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MOMENTUM 2021: 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

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

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


  • 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)
  • You must be able to participate in both the MAINSITE and Living Arts exhibitions.


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.   

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. Did you know OVAC holds a monthly Photography Studio service for artists? Learn more and sign up here.

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. 


Jan 14, 11:59 pm: Entry deadline for juried survey show

Feb 5: Juried survey show applicants notified, selected artist list posted at MomentumOklahoma.org

Feb 22: Artwork drop off at MAINSITE in Norman

March 29: Artwork pickup at MAINSITE in Norman

March 30: Artwork drop off at Living Arts in Tulsa

April 26: Artwork pick up at Living Arts in Tulsa


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

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).

Questions are encouraged! Please contact Audrey Kominski, Programs and Events Coordinator (and Oklahoma artist under 30, just like you), at 405-879-2400 Ext. 2 or audrey@ovac-ok.org.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.