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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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IAO Annual Juried Show

Wastedland 2

Kali Ra, Oscillator, Dråsa, Valerie Kuehne & the Wasps Nests

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Juried Show Art Exhibition Opening

January 20, 6-9pm

The show, will feature IAO artists in ranging and diverse media. The show will open January 20, 2017 through February 11. The jurors will select artists in diverse media.  


Performance & Concert with Kali Ra, Oscillator, Drasa, and Valerie Kuehne & the Wasps Nest

January 21, 7pm-midnight
$10 Suggested Donation

A wild mix of music and performance art to light up the night at Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery. Doors open 7pm. $8-10 sliding scale.
7:30pm Dråsa (Norman)
Lush textural soundscapes - improvisational nonverbal vocal manipulation - analogue and digital effects
8:15pm Oscillator (Norman)
Experimental art collective from the forces behind Resonator
9pm Valerie Kuehne & the Wasps Nests (NY/PA)
Vocals/cello + violin + drums play grindcore/cabaret/performance art/punk/neoclassical art song/free improvisation, on tour from NYC to Tijuana and back
10pm Kali Ra (OKC)
A cathartic experience in the mold of David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Peter Murphy. May include acrobatics.

24 Hour Film Race Preview and Information Session

January 29, 2-4pm
Join us for an information session and meet and greet with other artists about the 24 Hour Film Race. This session will offer and orientation to the contest, tips on how to be successful, past films from the festival, and the opportunity to meet other cast and crew looking to form teams. Come meet other artists and pre-register for the film race!


24 Hour Film Race

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 11:30pm

On Friday, Feb 3rd at Midnight, video enthusiasts from across the state will gather to finalize their registration and size up their competition for the 24-Hour Video Race. The race challenges Oklahoma filmmakers to form small teams with which to write, shoot, and edit a short
(no longer than 5-min) video in just 24 hours. The participating teams will be required to incorporate into their submissions a surprise theme, prop and line of dialogue, which will be revealed to them at the stroke of midnight on Friday, Feb 3rd.

Videographers must drop off their completed videos along with required registration information at the IAO Gallery (706 W. Sheridan Downtown OKC between Lee & Shartel, Oklahoma City), or Living Arts of Tulsa (307 E Brady St, Tulsa) before 12 midnight on Saturday, Feb 7th.

$30.00 Entry fee. Entries will be judged at a screening at Philbrook Museum of Art. The Judges’ Choice video will be awarded a prize, and other category winners will also receive awards.


February 52-4pm

Monthly Poetry Reading

Each month IAO hosts a monthly poetry reading organized by poets, on the first Sunday of every month. Poets are invited to attend to hear featured speakers, and sign up for open mic readings.


Valentine’s Coffee & Brunch Tasting

February 11, 11:30am-2:30pm
$20 at the door
Come join us and several local chefs and restaurants for a come and go event brunch, coffee and sweet treats. This Valentine's themed event will feature a taste of the town's finest roasteries, coffee shops and restaurants, as well as raffle prizes from local businesses and artists. Enjoy the last day of IAO's Annual Juried Show in the main gallery.

Nicole Emmons-Willis & Jerry Allen Gilmore

IAO Main Gallery
February 17 through April 1
Opening Reception: February 17, 6-9pm

The main gallery at IAO will feature the works of Nicole Emmons-Willis and Jerry Allen Gilmore.

Wastedland 2

IAO Project Gallery
February 17 through March 4

Opening Reception: February 17, 6-9pm
An immersive film installation with thematically inspired work.


February 17th, 9-11pm and February 18, 7-9pm

Lola & Sparkle 

Tickets for each night are $20 and can be purchased at the door.

Spend the night watching the musical comedy variety act featuring Lola & Sparkle. This Valentine's Day themed performance's proceeds benefit the continuation of our mission.


Vagina Monologues

February 24 & 25, 7-9pm
$15 General Admission
$10 Students or with Donation Item

Join us for a presentation of the Vagina Monologues. In conjunction with the nonprofit V-Day, IAO will present the critically acclaimed spoken word performance The Vagina Monologues, in part benefiting the YWCA.




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.