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 fourth installment of the program, which was also held in 2010, 2012 and 2015. The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) presents this program in partnership with the Philbrook Museum of Art, The University of Tulsa School of Art, Design & Art History, and other arts organizations.

The call for the 2018 iteration of the Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship will close May 15th at 11:59pm.

Confirmed Mentors Include:
heather ahtone, Senior Curator, American Indian Cultural Center & Museum
Rachel Cook, Artistic Director, On the Boards
Orit Gat, Editor, art-agenda
Rebecca Hart, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Denver Art Museum
Lauren Haynes, Curator of Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges
Zoe Larkins, Assistant Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
Michael Maizels, Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas
Kristen Olds, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Art History, University of Tulsa
Cameron Shaw, Executive Director and Founding Editor, Pelican Bomb
Buzz Spector, Artist, Writer, and Professor of Art, Washington University in St. Louis
Catherine Whitney, Chief Curator, Philbrook Museum of Art
Lindsay Preston Zappas, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Contemporary Art Review

2015 Mentors:

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

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

Chloë Bass, Independent Conceptual Artist and Cultural Critic, Brooklyn, NY.

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

Orit Gat, a New York and London based writer, contributing editor to Momus, and currently the managing editor of WdW Review.

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

Amanda McDonald Crowley, Curator and cultural worker; Curator in Residence, Alt-w Design Informatics, New Media Scotland.

Kirsten Fleur Olds, PhD (Program Facilitator and Panel Moderator), Writer and Curator, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK.

Buzz Spector, Installation and Book Artist, Writer, Curator, and Professor of Art, Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

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

Shannon Stratton, Founder and Executive Director Threewalls; Adjunct Assistant Professor, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

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, PA.

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

 

2015 Fellows:

Lindsey Allgood, Norman, OK

Alyson Atchison, Oklahoma City, OK

Jessica Borusky, Kansas City, MO

Krystle Brewer, Tulsa, OK

Allison Campbell, Norman, OK

Kyle Cohlmia, Oklahoma City, OK

Melaney Mitchell, Kansas City, MO

Laura Reese, Norman, OK

Liz Roth, Stillwater, OK

Lauren Scarpello, Oklahoma City, OK

Tiffany Sides, Tulsa, OK

Sean Starowitz, Kansas City, MO

Click for Fellow bios.

Program Photos:

 

Call for Applicants – 2018 Fellowship Year

Deadline: May 15, 2018

APPLY HERE!

 

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 fourth installment of the program. The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) presents this program in partnership with Philbrook Museum of Art, The University of Tulsa, and other arts organizations.

PROGRAM DETAILS

2018 Confirmed Mentors:
heather ahtone, Ph.D. Senior Curator, American Indian Cultural Center & Museum, OKC, OK
Rachel Cook, Artistic Director, On the Boards, Seattle, WA
Rebecca Hart, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Orit Gat, Editor for art-agenda, London and NYC, NY
Lauren Haynes, Curator of Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges, Bentonville, AR
Zoe Larkins, Assistant Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO
Michael W. Maizels, Assistant Professor of Art History University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
Kirsten Olds, Ph.D. Associate Professor for the Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences, The
University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
Cameron Shaw, Executive Director and Founding Editor, Pelican Bomb, New Orleans, LA
Buzz Spector, Artist, Writer, and Professor of Art at the Washington University in St. Louis, MO
Catherine Whitney, Chief Curator, Curator of American Art, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK
Lindsay Preston Zappas, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Contemporary Art Review, Los Angeles, CA

 

Requirements for Fellows:

  • Attend 6 Fellowship panel discussions & workshops
  • Read assigned texts monthly
  • Prepare assigned written texts (200 – 1500 words) throughout participation
  • Publish articles on the OVAC blog
  • Visit art exhibitions at museums & galleries
  • Participate in small-group workshop sessions outside of the in-person meetings
  • Participate in regional study trip, held in June/July
  • Prepare and submit one prepared text (750 – 1500 words) and supporting images to Lead Mentor by assigned deadline for final project to be published in Art Focus Oklahoma
  • Remain open to new ideas and criticism and respectful to both Mentors and fellow participants

 

 

Program Schedule:

The program includes 6 face-to-face convenings and consists of the following:

  • Orientation and Introduction
  • Four meetings to include public panel discussions and workshops with Mentors
  • Ongoing assigned and independent reading and writing assignments
  • Participation in Fellow small group conference calls
  • Submission of original written work to Mentors
  • Review of Mentors’ feedback
  • Regional study trip
  • Independent or collaborative curatorial lab projects
  • Conclusion meeting
  • Program evaluation

 

Program Dates (please note this schedule subject to change):
August 18, 2018, 11:00 am– 6:00 pm, Orientation
February 23, 2019, 11:00 am– 6:00 pm, Art Writing & Criticism I
April 20, 2019, 11:00 am– 6:00 pm, Art Writing & Criticism II
July 6, 2019, 11:00 am– 6:00 pm, Conclusion

Locations:
The program will take place at various cultural sites in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Fellows cover costs of travel to program sites. OVAC will seek host homes for interested participants.

Cost of the Program:
Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship is underwritten by Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) in partnership with the Philbrook Museum of Art and The University of Tulsa. Fellows are responsible for costs associated with travel, purchasing reading material as assigned, and other incidental costs. The organizers absorb all other program costs.

Selection:
Applications and support materials will be reviewed by a committee comprised of local expertise in the fields of curating, writing, and academia.

 

HOW TO APPLY
DEADLINE: May 15, 2018, 11:59 pm
Submit online HERE. All information is strictly confidential. Late applications will not be considered. The announcement of the Fellows will take place by June 1, 2018.  Applicants will be notified by email.

Eligibility:
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:

  • be an Oklahoma resident, or
  • live within a 350-mile radius of Tulsa or
  • be a resident of Kansas City, New Orleans, or St. Louis areas.

 

SUBMITTED ONLINE BY CANDIDATE:

  • Completed application form
  • Responses to essay questions (no more than 250 words each):
  1. Why do you want to participate in this program? What do you hope to achieve?
  2. In what ways are you engaged in the visual arts?
  3. What interests you most about contemporary art?
  • Resume in PDF or Word format (no more than 3 pages).
  • Support materials in PDF or Word format. Include writing sample, essay, review, article, catalog, or exhibition materials (no more than 3 items) that demonstrate your engagement with contemporary art as well as your writing ability.

 

SUBMITTED VIA EMAIL BY RECOMMENDER (Click here for downloadable info sheet for recommenders):

  • Confidential Recommendation Letter. This letter of recommendation should be from a professional colleague or someone who has served in supervisory role in your career.

Application Questions: 405-879-2400 or director@ovac-ok.org

 

CONFIDENTIAL LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION

DEADLINE: May 15, 2018, 11:59pm

Purpose:
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 fourth installment of the program. Learn about 2014 Fellows at www.write-curate-art.org. The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) presents this program in partnership with Philbrook Museum of Art, The University of Tulsa, and Hardesty Arts Center.

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE AUTHOR OF RECOMMENDATION:
Please submit a Letter of Recommendation in PDF or Word format to director@ovac-ok.org by May 15, 2018 11:59pm. As you write this letter of support, please consider the mission of Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship and the following issues:

  1. The professional or academic relationship you have with the applicant.
  2. Applicants critical thinking and writing abilities.
  3. The applicant’s potential for contributing to curatorial work and writing about contemporary art in the region and beyond.

 

A confirmation of receipt email will be sent. Fellows will be announced by June 1, 2018.

Questions: 405-879-2400 or director@ovac-ok.org

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

APPLY HERE!