Welcome! We're glad you are applying to participate in Art Crit Night. Please fill out ALL the questions below. 

Our goal is to support and strengthen the work of every artist that participates, as well as to promote critical dialogue among those that tune in as viewers. It is recommended that applicants have completed an undergraduate degree in art or have a cohesive body of work and are 21 years of age or older. All participants must be open to the critique process, as that is the foundation of these events. The process will include presenting your work, receiving feedback from the curator framed in a spirit of positivity and desire to help you progress in your practice, and receiving comments from the audience as these events will be open to the art community in an effort to increase critical dialogue.

The artists selected for the Art Crit Night will share their work in the Zoom meeting by screen sharing images of their work with the group. This helps artists to easily share and for viewers to see clear images of work on any laptop screen. The bonus of meeting online is that artists can share more work, as well as large work, installation, and video, etc. more easily than meeting at studios, for example. It can be hard to see the surface quality of the artwork but detail shots can be taken to help with this. Performance must be shared via video documentation. Artists can also share their website or other materials (i.e. residency application, artist statement) if they want the critique to focus on those materials rather than the body of work. 

Selected artists will receive a pre-session meeting to prep for presenting their artwork and to address any potential technical difficulties. 

Art Crit Night is open to all artists and is inclusive and respectful of diversity: gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, culture, perspective, and other background characteristics. Your suggestions about how to improve diversity are encouraged and appreciated.

Participation in Art Crit Night is free and selected artists receive a $50 honorarium. The first event will take place on Thursday, August 12th at 6:00pm and subsequent events will take place on a weekday evening. Jennifer reviews all of the submissions and selects the artists who are featured. The pool stays open from month-to-month, but to be considered for the August Art Crit Night, submit by July 23rd! Art Crit Night meetings will continue as long as there is interest.

CURATOR: Jennifer Scanlan has 20+ years of curatorial experience with an interdisciplinary practice, focusing on contemporary art and design. She moved to Oklahoma in 2016, excited by the opportunity to be a part of Oklahoma Contemporary’s move to its new campus. Before her move, Jennifer spent 16 years in New York City, as an independent curator and before that, as a curator at the Museum of Arts and Design. Her exhibitions included Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today at the Museum of Arts, and Design in New York City and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.; and Back to Eden: Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Italian from Vassar College and a Master of Arts in the History of Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture from the Bard Graduate Center.

FACILITATOR: Aunj Braggs was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and moved to Edmond to pursue her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Central Oklahoma. Her emphasis of study was painting while in school and after her graduation in 2018, she developed her professional career as a freelance artist. In 2019, she moved back to Tulsa to work as a Communications & Operations Manager for a local business as well as join an artists collective called Black Moon. In 2020, she served as Co-Chair for OVAC’s Momentum Planning Committee. The skills she developed through these experiences made her an ideal fit for the Grants & Outreach Manager position at Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. She is beyond excited to serve the artistic community of Oklahoma and looks forward to connecting with local artists, educators, and institutions.

Art Crit Night started as a personal project of Jennifer Scanlan and artist Jarica Walsh in response to the pandemic. In order to grow and broaden the reach, OVAC adopted the program in summer 2021.


For questions, email aunj@ovac-ok.org. We look forward to reviewing your application!

The 12x12 Art Fundraiser is OVAC's biggest fundraising event of the year, raising money for all programs. Participating artists must create a work that conforms to the dimensions of twelve-by-twelve inches (or twelve-by-twelve-by-twelve for 3D work). Bids for each piece begin at $200. Collectors who fear losing a piece of art in the auction may “Buy It Now” to trump the auction.

12×12 artists are selected by a volunteer 12×12 Art Committee in the late spring/early summer. Artists who sell in the previous year are automatically invited back. The number of new artist invitations is determined by how many artists did and did not sell in the previous year. In 2015, we were very proud to increase the number of artists served from 150 to 175, which opened up more new invitations.

