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.

2018 Fellows:

Narciso Argüelles, Edmond, OK

Narciso Argüelles is the Executive Director of Inclusion in Art and the Oklahoma Latino Cultural Center. He is also an art educator and practicing artist.

Danny Baskin, Fayetteville, AR

Danny R.W. Baskin is an artist and curator from Fayetteville, Arkansas. He received his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Arkansas. Baskin works as co-director/curator for FEAST Gallery.

Christina Beatty, Oklahoma City, OK

Serving as the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Community Arts Director, Christina Beatty brings a passion for the role of arts and cultural expression in community development.

Liz Blood ,Tulsa, OK

Liz Blood is a writer and editor. Her journalistic work focuses on contemporary art, travel, and environmental, immigrant, and indigenous issues. She is a 2018–19 Oklahoma Center for the Humanities public fellow.

Marjorie Bontemps, Tulsa, OK

Marjorie received a B.A. in Classics and Cultural Studies/Art History, and is currently pursuing an MSM. Her research interests include conceptual thinking in art process and community development through the arts.

C.J. Charbonneau, Kansas City, MO

C.J. Charbonneau is an independent curator and writer, and director of the KC Women in the Arts networking group. She lives in Kansas City, MO

Catherine Crain, Tulsa, OK

Catherine Crain is the Communications & Partnership Associate for 108|Contemporary. She graduated from the University of Tulsa with a BA in Art History and Arts Management in 2017.

Zack Reeves, Tulsa, OK

Zack Reeves hails from Chelsea, Oklahoma. He received an MFA in writing from The New School. Zack is currently the Marketing Coordinator for Philbrook Museum of Art.

Megan Rossman, Oklahoma City, OK

Megan Rossman is a writer and photography editor/manager for Oklahoma Today magazine and Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation. She lives in Oklahoma City.  

John Selvidge, Oklahoma City, OK

John Selvidge works in Oklahoma CIty as a freelance writer, teacher, and consultant engaged in poetry, film, and nonprofit development for the Ralph Ellison Foundation.

Samantha Sigmon, Bentonville, AR

Samantha Sigmon is an interpretation manager at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, as well as a writer, curator, and organizer focusing on art in Northwest Arkansas.

Gretchen VanWormer, Stillwater, OK

Gretchen VanWormer is the author of a chapbook of essays, How I See The Humans (CutBank). She writes about art, nature, grief, and gender & sexuality.

Confirmed Mentors Include:

heather ahtone, Norman, OK

Currently the Senior Curator at the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum (AICCM) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the primary focus of heather ahtone’s research and writing has been to examine the intersection between tribal knowledge and contemporary art.

Rachel Cook, Seattle, WA

Rachel is the Artistic Director of On the Boards in Seattle, WA. Previously she served as Curator at Diverse Works in Houston, Texas. Cook joined DiverseWorks as Assistant Curator in August 2012, and was promoted to Associate Curator in August 2013, and Curator in January 2016.

Orit Gat, New York, NY and London, UK

Orit Gat is a writer living in New York. Her work on contemporary art and digital culture has appeared in a variety of magazines, including friezee-flux journal, art-agenda, the Times Literary SupplementThe World Policy Journal, and The White Review, where she’s a contributing editor.

Lauren Haynes, Bentonville, AR

Lauren Haynes is Curator, Contemporary Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Her most recent projects at Crystal Bridges include The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art (co-curator) and Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power (institutional curator).

Zoe Larkins, Denver, CO

Zoe Larkins is the Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. At MCA Denver Zoe has curated exhibitions including Arthur Jafa: Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death (2018), Diego Rodriguez-Warner: Honestly Lying (2018), and Jenny Morgan: SKINDEEP (2017).

Sharon Louden, New York, NY

Sharon Louden is an artist, educator, advocate for artists, and editor of the Living and Sustaining a Creative Life series of books. Sharon’s work has been exhibited in numerous venues and is held in public and private collections. Sharon’s first book, Living and Sustaining a Creative Life, is now in its seventh printing and sold in over 24 countries.

Michael Maizels, Fayetteville, AR

Michael Maizels is a scholar, curator and dramaturge whose work brings the visual arts into productive collision with a broad range of disciplinary histories and potential futures. As an historian, he has undertaken several book projects including Barry Le Va: The Aesthetic Aftermath (University of Minnesota, 2015), In and Out Phase: An Episodic History of Art and Music in the 1960s (Under Review), and Collecting the Now: Studies in the Postwar Art Market (In Progress).

Kirsten Olds (Lead Mentor), Tulsa, OK

Kirsten Olds is an Assistant Professor at the University of Tulsa, where she offers courses in the history of modern and contemporary art and visual culture. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Columbia University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Her academic research focuses on experimental art forms in the 1960s and 1970s; she is completing a book manuscript on the art of the Eternal Network, which explores how artists involved in mail art, video, and performance art generated networked practices forged through collaboration and circulation.

Jennifer Scanlan, Oklahoma City, OK

Jennifer Scanlan is the Exhibitions and Curatorial Director at Oklahoma Contemporary in Oklahoma City, where she has curated a number of exhibitions, including: Melvin Edwards: In Oklahoma and Jeffrey Gibson: Speak to Me. From 2013 through 2015 she was a New York-based independent curator focusing on contemporary art and design, and before that worked for 12 years as an Associate Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

Cameron Shaw, New Orleans, LA

Cameron Shaw is a writer, editor, and the Executive Director of Pelican Bomb in New Orleans. Her work at Pelican Bomb centers on developing platforms for diverse voices, particularly through publishing and exhibition making, that expand the ways individuals and communities interact with contemporary art.

Buzz Spector, St. Louis, MO

Buzz Spector’s art makes frequent use of the book, both as subject and object, and is concerned with relationships between public history, individual memory, and perception. He has had many solo exhibitions at museums and private galleries in the U.S. and abroad.

Catherine Whitney, Tulsa, OK

Catherine Whitney, Philbrook’s Chief Curator and Curator of American Art, oversees the curatorial department at the museum and has originated numerous exhibitions that have toured to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art, Phoenix Art Museum, and Wichita Art Museum, among other institutions.

Lindsey Preston Zappas, Los Angeles, CA

Lindsay Preston Zappas is a publisher, writer, and artist based in Los Angeles. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013. She is the Founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (Carla), an LA-based critical art magazine, and host of the Carla Podcast.

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:

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.

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 11, 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.

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 Denver, New Orleans, or St. Louis areas

(Geographic eligibility is flexible. If you have any questions about whether you qualify, please contact us.)

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

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