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Coming, 'Not For Sale: Graffiti Culture in Oklahoma'

The Oklahoman/NewsOK

"Graffiti is often referred to as a form of rebellion, but I want to change that perception with this exhibition. This is a chance for people who aren't familiar with graffiti to see it in all forms," Angel Little, guest curator, said in the news release. "It's a chance for people to understand that graffiti has changed and saved lives.

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(Excerpt of a mural by Tulsa graffiti artist Chris SKER. Photo provided by artist.)

"Artists do it to connect with and improve their communities. The artists in this show — from Oklahoma City and Tulsa — are the driving force behind the change, and it's inspiring to see them come together in a gallery environment and with this kind of influence to create something positive."

See the full story online here.

Additional Not For Sale coverage: 

Around Town: Local artists do graffiti
The Journal Record

Not For Sale
Uncovering Oklahoma

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Interviews, photos and videos: 'Coded_Couture' exhibit at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center weaves fashion and technology

The Oklahoman/NewsOK

From a miniskirt that broadcasts tweets to jewelry that literally grows on the wearer, Oklahoma Contemporary’s new exhibit “Coded_Couture” explores the possibilities of future fashion through the works of 10 international designers. Powered by Google, the interactive exhibition is on view through Aug. 14.

“‘Coded_Couture’ really looks at the intersection of fashion and technology and considers the ways in which technology can be used to personalize clothing. The idea of couture comes from haute couture, which would be clothing that is especially designed for one person’s body. This has been going on for centuries, of course; you think of elegant men’s suits that are specifically designed for their bodies or beautiful high-fashion dresses,” Scanlan said. “What the curators of this exhibition did was think about the ways that technology can be used in the same way, to create a garment that corresponds exactly to the individual. And they look at this through many different lenses.”

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See the full story online here.

Additional CODED_COUTURE coverage: 

FutureFashion
Uncovering Oklahoma

Computer Couture at Oklahoma Contemporary: A techonology-forward fashion exhibition
405 Magazine

Oklahoma Contemporary’s Coded_Couture merges art, fashion and technology
Oklahoma Gazette

What to do in Oklahoma on July 10, 2017: Check out 'Coded_Couture' at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
NewsOK

Review: Art, fashion, interactivity intersect in exhibit
The Oklahoman/NewsOK

Around Town: Forward-looking fashion
The Journal Record

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Parties, Etc.: Sunday, July 2, 2017: Helen Ford Wallace

The Oklahoman/NewsOK

A new event, The Art of Brunch, from Oklahoma Contemporary, was highly successful. It had a sellout crowd, (over 300 people); was held outdoors at Campbell Art Park, NW 11 and Broadway, on a beautiful Saturday morning; featured a variety of specialty dishes, including oatmeal banana pancakes, stuffed French toast, ham and cheese biscuits (all great brunch items); and had party favors of white, yellow and hot pink parasols for all the guests (to shield them from the summer sun).

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Read the full story online here.

Additional The Art of Brunch coverage: 

The Art of Brunch kicks off a new exhibition with a gourmet outdoor meal
Oklahoma Gazette

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Interviews & photos: Native artist Jeffrey Gibson talks about his multimedia exhibit 'Speak to Me' at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center

The Oklahoman/NewsOK

He may be of Choctaw and Cherokee heritage, but Gibson’s exhibition “Speak to Me,” a multimedia show fusing sculpture, fiber art, beadwork, ceramics and video on view at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, spells out an array of cultural influences -- sometimes quite literally, as many of his wall hangings and standing sculptures incorporate lyrics from pop hits, gospel songs and rap music.

In other words, viewers shouldn’t expect him to stay in his own lane, so to speak, when it comes to creating his vivid, abstract works of art.

“I actually understand the purpose of lanes and categorization. I think it’s actually very helpful in many ways for learning and communicating. … What I started thinking was that as an artist, if you begin to identify as an artist, I want to take advantage of everything that that allows. And probably one of the very first things is that you don’t have lanes,” he said during a private tour of his Oklahoma City exhibit.

