THRIVE Project | Oklahoma Visionaries Exhibition

  • 15 Mar 2024
  • 19 Apr 2024
  • Owen's Arts Place Museum

The Oklahoma Visionaries exhibition is a THRIVE Project featuring work by twenty, self-taught, Oklahoma artists.
This exhibit is the culmination of an eleven month search led by co-curators, Pam Hodges and Steve Liggett, to identify Visionary artists currently living in Oklahoma. The curators contacted art organizations, centers, galleries, and collectors, in 29 Oklahoma cities and towns and in four states. The search resulted in submissions from 57 artists. Finding artists who, by nature, are unconcerned with being found was a challenge unique to this endeavor. 

The Oklahoma Visionaries exhibition features work by twenty, self-taught, Oklahoma artists. All have a drive that springs from a uniquely personal vision and a lack of concern for the mainstream art world. Life experiences that include marginalization also inform their art. 

All eligible submitting artists will have their profiles available through an online directory and artist profiles will be continually collected for curation for the second Oklahoma Visionaries exhibit to be held in 2025. This show truly represents The Beginning.


Steve Liggett is the owner of Liggett Studio and co-curator of this exhibit. He has been an arts advocate and artist in the Tulsa community for 50 years. From 1992 to 2017, Steve was Living Arts of Tulsa’s artistic and executive director.  Under his leadership, Living Arts of Tulsa grew tremendously from grassroots to national recognition for its support of contemporary art and artists. Steve is providing the same quality of leadership to Liggett Studio and this exhibit. In addition to his leadership in the arts, Steve is a practicing artist who maintains pottery and paper-making studios. Steve holds a Masters of Art degree from the University of Tulsa in ceramics.

Pam Hodges initiated this exhibit and is a co-curator. Since retiring in 2019, as Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Director of Learning in Atlanta, GA, she returned to Tulsa and is working as a community volunteer and learning new art media. While not claiming to be an artist, she has a BA degree in studio art and art history, was an Assistant Registrar at the Detroit Institute of Arts, a Director of Education at Philbrook Museum of Arts, and a Director of Community Arts at the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa.

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