Tuesday, April 18, 2017

  • Friday, April 7, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, April 27, 2017 (All day)
    Spoken Word Spoken Word Spoken Word

    Opening First Friday, April 7th, 6-9pm in our West-End Gallery

    "In this body of work, I am searching for a history and for a home from which I feel disconnected. Through the repetitive processes of stitching and cutting paper, I create expressive forms which I hope will connect with and communicate with people at a deep level. Luminous Topographies is an examination of rootlessness and uprootedness. Delicate paper garments and intricately cut, illuminated paper scenes explore the things we carry with us, the stories we tell about where we come from, and the ones we make up because we don't know where that is. Light transforms paper, showing the bones of the processes that create it. Through this work, I am inventing such a record of memory. I want to discover how I can sink roots without remaining in one place, and how I can carry “home” with me." -Emily Chase

    Artist Bio

    Emily Chase grew up on the move. She was born in New York, but has since lived in New Mexico, Oklahoma, and, most recently, Arkansas.

    Chase received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Painting from the University of Arkansas in 2013, graduating Summa Cum Laude. In April 2013 she was chosen as a recipient of the Windgate Fellowship Award, a $15,000 grant for graduating seniors working in a craft medium or process, as well as an award to study at Penland School of Craft. She has studied and traveled extensively in Europe, the United States, and Japan.  Her work has been exhibited in New York, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Maryland and Tennessee, including a solo show of her work at Living Arts Tulsa in 2015. She attended a 10 week residency at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in early 2016, and in January moved to Tulsa as an incoming member of the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, a competitive one to three year residency program for 2017-2018.

    She currently works out of a studio in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her recent work focuses on paper as a sculptural media, using it to explore her continuing interest in narrative, ideas about home, and the relationships between clothing and identity.

  • Friday, April 7, 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, April 26, 2017 (All day)

    Opens First Friday, April 7th, 6-9pm

    I am an artist/photographer based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where I am an Assistant Professor of Digital Media at Tulsa Community College. I studied painting at the University of Tulsa, earning BFA and MA degrees. I took up photography shortly after graduation and I approach the medium from the perspective of a painter. I became attracted to photography by its immediacy and the magic of the darkroom. Darkroom magic transitioned to digital magic, and the digital medium is all the more immediate and flexible.

    My work deals with a spirituality that is manifest through the use of mysterious light and mysterious environments. This light is emitted from within objects, hidden rooms, or the sky. In other images it takes the form of cast shadows or reflections. The results are images that have a supernatural appearance and leave interpretations to the viewers as they interact with them. Another set of images depicts persons in states of spiritual struggle. Still another set is a series of exaggerated war machines which are commentaries on current political upheaval.

    Most of my photographs are composites of multiple images. This gives me the freedom to create objects and environments that, although they do not exist in nature, give a unique sense of place or are social commentaries.


    ~ Michael A. McRuiz

  • Friday, April 7, 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, April 26, 2017 (All day)

    Artist Statement

    I grew up in a rural farming community with a tradition of hard work and little need of formal education beyond 8th grade. I was the first in my family to graduate high school and attend college. In many ways, I was initially ill equipped to lead the life of a college art professor. Assuming the aura of sage refinement often associated with those in academia has always seemed elusive, and exploring my role as an educator and artist is still a work in progress.

    In the simplest terms my work is about questioning. I tend to question everything and doubt the answer. I am not sure why I am this way, "I was born in Missouri, the Show Me State," is my general answer. I learned quickly in public education to temper my questions, and accept answers for what they are. In the studio, I have freedom to question and doubt. While individual works may deal with specific subject matter, the underlying structure is questioning the nature of relationships. What happens if I do this or that to a material, or place one object adjacent another? I am constantly working out the elements of a composition, balancing what I know of furniture design and other functional crafts with fine art practices. When I have provided enough answers via the "art object," I question if I was asking the right things in the first place. Then comes a period of destruction, dismantling, or taking apart. Through this process I come to terms with my inquisitive nature. I revel in it, and during a cycle of creation and destruction, arrive at an answer I can live with. When making a successful piece, walking the line between its content and form, I realize how interconnected my practice is with all aspects of my life.

    My influences are as varied as the way I piece my work together. I take great pleasure discovering other artists' work, analyzing how they are perceived, and taking what I need from them.  In general I borrow my historical perspective, sense of craft, conceptual flexibility, playfulness, and connection to materials from the likes of Marcel Duchamp, Anthony Gormley, David Nash, and Leonardo da Vinci.  This is by no means a definitive statement, but it is an effective introduction to my work and myself.


