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The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition seeks proposals from Oklahoma artists 30 years of age and younger for Momentum 2021 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. New this year, we are adding 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.


February-August 2021: Momentum Spotlight preview at 21c Museum Hotel in Oklahoma City, OK

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

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


  • 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 at both MAINSITE and Living Arts.


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.


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 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

February (TBD date): Spotlight preview opens at 21c Museum Hotel in Oklahoma City

Feb 5: Juried survey show applicants notified

Feb 23: Spotlight installation at MAINSITE in Norman

March 29: Artwork pickup at MAINSITE in Norman

March 31: Spotlight installation at Living Arts in Tulsa

April 26: Artwork pick up at Living Arts in Tulsa

 --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
 --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.

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.

By submitting, artists agree to pick up their work from MAINSITE and deliver it to Living Arts for the second showing. OVAC will retain a 30% commission on all works sold at the event. Late or incomplete entries will not be accepted.

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).

For questions, please contact Audrey Kominski, Programs and Events Coordinator, at 405-879-2400 Ext. 2 or audrey@ovac-ok.org.

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