We are Individual Artists of Oklahoma.


IAO is committed to sustaining and encouraging emerging and established
artists in all media who are intellectually and aesthetically provocative or
experimental in subject matter or technique.

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Tom Lienke & D. Ray Polk Music Showcase

Saturday August 20, 7:30-10pm
Free to the Public
Longtime OKC singer/songwriters Tom Lienke and D. Ray Polk perform original works on Saturday August 20th from 7:30-10pm at the IAO Gallery.  


Race Poetry Reading and Film Screening

Thursday August 25, 6:30-9pm
Free to the Public
IAO hosts a special poetry reading & film screening on the issue of race and heritage with filmmakers and poets of color. As a preamble to the poetry reading, the film committee has curated a screening of films on race and identity from both local and regional filmmakers, including "VIDEO" which screened at this year's deadCenter film festival. The reading will feature poets from the community whose work deals with race and identity. An open mic will follow. Poems must be written by a poet of color or be concerned with race and identity. IAO hopes this reading will be a bridge to expand dialogue on race and identity politics.

Baloney Rodeo: On the Rodeo Again!

August 26 & 27, 8pm
$15 at the door, cash bar
 The wait is over!
You are cordially invited to attend the comeback performances of Oklahoma's pioneering comedy improv group, Baloney Rodeo, for two nights. Come laugh with us!


The Point Screen Writing Workshop

IAO Gallery, 706 W Sheridan
Begins Sep 14th, 7-9 p.m. | Wednesdays
8-week class, $350

The Point Screen Writing Class is a workshop designed for professional writers, writers looking for new sources of inspiration and novice writers who always believed they had something to say but weren’t exactly sure how to do it. This workshop is established and run by seasoned television and travel writer, and Hollywood veteran Matt Payne.


Flying Solo: Works by Diane Coady

September 15-October 22, 2016
Exchange on Film Row: September 16 6-9pm
Closing Reception: October 21 6-9pm 
In "Flying Solo," Diane Coady will exhibit mixed media works that incorporate silk, clay, and painting that tell stories of the self, and weave together a personal narrative.  

Found Poetry Workshop

Thursday September 22, 7pm
Free to the public
The poetry committee of IAO will be conducting a workshop about found poetry. This fun and out-of-the-box technique is when artists take articles from the New York Times newspaper and incorporate the articles into their poetry.


Not Worth Shootin' Play

Friday September 30th and Saturday October 1st, 8pm
NOT WORTH SHOOTIN' is a VERY broad comedy, set in fictional, current and tiny Scissortail, Oklahoma. An audio-play performed as reader's theatre, NOT WORTH SHOOTIN' tells the story of the Baines family, the self-described Kennedys of Scissortail. No matter how this family sees themselves, few would deny that, and as the story develops, you will see the Baines put the "high" and "fun" in highly dysfunctional. This show is not appropriate for children and should only be attended by those 16 years and older.  

Oklahoma Voices: Monthly Poetry Reading

The First Sunday of Every Month, 2pm at IAO Gallery
Sunday October 2, 2-4pm
Free to the public

IAO is excited to host Oklahoma Voices' monthly poetry reading the first Sunday of every month in our project space. Each reading has a featured reader followed by an open mic. September's reading is cancelled due to the Labor Day holiday weekend, and will resume in October. October's featured reader will be Julia McConnell. IAO will provide a cash bar for refreshments.

Midwest Horror Shorts Film Festival

Deadline: September 30, 2016
Event: October 28, 7pm-midnight
Ticket information coming soon.

The Midwest Horror Shorts Film Festival is set to bring together filmmakers, fans and fanatics of all things HORROR for an evening packed full of scary short films from all over the world. Filmmakers are invited to submit their shorts to the festival jurors. Besides a film fest packed with amazing films, this event will feature a Halloween-themed party with costume contest, photo wall, art and a cash bar. 

Red Dot Art Sale and Fundraiser

November 12, 2016, 7-10pm
Tickets: $30
The Red Dot fundraiser is IAO’s annual fundraiser and art sale that supports our multi-disciplinary art programs and our annual artist grants. The party features food from local restaurants, local original musicians, and a silent auction with a diverse selection of art from artists involved with IAO. Join us in supporting individual artists.





With rotating exhibitions on average every two months, IAO's Main Gallery space offers artists a chance to exhibit in solo, two-person or group exhibitions. 



July 14-September 2, 2016
Openning Ceremony: July 15th 6-9 pm
Closing Ceremony:  August 19th 6-9pm

Screen_Shot_2016-06-21_at_2.57.08_PM.pngThe Fiber Artists of Oklahoma invite you to participate in their annual juried fiber arts exhibition FiberWorks 2016. This 38th annual exhibit provides Oklahoma fiber artisans an opportunity to showcase their work from traditional crafts to innovative art. This eclectic show honors quality workmanship and original design. The exhibit also educates the public about the many facets of fiber artistry by presenting a wide range of media, techniques and traditions.




September 15-October 22, 2016
Opening Ceremony: September 16 6-9pm
Closing Ceremony: October 21 6-9pm 




Individual Artists of Oklahoma is a statewide arts organization that exists to promote progressive arts programming and education in the state of Oklahoma. The IAO Gallery, located in historic Film Row in downtown Oklahoma City, is open to the public admission-free year round, and offers artists who work in innovative mediums, topics, or methods an opportunity to exhibit their work.


IAO offers a variety of free programming to the public year round, with an emphasis on developing a forward-looking arts community. Each year, through this programming, IAO is able to enrich the community in which we live, enhancing the lives of tens of thousands of adults and children, artists and patrons alike.


Individual Artists of Oklahoma is a 501c3 non profit organization.