Momentum Artist: Amber Bailey, Enid

Q: What was the concept behind your Momentum artwork?
A: I wanted to create a piece that would represent the change and movement of the world in a way that would empower the wearer. I looked at the universe and tried to recreate it
s beauty and infinity. The world around us is constantly moving so I felt it was incredibly important that the piece had movement that would engage the viewer to interact with the piece.

Q: Explain the technique and/or process you used to create your Momentum work.A: I started with a sketchbook and a goal to create a piece that could unify the art of beading and silver smithing because the two tend to be very separated, by metal smiths especially. I looked at the work of Larry Brickman and felt it was very celestial so I asked him to create a bead for me. I showed him my drawings and lent him my thoughts on color and the process began.

I first created the silver circles by hammering silver sheet for a little texture and then forming it into large bands. I drilled through the centers and cut tubing that would hold them separate. I then put silver wire through the entire contraption and curled out the ends rather than soldering so I wouldnt damage the bead in the center. I chose jade and glass beads and set forth to make a three strand collar to connect to the orbital focal piece. I created a bail for the center by fabricating a box that would hold the strands apart with tubes soldered inside and added the amethyst settings. I created two more stand separators and strung it all on 18 gauge silver wire to ensure it would wear correctly. 

Image: “Phase II,” Silver, Amethyst, Jade Beads, Glass Beads. Artwork will be on display at Momentum OKC.
View, Purchase and Experience Artwork by Oklahoma’s Emerging Young Artists at Momentum OKC.
Event: March 5-6.  Gallery Hours: March 9, 10 & 11. Tickets and more information:

Rejection from Momentum: An "Insider" Perspective on Jurying

Guest Blogger Candace Coker has served as the curatorial intern for Momentum OKC. After entering other juried shows and Momentum exhibitions (some of which she’s gotten in and some not), she said she was impressed by the fairness she witnessed as the curators reviewed artwork for the show.  She also saw first hand some of the potential challenges of selecting artwork. 

Rejection is difficult. It could never be easy. What you thought was fabulous may not make the cut. What’s worse is having multiple entries turned away. I encourage not to give up – this is merely an opinion and more importantly, a chance for improvement.

When presented with rejection, which is often very disheartening if you let it be, it is easy to wonder… why does that one artist, whose name you see everywhere, always, always seem to get into every single show? …you might wonder perhaps he/she gets into such shows based on who they are rather than their artwork… I have to tell you that is completely untrue.

On Monday, I was lucky enough to observe and assist with the jury process for the upcoming Momentum OKC. Jurying is NOT an easy task and I bow down to the curators who diligently sort through the artwork with a clear mind. Not once was the decision of whether or not art should hang in the show influenced in any way by the name of its creator. Not once. Artwork by my peers, whom are perhaps well-recognized among us and show their artwork regularly, was critiqued just as strictly as any other artwork in the group. The art speaks for itself. Names are not included.

Realize every part of your artwork needs to come together to make the final presentation successful. Why are you displaying your art in such a way? Is it the best way it could be displayed? Is the final piece neatly presented or still a bit sloppy? Could it be improved? Is your idea well executed? Even a good idea or good technique presented poorly or in a sloppy way can ruin your chances entirely.

Rejection is not easy. It certainly isn’t fun. Take this chance to move forward, evaluate and improve your artwork. Go to the show and look closely at the accepted artwork. Listen to the curators talk about the show. Ask yourself what the good qualities are of the art in the show. Everyone, yes, everyone gets a rejection letter at some point in our artistic careers. Most of all: do not give up. Try and try again.

Sustaining Momentum: Making the Most Out of a Show Acceptance

Guest Blogger Paul Mays gives some ways to build on your artistic success once you get into an exhibition like Momentum. Paul makes the extra effort to meet new people at exhibitions, offer audiences information about commissions and sales, and add people to his network.

Congratulations… What a great way to start out an acceptance letter. Good job. Pat on the back.

A considerable amount of creativity, emotion, effort, and time went into creating and documenting your artwork, finding or building a frame, deciding on a title and price, hauling the work to the Momentum site, filling out paperwork, leaving the precious creation behind, waiting, stressing, a little nail biting and finally… Validation and Acceptance, yea! Let’s tell everyone. Really! Now that the the artwork is in the show, don’t loose the momentum.

Fire up the hype machine.

