Art that Makes You Talk
We provide a platform for emerging artists to explore contemporary art practices, pushing both artists and the audience to engage in an experience beyond the traditional gallery setting.
2023 Exhibition Calendar
Plan your visit by reviewing our amazing exhibition lineup for this year.
Cole Cathey, Gabriel Rojas & Michael Palazzo & Kayla Marie Andrus
This collective of artists aims to create an immersive experience for patrons to move through while they analyze the monochromatic exhibition. The pieces are meant to challenge the patron in a variety of ways ranging from fear, sorrow, and enthusiasm.
Champagne & Chocolate Member Show
The Champagne & Chocolate Member Showcase will feature 46 artists with more than 100 works being displayed. The artwork in this exhibition displays the diversity of our member artists in both skill and media, ranging from woodworking to painting. This exhibition will be curated by Ebony Easily.
Oklahoma Art Writing & Curation Fellowship Exhibition
This exhibition will showcase works created during the Oklahoma Art Writing and Curation Fellowship in partnership with Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. This exhibition will aim to provide emerging curators an opportunity to work in our gallery
Liz Dueck & Joshua Harris
By combining the practice of painting, sculpture, and installation Liz Dueck will emphasize an unconventional way of experiencing a painting. The exhibition will feature a completely circular landscape painting, with a scene on both the outside and inside of the structure.
Dueck hopes for the piece to immediately intrigue viewers, feed their curiosities, and provide an intimate nature-centered experience. The intent of this exhibition is to give the audience the experience of the yin and yang balance found while exploring nature. The painting on the exterior of the circle will represent the yang energy of movement and exploration, displaying a vibrant & whimsical forested landscape with an array of trees, and flora while the inside space represents the yin, the awe-striking, quiet, still yin energy of resting at the peak. The inside will have light-filled, dramatic mountaintop depths.
This series reflects a sense of belonging that an individual seeks when they are in between existing places and the folklore of stories told of “back home”. Rana is an American-born Pakistani woman, who wears a hijab, and has lived in the most northern (New York) and
the southern tip of the United States (Florida). These aspects of her identity allow her to connect or limit my connection to others, it is all based on the perception of the other party or her internalized experiences. These works serve as a springboard for a deeper connection to the human experience by way of make-believe places and tangible ones.
To be immersed in the tallgrass prairie is to feel true comfort and peace, for artist Rachel Rector, these feelings are equivalent to the comforts of home. Everyone knows that feeling, but a gentle reminder is needed to find it beyond our interior dwellings.
A sense of urgency exists- let us all come to appreciate what we are so fortunate to live amongst, so that we may all see the need to protect it. This question persists: Will this land be here in the future? Given a continued trajectory of the unfortunate past, the future for the tallgrass prairie is deeply endangered- of the original 170,000,000 acres swathed across our continent’s midland, not even 11,000 acres remain. What was once a revered home sustaining the lives of tribes such as the Osage, Kansa, Wichita, and Pawnee, was claimed by American settlers and abused. This treasured tallgrass prairie originated as the ocean and retains wave-like topographical reliefs and rocky grounds, thus what remains protects itself from plowing and development. A space that now relies on fires to survive was built up once by water. After all, we are defined by our landscape.
An Infrastructure of Silence
An Infrastructure of Silence is a collection of works that confront institutional racism in the U.S. America and the interconnections of my family history, slavery, race, poverty, wealth, and segregation in the United States. As a citizen of this democracy and
an artist with shameful ancestral roots in the institutions of slavery, I have a shared responsibility to help confront the divisive and persistent effects of institutionalized racism on all Americans. Throughout the exhibition, the framed text is intertwined with the artwork. The front of the frames contains the text of racially explicit laws, regulations, policies, and government practices printed on wallpaper. The backside of the frames are copies of paintings and text from family racist documents. Using materials of association, each piece is a confrontation with racial disparities regarding wealth, housing, criminal justice, and political power. Racism has a lamentable staying power and continues to be used as a potent political and psychological tool in America today.
Oh, Tulsa! Biennial
Oh, Tulsa! is Living Arts’ biennial that celebrates the unique talents that the Tulsa arts community has to offer and encourages the community to come together to share what they love about Tulsa. This exhibition is about Tulsa, for Tulsa, and by Tulsa!
Protection: Adaptation & Resistance
Protection: Adaptation and Resistance is a nationally touring exhibit of artwork by contemporary Indigenous and non-Native Alaska allies in response to the pandemic, planetary collapse, and assaults on human rights. Energized by movements for social justice,
concerned about climate change and its effects on cultural survival, and sobered by the impacts of COVID-19, Bunnell presents a touring visual art exhibit addressing the themes of protection for body, mind, and spirit through forms of artistic adaptation and resistance. The exhibit features graphic and wearable art, sculpture, and songs featuring contemporary and customary approaches. The exhibit sparks connection and dialogue concerning cultural preservation and adaptation and learning from Indigenous cultures to create positive and sustainable futures.
Día de los Muertos Arts Festival & Exhibition
The annual Día de Los Muertos Arts Festival is one way that we shine a light on the cultures and traditions of our region. Historically, this festival is one of the largest multicultural festivals to happen in the Tulsa Arts District, impacting more than 10,000 people and garnering
an impressive 250,000 social media impressions. We are projecting to impact more than that this year through virtual content which will allow participants near and far to engage with this beautiful cultural event.
Living Arts of Tulsa will be hosting a Drawing Rally for our December First Friday. Artists will be drawing 5-7 drawings in that time frame and participants in the gallery and online will have an opportunity to bid on the pieces for a short period of time. After that time frame is up, the pieces will then go on sale!