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. 2018 is the fourth installment of the program, which was also held in 2015, 2012, and 2010. 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, Norman Arts Council, MAINSITE Contemporary Art, and other arts organizations.

The call for the 2018 iteration of the Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship will open on March 1st and close May 15th at 11:59pm.

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.


2018 geographic eligibility included the following:

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



-Before applying, please be sure to read Submission Guidelines and Info.

This was the third installment of the program, which was also held in 2012 and 2010. The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) presented 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 included the Charlotte Street Foundation (Kansas City, MO), Bemis Art Center (Omaha, NE), and The Luminary (St. Louis, MO).

The 2015 iteration of Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship was 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

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.

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