Living Arts Oh Tulsa

The last “Oh, Tulsa” exhibition was in 2019 at Living Arts of Tulsa, 307 E. Reconciliation Way.

Living Arts of Tulsa’s recurring “Oh, Tulsa” opens its sixth exhibition Sept. 3. The title of the show is open for interpretation, but Sina McLin, gallery and communications manager at Living Arts of Tulsa, says the show is meant to be a love letter to the city. The biennial show first opened in 2011.

“We might have a lot of local artists in other shows,” McLin says. “But Tulsa is not the theme of those shows.”

Each “Oh, Tulsa” piece is selected from a competitive pool of entries and arranged by a guest curator, someone with ties to the city. This year’s guest curator is Tulsa artist Daniel Mooney, who also works as an engineer for the Seattle-based indie game production company Midwinter Entertainment.

McLin says the selected works are wide ranging. “Videos, sculpture, painting, photographs — pretty much any type of art you can think of, we normally have,” McLin says.

The common denominator is Tulsa. Entrants are required to be a Tulsa artist or to have created works about Tulsa. 

With close to 10,000 square feet of gallery space, the show will feature 80 to 100 pieces. Throughout the month, Living Arts of Tulsa will host artist workshops and interactive programming celebrating the city. The show runs through Oct. 8. 

Gallery hours are noon-4 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, and 6-9 p.m. during First Fridays. Tuesday and Wednesday are open by appointment only for visitors who prefer to distance. Admission is free. “We don’t want there to be a barrier to entry to view contemporary art,” McLin says.

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