and others, curator and expert on Chinese contemporary art.

Lorelei Stewart, Director and Curator, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC); faculty, Museum and Exhibition Studies graduate program, UIC.

Daniel Tucker, Artist/Writer/Curator, Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Manager in Social and Studio Practices at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia.

Karen vanMeenen, Editor of Afterimage, The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism; Lecturer, Rochester Institute of Technology Department of English.


2015 Fellows:

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 program. The deadline to apply is November 17, 2014 at 5 pm. For details, use the “How to Apply” tab above.

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The call for applicants for the 2015 Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship is now available.

Click here to view the full application guidelines.

Applications should be submitted online at https://ovac.submittable.com/submit/34543.

The deadline to apply is November 17, 2014, 5 pm.

Applicants should be actively engaged in the visual arts and seriously interested in writing about or creating exhibitions of living artists from the region.  They also should have a demonstrated passion about contemporary art and the potential to produce exceptional writing.  Applicants should be able to commit to the program, attend scheduled events, and meet assignments for successful completion.  Graduate students are eligible to apply. Undergraduate students are not eligible. Past Fellows are not eligible.

Geographic Eligibility: Applicants must