New artists are voted on by committee members. As it is OVAC’s only annual fundraiser, the selection process is highly competitive. The 12×12 committee strives to represent a wide variety of artists statewide in this exhibition, keeping in tune with OVAC’s mission.​ The committee is often impressed by a strong digital presence, including an up-to-date artist website, regular social media posts, and participation in OVAC's online gallery. We encourage those interested in 12×12 to join as OVAC Members and put artwork up on the virtual gallery for potential consideration by our committee. However, OVAC membership and online gallery presence is not a requirement for 12×12 artists.

Timeline:

MAY 15: Priority deadline for artists to be considered for this year's 12x12, held annually in September. You will be notified if you have been accepted as a participating artist, or placed on the list of alternates, by no later than June 30. If you are an alternate, you may be contacted with the invitation to fill an artist's drop out spot up until September 1.

JUNE 15: Artists who submit by this deadline may be considered for this year's 12x12, but may instead be considered as an alternate if this year's list is full. You will be notified if you have been accepted as a participating artist, or placed on the list of alternates, by no later than June 30. You may be contacted with the invitation to fill an artist's drop out spot up until September 1.

JULY 15: Deadline to be considered as an alternate if an artist drops out of this year's 12x12. You may be contacted with the invitation to fill an artist's drop out spot up until September 1.

If you apply AFTER July 15, your application will NOT be considered for inclusion in 12x12 until the next spring, for the following fall.

12x12 is held annually in September. You can find this year's details at www.12x12okc.org.


Requirements to Apply:

Artists must be current residents of Oklahoma and 18 years of age or older. Artists whose work did not sell in 12x12 the previous year, must wait at least one year before being considered for invitation once again. Please apply with three images that represent the style of work you plan to create for 12x12. One of these images may be the exact piece you want to submit, but it is not required that you have made a 12x12 piece before submitting. All 12x12 pieces must be original. Students may submit original work, but artwork created as part of a class or under direct supervision by an instructor is ineligible. Selected artists who submit work early and sell work for the Buy-It-Now price in a preview exhibition, will be invited to create a second piece for the fundraiser. Artists must agree to the bidding structure for 12x12. All minimum bids start at $200. No Buy-It-Now price is lower than $300. See "Information About Bidding" below.


Information About Bidding:

Preview exhibitions are held prior to the 12x12 Art Fundraiser event. Selected artists who complete all requirements to participate by July 15 will be considered for inclusion in a preview exhibition. During this time, work is available for sale for the Buy-It-Now price, which OVAC staff calculates by multiplying the piece's retail value by 150%. For example, if the retail value of your work is $400, the Buy-It-Now price will be set at $600. If a piece sells for the Buy-It-Now price during a preview exhibition, the artists is invited to submit a second work of art for the main fundraiser event.

On the night of the 12x12 Art Fundraiser in September, ALL minimum bids start at $200, whether it is your first time participating or your 20th time. Bids increase in increments of $25. Throughout the night, any guest may choose to secure your piece by purchasing it for the Buy-It-Now price, which will not be lower than $300 and has no maximum limit.

Artists may choose to keep a 50% commission, keep a 25% commission, or donate all of their commission OVAC. Selected artists will choose their commission preference when they complete paperwork at artwork drop-off.

 

For questions, contact Audrey Kominski at (405) 879-2400 Ex. 2 or audrey@ovac-ok.org.

Presented by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition.

Do you have a large, public project you want to launch, but need some funds to make it happen? A fiscal sponsorship from OVAC allows you to use our 501(c)(3) status to solicit donations giving your donors the benefit of a tax receipt and allows you to apply for grants that require a 501(c)(3) status. After reviewing the FAQ below, reach out to us to see if your project qualifies!


FAQs:

What is fiscal sponsorship?

Fiscal sponsorship allows an individual or group to use OVAC’s 501(c)(3) status to solicit donations, giving the donors the benefit of receiving a tax receipt for their donation as it goes through OVAC. It also allows the individual or group to apply for some grants that require backing from a nonprofit organization.

