Upcoming Events

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 7 or 8, 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.


Community Events

Celebrity, Fashion, and the Forgotten Man 
Lusha Nelson Exhibition
Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa
Feb 7th, 2016 - May 7th, 2017

Lusha Nelson (Latvian-American, 1900-1938) was a promising young staff photographer who worked for Condé Nast Publications from 1932-1938 and ran in prominent photography circles with the likes of Edward Steichen and Alfred Stieglitz. Best-remembered for striking, modern portraits of American celebrities and elegant fashion photography, Nelson also pursued documentary photography before his untimely death in 1938. This exhibition celebrates Philbrook’s recent acquisition of the artist’s estate and the rediscovery of this little-known talent in this first-ever, one-person exhibition.

March 24-25, 2017

Tickets are $10 for either night and may be purchased here
The Momentum exhibition works with Oklahoma artists ages 30 and younger in a venue created specifically for them, helping them gain experience and meet new audiences. Attendees encounter film, performance, new media, installation, music and more.
Celebrate Momentum's 16th Anniversary on 16th Street in the Plaza District, OKC. Events will be held at Graphite, District House, & The Venue with a satellite location at DNA Galleries.
Spotlight Artists: Lisandro Boccacci, Krystle BrewerSummer Zah
Curator: Kate Van Steenhuyse
Emerging Curator: Kyle Cohlmia

April 8, 7-11pm
The Greatest ARTini on Earth
Tickets are $75 and must be purchased in advance
Hosted by Catalyst - Allied Arts' young professionals network - the annual ARTini fundraiser brings together local restaurants for a cocktail and small bites competition coupled with a silent auction of works created by Oklahoma-based artists. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit arts organizations that receive Allied Arts annual grants. This year's event - The Greatest ARTini on Earth - will feature a vintage circus theme incorporating live entertainment and music, as well as a raffle, Kendra Scott jewelry pull, interactive photo booth and more!  All guests must be 21 to enter. 

March 4, 1-9pm
Underground Monster Carnival, OKC Fairgrounds

Tickets are $10 for ages 11+ and $7 for ages 3-10

This is an old school carnival themed convention with prizes, costume contest, Room with special exhibits, vendors, fun workshops, Panel and much much more..!For the collector in everyone the show will be filled with vendors selling sci-fi, fantasy, horror, steampunk, and low-brow arts and crafts, as well as comics, books, movies, Toys and apparel.

March 10, 8am

[Community Coffee] at Untitled, hosted by [Artspace] at Untitled
Community Coffee is presented by The Cafe Society and begins with networking at 8:00 a.m. followed by announcements at 8:30 a.m. Our Deep Deuce Community Coffees are open to everyone. What a great way to start the weekend by networking with friends! Everyone has a chance to introduce themselves and make community announcements. The Community Coffee event is over by 9:00 am to be respectful of your time out of the office.

April 25-30, 11am-9pm Tuesday through Saturday and 11am-6pm on Sunday
OKC Festival of the Arts
Since 1967, the Festival of the Arts has been Oklahoma City’s rite of spring. The Festival is a community celebration of the visual arts, performing arts and culinary arts, taking place in Downtown Oklahoma City at Bicentennial Park. A variety of children’s activities are featured in the Youth Plaza and around Festival grounds. 

June 16, 2017 - September 10, 2017
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is Proud to Present, KEHINDE WILEY: A New Republic.
The exhibition is an overview of the artist Kehinde Wiley’s career including around sixty of his oil paintings, stained glass, and sculpture.  The exhibition highlights the range of Wiley’s production, starting with examples of early paintings executed around the time of his 2001 residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem. These figurative canvases of African-American men, inspired by Wiley’s observation of street life in Harlem, mark the beginning of his focused exploration of the male figure.

Poetry at Full Circle Bookstore
50 Penn Place - Ground Floor- In the Cafe
The Last Sunday of Each Month @ 2pm

Come hear featured poets from Oklahoma read original works. This program is presented in part by Individual Artists of Oklahoma.

21c Museum Hotel Docent Tours
Every Wednesday and Friday, 5-6pm
900 W Main St. OKC

21c Museum Hotel offers guided docent tours through their current collection every Wednesday and Friday at 5pm. Tours are free and open to be public. For more information please contact Michaela Slavid at mslavid@21cMuseum.org