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Maren Hassinger: Nature, Sweet Nature

  • When Sept. 9, 2021 - Aug. 29, 2022
  • Cost FREE
  • Location Sculpture Garden

Nature, Sweet Nature is comprised of two installations constructed with galvanized wire rope. The two pieces, Garden and Paradise Regained, will each stand in rows at relative human scale; one near the entrance to the art center and the other within the Sculpture Garden.

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Chakaia Booker: Shaved Portions

  • When Sept. 9, 2021 - summer 2022
  • Cost Free
  • Location Campbell Art Park

Shaved Portions, a new work by renowned sculpture artist Chakaia Booker, reassembles tires into a towering, cathedral-like space that viewers may enter, created from multiple spiny-edged loops, stacked and linked together in a configuration specially designed for the Campbell Art Park.

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Abstract Remix

  • When Sept. 30, 2021 - Jan. 24, 2022
  • Cost Free
  • Location Mary LeFlore Clements Oklahoma Gallerty

Abstract Remix brings mural artists Rhiana Deck, Codak Smith, Kalee Jones W., and May Yang to the Mary LeFlore Clements Oklahoma Gallery, connecting Oklahoma Contemporary’s downtown home to the iconic mural arts landscape evolving across the city.

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Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art

  • When Oct. 21, 2021 - Feb. 21, 2022
  • Cost Free
  • Location Eleanor Kirkpatrick Main Gallery
  • Age Requirements All ages

Featuring nearly 70 works across both traditional and digital disciplines, this showstopper exhibition offers something surprising around every corner. Open World will engage gamers, pop culture enthusiasts, art aficionados and casual fans of all ages alike.

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Café Contemporary

  • When 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday, closed 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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Crystal Z. Campbell: Flight

  • When May 27 - Oct. 28, 2021
  • Cost Free
  • Location Main Building | Artist-in-Residence Studio Gallery
  • Age Requirements All ages

Using light, sound and digital film projection, Flight explores the physical, architectural and cultural residue of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre into the present.

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Four-Week Class | Experimental Costume Sewing

  • When 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 27 - Nov. 17, 2021
  • Cost $145.00
  • Location Main Building | Clements Family Studio One
  • Instructor / Presenter Amber Layne
  • Age Requirements 16+

Join sewing extraordinaire Amber Layne in this four-week class discovering the creative possibilities of costume sewing. Students will learn to sew with decorative thread and conductive lights. At the end of the course, students will know basic sewing skills required in constructing a costume cape.

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Eight-Week Class | Intro to Jewelry Making and Metalsmithing - Wednesday

  • When 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 29 - Nov. 17, 2021
  • Cost $295.00
  • Location Studios Building | Flex Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Taylor Martin
  • Age Requirements 18+

Learn basic metalsmithing techniques to create your own unique jewelry objects. Students will learn skills in design, technique and craftsmanship as they complete several one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.


Eight-Week Class | Beginning Wheel Throwing with Joe Cox - Wednesday

  • When 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 29 - Nov. 17, 2021
  • Cost $195.00
  • Location Studios Building | Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Joe Cox
  • Age Requirements 18+

This beginner-friendly course is an introduction to the potter’s wheel with artist, educator and potter Joe Cox. Each student will be taught basic throwing techniques to make cups, mugs and bowls, and introduced to various firing techniques, temperatures and atmospheres.


Café Contemporary

  • When 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday, closed 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 on-site seating. Visit us in person or call 405-768-2845 to place your order.

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Eight-Week Class | Sewing Fundamentals

  • When 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 30 - Nov. 18, 2021
  • Cost $265.00
  • Location Main Building | Clements Family Studio One
  • Instructor / Presenter Amber Layne
  • Age Requirements 18+

This class is designed for those new to sewing, those who haven’t sewn in a while, those afraid of their machines, those who want to build a stronger foundation in their sewing knowledge or those needing a refresh on the basics of machine sewing.


Eight-Week Class | Intermediate Wheel Throwing

  • When 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 30 - Dec. 2, 2021
  • Cost $265.00
  • Location Studios Building | Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Liv Egan
  • Age Requirements 18+

Join ceramics artist Liv Egan to expand on your knowledge of clay. In this class, students will explore advanced forms, including lidded and pouring vessels and different methods to create texture. Students will also learn different ways to adorn the surface of works.


Eight-Week Class | Intro to Floor Loom Weaving

  • When 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 30 - Nov. 18, 2021
  • Cost $225.00
  • Location Studios Building | Josie Eresch Fiber Arts Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Sherri Dudeck
  • Age Requirements 18+

Learn the fundamentals of weaving on a four-shaft loom, focusing on loom setup, understanding basic weave patterns (plain weave and twill variations) and weaving terminology. Creating sound structure and developing good weaving habits will be emphasized.