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Read the full story online here.

 

Native American art and multimedia are put on display in Jeffrey Gibson’s new Oklahoma Contemporary exhibit

Oklahoma Gazette

Jeffrey Gibson finds inspiration in everything from song lyrics to inanimate objects. It’s what prompted the title for his solo exhibition Speak to Me, on display through June 11 at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing Blvd.

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“I use appropriated language such as song lyrics, poetry, writers who have influenced me, and I’ve also always been drawn to hymns,” said Gibson, a multimedia artist who works with painting, sculpture, fiber, ceramics, video and performance.

He features this appropriated language, along with his own words, on pieces that include everything from beaded panels to sculpture. His interest in spiritual hymns comes from his grandfathers, both of whom established Native American churches.

See the full story online here.

Additional Jeffrey Gibson coverage: 

What to do in Oklahoma on June 6, 2017: See Jeffrey Gibson's 'Speak to Me' before it closes at Oklahoma Contemporary
The Oklahoman/NewsOK

Making Pow Wow Regalia Raw Materials Into Modern Traditional Art
Indian Country Media Network

Artist's multimedia show raises questions
The Oklahoman/NewsOK

Curator Tour of Jeffrey Gibson's Speak to Me at Oklahoma Contemporary
Uncovering Oklahoma

NATIVE NOUVEAU: Artist Jeffrey Gibson’s multi-media works exhibit at Oklahoma Contemporary
Red Dirt Report

What to do in Oklahoma on Feb. 20, 2017: See Jeffrey Gibson's 'Speak to Me' exhibit at Oklahoma Contemporary
NewsOK

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Moving to Midtown

SPLURGE! Magazine OKC

For more than 25 years, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center has encouraged artistic expression and education at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds location, but now it has the opportunity to create a new arts education and cultural resource in downtown Oklahoma City.

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Oklahoma Contemporary, supported by the Kirkpatrick Foundation, is building a new state-of-the-art center on a 4.6 acre site at NW 11th and Broadway in Midtown. The new four-story 50,000-square-foot building will include classrooms to support art study in everything from painting and fiber arts to high-tech new media expression like animation.

Read the full story online here.

Additional Folding Light coverage:

Oklahoma Contemporary Breaks Ground

The Oklahoman

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New arts campus for Oklahoma Contemporary on its way
Oklahoma Gazette

Parties, Etc.: Groundbreaking Ceremony
The Oklahoman

Oklahoma Contemporary coming out of the ground with gusto, Folds of Light
OKC Friday

Around town: Contemporary Construction
The Journal Record

Oklahoma Contemporary breaks ground on campus near downtown Oklahoma City
NewsOK

Oklahoma Contemporary to break ground, expand art, culture in OKC
Edmond Sun

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ONE Awards finalists announced

The Oklahoman/NewsOK

The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits has announced a selection commission has chosen the finalists for its 10th annual Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards. The event, which takes place April 29 at Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center, honors outstanding nonprofits throughout the state for their work to improve their respective communities and change lives.

“The finalists are recognized, not merely for their efforts to better their community, but for their quality of process toward that effort,” said David Hogan, Chairman of the ONE Awards Selection Commission in a news release. “From top level management to part time staff, these are committed individuals working together for the greater good of all Oklahomans.

The 2017 finalist organizations, which will each receive a minimum of $5,000, include:

Arts & Humanities
Enid Symphony Orchestra — Enid
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center — OKC
Shortgrass Arts and Humanities Council — Altus
Community
Community Renewal of Pottawatomie County — Shawnee
HeartLine — OKC
Hospitality House of Tulsa (HHT) — Tulsa

Education
Payne Education Center — OKC
Reading Partners — Tulsa
The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools — OKC

Health Services
Bethesda — Norman
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Tulsa — Tulsa
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic — OKC
Self-Sufficiency
Muskogee Bridges Out of
Poverty — Muskogee
Loaves & Fishes NW OK — Enid
The Tristesse Grief Center — Tulsa

Seniors
Car Care Clinic — Tulsa
Center for Creative Living Corporation — Lawton
Wheatheart Nutrition Project, Inc. — Blackwell

Youth Services
Fields and Futures — OKC
Marie Detty Youth and Family Services Center, Inc. — Lawton
Oklahoma Youth Expo — OKC/Statewide

Open Category
G.M. Sutton Avian Research Center — Bartlesville
McCall's Chapel School, Inc. — Ada
Oklahoma City Police Athletic League — OKC

 

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Read the full story online here.