What is the difference between a grant and fiscal sponsorship?

Fiscal sponsorship is not a funding program. Instead, it enables individual artists and artist-run organizations to use OVAC’s charitable 501(c)(3) status to raise tax-deductible money through grants and individual contributions.

Grants, on the other hand, are monetary awards to individuals.

What kind of projects qualify?

All projects must align with OVAC’s mission of supporting Oklahoma’s visual arts and artists and their power to enrich communities. Fiscal sponsorship is only for a specific project and is not intended to last indefinitely to support an artist’s career. Fiscally sponsored projects must benefit the public in some way. That could include a subject screening, exhibition, performance or talk, exploring an issue, or otherwise offering an opportunity for an underrepresented group of people. Because donations to fiscally sponsored projects are tax-deductible, projects must add value to the public sphere and not only benefit the artist’s private gain.

Can I keep an artist’s fee from the amount fundraised?

Yes, we believe in paying artists for their work! We expect for you to include an artist’s fee in your budget. As a guideline, project managers generally don’t get paid more than 20% of the budget, yet it varies from project to project.

Is there a cost?

All applicants must be a current OVAC member. OVAC retains a 4% administration fee of the funds raised.

Will OVAC fundraise for me?

No, but we will promote your project on social media to help build awareness.

Does OVAC have any creative control over the project?

No. Projects that are fiscally sponsored by OVAC are considered independent contractors and retain their own identity. Project directors retain creative control and ownership of their project/organization.

Do I have to have a US Social Security number or be incorporated in the US to join OVAC Fiscal Sponsorship?

Yes. you must have a social security number or be incorporated as an LLC or corporation in the US.

Do I have to live in Oklahoma?

Yes, you must be a current Oklahoma resident and the public presentation of the project must take place in Oklahoma.

Who decides if my application is accepted?

A committee of OVAC board members carefully reviews each application for mission alignment, quality of the proposal and project, and feasibility of the project.

Can I talk to someone at OVAC before I apply?

Of course! Call us at 405-879-2400 or email Krystle Brewer at krystle@ovac-ok.org.



Requirements to Apply:

Applications must include the following:

  • Project description
  • Project budget with both income and expenses
  • Resume/CV of key participants
  • 10 Work samples (preferably jpegs) or URL for film/video artwork with descriptions 
  • Artwork sample list 
  • Letter of support (if applicable)

For questions, contact Krystle D. Kaye at (405) 879-2400 Ex. 4 or krystle@ovac-ok.org.

There are 4 deadlines throughout the year. Applications are due by 11:59 pm on January 15, April 15, July 15, and October 15.

Before submission, please review the application form for eligibility. Eligible artists must be 21 years or older, non-student, and Oklahoma residents.

See the Frequently Asked Questions page, you might be surprised what you find. We do have waiting periods for past awardees and restrictions on how many applications you can put your name on for each deadline.

Each Community/Artist Partnership Grant Application should include:

__Filled in the application form below

__Artist Resume/CV

__Artist/Writer/Curator Statement (250 words)

__10-15 Artwork samples or URL for video artwork (work samples can include artwork, sketches or concept drawing, writing samples, documentation of curatorial projects, or other relevant work). Please keep video samples to 3-5 minutes.

__Artwork sample list (to identify your images) 

__Sketches or concept drawing (optional but encouraged)

__Balanced Budget (income = expenses)

__Timeline identifying major milestones to completion

__Secured or potential venues

There are 4 deadlines throughout the year. Applications are due by 11:59 pm on January 15, April 15, July 15, or October 15.

Before submission, please review the application form for eligibility. Eligible artists must be 21 years or older, non-student, and Oklahoma residents.

See the Frequently Asked Questions page, you might be surprised what you find. We do have waiting periods for past awardees and restrictions on how many applications you can put your name on for each deadline.

