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Faime Walking

  • When December 2020 - May 2021
  • Cost Free
  • Location Sculpture Garden
  • Age Requirements All ages

Faime Walking by Julian Opie is the first artwork to land in the Sculpture Garden. Installed adjacent to the walkway leading to the building’s main entrance, this larger-than-life LED monolith display reflects the movement of our visitors as they arrive and depart from the new arts center.

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THE STARS PULLED DOWN FOR REAL

  • When Dec. 24, 2020 - April 2021
  • Cost Free
  • Location North Lawn
  • Age Requirements All ages

THE STARS PULLED DOWN FOR REAL by Robert Montgomery, a billboard of LED lights, will illuminate Oklahoma Contemporary's North Lawn. The large-scale work about the built environment of contemporary cities adapts Ezra Pound's essay Patria Mia, a 1913 tribute to the dazzling lights of New York.

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Fieldworks: Beyond Measure

  • When Dec. 17 - April 19
  • Cost Free
  • Location Main Building | Oklahoma Gallery

Fieldworks, an interdisciplinary residency, invites artists, scholars and students to artistically respond to the presence of humans in the American Southwest. Beyond Measure presents a selection from the OU Fieldworks project’s diverse archive of objects, photographs, texts, videos and more.

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Eight-Week Rental | Hand Building Studio Rental

  • When April 12 - June 6, 2021 (closed May 31)
  • Cost cost varies - see description
  • Location Studios Building | Hand Building Studio
  • Age Requirements 18+

Need space and resources for your hand building projects? Hand Building Studio Rental takes place during Studio School's sessions and is available in both full and half-day sessions. Students are able to use their designated space any day of the week during their allotted time.

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Eight-Week Rental | Wheel Throwing Rental

  • When April 12 - June 6, 2021 (closed May 31)
  • Cost varies - see description
  • Location Studios Building | Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio
  • Age Requirements 18+

This is an opportunity to work independently in the Wheel Throwing Studio. Ceramics Wheel Rental takes place during Studio School's sessions and is available in both full and half day sessions. Students are able to use their designated potter's wheel any day of the week during their allotted time.

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Eight-Week Rental | Fiber Arts Studio Rental

  • When April 12 - June 6, 2021 (closed May 31)
  • Cost varies - see description
  • Location Studios Building | Josie Eresch Fiber Arts Studio
  • Age Requirements 18+

Seeking space for your fiber arts projects this spring? Fiber Arts Studio rentals include access to floor or extra-large frame looms, fiber dyeing equipment, large table space and temporary project storage. To secure your rental, email studioschool@okcontemp.org.

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Café Contemporary

  • When 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, except Tuesdays
  • Location Lobby
  • Age Requirements All ages

Café Contemporary -- featuring a gourmet menu of contemporary comfort food -- is now open for takeout, curbside pickup and limited on-site seating. Visit us in person or call 405-768-2845 to place your order.

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Shop Contemporary

  • When Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, except Tuesdays
  • Location Lobby
  • Age Requirements All ages

Shop Contemporary, our retail space, is dedicated to art-forward items unique to Oklahoma Contemporary. It's your source for thoughtfully crafted gifts that inspire through art, home goods, stimulating products for kids, fun branded items and all points in between.

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Online Four-Week Class | Exploring Poetry

  • When 6-8 p.m. Mondays, April 12 - May 3, 2021
  • Cost $65
  • Location Online
  • Instructor / Presenter Dr. Julie Ward
  • Age Requirements 18+

In this course, participants will invite their inner poet to come out and play. Class sessions will include appreciating and discussing contemporary poetry from around the world, generative in-class writing prompts, and peer workshops to share poetry and feedback.

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Four-Week Class | Beginning Knitting

  • When 6-8 p.m. Mondays, April 12 - May 3, 2021
  • Cost $105
  • Location Studios Building | Flex Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Kendall Ross
  • Age Requirements 18+

Learn the basics of knitting! This course will cover basic techniques, including casting on, knitting, purling, knitting in the round, decreasing and finishing projects. By the end of the course you will have completed a one-of-a-kind scarf, dishcloth and hat.

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Online Four-Week Class | Experimental Embroidery

  • When 6-8 p.m. Mondays, April 12 - May 3, 2021
  • Cost $90
  • Location Online
  • Instructor / Presenter Darci Lenker
  • Age Requirements 18+

In this four-week course, you’ll discover how to blend traditional approaches and unexpected materials, such as metal, wire and found objects, to create unique works of art. You’ll receive personalized feedback from the instructor on techniques, material selection and composition.

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Eight-Week Class | Altered Forms on the Wheel

  • When 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, April 13 - June 1, 2021
  • Cost $265
  • Location Studios Building | Leigh Ann and Paul Albers Outdoor Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Liv Egan
  • Age Requirements 18+

Spice up your wheel throwing! This course will focus on wheel-thrown forms that are altered and reassembled at the leather-hard stage of the clay using hand-built clay slabs.  Students will explore faceting, darting, paddling and carving techniques while creating a series of unique clay vessels. 

