Rose State College art professor curates, alumnus showcased in Momentum


Casey Hunter

Campus Reporter — 

RSC art professor Suzanne Thomas served as emerging curator for Oklahoma City Momentum 2015, the youth-driven art show on exhibit March 6-7.

“I have been wanting to do more curating. … I like the idea of organizing the show,” Thomas said. “That helps me have a full respect of art.”

The emerging curator’s responsibility is to be an “apprentice” to the curator. Juan William Chavez was the lead curator for Momentum.  Chavez and Thomas selected all art in this year’s show.

Visual Arts Coalition Emerging curator

Lead curator Juan William Chavez (left) and emerging curator and RSC professor Suzanne Thomas assisted spotlight artists in making original art pieces to show in Momentum. (Photo courtesy of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition)

“I am learning from him,” Thomas said. “It really has helped to work with somebody that has done this.”

“We work together,” Thomas said. “I helped him understand what Momentum is, but he also helped me understand how to process this work.”

About 17 artists submitted work to be considered for a spotlight. Spotlight artists put together installations for the show. The spotlight artists have a larger area to showcase their work, Thomas said. This year, Eric Piper, Jenna Bryan and RSC alumnus, Randall Barnes were selected for show.

Randall Barnes, former RSC student and Francis White Hughes scholar, is a spotlight artist for Momentum OKC 2015. Barnes received a $2,000 honorarium to create pieces for the show and to work alongside the Momentum curators, according to ovac-ok.org. (Photo courtesy of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition)

Randall Barnes, former RSC student and Francis White Hughes scholar, is a spotlight artist for Momentum OKC 2015. Barnes received a $2,000 honorarium to create pieces for the show and to work alongside the Momentum curators, according to ovac-ok.org. (Photo courtesy of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition)

Along with these, about 175 additional artists submitted work for the show and about 75 wore chosen to be a part of Momentum, Thomas said.

“You will be rejected more than accepted,” Thomas said, “so you might as well start building tough skin and realize it is not personal.”

It is important to submit art in a professional manner that showcases work well, Thomas said. “Presentation is everything. … Sometimes it just came down to presentation.”

The show will be held from 8-11 p.m. at the Farmer’s Public Market, 311 S Klein, in Oklahoma City. The Gallery will be open for viewing March 8-9 from 2-7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 or $15 at the door. A list of ticket outlets is available at ovac-ok.org.

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