Each Creative Project Grant Application should include:

__Filled in application form below

__Artist Resume/CV

__Artist/Writer/Curator Statement (250 words)

__10-15 Artwork samples or URL for video artwork (work samples can include artwork, sketches or concept drawing, writing samples, documentation of curatorial projects, or other relevant work). Please keep video samples limited to 3-5 minutes)

__Artwork sample list (to identify your images)

__Sketches or concept drawing (optional but encouraged)

__Balanced Budget (income = expenses)

__Timeline identifying major milestones to completion

__Secured or potential venues

There are 4 deadlines throughout the year. Applications are due by 11:59 pm on January 15, April 15, July 15, or October 15.

Before submission, please review the application form for eligibility. Eligible artists must be 21 years or older, non-student, and Oklahoma residents.

See the Frequently Asked Questions page, you might be surprised what you find. We do have waiting periods for past awardees and restrictions on how many applications you can put your name on for each deadline.

Each Education and Travel Assistance Application should include:

__Filled in application form below

__Artist Resume or CV

__Artist/Writer/Curator Statement (250 words)

__5-10 Artwork samples or URL for video artwork. For video, include up to 3 minutes total

__Image list, and if applicable, include file name, medium, date, and dimensions

__Timeline identifying major milestones to completion

__Balanced Budget, meaning expenses are equal to income

__Secured or potential venues

There are 4 deadlines throughout the year. Applications are due by 11:59 pm on January 15, April 15, July 15, or October 15.  

Before submission, please review the application form for eligibility. Eligible artists must be 21 years or older, non-student, and Oklahoma residents. 

See the Frequently Asked Questions page, you might be surprised what you find. We do have waiting periods for past awardees and restrictions on how many applications you can put your name on for each deadline.


Each Professional Basics Application should include: 


__Filled in application form below

__Artist Resume or CV

__Artist/Writer/Curator Statement (250 words)

__5-10 Artwork samples or URL for video artwork. For video, include up to 3 minutes total

__Image list, and if applicable, include file name, medium, date, and dimensions

__Timeline identifying major milestones to completion

__Balanced Budget, meaning expenses are equal to income

__Secured or potential venues

Momentum is a dynamic and unique event, which features Oklahoma artists ages 30 and younger in an environment created specifically for them, helping them gain experience and meet new audiences. 1000+ attendees over the event weekend encounter film, performance, new media, installation, music, and more! We are seeking band(s) to perform during the event evenings on March 25 and 26, 2021.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 20, 11:59pm

Applicants Notified: February 7, by 5pm

Honorarium: $150 + 10 tickets

Event Dates: March 25th and 26th, 2022 (location TBD)

*BAND MUST BE ABLE TO PERFORM FOR 90 MINUTES

For questions, please contact programs@ovac-ok.org.

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition seeks proposals from Oklahoma artists 30 years of age and younger for Momentum 2022 Spotlight. Momentum is an interactive, multidisciplinary art event. Through Momentum Spotlight, artists receive honoraria and curatorial guidance on a new project or body of work that debuts at Momentum. In addition, there is a preview exhibition at 21c Museum Hotel with previous work from all three Spotlight Artists. There is also an educational component to Spotlight, in which each artist will develop a lesson plan and discussion guide for teachers to spark conversations with their students.


MOMENTUM 2022

January-February 2022: Momentum Spotlight preview at 21c Museum Hotel in Oklahoma City, OK

March 25-27, 2022: Momentum in OKC at TBD location



ELIGIBILITY

  • Artists must be 30 years of age or younger and must be residents of Oklahoma during the project period. Proposals must be for the creation of new works. Artists working in all visual media are eligible. Past Momentum Spotlight artists are not eligible. 
  • Artists must be OVAC members to apply. Membership benefits include access to OVAC's annual Resource Guide, inclusion in OVAC's online Artist Gallery, discount for Artist Survival Kit (ASK) workshops, entry fees waived for OVAC opportunities, and more. Student memberships are $25 per year and individual memberships are $45 per year. Join OVAC today. 
  • Artists must be available for installation and exhibition of work.



