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The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition seeks an Emerging Curator for Momentum 2021. 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.

Pablo Barrera
is Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center’s inaugural Curatorial Fellow. He is committed to creating strategies for formal and informal art education, especially raising awareness of Indigenous visual culture. Barrera was selected among NXTHVN Art Space's first cohort and served as graduate advisor for Yale University Art Gallery’s first student-led Native American Art exhibition. He has written on the impact of colonization on global art, including a co-authored chapter on traditional Korean architecture design (Springer International) and a paper on Indigenous art produced for exchange between Colonial Spain and Japan (National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution). Barrera holds MAs from Yale University (History of Art) and Harvard University (Regional Studies: East Asia), a BA from the University of Pennsylvania (History of Art, minor in Anthropology), is a 2012 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow, and a 2011 Fulbright Scholar (South Korea).


  • 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.

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.

NEW! Oct 27, 6:00 pm: Momentum Alumni Q&A session via Zoom with 2018 Emerging Curator Bianca Martucci-Fink, and 2016 Spotlight Artist Gloria Shows. Learn about what it's like to be involved with Momentum and a few tips and tricks for your application. Click here to learn more.

Nov 5, 11:59 pm: Emerging Curator applications due
Nov 13: Emerging Curator applicants notified
Nov 19, 11:59 pm: Momentum Spotlight artist proposals due
Dec 4: Momentum Spotlight artist applicants notified
Dec 10 (tentative): Curators and Spotlight orientation at 5:30pm via Zoom
January 9 (tentative): Studio visits with Spotlight artists
Jan 14, 11:59 pm: Entry deadline for juried survey show
Feb 5: Juried survey show applicants notified

Late or incomplete entries will not be accepted.


March 3-27: Momentum at MAINSITE Contemporary Art Gallery in Norman, OK

April 2-23: Momentum at Living Arts in Tulsa, OK

Questions are encouraged! Please contact Audrey Kominski, Programs and Events Coordinator, at 405-879-2400 Ext. 2 or audrey@ovac-ok.org.

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