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Making Pow Wow Regalia Raw Materials Into Modern Traditional Art

Indian Country Media Network

The collection, which covers a three-year period of mixed media and sculptures by (Jeffrey) Gibson, blends ceramics, carved wood, shawl fringe, rolled snuff can lids, tin cones, crow beads and more.

“One of the elements in my work is really about transformation,” Gibson says. “The garment that you wear transforms you. The shape of something that transforms–I think I’ve always been impressed and inspired by it.”

Gibson says his pow wow regalia-based art influence also comes from his work in the early 1990’s as a NAGPRA officer with the Field Museum of Chicago. Tribal elders would meet with him to view sacred items in the collections. Gibson says the elders spoke to the sacred items as if they were living and breathing. “They looked upon them as ancestors.”


Read the full story online here.

Additional Jeffrey Gibson coverage: 

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
















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 Renewal of Pottawatomie County — Shawnee
HeartLine — OKC
Hospitality House of Tulsa (HHT) — Tulsa

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
Muskogee Bridges Out of
Poverty — Muskogee
Loaves & Fishes NW OK — Enid
The Tristesse Grief Center — Tulsa

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



Read the full story online here.

Additional ONE Awards coverage: 

People & Places: Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits
Tulsa World

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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.


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

Curator's Tour of ArtNow
Uncovering Oklahoma

ArtNow 2017
405 Magazine

Oklahoma Contemporary’s ArtNow looks fun…
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


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.


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
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Viewers steel themselves for a gritty look at art

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'

Retrospective: The Latest News in Black Art - Derrick Adams Wins Studio Museum Prize, Influential Young Curators
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New arts campus for Oklahoma Contemporary on its way

Oklahoma Gazette


Oklahoma Contemporary began as City Arts Center, an organization founded by Christian Keesee and the late Marilyn Myers in State Fair Park. From the beginning, leaders made it their mission to create accessible arts programs. The guiding principal pushed the organization to never charge admission for an exhibition and constantly develop outreach programs to underserved communities.

The board’s commitment hasn’t wavered. In fact, the mission served as the motivation toward developing a plan to expand the nonprofit’s reach. About eight years ago, early in the planning, board members and leaders discussed a new location for constructing a world-class arts campus to better serve Oklahoma City and the state.

Read the full story online here.

Additional groundbreaking coverage:

Oklahoma Contemporary Breaks Ground

The Oklahoman


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

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

‘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


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

ArtNet Names Jennifer Scanlan a Curator to Watch





A Roundup of Media About ArtNow 2016


  • 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 


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 

Oklahoma Contemporary Wins Local Favorite Award
Culture Trip 

What's Up Downtown 

Oxford Karma


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


Midnight Streak Promo
FOX 25 

Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center gets a new home
Oklahoma Gazette 


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 

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


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 

Showroom at Oklahoma Contemporary opening Thursday in Automobile Alley


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

Art camps for kids at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center

Spring break art camps for kids

Former Donaghey Scholar Opens Photo Exhibit in Oklahoma


Oklahoma City abounds with spring break activities for children

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