Additional ONE Awards coverage: 

People & Places: Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits
Tulsa World

Nonprofit notes, Jan. 22
NewsOK

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ArtNow: Exhibit highlights the diversity of Oklahoma's current art scene

The Oklahoman/NewsOK

ArtNow showcases the range of innovative styles and techniques many Oklahoma artists are using, from Tulsa painter Jim Polan experimenting with Skittles to generate enigmatic circles on his abstract canvases to Norman ceramic artist Stuart Asprey creating a porcelain version of brass knuckles, “which would be useful in a fight, but you just get one punch in,” Scanlan joked.

Cathleen Faubert, an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma’s School of Visual Arts, concocted an evocative bottle of “olfactory art” to enhance her seascape photo taken off the coast of Nova Scotia. University of Central Oklahoma adjunct professor Lopeeta Tawde was inspired by bioluminescent marine life to create sinuous, sculptural jewelry that glows under black light.

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Fashion artist Sarah Nsikak talks about her work during a curators' tour of the ArtNow exhibit at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center in Oklahoma City on Monday. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Read the full story online here.

Additional ArtNow coverage: 

ArtNow 2017 show features diverse Oklahoma artists
NonDoc

Curator's Tour of ArtNow
Uncovering Oklahoma

ArtNow 2017
405 Magazine

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The Lost Ogle

Artist Christie Owen’s work grew from a means of self-therapy
Oklahoma Gazette

Around Town: Honored by Paseo
The Journal Record

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Review: Melvin Edwards "In Oklahoma"

Art Review Oklahoma

The 79-year old Houston native Melvin Edwards recently completed a residency in our state unearthing a trove of found objects assembled into the currently running In Oklahoma exhibition at Oklahoma Contemporary. The new site-specific works are complimented by a retrospective selection that is visually and thematically seamless.

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Entering the Circle Gallery evokes a summarily spiritual experience, as if in the presence of a council of elders; despite the fact most of the works in that room are the newest in the exhibition. The welded sculptural collages arranged on the walls are sagacious and cultivated collections of used chains, locks, hooks, rebar, etc.—the materials of industry and labor—intuitively assembled with unapologetically visible welding scars. The improvisational nature of their construction hearkens to a jazz and roots sensibility. They are anthropomorphized through their figurative resemblance to African masks—a resemblance Edwards highlights with the inclusion of a display of African and African-inspired works from his own private collection serving as sentries to our ingress.

Read the full story online here.

Additional Melvin Edwards coverage: 

Sculpture Melvin Edwards channels history and social impetus in Oklahoma
Oklahoma Gazette

Viewers steel themselves for a gritty look at art
NewsOK

Kerry James Marchall's 'Mastry' at The Met Headlines Fall Season, 50+ Exhibitions Featuring Black Artists
Culture Type

What to do in Oklahoman on Nov. 3, 2016: Take in music, dance and art at Oklahoma Contemporary's 'Freedom Visible'
NewsOK

Retrospective: The Latest News in Black Art - Derrick Adams Wins Studio Museum Prize, Influential Young Curators
Culture Type

‘Utopian city’ offers unique view in OKC

“From the ground, the sculpture rises improbably toward the sky, reflecting anything and everything around it,” said Jeremiah Matthew Davis, Oklahoma Contemporary's artistic director. “Colors change as the sun moves across the sky, shifting shadows and shaping light. Once you step inside the sculpture, your perspective on the world is immediately altered. Some surfaces are transparent, others reflective, creating a kaleidoscopic visual effect.”
The Oklahoman/NewsOK

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Cloud City lets guests take in OKC from a new perspective

Oklahoma Gazette

“Interacting with this installation makes things we take for granted like buildings, grass or trees novel, and Oklahoma is the perfect place for Saraceno’s work,” Davis said. “The piece was originally shown in Manhattan on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s roof, but I think Oklahoma’s open skies and flat lands are an ideal match for Cloud City.”

