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The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s annual Momentum exhibition features Oklahoma artists ages 30 and younger working in a variety of media. The exhibition presents a diversified look at the young artistic talent in Oklahoma.

The Event 

Join us again in March 2024!

Momentum 2023:

Location: Sailor and the Dock

617 W. Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102

March 10 & 11, 2023 | 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Friday and Saturday featured live entertainment, art activities cash bar, and shopping for unique pieces by local artists.

March 12, 2023 | 1:00 – 5:00 pm

On Sunday we hosted free gallery hours! Guests enjoyed the art in a quiet and peaceful environment, then stayed for a thoughtful Gallery Talk with our Curators and Spotlight Artists.

The Guest Curator and Emerging Curator work together to select the General Survey artists and three Spotlight Artists for Momentum. They also provide guidance and support for the Spotlight Artists throughout their projects and lead a Gallery Talk on the last day of Momentum.

Applications for Emerging Curator open

October 1, 2023.


Artists are selected from all over the state by the Guest and Emerging Curators. All types of visual media are accepted, including drawing, painting, film, photography, sculpture, live performance, and more. Momentum artists have the opportunity to meet new audiences, sell artwork through the exhibition or artist marketplace, and win cash awards.

Applications for General Survey open

October 1, 2023.

Momentum 2023 Awardees: 

  • Curator's Choice: Ruth Sanchez, Ceramic

  • Honorable Mention: Zoey Hughs, Performance

  • Viewer's Choice: Christian Dixon, Painting



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Guests during the opening night of Momentum 2023.

Photo courtesy of Berlin Green.

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General Survey Artists Wesley Kramer (left) and Blair Thomas (right) selling work in the Momentum 2023 artist market. Photo courtesy of Berlin Green.

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The guest curators and Spotlight Artists give a Gallery Talk on the last day of Momentum 2023. Photo courtesy of Keri Smith.

Momentum would not be possible without the help of our amazing committee members and volunteers! Our committee members are comprised of amazing members of our community who support the arts. No prior art or committee experience is required!

Call to Committee opens October 1, 2023.

Momentum 2022

Spotlight Artists

OVAC supports three emerging artists to create new work through curatorial guidance and a $1,000 honorarium. Before the event, the artists' pre-existing work is featured in a Spotlight Exhibition at 21c Museum Hotel in Oklahoma City as part of their Elevate program. Then the Spotlight Artists debut their newly created works during Momentum and end the event with a Gallery Talk led by the Guest Curators.

Applications for Spotlight Artist open October 1, 2023.


Get Involved

Momentum offers emerging artists a platform to create, display, and sell their artwork in a professional exhibition. Through this experience, past artists have made connections to new audiences and propelled their artistic careers.The generous support of our sponsors allows us to continue this important work.

Momentum 2023 General Survey

Christian Dixon
Nina Nguyen
Marissa Childers
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Volunteer (Currently Closed)
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A volunteer running the interactive art activity during Momentum 2023.

Photo courtesy of Berlin Green.

Interested in applying for Momentum, but need some help? Check out the resources below or email

Artist applicants must be ages 30 and under, reside in Oklahoma, and have a current OVAC Membership. Student memberships start at $25 and individual memberships at $45 annually.

Applications for Momentum 2024 open

October 1, 2023.

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