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. Momentum Ada is a brand new film and new media festival set to take place in Ada, Oklahoma in May 2017. It is presented by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) in partnership with East Central University (ECU).

The event will be held on the ECU campus, as well as various satellite locations throughout downtown Ada. Admission will be free and open to the public.

ECU will also be hosting a featured presentation by filmmaker/artist John Waters to kick off the weekend on May 19. That event is sponsored through the university and will be ticketed.

Momentum Ada will be curated by Samantha Dillehay (New Media) and Bryan Cardinale-Powell (Film).

The curators will select awardees for cash prizes. Total cash prizes are TBD by event sponsorship. Past Momentum exhibitions have offered up to $1,500 in cash prizes.

Momentum Ada is open to artists ages 30 and younger who live and work in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Texas. Work that falls within the following genres will be considered: New Media: experimental video and moving images; electronic art; installation art; robotic art; live performance; digital imaging; or sound art. Film: narrative; documentary; or non-traditional forms. Submissions must have been created in the last two years and may not have been exhibited in previous Momentum exhibitions.

Images must be jpegs, no more than 2MB per image. Please label uploaded documents with last name and number corresponding to image list. (i.e. Smith01.jpg)

Please also submit an image list including title, medium, year created and dimensions (if applicable) or include a brief description of samples for time-based artwork. Please do not include spaces or special characters in file names.

Performance Art: Submit short written proposals describing the performance, including length and preferred performance space. Include any support materials to illustrate your proposal, such as images of past performances, sketches, videos, etc. Any special equipment must be provided by the artist.

Installations: Submit short written proposals for installations. Include any support materials to illustrate your proposal, such as images of past related artworks, sketches, etc. Any special equipment must be provided by the artist.

Film/Video/Sound: Submit URL that links directly to video or sound. Include a brief written summary of the video or sound including length. For film, short films are preferred. If work is accepted for exhibition, OVAC will provide equipment for screening all film/video works. If alternative viewing format is desired, please outline in film summary (artists are responsible for any alternative viewing format viewing and installation equipment and installation).


For questions, contact the OVAC office at 405-879-2400 or


OVAC is not responsible, at any time, for the loss, damage or theft of artwork. Submission of artwork constitutes an agreement on the part of the artist to the conditions set forth in this prospectus and shall further include permission to reproduce work for publication. Selected artwork must arrive presentation ready. Curators reserve the right to refuse works which differ from those submitted or are deemed not presentation-ready. Artists are responsible for delivery and post event pick up of materials. OVAC will retain a 30% commission on all works sold at the event.