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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.


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

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


  • 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.


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.


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.


 --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. OVAC will retain a 30% commission on all works sold at the event. Late or incomplete entries will not be accepted.


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.


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

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