AWARD

The curators will select three artists who will each receive a $1,000 honorarium and studio visits with the curators. Artists will be highlighted in exhibition marketing.



TIMELINE

Nov. 4 – Emerging Curator applications due

Nov. 19 – Emerging Curator announced

Nov. 18 – Spotlight Proposals due

Dec. 10 – Spotlight Artists announced

Dec. 13 — Images and image list due to Michaela Slavid at 21c Museum Hotel at 8am

Dec. 14 – Spotlight orientation at 5:30-6:30pm via Zoom (Curator, Emerging Curator, Spotlight Artists, and OVAC staff present)

Dec. 15 — Michaela notifies Spotlight Artists of selected artworks for 21c exhibition, delivery by Dec. 20 or artists can coordinate separately with Michaela if needed

Jan. 8 – Spotlight Artist studio visits (option for in-person or Zoom, 1 hour each)

Jan. 13 – General Survey entries due

Feb. 4 – General Survey announced

Feb. 9-10 — Tent. possible dates for VIP Spotlight Preview at 21c Museum Hotel in OKC

March 25-27 – Momentum in OKC at TBD location   

Late or incomplete entries will not be accepted.


PROPOSALS MUST INCLUDE

 --Title and Description of the proposed project, no more than 400 words. The description should give as much information as possible within the word limit to explain the concept of the work and how you will complete it.

 --Artist Statement

 --Resume

 --5-10 images of past work and/or up to 5-minute sample of time-based artwork. Images must be jpegs. Please label with last name and number corresponding to the image list. (example: Smith01.jpg) Did you know OVAC offers a monthly Photography Studio for artists? Click here to learn more and sign up.

 --Image info including title, medium, year created and dimensions. Or, include a brief description of samples for time-based artwork.



OTHER DETAILS

OVAC is not responsible, at any time, for the loss, damage or theft of artwork. Artists are encouraged to carry their own insurance policies. Submission of artwork constitutes an agreement on the part of the artist to the conditions set forth in this prospectus and shall further include permission to reproduce work for publication. Selected artwork must come presentation ready (i.e. framed with wire or d-rings, ready to hang). Curators reserve the right to refuse works that differ from those submitted or are deemed not presentation-ready. Artists are responsible for delivery and post-event pick up of materials. OVAC will retain a 30% commission on all works sold at the event. Late or incomplete entries will not be accepted.


GUEST CURATOR

Helen Opper is an independent fine art curator and appraiser based in Oklahoma. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned her M.A. from New York University’s Program in Museum Studies. After working with art in San Francisco and New York for several years, Helen returned to her hometown of Oklahoma City in 2015 in order to shift her focus to her immediate community. Through the diversity of her studies and work, she has become keenly aware of how the art world reflects the challenges of contemporary society, and her goals as a curator include working with artists traditionally underrepresented in the fine art world and expanding equal access to avenues to artistic success through exhibitions, collaborations, and special project opportunities. Helen knows that art should respond to the complexities of contemporary culture, politics, and identity, and she embraces work that questions the status quo and challenges the current world order. As a curator, she attempts to level the playing field by working with artists of all backgrounds and at all stages of their careers. As a fine art appraiser, her goal is to educate clients about their artwork, to close the knowledge gap surrounding the business of fine art, and to provide general education about the role and importance of professional appraisals for artist and client advocacy. In addition to her curatorial, appraisal, and consulting work for private clients, Helen recently curated ArtNow 2021 at Oklahoma Contemporary, manages Oklahoma City gallery The Art Hall, and is an adjunct professor in the Visual Art Program at Oklahoma City Community College.



QUESTIONS

For questions, please contact programs@ovac-ok.org.

MOMENTUM 2022: CALL FOR ARTISTS Oklahoma artists ages 30 and younger are invited to submit artwork to the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s (OVAC) interactive, multi-disciplinary art event Momentum.