Eight-Week Class | Drawing Fundamentals

  • When 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 30 - Nov. 18, 2021
  • Cost $195.00
  • Location Main Building | In Honor of Bryan and Kendall Hall Studio Two
  • Instructor / Presenter Chris Brizzard
  • Age Requirements 18+

Anyone can learn to draw if taught the overlooked and undervalued fundamentals, which have been in use for centuries! Join artist Chris Brizzard to learn the basics, including blocking-in form, shape accuracy, proportion, separating light from shadow, establishing values and conveying light on form.


Thursday Night Late Workshop | Mean Muggin'

  • When 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 2021
  • Cost $65 (all supplies included)
  • Location Studios Building | Kim and Steve Bruno Hand Building Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Marissa Childers
  • Age Requirements 21+

Discover the basics of ceramics as you use hand building techniques to create your very own mug for coffee, tea or cocoa. You will select your glaze color from a selection of house-made hues. Students will pick up their glazed and fired work a few weeks after the workshop.

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Eight-Week Class | Beginning Ceramics

  • When 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 2 - Nov. 20, 2021
  • Cost $195.00
  • Location Studios Building | Kim and Steve Bruno Hand Building Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Marissa Childers
  • Age Requirements 18+

Explore the art of ceramics with instructor Marissa Childers. This course will focus on the three hand building techniques: 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.


Four-Week Class | Mural Mayhem

  • When 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 30 - Dec. 5, 2021
  • Cost $145.00
  • Location Studios Building | Flex Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Kris Ermey
  • Age Requirements 16+ (13+ if accompanied by ticketed adult)

Join artist Kris Ermey to learn just what it takes to create large-scale murals. Students will learn how to scale up their initial designs and how to make a stencil through collaboratively designing and painting murals onsite. Teens and adults are welcome to join this special four-week class.

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Guided Tours | 1 p.m. Saturdays

  • When 1-2 p.m. Saturdays
  • Cost free (reservations required)
  • Location Main Building | Eleanor Kirkpatrick Main Gallery
  • Instructor / Presenter Gallery Guides
  • Age Requirements All ages

Join us for a free guided tour on Saturdays! Guided tours for individual visitors and groups of up to eight people will meet in the lobby at our main building at 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

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Eight-Week Class | Artistic Embroidery: Painting with Needle and Thread

  • When 1-3 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 2 - Nov. 20, 2021
  • Cost $195
  • Location Studios Building | Josie Eresch Fiber Arts Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Darci Lenker
  • Age Requirements 18+

Learn the basics of embroidery while discovering the art of thread painting. Though paint isn’t actually used, many of the stylistic techniques used in painting are applied to this approach. Students will use their own photographs or sketches as the basis for their embroidered art.


Eight-Week Class | Intermediate Hand Building: Texture and Decoration

  • When 2-5 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 2 - Nov. 20, 2021
  • Cost $265.00
  • Location Studios Building | Kim and Steve Bruno Hand Building Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Liz Parham
  • Age Requirements 18+

Based around utilitarian vessels and the intimate moments that surround them, Intermediate Hand Building is designed for those comfortable with ceramic basics and hand building techniques. Students will be asked to consider new approaches to texture, building and decoration.


Four-Week Class | Oklahoma Contemporary Composers

  • When 1-3 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 31 - Nov. 21, 2021
  • Cost $65.00
  • Location Main Building | The Fudge Family Photography Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Jacob Frost
  • Age Requirements 16+

Join local composer Jacob Frost to learn about the exciting new music being made in Oklahoma City and the state. Students will explore the work of a diverse array of Oklahoma composers and discuss the musical and cultural elements of their work.

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Eight-Week Class | How to Watch Movies

  • When 6:30-8:30 p.m. (optional screening: 4-6 p.m.) Sundays, Oct. 3 - Nov. 21, 2021
  • Cost $85.00
  • Location Main Building | Howard Family Charitable Foundation Studio Three
  • Instructor / Presenter James Cooper
  • Age Requirements 18+

With insight from instructor James Cooper, you’ll discover how to discuss and critique films of all types as an art form, studying theoretical and historical developments in cinema history and enhancing your appreciation and enjoyment of a trip to the movie theater or your next Netflix night.


Four-Week Class | Visible Mending

  • When 6-9 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 25 - Nov. 15, 2021
  • Cost $145.00
  • Location Studios Building | Josie Eresch Fiber Arts Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Darci Lenker
  • Age Requirements 18+

Join fiber artist Darci Lenker and discover the basics of embroidery through visible mending, a set of techniques that extends the life of well-loved items and helps the environment and human rights through more ethical consumption of fast fashion.