Social media is a must, tell everyone now and remind them later. Inform friends, family, co-workers, potential and past art buyers when and where they can view and purchase the newest artwork. Use the mailing list, don’t have one, start one NOW!
Meet and greet.
Business cards, complete with artwork, are definitely better than hand scrawled napkins! These work great when meeting new people, and there are always new people. Art events are a great place to meet like minded people, artist contemporaries, patrons, buyers, and new friends.

Stake-out your work, if someone shows interest, introduce yourself and encourage questions, the insight may influence a sale. Recalling the specifics of a conversation may be difficult without a perfect memory and a pocket notebook and pen helps to remember the small details following a hectic evening. This will help to keep track of items such as names, dates and addresses.

Take full advantage of the momentum an art event can provided, this is a great time to sell artwork, promote and schedule later exhibitions. Remember that the artist is their own best promoter, marketer, and sales person.

View, Purchase and Experience Artwork by Oklahoma’s Emerging Young Artists March 5 & 6. Learn more here.

Making the most of the Momentum Market

You completed your art, properly matted and framed it, applied to Momentum, and then you were accepted! Congratulations! But wait, there is a next step! Exhibit some MORE of your art for the Momentum Market!

I’ve been accepted to Momentum, what kind of art should I put in the Momentum Market?
The best kind of art for the Momentum Market would be art that compliments your art in the Momentum Exhibition. Former Momentum artist, Michelle Himes-McCrory, always created works for the Market that coincided with her stylistic approach. The upper left circle of the first image shows the cards that OVAC commissioned of her artwork. The art itself was in the Momentum Tulsa Exhibition 2008. The bottom circle shows some “Chronomes” that originally show up on wood and intaglio etchings, but now they can also be bought as magnets and jewelry.

How does the market help my art in the momentum exhibition?
The Momentum Market gives emerging artists the opportunity to sell more of their art. Having artwork at many different price levels allows for a larger range of people being able to afford art.

How to display the art for the market:

An artist needs to make their art as easy to buy as possible. Michelle Himes-McCrory always has excellent displays that make her art very sellable. Look at the middle circle on the image. We see easy to read labels, Michelle’s “MEHM” label, and professionally hand packaged art.

-Guest Blogger: Kristin Gentry


Photo by Kristin Gentry

Michelle Himes-McCrory [MEHM]
An Unfinished Life 3
Woodblock Relief with Wood Burning
Image provided by MEHM

View, Purchase and Experience Artwork from Oklahoma’s Emerging Young Artists at Momentum OKC on March 5 & 6, 2010 at 410 SW 3rd in Oklahoma City. Deadline to submit art was last week and accepted artists will soon be announced here.Works by Michelle Himes-McCrory [MEHM] in Market

Artist Survival Kit Recap: What’s a Write Off?

Last Thursday, nearly 30 artists gathered at the Mainsite Art Gallery in Norman for the “What’s a Write Off?” workshop as a part of the Artist Survival Kit program.

Although not always the most exciting or glamorous topic, in this busy tax season artists often have questions about filing taxes, record keeping, creating a business entity, etc. We also covered the basics of copyrights and trademarks.

Thanks to Chad Burris, a Tulsa attorney and founder of Tulsa Lawyers for the Arts, and Larry Anderson, CPA for speaking.

As a recap, here are a few good tips from the workshop:

Copyrights & Trademarks
Copyright owners possess these five exclusive rights:
-To reproduce their work.
-To prepare a derivative work based on their original work (like a sequel to a movie, etc).
-To distribute copies of their work.
-To perform their work publicly.
-To display their work publicly.

Even if you don’t put a copyright notice on a work, that doesn’t mean it isn’t protected! But, to be safe you should always include a notice. To protect yourself from infringement, it is best to officially register with the US Copyright Office.

You CAN NOT copyright the following:
-A composition so simple that it falls below the level of minimal creativity.
-Abstract ideas, methods, systems or facts.
-A style.
-Names, titles, short phrases or slogans.

A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol or design, or a combination of words, phrases, symbols or designs that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others.

Taxes & Record Keeping
-Could my home office or studio be deductible? How do I figure it out?
Yes! You can deduct the cost of operating a studio or office out of your home. However, the space you deduct must be used exclusively for your art business (i.e. can’t also serve as a guest bedroom or kitchen table). Take the square footage percentage of your home occupied by your art business and multiply by the overall cost of the home to get your business percentage.

