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 15
Opening Reception: February 17, 6-9pm
The main gallery at IAO will feature the works of Nicole Emmons-Willis and Jerry Allen Gilmore.


Upcoming IAO Events


 April 10

Deadline to submit artwork to Biting the Apple


April 14, 7-9pm St Loretto Album Release
April 14, 7-9pm 
Tickets are $10, and 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 15: 1-4pm, Animation Workshop with Nicole Emmons-Willis
$10 Minimum Donation

Artist Nicole Emmons-Willis will lead an experimental hands-on animation workshop. 
This workshop will combine puppetry, shadow plays, poems, and animation. Participants will read poems and create animated version of the poems.

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.

During the exhibition visitors were invited to create poems about their uterus (or lack thereof). From these poems, Nicole Emmons-Willis and Erica Tschida created plays and shadow puppets using text from visitors.


Opening reception for Mike Litzau and Adam Vermeire

April 21, 6-9pm
Litzau's artwork investigates the phenomenon of ritual to elevate a mundane action, be it religious, personal, or artistic, into something imbued with importance.

They Act Human / Samuel Regan / Candyass Execution
April 27, 7-10pm
$5 suggested donation
Experimental Concert, Noise and Sound Art Show
 Join us at IAO for a night of audio landscapes for other planets. This is not music as you know it - in tones ranging from quite ambiance to full-on noise assault. Find your planet before the computers take control.
Seizure warning: Strobe lights will be used
Ear Protection reccommended 

Sunday April 30, 2pm
Monthly Poetry Reading at Full Circle Bookstore
Come hear a featured poet the last Sunday of every month at Full Circle Books at 50 Penn Place in Oklahoma City. This program is a part of IAO's poetry programming.

I Think I Know Where I Stand
May 5, 7-9pm
Video and Dance Performance
Local filmmaker and choreographer, Lauren Bumgarner, presents "I Think I Know Where I Stand" -a feature film and live performance piece featuring movement by eight local dancers and original music by Chase Durrett. The performance will last for an hour, with a Q&A to follow. 

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.

Biting the Apple 2017: Leather and Lace
LACE: May 12, 8-11pm, art exhibition reception
$20 in advance / $25 at the door
LEATHER: May 13, 8pm-midnight, fetish ball
$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. Artists are invited to submit with a deadline of April 10.




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.