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Four-Week Class | Oil Pastel Basics

  • When 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 13 - May 4, 2021
  • Cost $105
  • Location Studios Building | Flex Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Jenny Elton
  • Age Requirements 18+

Discover the fundamentals of oil pastel drawing and painting. Learn color mixing, mark-making and layering techniques unique to the medium. By the end of class, students will have a completed landscape composition and a solid foundation of oil pastel technique. This class will take place in-person.

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Online Four-Week Class | Teaching Artist Bootcamp

  • When 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, April 13 - May 4, 2021
  • Cost Pay-As-You-Can
  • Location Online
  • Instructor / Presenter Adrienne Lalli Hills
  • Age Requirements 18+

Are you a professional artist or student interested in becoming a teaching artist? From curricula and evaluation to learning styles and stages, you'll explore the basics of instructional practice through class discussions, readings and guest speakers.

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Online 10-Week Class | Beginning Drawing

  • When 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, April 14 - June 16, 2021
  • Cost $170
  • Location Online
  • Instructor / Presenter Chris Brizzard
  • Age Requirements 18+

This online course will introduce students to the fundamentals of drawing, including block-in, shape accuracy, proportion, separating light from shadow, establishing values and conveying light on form.

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10-Week Class | Intro to Jewelry Making

  • When 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, April 14 - June 16, 2021
  • Cost $295
  • Location Studios Building | Flex Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Taylor Martin
  • Age Requirements 18+

Learn basic metalsmithing techniques to create your own unique jewelry objects. The course will include the demonstration of foundational techniques such as texturing metals, sawing, finishing work, ring sizing and stone setting.

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Online Four-Week Class | Writing about Art

  • When 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, April 14 - May 5, 2021
  • Cost $85
  • Location Online
  • Instructor / Presenter Jezy Gray
  • Age Requirements 18+

From pitching the right publication to interviewing artists and drafting with an editor, this class will teach you how to write and publish human-level stories about culture. Students workshop articles and essays about a work, artist or exhibition from any discipline, from painting to pop music.

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Eight-Week Class | Sewing Fundamentals

  • When 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, April 15 - June 3, 2021
  • Cost $265
  • Location Studios Building | Flex Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Amber Layne
  • Age Requirements 18+

This course is for those new to sewing, those who want to build a stronger foundation in their sewing knowledge or those needing a refresh on the basics of machine sewing. Students will learn in-depth knowledge of their sewing machines while mastering the fundamentals of sewing.

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Eight-Week Class | Beginning Ceramics

  • When 9-11 a.m. Saturdays, April 17 - June 5, 2021
  • Cost $195
  • Location Studios Building | Leigh Ann and Paul Albers Outdoor Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Marissa Childers
  • Age Requirements 18+

Explore the art of ceramics with an experienced instructor. This course will focus on the three hand building techniques, including pinching, coiling and using slabs of clay. Toward the end of the course, you will also have the opportunity to explore the potter's wheel.

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Online Four-Week Class | Bookmaking Basics

  • When 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturdays, April 17 - May 8, 2021
  • Cost $90
  • Location Online
  • Instructor / Presenter Emma Difani
  • Age Requirements 18+

Explore the art of bookmaking in this introductory course addressing the basic structures and forms for creating unique artists' books. This online class can be taken from anywhere in the world and will introduce students to the tools, materials and terminology of book arts.

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Eight-Week Class | Beginning Acrylic Painting

  • When 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturdays April 17 - June 5, 2021
  • Cost $195
  • Location Studios Building | Flex Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Calvin Pressley
  • Age Requirements 18+

Discover the basics of acrylic painting with artist Calvin Pressley. In this hands-on course, you'll learn to prepare your paints and mix colors, practice basic handling techniques and plan/execute your own original compositions on a variety of surfaces. This course is in-person.

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Guided Tours | 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

  • When 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
  • Cost Free (tickets required)
  • Location Main Building | Herman and LaDonna Meinders Main Lobby
  • Instructor / Presenter Gallery Guides
  • Age Requirements All ages

Join us for a free guided tour on weekends! Guided tours for individual visitors and groups of up to six people will meet in the lobby of our new location at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Guided Tours | 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

  • When 3-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
  • Cost Free (tickets required)
  • Location Main Building | Eleanor Kirkpatrick Main Gallery
  • Instructor / Presenter Gallery Guides
  • Age Requirements All ages

Join us for a free guided tour on weekends! Guided tours for individual visitors and groups of up to six people will meet in the lobby of our new location at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Eight-Week Class | Beginning Wheel Throwing

  • When 4-6 p.m. Saturdays, April 17 - June 15 2021
  • Cost $195
  • Location Studios Building | Leigh Ann and Paul Albers Outdoor Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Erica Hopper
  • Age Requirements 18+

This beginner-friendly course is an introduction to the potter’s wheel. Each student will discover and practice the fundamental techniques of throwing — preparing, centering and pulling clay — and acquire the skills necessary to create a variety of clay vessels. 