Read the full story online here.

Additional Cloud City coverage: 

“It’s really disorienting,” New piece of art gives new perspective on Oklahoma City surroundings
News Channel 4

Innovative art piece 'Cloud City' to open at Campbell Art Park
Fox 25

Walking among the clouds: Large-scale art piece installed on Broadway
OKC Friday

What to do in Oklahoma on Oct. 29, 2016: See 'Cloud City' before it closes Sunday
NewsOK

ArtNet Names Jennifer Scanlan a Curator to Watch

 

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A Roundup of Media About ArtNow 2016

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  • Watch KFOR interviews with ArtNow co-chairs, one of the co-curators and an artist here.
  • From NonDoc, learn why one of the artists created all of her works for the show blindfolded. 
  • You can also watch a NewsOK Parties Extra webcast with co-chairs and staff or read BAM Blog's preview of the show.
  • The co-chairs told the Oklahoma Gazette that it's a great "way for people to get engaged in art."
  • Browse Quit Nguyen's incredible event photography.
  • Check out PartyBox's photo booth video.
  • See 405 Magazine's photos from the event.

A New Home for Oklahoma Contemporary

405 Magazine 

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At first glance, a piece of artwork along N Broadway in downtown OKC looks oddly misplaced, with a vacant field as a backdrop. But it’s no accident: “Terra,” an immense knotted rope sculpture by artist Orly Genger, whispers that bigger things are to come.

Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center plans to construct a 50,000-square-foot building on the site that will itself be a work of art, as well as a crown jewel that will bookend the north entrance into downtown. Read the full story in the inaugural issue of 405 Magazine (formerly Slice).

10 Ways to Stay Healthy in Oklahoma City
No. 5: Make Art and Friends
NewsOK.com 

Oklahoma Contemporary Wins Local Favorite Award
Culture Trip 

What's Up Downtown
NewsOK.com 

OKLAHOMA CONTEMPORARY’S MIDNIGHT STREAK 5K NOT ACTUALLY FOR STREAKERS, DOESN’T START AT MIDNIGHT
Oxford Karma

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Streaking for a cause, to benefit Oklahoma art education
KFOR/Freedom 43 

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Midnight Streak Promo
FOX 25 

Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center gets a new home
Oklahoma Gazette 

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Experience Holly Wilson’s A Foot in Two Worlds, now on display at Oklahoma Contemporary
Oklahoma Gazette 

Sculpture, photography mark 'Two Worlds' of artist's show at Oklahoma City gallery
NewsOK.com 

OK Contemporary unveils plans for new downtown museum and campus
OKC Talk

Downtown future home of Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center will feature four-story building
NewsOK.com

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Meet the Unexpected, Collector Chris Keesee: Part I, Part II, Part III
Christie's Fine Art Storage 

Road Runner: Curator Gretchen Wagner Brings New Media Art to Oklahoma City, Dallas and Marfa
Patron Magazine 

Alfred screens animations at Dallas Arts Fair
Penn State News 

Oklahoma Contemporary Art Center's spring dinner
NewsOK.com 

Showroom at Oklahoma Contemporary opening Thursday in Automobile Alley
NewsOK.com

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Showroom at Oklahoma Contemporary set to open near Auto Alley
OKC Talk

Art camps for kids at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
FOX-25

Spring break art camps for kids
FOX-25 

Former Donaghey Scholar Opens Photo Exhibit in Oklahoma
ULAR Now 

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Oklahoma City abounds with spring break activities for children
KFOR 

Art review: Oklahoma City exhibit of evocative photos show disappearing town in Arkansas
The Oklahoman/NewsOK.com