Want to see the freshest artists in OKC? Check out spaces that show emerging and young artists where you can expect surprises in the ideas, materials and viewing experience.
These places are thrilled about welcoming new visitors, even if the lighting may be low or entrance a bit hidden.
This month DNA Gallerieshighlights original artists, many of them emerging in Oklahoma. Don’t miss that they carry artist-made jewelry, T-shirts (unofficial Thunder basketball attire= most popular) and furniture, too.
Nearby, the never-complacent Istvan Gallery highlights new voices in a converted warehouse. (Bonus: the gallery adjoins a glass blowing studio too, giving you the change to watch them heat up and design glass in person!).
The Oklahoma Black Museum and Performing Arts Center highlights emerging and legendary African-American artists, showing work often underrepresented in other venues.
Always trying to incite a reaction, a.k.a. Gallery chooses artists highlighting themes you may not see elsewhere. From the macabre to religious satire, a.k.a. hopes you’ll discuss the art and keep thinking about it.
At JRB Art at the Elms, legendary Oklahoma artists show alongside artists pushing new expressions. Artists Adrienne Wright and Lisa McIlroy created a whole room to look like gardens made out of paper. The gallery is located in a beautiful historic building to boot.
[Photos provided by DNA Galleries]