-Could my vehicle be deductible since I use it for my art business?
Yes! But only during the times you are using it for your art business. You must keep written proof or a log of your business use. You can get a standard mileage rate for those miles or take the percentage of miles per year used for business and multiply by the actual cost of the vehicle for that year.

-Could my continuing education be deductible?
Yes! But, it must be required to improve or maintain your skills and must NOT be for a new profession. So, something like an ASK workshop likely would be a deductible expense!

Of course, this only scratches the surface but was a great introduction to the expansive topics.  We strongly recommend consulting a CPA or lawyer for advice on your specific questions. 

Join us this Saturday, February 27th at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond for the next ASK workshop, Extreme Makeover: Portfolio Edition.

Art Studio Tour: Milissa Burkart

Burkart received a BFA from the University of Tulsa with an emphasis in printmaking.  Inspired by her work at TU’s rare books and manuscripts library, she began to create what she refers to as “book objects”— intimate-sized, 3-dimensional constructions that incorporate found objects, writing, painting, and printmaking. 

Where you’ve seen it:
Nimrod literary journal, Bookworks at the Philbrook Museum of Art, and the Tulsa Artists’ Coalition and Pearl galleries.

Ask about: 
Her Artograph machine, bug collection, and trips to her dad’s biology lab as a kid. 


“I like to draw attention to things we don’t notice in nature.  We see landscapes as a whole, but what’s within one square inch of it?  I like bugs.  I garden so I’m always accidentally disturbing an ant colony or chopping a worm in half.  Artworks like Ode to the Mighty Worm are my way of paying tribute.”

Guest Blogger: Sarah Jesse, Bernsen Director of Education and Public Programs at the Philbrook Museum of Art.

See working artists’ spaces during the Tulsa Art Studio Tour April 10 and 11. A Preview exhibition  opens March 4, 5-8 pm at the Circle Cinema, 12 S. Lewis in Tulsa.

Plot points from @OVAC Twitter Feed:

Behind the Art Scenes: legal issues of image copying online

Getting it done. RT @USAFellows NEA Chair Rocco Landesman taking bold new approach to supporting arts:

Yes! Economic impact of the arts reinforced in Sunday editorial by Kym Koch Thompson

is rock and roll promotion the same as visual arts dealing?

inside world of NYC art critic Jerry Saltz & his 4K + Facebook friends

Curious how curators layout art in museums? Article about Menil Collection’s conceptual decisions from @art21

super fascinating recycled-material, apprentice & owner built, affordable architect-designed housing

Wow quite a line up of contemporary performance & large scale artwork for @LivingArtsTulsa New Genre Feb 22-March 5

Do wildlife artists take more criticism for accuracy?

Want to see artists in an area or be listed on that international map?

Opportunities for artists & volunteers:
Jingle Feldman Individual Artist $5,000 Award for Tulsa-area professional artists, March 12 deadline

Cool! Community mural by nat’l artist (help from Mid-Amer Arts Alliance) slated for Tonkawa, accepting assistant apps

Young OK artists eligible: Now acpt apps @DallasMuseumArt “Awards to Artists” program (via @DALcontemporary)

RT: @drsketchyokc IAO’s Biting the Apple call for artists:

Call for art Rethink: Recycle: Redesign March 1 deadline

Biz cards w/ different image on up to 50 cards. Free sample offer for artists from & Humble Arts Foundation

Mayfest Young Artist Award- Five $500 awards for Tulsa-area high school students March 26 deadline

Sweet opportunity for students RT @okiecreative: student creative? Less than week to submit to Brass Rings Competition

travel grants for regional artists from Kansas City Artists Coalition March 15 deadline

Starting to send out volunteer recruitment for Momentum. Interested in helping? Contact us for info

OVAC News:
Yahoo! OVAC’s 1,000th member just joined!

hoping to see tons of art Friday & Saturday for Momentum entry– painting, drawing, sculpture, photo, dance, film, etc

topped 450 Okie artist’s work on our searchable virtual gallery, find all kinds of styles/media

Eric Humphries OVAC grant funded exhibition about Tulsa Race Riot at Norman Library

Woot, clever article (& awesome program 🙂 RT @OKCMOA: Great article @OKGazette on OK Art Writing/Curatorial program

10 artists/ 8 working studios, April 10 & 11 passports with artists info heading to print #Tulsa