Biting the Apple


Individual Artists of Oklahoma (IAO) is pleased to announce the 31st Annual Biting the Apple fundraiser and art exhibition. Celebrating 31 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. The event will be May 7, 2016, 8pm-midnight at IAO Gallery, 706 West Sheridan on Film Row in downtown Oklahoma City.

A platform for Oklahoma’s avant-garde, the Biting the Apple fundraiser is an important part of IAO’s mission, keeping programming accessible to a variety of audiences.


Tickets to the event are $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.

Purchase Biting the Apple tickets at Adam and Eve OKC in Norman (218 E Main St) or online at TicketStorm.
Tickets are limited. Buy now to secure your spot at this year's hottest party! 


Interested in volunteering for the event? Sign up to volunteer online here: Volunteers get a free ticket to the event.


Besides a fun and raunchy event, the annual Biting the Apple fundraiser is one of the longest running erotic art exhibitions in the country. Jurying this year’s fundraiser exhibition is visual artist Marilyn Artus. Artus, whose work explores the female experience, has been a burlesque promoter, past Vice President of IAO, and is a founder of The Girlie Show, a 2 day annual all female art and craft show that ran for 10 years in Oklahoma City. 

Artists working in visual art, film, music, and performance are encouraged to submit.


March 10: Call for entries goes live
April 27, midnight: Artwork submissions due on
April 30: Artists notifications sent
May 3, 12-6pm: Artwork delivery to IAO Gallery
May 7, 8pm-midnight: Biting the Apple
May 10, 12-6pm: Artwork Pick-Up



IAO seeks private and corporate donations to support the event and IAO's year round mission. IAO offers a variety of free programming to the public, with an emphasis on developing a forward-looking and art-literate community. Your support sustains IAO’s mission of making cutting-edge art available to the public.


Eyes Wide Shut sponsors of $1,000 receive:

  • 8 VIP tickets to Biting the Apple & the VIP Lounge

  • Acknowledgement with logo on website, social media, event signage, posters and advertisements.

  • Special acknowledgement by MC at event.


Masquerade Sponsors of $500 receive:

  • 4 VIP tickets to Biting the Apple & the VIP Lounge

  • Acknowledgement on website, social media, event signage and posters.


Risque Sponsors of $300 receive:

  • 2  VIP  tickets to Biting the Apple & the VIP Lounge

  • Acknowledgement on website, social media, and event signage.

Sponsors of $150 receive:

  • 2 tickets to Biting the Apple

  • Acknowledgement on website and social media


For acknowledgement on printed materials respond by April 15.

Sponsorships accepted through May 7.

More information: Laura Reese, Executive Director, (405) 232-6060,
Individual Artists of Oklahoma, 706 W Sheridan, OKC OK 73102



Adam & Eve OKC, 218 E Main St, Norman



Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma



Anthem Brewing
The Dollhouse Burlesque Lounge
Prairie Wolf Spirits
Quintella Printing 



Jazmoz Bourbon Street Cafe
Mariposa Med Spa
Schardien & Company


David Bernstein
Nicole Moan
Reynolds & Son Neon
Bill Struby 



Thank you for your support