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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.


  • 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)

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.

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.

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. 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.


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

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