The Oklahoma Curatorial Fellowship trains up to eight emerging curatorial Fellows through hands-on workshops, mentorship, writing, exhibitions, and public programming.
The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition is excited to announce the return of the Oklahoma Curatorial Fellowship—previously the Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship—and is accepting applications beginning June 16, 2023, through July 16, 2023, at 11:59 pm.
The Oklahoma Curatorial Fellowship trains promising emerging curators by catalyzing long-term creative connections and art careers through mentorship, professional development, and hands-on training emphasizing curatorial practice and writing that culminates in an exhibition at prominent gallery spaces in Oklahoma. This 10-month fellowship begins in October 2023 and ends in August 2024, with exhibition programming occurring in Fall 2024. Up to 8 fellows are selected from a regional (OK, AK, KS, TX, NM, CO, MO) pool of applicants to form a cohort led by esteemed mentors who are leaders and professionals in the field.
Applications are open June 16 – July 16, 2023.
Must be 21 years old by the start of the Fellowship.
Must have a permanent address in the region (OK, AK, KS, TX, NM, CO, MO) and be able to travel to Oklahoma City and Tulsa*. (Travel costs and accommodations are not provided.)
Applicants may either be individuals or co-curatorial teams of no more than three members with only one Lead Applicant and application per team.
Participate in all ten months of the Fellowship. (Virtual and in-person schedule.)
Attend six in-person panel discussions & workshops.
Read assigned texts monthly.
Prepare assigned written texts (200 – 1500 words) throughout the program.
Participate in small-group workshop sessions outside of the in-person meetings, as necessary. (Can be virtual.)
Visit art exhibitions at various museums and galleries.
Submit one prepared text (750 – 1500 words) and supporting images to the Lead Mentor/Art Focus Editor by the assigned deadline for the final project published in Art Focus Oklahoma.
Remain open to new ideas and criticism and treat Mentors, OVAC staff, and fellow participants with respect.
2023 Lead Mentor:
Fellows are guided through the program by reputable mentors working professionally in curatorial or art-related fields throughout the region.
2023–2024 Mentors Coming Soon!
Guests attend the Oklahoma Art Writing and Curatorial Fellowship exhibitions at University of Tulsa, 2019.
Art Focus OK
Each iteration of the Oklahoma Curatorial Fellowship culminates in a Fellow-based issue of OVAC's quarterly magazine, Art Focus Oklahoma.
Click here to read the 2019 issue of Art Focus OK.
Snapshot of Art Focus article header by 2018–2019 Fellow, Marjorie Bontemps.
Click here to view blog posts written by past fellows to promote critical and thoughtful dialogue on contemporary art and curatorial practice.
See our last cohort below: