East 35th Street House Show
1423 East 35th Street in Tulsa, OK
June 19, 2015
Blending the practices of house concerts and popup art shows in alternative spaces commonly found in urban areas, East 35th Street House Show aims to bridge the gap between the music and visual arts community in Tulsa while simultaneously taking art out of the white cube, commercial, and institutional spaces we are so accustomed. By placing this exhibition in the domestic sphere, it brings contemporary art into the space of the personal promoting community among the artists and attendees. By filling a vacant house with the arts, empty, lifeless spaces become an arena for creative thought.
The works include paintings, drawings, and photography inspired by the natural world in the pieces by Beth Downing, Peter Hay, Steve Monroe, and Libby Williams. Portraits and gesture studies analyze the human body in works by Grace Grothaus Grimm, Ariana Jakub, and JP Morrison. Krystle Brewer, John Bryant, and Julie Clark utilize color, collage, and abstraction in their works.
The musical compositions include A Hymn to Romance on double bass by Noam Faingold; A Lot of Gray on tenor saxophone, electric bass, viola, and violin by Jared Hinkle; and Etherial Serial on clarinet and electric bass by Mike Cameron.
Selfie: An Exhibition on Identity
MAINSITE Gallery in Norman, OK
February 14 – March 14, 2014
The announcement by Oxford Dictionaries of the 2013 Word of the Year, “selfie,” indicates a renewed interest in self-portraiture through an instant and digital media. Though this term and technology is of current year, it is just the most recent incarnation of the concept rooted in a long history of self-portraiture, or commissioning of a portrait of the self, that has been a staple of artistic practice for centuries. The concept of the “selfie” or portrait of the self is tied to identity in that the person being depicted chooses the way in which they want to be identified.
Identity is defined as the set of characteristics that enable an entity to be definable and distinguishable from others. While we can list these characteristics about ourselves, we must acknowledge that this list of traits is not static. The reality of our personal identity is that it is not only fluid, but also self-assigned. As individuals we have control of the construction of our own identity. In a less intentional mode, we grow and change as humans while our identity evolves with us.
The artists’ work presented here interrogates self-identification and self-presentation. These artists do more than challenge stereotypes; they explore the fluidity of identity or identities as defined by culture, gender, nationality, religious beliefs, etc. At times comical, tragic, and triumphant, their work demonstrates the continued search and struggle for self at every stage of life.
Mary Kathryn Moeller
Sharing a Journey: Building the Oklahoma State University Art Collection
Postal Plaza in Stillwater, OK
January 14 – May 25, 2014
This was the first full exhibition to be shown in the newly opened Oklahoma State University Museum of Art. This project took a year and half to select works from the permanent collection, research the history of the collection, create visual narratives, and to produce a 143 page full-color catalogue. The strengths of the collection highlighted in the exhibition are 20th-21st century African, Oklahoma Modernism, Native American, and works on paper.
Living Arts in Tulsa, OK
October 12 – 31, 2013
Momentum Tulsa is an important yearly exhibition that highlights emerging artists in Oklahoma, often recognizing innovation and exploratory mediums. Momentum Tulsa 2013 introduces new work by 53 emerging Oklahoma artists. In this exhibition the spotlight artists, Molly Youngblood, Leigh Martin, and Stuart Whitis, serve as corner stones for three of the thematic veins seen throughout the work: race/culture, the organic, and abstraction. (See full curatorial statement here)
Highlights From the Permanent Collection
Oklahoma State University Museum of Art in Stillwater, OK
October 10 – December 10, 2013
The OSUMA had been in the works for years before I came to OSU in 2012 and joined the museum as a Graduate Research Assistant. In this role I worked as an assistant to the Curator of Collections, Louise Siddons, PhD, to curate this show that highlights strong points in the OSUMA’s collection of 3,000 works of art. The location chosen for the museum was an old WPA Post Office that was renovated in an aesthetic of contemporary infused with exposed brick. Because of the history of the museum, the main gallery was to showcase the work of the architects, Rand Elliot and Associates, while the Highlights Show was in the second gallery. The grand opening of the building as a museum of art will be open in January 2013 and will exhibit a larger more extensive version of the show.
Watercloset Gallery at Mainsite in Norman, OK
June 14- July 13, 2013
Discernible Discourse is the coalescence of artists who use language in their visual art. Drawing inspiration from poetry, music, scripture, and other texts, but maintaining the rigorous boundaries of the disciplines they engage, the artists in this show combine multiple creative mediums in a manner analogous to the physical piecing together of the elements that compose their collages.
Amanda Christine, Ashley Sword-Buster, and Sarah Morgan are parallel in their techniques of choosing papers with inherent meanings and then altering the original intention by the addition of layers. Sheet music, aged books, and bible pages were all printed for a specific purpose that these artists have interfered with and altered for their unique purposes. In contrast, the approach of John Steen and Elizabeth Wilson uses the elements of words as a movable piece to be incorporated into a process of layering rather than a base to build upon. In all of these works, however, the artists intertwine multiple disciplines for the development of a complex composition engaging with and confronting the assumptions of their materials.
Molas: Applique Art of the Kuna People
Gardiner Gallery in Stillwater, OK
June 12 – August 14, 2013
This collection of molas is a part of the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art’s permanent collection. “Mola” is the Kuna word for blouse but has come to be known as the applique art that adorns the front and reverse of a blouse worn by the Kuna women. See the exhibition catalogue here.
Memento: Capturing Memory Through Art
Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History, Stillwater, OK
May – December 2013
The Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History asked Mary Kathryn Moeller and I to curate an exhibition primarily from their permanent collection to tell the story of fine art and folk art through Stillwater history. This show highlights major Oklahoma Artists such as J. Jay McVicker and Ella Jack along side women’s fancy work of the late 19th century.
Minutiae of the Human Condition: A Selection of Etchings
Gardiner Gallery in Stillwater, OK
March 4 – March 29, 2013
This exhibition of prints are from the OSU Museum of Art’s permanent collection and was shown in the student curated space of Gardiner Gallery.
The Cross Timbers: A Winter Landscape
February 15 – April 15, 2013
This exhibition includes student work from the Department of Landscape Architecture at OSU and was hung in Gallery North.