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 in Oklahoma.

Concept has two different exhibition components consisting of work that was competitively selected by guest curator, Heather Pesanti. The Survey component will contain 27 pieces from 27 visual artists from all over Oklahoma. The Focus component spotlights eight artists who received funding and guidance to pursue ambitious, original projects that will be exhibited for the first time through Concept.

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 will open at ahha in Tulsa on February 7, 2020

Following the closing of Concept on March 22nd in Tulsa, the eight Focus artists will go to Wichita, Kansas to show their work through a partnership with Harvester Arts. The Kansas exhibition will open May 1st, 2020.

On March 6, 2020 at 6pm, Heather Pesanti will give a guided tour of the exhibition with a catalogue release reception to follow from 6-9pm.

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

6 - 9 pm.

ahha tulsa logo


Harvester arts logo

Focus will open at Harvester Arts in Wichita on

May 1, 2020.


Concept entries are now closed. 

Application Guidelines


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

Heather Pesanti Headshot


Concept is brought to you in part by:

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition

1720 N. Shartel Ave. Suite B

Oklahoma City, OK 73103


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