ELIGIBILITY

  • Momentum is open to artists ages 30 and younger who live and work in Oklahoma, or who have a permanent address in Oklahoma. Performance artists, filmmakers, installation, 2D, and 3D artists are encouraged. Submissions must have been created in the last two years and may not have been exhibited in previous Momentum exhibitions. 
  • Applicants must be OVAC members to apply. Membership benefits include access to OVAC's annual Resource Guide, inclusion in OVAC's online Artist Gallery, discount for Artist Survival Kit (ASK) workshops, entry fees waived for OVAC opportunities, and more. Student memberships are $25 per year and individual memberships are $45 per year. Join OVAC today.
  • You may submit up to 3 works in total. (i.e. if you submit one performance art proposal, you could also submit two paintings)



SUBMISSION
Submissions are accepted online only at www.ovac.submittable.com. Images must be jpegs. Please label uploaded documents with last name and number corresponding to the image list. (i.e. Smith01.jpg) The image list must include the title, medium, year created, and dimensions, or include a brief description of samples for time-based artwork. Please do not include spaces or special characters in file names. Visit MomentumOklahoma.org to see an example image list.   
2D or 3D Art: You may submit up to two images of each piece. Please only submit a second image if you need to show an additional view or detail. Click here for a quick guide to photographing artwork at home. Or take advantage of OVAC's Photography Studio service for artists.
Performance Art: Submit short written proposals describing the performance, including length and preferred performance space. Include any support materials to illustrate your proposal, such as images of past performances, sketches, videos, etc. Any special equipment must be provided by the artist.
Installations: Submit short written proposals for installations. Include any support materials to illustrate your proposal, such as images of past related artworks, sketches, etc. Any special equipment must be provided by the artist.
Film/Video: Submit a URL that links directly to the video. Include a brief written summary of the video including length. Short films are preferred. Artist must provide equipment for screening all film/video works.


TIMELINE
Jan. 13 – General Survey entries due

Feb. 4 – General Survey announced

March 25-27 – Momentum in OKC at TBD location

Late or incomplete entries will not be accepted.


AWARDS
Cash prizes selected by the curators. Additionally, a $100 Viewer’s Choice Award is voted by the audience.

OTHER DETAILS
OVAC is not responsible, at any time, for the loss, damage or theft of artwork. Artists are encouraged to carry their own insurance policies. Submission of artwork constitutes an agreement on the part of the artist to the conditions set forth in this prospectus and shall further include permission to reproduce work for publication. Selected artwork must come presentation ready (i.e. framed with wire or d-rings, ready to hang). Curators reserve the right to refuse works that differ from those submitted or are deemed not presentation-ready. Artists are responsible for delivery and post-event pick up of materials. OVAC will retain a 30% commission on all works sold at the event. Late or incomplete entries will not be accepted.

GUEST CURATOR
Helen Opper is an independent fine art curator and appraiser based in Oklahoma. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned her M.A. from New York University’s Program in Museum Studies. After working with art in San Francisco and New York for several years, Helen returned to her hometown of Oklahoma City in 2015 in order to shift her focus to her immediate community. Through the diversity of her studies and work, she has become keenly aware of how the art world reflects the challenges of contemporary society, and her goals as a curator include working with artists traditionally underrepresented in the fine art world and expanding equal access to avenues to artistic success through exhibitions, collaborations, and special project opportunities. Helen knows that art should respond to the complexities of contemporary culture, politics, and identity, and she embraces work that questions the status quo and challenges the current world order. As a curator, she attempts to level the playing field by working with artists of all backgrounds and at all stages of their careers. As a fine art appraiser, her goal is to educate clients about their artwork, to close the knowledge gap surrounding the business of fine art, and to provide general education about the role and importance of professional appraisals for artist and client advocacy. In addition to her curatorial, appraisal, and consulting work for private clients, Helen recently curated ArtNow 2021 at Oklahoma Contemporary, manages Oklahoma City gallery The Art Hall, and is an adjunct professor in the Visual Art Program at Oklahoma City Community College.

