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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Call for Artists, 2017-2018 Exhibitions

Opportunities for Artists

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Wastedland 2

Jerry Allen Gilmore "New Works on Paper"

Biting the Apple


Nicole Emmons-Willis "Lady Parts"

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Current IAO Exhibitions

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.


Upcoming IAO Events

March 5, 2-4pm
First Sunday 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.

March 8, doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8pm
Performance by Andrew Weathers
Other Acts Include: Max Ridgeway and Samuel Regan 

Tickets: $5 at the door
A widely beloved and acclaimed composer + multi-instrumentalist, Weathers will be sharing his unique blend of contemporary minimalism, American folk and early musics, drone, and a genre/media-bending conceptual approach that makes him one of the freshest and frankly, most FUN experimental artists around. 

March 10, 7-10pm 
Join us for the closing reception of Wastedland 2
There will also be a live performance from Video Bomb/Lauren Panichelli

VideoBomb is a nomadic video parasite comprised of site-specific media and performances. That will occupy IAO for one night.

March 11, 1-3pm 
Lecture with Andrew H. Shirley, Artistic force behind Wastedland 2
Free to the Public

Shirley will talk about his work in the professional/commercial film world, as a teacher in both traditional and non-traditional institutions, and his work as an independent nomadic artist. He will talk about his travels, and how exploration is important to his practice, and how young artists can learn just by exploring their own cities and communities. It will be geared towards students and emerging young artists, but is be open to all levels.

March 17, 6-9pm
Exhibition Reception for Jerry Allen Gilmore and Nicole Emmons Willis

Nicole Emmons Willis' Lady Parts is an immersive site specific installation bringing to light the overutilization of hysterectomy in the treatment of fibroids as it explores the unknowns of female reproductive medicine. 

Jerry Allen Gilmore's work playfully addresses the often awkward issues that life’s every movement possesses a humorous bend on the river, where one may be given aid by animals, magicians and shamans or menaced by devils, clowns and bumble bees. Where you go depends upon where you have been, and where you can go depends upon what you can imagine.

March 23, 7pm 
IAO Film Club Video Screening

April 14, 7-9pm
Tickets are $10, but include a copy of the EP and free beer from Anthem Brewing Co.

Join Evan Michael and IAO for the St. Loretto album release and concert.

April 21, 6-9pm
Opening reception for Mike Litzau and Adam Vermiere

Litzau's artwork investigates the phenomenon of ritual to elevate a mundane action, be it religious, personal, or artistic, into something imbued with importance.

April 27, 7-10pm
Experimental Concert, Noise and Sound Art Show

May 9, all day
Guyute’s Gives Back Night

Join us at Guyutes, get some delicious food that certainly won't leave you feeling guilty. During lunch and dinner, Guyutes will donate 10% of proceeds to IAO.

May 12 & 13, 7-midnight: Biting the Apple
Biting the Apple 2017: Leather and Lace
May 13, 8pm-midnight
$40 in advance, and $50 at the door
VIP tickets are $90 in advance, $100 at the door, and include open bar, a VIP goodie bag, early access to the party and access to the VIP Lounge.

Celebrating 32 years, Biting the Apple is IAO's annual fundraiser and provides a venue for artists working in provocative and erotic subjects. An important part of IAO’s mission, the Biting the Apple fundraiser supports IAO’s programming and supports individual artists of all disciplines through a provocative event and entertaining party. This year's theme is "Leather and Lace" and the call for entries goes live on February 16.




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.