    Born in 1962, Clifford Tresner spent most of his early years in eastern Illinois and western Indiana. He earned a BFA from Indiana State University and an MFA in sculpture from The University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS. After spending a few years serving as an adjunct professor and shop supervisor at Memphis College of Art, Tresner found a home at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where he currently serves as the Art Program Coordinator. Tresner’s many awards and honors include the Louisiana Arts Fellowship, the second-place award in the 7th Annual Florida Outdoor Competition, Lakeland, FL, Northeast Louisiana’s 2008 “Artist of the Year”, and recently, a purchase prize for large-scale public art at Delta State University, Cleveland MS.

    About the exhibit:

    The exhibition, “Notes from the Road, exit 6A” is part of a series of exhibitions developed while traveling. For me, travel is a great time to think. Naturally my thoughts turn toward resolving studio problems. These thoughts become notes, and the notes become an integral part of resolving the work.

    This exhibition includes sculpture, drawing, and painting. Sculpturally, my work ranges from freestanding sculpture and pedestal objects, to more intimate small-scale works presented on the wall. The primary materials I work with are wood and steel. In terms of painting, I work with cold wax medium, oil paint bars, and paint on canvas. I constantly draw and sketch (note taking) as part of both processes. The sculptures and paintings are tangible manifestation of the initial notes.


    Artist’s Statement (extended)

    It seems my journey in life has been one of seeking how and where I fit in society. My work reflects this ongoing search. I build, carve, paint, scrape, find, place, or otherwise physically alter materials to discover how objects fit, interact, and conform to a given physical space. Through this process I contemplate issues concerning conformity within a community.

    This artistic process is a very personal process. I would like to include the viewing audience as part of this process. To that end I encourage the audience to manipulate and rearrange objects, (in select pieces) as they feel best reflects their own personal aesthetic. I would encourage the engaged participant to contemplate, question, and make decisions, while considering the larger question of how and where they fit in society.


  • Friday, April 7, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, April 27, 2017 (All day)

  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017 (All day)


    • For the Prospectus, click here.


    • For the entry form, click here.


    At Living Arts, we believe art can be a vehicle for social change. If the past few months have done nothing else, they have shown us that we are all going to have to do our part to create that change.

    It’s no secret that Oklahoma has one of the worst records of welcoming immigrants. In 2007, as the United States fell into recession and anti-immigrant sentiment grew, the Oklahoma legislature passed House Bill 1804 and Governor Brad Henry signed it into law. Also known as the Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, the law’s stated purpose was to address “economic hardship and lawlessness” caused by illegal immigrants. More recently Oklahoma’s Governor, Mary Fallin, and Tulsa’s Mayor (at the time), Dewey Bartlett, stated that they will not accept any immigrants from the Syrian crisis. And now, the incoming administration wants to build a wall between Mexico and the U.S.

    Through the Crossing Borders project, we hope to give voice to the immigrants who are coming to the United States to build a better life for themselves and their families. We also hope this month-long investigation will inform non-immigrant communities of these human stories and to perhaps change misconceptions about immigrants in our community. Through the power of Art, we hope to make these goals a reality in our city.




    Crossing Borders Cover artwork: Monsters Business by José Antonio Pantoja Hernández

  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017 (All day)
    This is for the ANY MEDIA exhibit only

    April 18  Last day for receipt of proposal entries
    May 1      E-mail notifications for both visual and performing artworks finalized

    May 6  Meet and greet for all accepted artists at Living ArtSpace.

    May 27  Hand delivered work accepted 1-5pm

    June 2  EXAMINING CHANGE: Opening of Exhibition, location TBA

    June 3      EXAMINING CHANGE: An Evening of Performance

    June 22  Exhibit closes

    June 25  Retrieve hand delivered works 1-4pm from Living ArtSpace

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    At Living Arts, we believe art can be a vehicle for social change. To this end, the North Tulsa Art Project will be a collaborative, cross-disciplinary series of events comparing North Tulsa in the early 1990s and now, 25 years later.

    The goals of the North Tulsa Art Project are:

    -    to challenge artists to create new work in any media which addresses change in the North Tulsa Areas of our community;
    -    to help form collaborations between artists and create new synergistic ways of thinking about social justice issues and art making;
    -    and to help the general public think and talk about what they feel about this topic and to spur them to consider what options they might want to see happen in North Tulsa.

    TO THIS END, Living Arts is seeking Performance and Visual Arts Proposals for an Exhibition and Night of Performances in relation to the Goals of the North Tulsa Art Project.


    Entry Procedure

    BOTH VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTISTS may submit entries for the North Tulsa Art Project online at: livingarts.org/examining-change-call-artists

    A maximum of two entries may be submitted for consideration in any media. Works must relate to the goals of the event. All work must be original.



    One digital file for each 2D work entered or two different angle images for each 3D work. Digital images must be JPEG with 300 dpi minimum resolution and file size between 1 and 4mb. Images should be cropped to the edges of the actual artwork and oriented correctly. Include in your entry your name, e-mail address, title of work, media, size, and price.


    Method of Selection for Exhibition:

    All 2D & 3D work will be selected by the juror, Steve Liggett, the Artistic Director for Living Arts. If entering an installation or a video, contact steve@livingarts.org for juror presentation guidelines. This is necessary due to space and technical requirements.


    Work Eligible for visual artists:

    All work accepted for the exhibition must be ready for display. All two-dimensional work must be ready for hanging. Living Arts reserves the right to omit work if it differs significantly from the submitted image in proposal or is not ready for presentation. The work will not show at Living ArtSpace and we are in the midst of searching for a venue to exhibit this new work.


    Delivery and Return of Accepted Visual Artwork:

    If your artwork is accepted it must be hand-delivered to Living ArtSpace on  Saturday, May 27th, 1-4pm. Works cannot be removed from the exhibition before the close of the exhibit on June 22.



    Sales will be handled through Living Arts of Tulsa who will take 30% of the sales price.



    An Evening of Performances:

    This performance-based event will be curated by Phetote Mshairi and will take place Sat, June 3, 8:00pm with rehearsals on May 30 and June 1 in the evenings at Living ArtSpace. Performers are invited to create new works no longer than 10 minutes in length which comment on present day North Tulsa through performances of dance, music, spoken word or contemporary theater.  

    Technical Requirement for each Performance should be kept to a minimum.  

    Performers will receive stipends if chosen.


    Method of Selection For Performing Arts:

    Up to 2 performance works per artist can be submitted by creating an excerpt (up to 3 minutes) of video or sound (A link from a site such as YouTube or Soundcloud).



    If accepted, it is required that each performing artist come prepared to the rehearsals on the evenings of May 30th and June 1st at Living ArtSpace.



    Questions about visual arts can be directed to

    Questions about performing arts entries can be
    directed to phetote1@yahoo.com.


    Photography and Video:

    Living Arts of Tulsa reserves the right to photograph, video and reproduce, in color or black and white, all artworks accepted for the exhibition regardless of copyright. Photographs, slides, video or digital images may be used in the event of an exhibition catalog, educational, and/or publicity purposes.


    Examing Change image credit: Endangered Species by Don Thompson

  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017 (All day)


    True to the intent of the first exhibit of this project, “The North Tulsa Documentary Project”, which was curated by David Proeber in ‘92, and as stated in the catalogue as “telling the story of a people in crisis, the participants sought to create a visual record or baseline of conditions that resulted from years of neglect.  Their goal was to document the culture, the lifestyles, the living conditions of people who live on the north-side of Tulsa, Oklahoma.”  Living Arts will now compare these photographic documents with new works in a thoughtful and balanced examination of the question “Did anything really change in North Tulsa after these first group of photographs were taken?”

    The exhibit will be mounted in the West End Gallery at Living ArtSpace, 307 E. M.B. Brady St.


    Don Thompson and Doyle Sanders

    The boundaries of the “Examining Change” to be investigated will be: Archer St. to the South, 56th St. N to the North, Gilcrease Rd to the West and Harvard to the East.


    The boundaries of the “Examining Change” to be investigated will be: Archer St. to the South, 56th St. N to the North, Gilcrease Rd to the West and Harvard to the East.


    All  11” x 14” photo prints must be either mounted with 16” X 20” acid-free white matts with heavy back mattboards in simple black frames OR printed on metal or other media and all should have wires on back and ready to hang.  We are going for a uniform look to this exhibit. Artists are responsible for their own matting and framing to Living Arts specifications.


    All artwork should be for sale and Living Arts will take 30% of the retail price.


    By Invitation only at the discretion the Co-Curators of the Exhibition.

    Feb 1 : Invitations are sent out to Invited Photographers
    Feb 4, 2:00pm: Artists’ Meeting at Living ArtSpace of invited photographers to explain the project, general assignments given and to answer questions.
    Apr 18, 5pm : Last Day for Receipt of Proposals of Digital Entries via wufoo.com form through Living Arts.
    Apr 21 : Curators decisions and emailed notifications finalized
    May 28, 1-4pm - Hand delivered artwork at Living Arts 1-5pm
    May 30-June 1, 2017 : Installation Dates
    June 2 : Panel Discussion 5-6 and Opening Reception 6-9pm
    June 22 : Creative Cocktail Hour Talks with artists and last day of exhibit





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