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Eight-Week Class | Outdoor Oil Painting

  • When 12-2 p.m. Sundays, April 18 - June 6, 2021
  • Cost $195
  • Location Studios Building | Leigh Ann and Paul Albers Outdoor Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Chris Brizzard
  • Age Requirements 18+

Join instructor and artist Chris Brizzard to explore the fundamentals of oil painting outside, or en plein air. Core concepts include the block-in, separating light from shadow, setting up proper value relationships, getting the light effect, color relationships and more.

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Workshop | Custom Cuff Bracelet

  • When 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 18, 2021
  • Cost $85 (all supplies included)
  • Location Studios Building | Flex Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Audrey Peck
  • Age Requirements 16+

Discover the art of metalsmithing as you create your own custom cuff bracelets. In this afternoon workshop, you'll learn how to add decoration by stamping and hammering texture to design your own unique metal piece.

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Outdoor Workshop | Raku Ceramics

  • When 3-5:30 p.m. Sundays, April 18 and 25, 2021
  • Cost $50 (all supplies included)
  • Location Studios Building | Leigh Ann and Paul Albers Outdoor Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter David Stevens
  • Age Requirements 16+

Join us for a two-day, hands-on workshop as we dive into the topic of Raku ceramics. Together, we'll explore traditional Japanese Raku as it relates to religious and cultural practices and its later expression among American ceramicists in the mid-1900s.

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Online 10-Week Class | Creative Foundations for Veterans

  • When 1-3 p.m. Saturdays, April 17 - June 19, 2021
  • Cost Free
  • Location Online
  • Instructor / Presenter Jenny Elton
  • Age Requirements 18+

In this online course for military veterans, participants will explore the fundamentals of looking at, discussing and creating works of art. Course projects include ceramics, fiber arts and drawing and painting, plus a digital gallery visit to Ed Ruscha: OKLA.

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Outdoor Friday Night Workshop | Wall Weaving

  • When 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 23, 2021
  • Cost $50 (all supplies included)
  • Location Studios Building | Leigh Ann and Paul Albers Outdoor Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Rachel Denbow
  • Age Requirements 21+

Together with artist Rachel Denbow, explore basic weaving techniques to create your very own Pinterest-worthy wall hanging. This course will take place in a well-ventilated area with masks required and social distancing enforced.

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Performance | An Evening with Fire in Little Africa

  • When 7-9 p.m. Saturday, April 24
  • Cost Free tickets required. Reservations available April 10.
  • Location Main Building | North Lawn
  • Instructor / Presenter Fire in Little Africa
  • Age Requirements all ages

Join us for an evening of music and memory featuring hip-hop project Fire in Little Africa and Greenwood Art Project’s mobile exhibition, the G.A.P. Van. The G.A.P. Come participate in this powerful, healing approach to commemorating the Tulsa Massacre and the history of the Greenwood neighborhood.

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Workshop | Block Printing on Fabric

  • When 1-3 p.m. Sunday April 25, 2021
  • Cost $60 (all supplies included)
  • Location Studios Building | Flex Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Lissie Teehee
  • Age Requirements 16+

Learn basic printmaking techniques to transform textiles into beautiful works of art. You’ll leave this short workshop knowing how to design a pattern and carve, ink and print a linocut block, and to set ink once dry. Students will need to bring pencil, paper and their imagination. 

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Outdoor Friday Night Workshop | Gelli Plate Print Making

  • When 7-9 p.m. Friday, May 7, 2021
  • Cost $45 (all supplies included)
  • Location Studios Building | Leigh Ann and Paul Albers Outdoor Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Virginia Sitzes
  • Age Requirements 21+

Get creative with painter and printmaker Virginia Sitzes! In this two-hour course, you'll use a quick and colorful printmaking process to produce a small set of original greeting cards. This course will take place in a well-ventilated area with masks required and social distancing enforced.

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Workshop | Tufa Stone Casting

  • When 1-4 p.m. Sunday, May 9, 2021
  • Cost $75 (all supplies included)
  • Location Studios Building | Flex Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Bill Derrevere
  • Age Requirements 18+

Create your own pewter form using this simple casting method with tufa stone. Some previous metalsmithing experience is helpful, but not required. Registration closes Sunday, May 2 at 11:59 p.m.

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Hours

Monday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Closed Tuesday

Wednesday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Visit us at 11 NW 11th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Phone: 405 951 0000
Fax: 405 951 0003
info@okcontemp.org

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P.O. Box 3062
Oklahoma City, OK 73101

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