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Eight-Week Class | Beginning Wheel Throwing with David Stevens - Monday

  • When 6-8 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 27 - Nov. 15, 2021
  • Cost $195.00
  • Location Studios Building | Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter David Stevens
  • Age Requirements 18+

Manager of the Ceramics Program David Stevens hosts this beginner-friendly course. Each student will be taught basic throwing techniques to make cups, mugs and bowls. Students will be introduced to various firing techniques.

This course is sold out! Click here to sign up for the waitlist.


Eight-Week Class | Creative Foundations for Veterans

  • When 6-8 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 27 - Nov. 15, 2021
  • Cost free
  • Location Studios Building | Kim and Steve Bruno Hand Building Studio and Flex Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Chrystal O'Boyle
  • Age Requirements 18+

In this course for military veterans, participants will explore the fundamentals of looking at, discussing and creating works of art. Course projects include ceramics, drawing and painting. Community members who have served in the military are welcome to apply, which is presented at no cost.


Eight-Week Class | Beginning Wheel Throwing with David Stevens - Tuesday

  • When 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 28 - Nov. 16, 2021
  • Cost $195.00
  • Location Studios Building | Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter David Stevens
  • Age Requirements 18+

Artist and Manager of the Ceramics Program David Stevens hosts this beginner-friendly course. Each student will be taught basic throwing techniques to make cups, mugs and bowls. After that, students will be introduced to various firing techniques. Open Studio times are included with registration.


Eight-Week Class | Intro to Jewelry Making and Metalsmithing - Tuesday

  • When 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 28 - Nov. 16, 2021
  • Cost $295.00
  • Location Studios Building | Flex Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Taylor Martin
  • Age Requirements 18+

Learn basic metalsmithing techniques to create your own unique jewelry objects. Students will learn skills in design, technique and craftsmanship as they complete several one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces.


Eight-Week Class | Ceramics for Teens

  • When 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 28 - Nov. 16, 2021
  • Cost $265 (all materials included)
  • Location Studios Building | Lynda and Chuck Nelson Wheel Throwing Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Liz Parham
  • Age Requirements 13-17

Discover ceramics in a class designed with teens in mind. This course will focus on the three hand building techniques: pinching, coiling and using slabs of clay. Through a variety of hands-on projects, you'll leave this class with foundational knowledge of clay and completed ceramic works of art.


Eight-Week Class | Watercolor Landscapes

  • When 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 28 - Nov. 16. 2021
  • Cost $195.00
  • Location Main Building | In Honor of Bryan and Kendall Hall Studio Two
  • Instructor / Presenter Chrystal O'Boyle
  • Age Requirements 18+

From city skylines to beachside sunsets, use your favorite scenery to find artistic inspiration and create unique watercolor landscapes. Instructor and artist Chrystal O’Boyle will guide students on how to use different watercolor techniques to convey variety in terrain.


Facing the Historical Facts of Lynching: Reckoning, Mourning and Healing

  • When 7-9 p.m. Nov. 4
  • Cost Free
  • Location Te Ata Theater and Founders Hall Dance Studio
  • Instructor / Presenter Dr. Karlos Hill and Rev. Tamara Lebak

Join us for a screening of Rope/Fire/Water with Dr. Karlos Hill, a community-engaged scholar and author, followed by a conversation about the impact of and healing from racial historical trauma with Rev. Tamara Lebak, founder of the Restorative Justice Institute of Oklahoma.

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Thursday Night Late Workshop | DIY Holiday Cards: Experimental Printing

  • When 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 2021
  • Cost $35 (All supplies included)
  • Location Main Building | Howard Family Charitable Foundation Studio Three
  • Instructor / Presenter Virginia Sitzes
  • Age Requirements 21+

Want your holiday cards to stand out this year? Instructor Virginia Sitzes will teach you to use ​a gelli plate printing process to create personalized ​holiday cards and envelopes. The holidays aren’t just about giving; make sure you get something for yourself from Café Contemporary.

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Second Saturday: GameFest OKC

  • When 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Nov. 13
  • Cost Free
  • Location Main Building
  • Age Requirements All ages

November’s Second Saturday will be LEVELED UP! GameFest OKC at Oklahoma Contemporary will be an afternoon packed with gaming, creating and cosplay inspired by Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art. We will activate all three levels of our building with interactive programming and projects.

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Thursday Night Late Workshop | Live Wreath Making

  • When 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 2021
  • Cost $65 (All supplies included)
  • Location Main Building | Howard Family Charitable Foundation Studio Three
  • Instructor / Presenter BC Summers
  • Age Requirements 21+

Don’t worry millennials, we know you love your succulents! In this workshop, you’ll learn how to transform your prickly friend into a plush, felt sewn ornament. Watering not required — drinks from Café Contemporary encouraged.

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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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