Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship / Deadline: May 15, 2018


The Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship aims to train promising writers and curators by expanding their professional education and experience. This distinctive, yearlong program awards 12 fellows the opportunity to participate in a structured and innovative curriculum designed to encourage new writing and curatorial projects. The Fellowship offers each participant the opportunity to cultivate skills and knowledge by offering access to leading regional and national curators, critics, organizers and academics through public lectures and intimate, hands-on workshops.

The Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship identifies talented Fellows who possess a passion for art, a drive to excel in writing about art, and the desire to become active and engaged participants in the current contemporary art dialogue. The program provides education, mentorship, and support to writers and curators to help them realize greater potential. This is the fourth installment of the program, which was also held in 2010, 2012 and 2015. The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) presents this program in partnership with the Philbrook Museum of Art, The University of Tulsa School of Art, Design & Art History, and other arts organizations.

Applicants must:

  • be an Oklahoma resident, or
  • live within a 350-mile radius of Tulsa or
  • be a resident of Denver, New Orleans, or St. Louis areas

(Geographic eligibility is flexible. If you have any questions about whether you qualify, please contact us.)

The call for the 2018 iteration of the Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship will close May 15th at 11:59pm.

Confirmed Mentors Include:
heather ahtone, Ph.D. Senior Curator, American Indian Cultural Center & Museum, OKC, OK
Rachel Cook, Artistic Director, On the Boards, Seattle, WA
Rebecca Hart, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Orit Gat, Editor for art-agenda, London and NYC, NY
Lauren Haynes, Curator of Contemporary Art, Crystal Bridges, Bentonville, AR
Zoe Larkins, Assistant Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO
Sharon Louden, Artist, Advocate for Artists, and Editor, New York City, NY
Michael W. Maizels, Assistant Professor of Art History University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
Kirsten Olds, Ph.D. Associate Professor for the Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences, The
University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
Cameron Shaw, Executive Director and Founding Editor, Pelican Bomb, New Orleans, LA
Buzz Spector, Artist, Writer, and Professor of Art at the Washington University in St. Louis, MO
Catherine Whitney, Chief Curator, Curator of American Art, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK
Lindsay Preston Zappas, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Contemporary Art Review, Los Angeles, CA