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OVAC’s Momentum 2021 to feature 3 Spotlight artists and 56 emerging artists beginning March 3

By artist Virginia Sitzes (Oklahoma City), “There was a time when it was your hat and mine” – Screenprint. OVAC Website photo

By Darla Shelden, City Sentinel Reporter —

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) will feature 3 Spotlight Artists and 53 Survey Artists in their annual Momentum Exhibition. In efforts to reach audiences safely, Momentum 2021 will be held in two locations.

Selected works for exhibition will be on display at MAINSITE Contemporary Art in Norman from March 3-27, before traveling to Living Arts of Tulsa from April 2-23.  

OVAC’s Momentum exhibition supports Oklahoma creatives aged 30 and under through financial backing, curatorial guidance, and professional development.  

During Momentum, created specifically for them, young artists gain experience, meet their audiences, and are exposed to the diverse artistic movements throughout the state.

“Momentum is a crucial program for Oklahoma’s young and emerging artists. For many of them, they are exhibiting and selling work for the first time. This equips them with the skills and experience to apply for more exhibition opportunities in the future,” says Krystle Brewer, OVAC’s executive director.

“It is also a great platform to see who are Oklahoma’s next rising stars and to show our support early in their careers.” 

The 2021 Momentum Guest Curator, Pablo Barrera, is Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center’s inaugural Curatorial Fellow, and artist, writer, designer, and educator Kristin Gentry is the Emerging Curator.

The curatorial team selected the Spotlight Artists from a highly competitive pool of submissions.

Through Momentum Spotlight, three selected artists receive an honorarium of $1000 each to create new artistic projects for Momentum. The Spotlight artists also receive three months of guidance from the guest and emerging curator, in efforts to refine their projects. 

OVAC’s 2021 Spotlight Artists are Amber DuBoise-Shepherd (Shawnee), Andrea Duran-Cason (Norman), and Marium Rana (Tahlequah). 

In addition to the Momentum exhibitions, Spotlight Artists will have works on display at the 21c Museum Hotel in Oklahoma City from February 22though August 27. 

“Momentum is an opportunity to connect with creatives who have their own beautiful voices to share,” says Spotlight artist, Marium Rana. “It is a chance to connect to an audience and be grounded by our shared human experiences of solitude, togetherness, and longing.” 

This year, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition presents Momentum free of charge for all visitors. Event organizers ask supporters to consider donating to help OVAC cover the loss of ticket revenue.

“Giving to Momentum is investing in the creative future of Oklahoma. Funding awards for young artists, curatorial honoraria, and statewide outreach would not be possible without the help of our supporters,” organizers said.

All Momentum Artwork is available for pre-sale to Momentum sponsors of $200 or more through February 26. Click here to become a sponsor and support emerging artists across the state.  

If you require special accommodations to attend or participate in Momentum, contact Audrey Kominski at 405-879-2400 Ex. 2.  

The selected Survey Artists for Momentum 2021 are: Rachel Adler, Oklahoma City; Dylan Albertson, Oklahoma City; Foster Atkinson, Oklahoma City; Emily Baker, Oklahoma City; Dimana Bazrbashi, Oklahoma City; Shannon Bell, Oklahoma City; Chelsea Boen, Midwest City; Liz Boudreaux, Oklahoma City; Emma Bunch, Edmond; Marissa Childers, Norman; Dayton Clark, Norman; Claire Dabney, Stillwater; Shyanne Dickey, Stillwater; Liz Dueck, Tulsa; Caleb Elliot, Norman; Jaiye Ferrell, Oklahoma City;

Taylor Graham, Stillwater; Janae Grass, Tulsa; Kristina Haden, Oklahoma City; Henry Hadzeriga, Yukon; Erin Harris, Oklahoma City; Alex Hazel, Ada; Alyssa Howery, Norman; Theresa Hultberg, Oklahoma City; Lauren Hutson, Tulsa; Cable Jacobsen, Burns Flat; Lauren Kerr, Owasso; Tania Khouri, Norman; Katelynn Knick, Oklahoma City; Wesley Kramer, Norman; Ariana Leatherock, Oklahoma City; Shelby Mae, Oklahoma City; Gianna Martucci-Fink, Edmond; Isabella Messman-Kramer, Norman; Madison Moody, Midwest City; Dianna Morgan, Alva; David Morrison, Norman; Kayla Ohlmer, Tulsa; Duncan Payne, Oklahoma City; Lauren Rosenfelt, Norman; Parker Schovanec, Enid; Ashley Showalter, Norman; Virginia Sitzes, Oklahoma City; Kitra Smith, Midwest City; Isabel Stogner, Edmond; Jordan Tacker, Oklahoma City; Michael Takahata, Oklahoma City; Spenser Tracy, Oklahoma City; Sean Tyler, Tulsa; August vonHartizsch, Norman; Katrina Ward, Oklahoma City; Ariana Weir, Oklahoma City; and Zane Wyatt of Stillwater.

OVAC presents Momentum 2021 in partnership with MAINSITE in Norman and Living Arts of Tulsa.

This program is supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, and the Oklahoma Arts Council. 

Learn more about this year’s artists, committee, and how to support Momentum by visiting  

By artist Zane Wyatt (Stillwater), Contrition III, digital collage printed on satin plotter paper. Photo provided.
Momentum 2021 Curators are Pablo Barrera, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center’s inaugural Curatorial Fellow, and Kristin Gentry, the Emerging Curator. Photos provided.