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August 30, 2006

Upgrade! International: Oklahoma City


DIY Exhibition: Call For Entries

DIY Exhibition: DIY (do-it-yourself) is the overarching theme for the exhibit. We live in an era of increased technological dependency in which the phrase, “Do-it-Yourself” has and will continue to take on new cultural meanings. The Upgrade! OKC and IAO (Individual Artists of Oklahoma) are inviting local and regional artists working with digital and electronic media to submit examples and interpretations of this concept to be exhibited as part of the 2006 Upgrade! International Symposium. These works will be shown at the IAO Gallery with a net art exhibition curated by Tubulence.org, Rhizome.org, and Upgrade! New York. The Symposium will be a four-day event running from Thursday, November 30th – Sunday, December 3rd. However, this exhibition will remain on display through December 29th.

About Upgrade!: Upgrade! is an international, emerging network of autonomous nodes united by art, technology, and a commitment to bridging cultural divides. While individual nodes present new media projects, engage in informal critique, and foster dialogue and collaboration between individual artists, Upgrade! International functions as an online, global network that gathers annually in different cities to meet one another, showcase local art, and work on the agenda for the following year.

About the Upgrade! International Symposium: The UIOC will be the second annual international gathering where individual Upgrade! organizations and their artists converge in one physical location to present art and ideas to each other and the community. Included in the event will be workshops on art and technology, audio/video performances and presentations, and an exhibition of international and regional artists. Workshops will cover topics such as net art and creating content for the world wide web for children, creative application of open source software, social mapping as a medium of self expression, and much more.

Submission Guidelines: Please submit a detailed proposal that includes documentation, installation information, and contact information. An artist’s statement is recommended but not required. