The Concept exhibition presents an evocative investigation of contemporary artists in Oklahoma, along with a regional artist exchange. 

The Event

Through this triennial exhibition, audiences can investigate current art making in Oklahoma. The Concept Survey provides a broad look at contemporary work in Oklahoma, while four Focus artists will be selected to dive deeper, and participate in a group exhibition and exchange with four Focus artists from Wichita, KS.

Participating artists will be encouraged to lead educational opportunities engaging the public through programs such as workshops, lectures, discussion, critiques, tours, online forums, and other creative ideas.

Concept contains two exhibition components.
Concept/Survey is a competitively selected exhibition of artwork in all media selected by the guest curator from artist submissions. Concept/Focus is a curated group exhibition of new work by 4 Oklahoma artists and 4 artists from a partner city in the region (the 2016 partner city is St. Louis, MO). The Focus artists are selected by the guest curator from proposals and receive an honorarium and curatorial guidance to create new work to debut at the exhibition.


Focus entries must be received online by June 30, 2019 at 11:59 pm.

Survey entries must be received online by

November 30, 2019 at 11:59pm. Due to a technical error, the DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED (original deadline was 11/15/19).

Visual artists working in all media are eligible to submit, from studio art media to film, installation and new media. OVAC supports artworks and projects in direct dialogue with the visual arts.

Applicants cannot be enrolled as degree-seeking-students. The exhibition is open to artists 21 years or older who reside in Oklahoma at the time of application and throughout the exhibition. Collaborative or collective artwork submissions are welcome if all participating artists are eligible.

Artists who apply and are not accepted for the Focus exhibition may apply to the Survey exhibition.

No late or incomplete applications will be processed. Violation of any of the terms of this agreement or of the application criteria will result in a rejection of an application, or if already awarded, rescission, or return of all funds disbursed.

View full Guidelines here.


Concept will open at ahha in Tulsa on February 7, 2020.



Concept offers more than $15,000 in artist awards. Of this, $3,000 in awards will be given in the Survey exhibition.


An honorarium of $1,500 each will be given to up to four Focus artists from each city (8 total) who will also receive travel assistance for an exchange exhibition between Tulsa and Wichita.

The exhibition will be documented with a catalog in which all accepted artists will be included. Each artist will receive three copies of the catalog.

2019 Curator


Focus will open at Harvester Arts in Wichita on

May 1, 2020.

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