Helen Opper

Helen Opper

Helen Opper is an independent fine art curator and appraiser based in Oklahoma. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned her M.A. from New York University’s Program in Museum Studies. After working with art in San Francisco and New York for several years, Helen returned to her hometown of Oklahoma City in 2015 in order to shift her focus to her immediate community. Through the diversity of her studies and work, she has become keenly aware of how the art world reflects the challenges of contemporary society, and her goals as a curator include working with artists traditionally underrepresented in the fine art world and expanding equal access to avenues to artistic success through exhibitions, collaborations, and special project opportunities. Helen knows that art should respond to the complexities of contemporary culture, politics, and identity, and she embraces work that questions the status quo and challenges the current world order. As a curator, she attempts to level the playing field by working with artists of all backgrounds and at all stages of their careers. As a fine art appraiser, her goal is to educate clients about their artwork, to close the knowledge gap surrounding the business of fine art, and to provide general education about the role and importance of professional appraisals for artist and client advocacy. In addition to her curatorial, appraisal, and consulting work for private clients, Helen recently curated ArtNow 2021 at Oklahoma Contemporary, manages Oklahoma City gallery The Art Hall, and is an adjunct professor in the Visual Art Program at Oklahoma City Community College.