EMERGING CURATOR
TBA

QUESTIONS
Questions are encouraged! Please contact programs@ovac-ok.org.

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition seeks an Emerging Curator for Momentum 2022. Momentum is an interactive, multidisciplinary art event highlighting artists age 30 and younger in a juried exhibition.

The Emerging Curator will work in mentorship with the Guest Curator to select Spotlight projects, dialogue with artists as they create their artwork, write a curatorial statement, and assist with jurying the survey exhibition. Curators will work out appropriate meetings and communication with the artists to discuss their concepts and see progress. Curators are asked to write about the artists' work and speak about the work during the exhibition. The Emerging Curator will receive a $500 honorarium.


GUEST CURATOR

Helen Opper is an independent fine art curator and appraiser based in Oklahoma. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned her M.A. from New York University’s Program in Museum Studies. After working with art in San Francisco and New York for several years, Helen returned to her hometown of Oklahoma City in 2015 in order to shift her focus to her immediate community. Through the diversity of her studies and work, she has become keenly aware of how the art world reflects the challenges of contemporary society, and her goals as a curator include working with artists traditionally underrepresented in the fine art world and expanding equal access to avenues to artistic success through exhibitions, collaborations, and special project opportunities. Helen knows that art should respond to the complexities of contemporary culture, politics, and identity, and she embraces work that questions the status quo and challenges the current world order. As a curator, she attempts to level the playing field by working with artists of all backgrounds and at all stages of their careers. As a fine art appraiser, her goal is to educate clients about their artwork, to close the knowledge gap surrounding the business of fine art, and to provide general education about the role and importance of professional appraisals for artist and client advocacy. In addition to her curatorial, appraisal, and consulting work for private clients, Helen recently curated ArtNow 2021 at Oklahoma Contemporary, manages Oklahoma City gallery The Art Hall, and is an adjunct professor in the Visual Art Program at Oklahoma City Community College.


ELIGIBILITY

  • Applicant curators must be Oklahoma residents at the time of application and through the installation of the exhibition. Previous curatorial experience is not required. Applicants may be of any age. Past Momentum Emerging Curators are not eligible but previous applicants are encouraged to resubmit. The Guest Curator will select the Emerging Curator based on promise as an active curator, passion for emerging artists, and compatibility with the Guest Curator.
  • Applicant curators must be OVAC members to apply. Membership benefits include access to OVAC's annual Resource Guide, inclusion in OVAC's online Artist Gallery, discount for Artist Survival Kit (ASK) workshops, entry fees waived for OVAC opportunities, and more. Student memberships are $25 per year and individual memberships are $45 per year. Join OVAC today. 
  • The Emerging Curator should be available during the preparation for and installation of the exhibition.

     


APPLICATION MATERIALS

Applications must include a letter that explains your interest in curatorial work and this project with a copy of your resume. Letters should outline your background with art and/or any curatorial projects. Discuss how you think this project will affect your future activities.



TIMELINE


Nov. 4 – Emerging Curator applications due

Nov. 19 – Emerging Curator announced

Nov. 18 – Spotlight Proposals due

Dec. 10 – Spotlight Artists announced

Dec. 14 – Spotlight orientation at 5:30-6:30pm via Zoom (Curator, Emerging Curator, Spotlight Artists, and OVAC staff present)

Jan. 8 – Spotlight Artist studio visits (option for in-person or Zoom, 1 hour each)

Jan. 13 – General Survey entries due

Feb. 4 – General Survey announced

Feb. 9-10 — Tent. possible dates for VIP Spotlight Preview at 21c Museum Hotel in OKC

March 25-27 – Momentum in OKC at TBD location

Late or incomplete entries will not be accepted.



QUESTIONS

Questions are encouraged! Please contact programs@ovac-ok.org.

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition