Thursday, July 20, 2017

  • Friday, June 30, 2017 - 7:15pm to Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 12:00am

    Opens on June 30, 7:15-11pm at Steve Liggett's Retirement Celebration and continues through July 20, 2017

    Living Arts honors the work of Steve Liggett through an exhibition which shows the personal artwork of our Artistic Director through his tenure with Living Arts (1991 - 2017). The show will include videos of his performances, installations, photos and sculpture over the past 26 years. The exhibition also includes several photos and videos of some of the artworks of other artists that Liggett is most proud of presenting during his time with Living Arts.

  • Friday, July 7, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, July 20, 2017 (All day)

    Featuring the work of Tim Brown and S.E. Nash

    Living Arts invites you to the opening of Sense-Vessel: Stimulating Porous Experience during the Brady Art District’s First Friday Art Crawl, July 7, 2017, at 5:30 with a talk by Tim Brown in the front corner space where his installation will be on display, followed by a live performance by S.E. Nash. The exhibit will be on display until July 21, 2017.This will be the Living Arts curatorial debut of our new Artistic Director, Jessica Borusky.

    During the July 7th opening of "Sense-Vessels," S.E. Nash will make fermented kraut-chi, vegetable hot sauces and salsa through a culinary performance. Living Arts invites viewers to bring spring onions, turnips & greens, beets, hot peppers, and other vegetables, in order to contribute to the ferment that can be eaten/enjoyed during the artists talk on July 20th (bar opens at 5:30pm, talks will be 6-7pm).

    S.E. Nash Artist Statement
    My current work engages with microbial life through the inclusion of edible fermented foods as sculptural actants. The microorganisms involved become participants and sculptural collaborators. Their visible presence is a testament to our genesis and symbiosis with these unicellular organisms, and a reminder and that they comprise a large part of our multicellularity, while assisting us in being human. The sculptures I make complicate the relationship between animate and inanimate, as they perform environments for the ferments.

    Tim Brown Artist Statement
    My sculptural work and installations currently explore the intersection of the Light & Space movement, Arte Povera, folk art environments, and cheap science fiction props.  Many use inexpensive lighting effects and common materials to create mystical and otherworldly environments.  I hope that these visions evoke what Aldous Huxley called the “antipodes of the mind,” which are the traces of a world opposite of our waking life that contains universal truths and offers insight into the true nature of being.

    Living Arts of Tulsa  |  307 E MB Brady St. Tulsa  |  918.585.1234  |

  • Friday, July 7, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, July 20, 2017 (All day)

    With a preview during Steve Liggett's Retirement Party, June 30th, 7:15-11pm.

    Artist statement
    My practice focuses on prints, drawings and large-scale vinyl wall installations. The wall vinyl is hand-cut, but done so meticulously it looks mechanically produced. The slickness of the vinyl adds to the illusion of the absence of the hand. I came to this form while working on prints and drawings, attempting to perfect the technique and motion. Although the methods are different, there are similarities between the bodies of work. Both have similar repetitive imagery and there is a questioning of the origin of the marks and how they are made. With a background in printmaking, I expand on the idea of multiple reproductions by the layering and repetition of marks in meandering, curvy patterns that engulf the viewer, creating a space of optical levitation and meditation. What I value is the moment I am so focused on the surface, my next move, stopping for a moment and trying to come up with a decision which is also the most exciting part while I am working on a wall.

  • Monday, July 17, 2017 (All day) to Friday, July 28, 2017 (All day)

    New Arts Camp July 17-28, 2017

    Video, Performance, Vew Music, Sculpture,
    For Students going into the 6th - 12th grades
    Tuition: $300, partial scholarships are available.

    Living Arts of Tulsa offers the New Arts Camp for students going into 6th through 12th grades. New Arts Camp uses four different artistic disciplines - video, performance, new music and sculpture - to provide an equal balance between imagination and technique development over a two-week period. The New Arts Camp focuses on research and creation of interdisciplinary artworks. Campers will be exposed to New Arts Talks daily, which will focus on past an present contemporary artists. Camp participants will present their own multi-disciplinary project at the end of the session. Living Arts engages Tulsa's best artists to teach at New Arts Camp. Plus, several guest artists make appearances throughout the session.

    Students will work with a variety of materials to create 3-dimensional sculptural artworks. This may include installation artworks, kinetic sculpture, funkiture, or other sculpture that connects with video, performance or new music.
    Students will experiment with the creation of new compositions utilizing a variety of instruments, which the students create and play. Hand drumming techniques and different ways of composing are only a couple of the experiments that will take place!
    Students will learn the basics of video camcorder anatomy, story boarding, idea development, lighting, sound and editing. The emphasis of this portion of the New Arts Camp will be to use video in ways which connect with other art forms.
    Students will be given the opportunity to learn how their bodies, words and movements can be used as elements of artwork. Emphasis will be on taking personal expressions to a poetic level.
    Each day students will learn about today’s artists who are creating interdisciplinary artworks. Artists such as John Cage, Laurie Anderson, Bill Viola and Nam Jun Paik are presented in video presentations, demonstrations and slide discussions to help students learn about the artists making a difference in the art world today.


    Thanks go out to the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.



  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

    Sense-Vessel: Exhibition Conversation

    Event Date- July 20th, 2017

    Time: Bar opens at 5:30, Talk and Discussion from 6-8pm


    This month, Living Arts invites exhibiting artist S.E. Nash, alongside local food creatives Edgar Acosta & Cynthia Beavers and Carla Grogg & Chef Matt from The Reserve and Grogg’s Green Barn to discuss food, locality, the body, and community. This interdisciplinary artist talk celebrates creativity, aesthetics, and unique art forms in conversation within the exhibition. This event will mark the closing of Sense-Vessel; presentations will be 15-20 minutes each, followed by a group discussion and tasting.


    Can the food that we eat improve our healthcare experience and lead to better health? The experience of healthcare is rapidly evolving, 60 percent of the US population fails to meet baseline metrics of good health. Worldwide, 1 in 3 patients think health providers do not spend enough time on their care. No one is satisfied with this equation. It's time for change. It is incumbent upon us to become activated in our own health care. In our discourse we will highlight how what we eat is either healing us or killing us.


    Edgar Acosta, VP of Education Helix Bio Science & General Manager of Pure Food and Juice


    Cynthia Beavers, Plant Based Chef & Founder of Pure Food & Juice


    S.E. Nash is a visual artist and food fermentation experimentalist, recently moved to

    Kansas City from New York City in 2016. Nash’s sculptures and artistic engagements

    promote thinking with microorganisms. A food fermentation residency with Sandor Katz

    in 2014 was the catalyst to create sculptures that interact with vessels of fermented

    foods. The sculptures are constructed as environments and repositories for the vessels,

    each relating to research of specific fermentation substrates and histories. Part science

    workshop, part kitchen lab, the fermentation sculpture experiments are observed

    throughout the display period and are harvested and eaten as a culminating experience

    of exhibited sculptures.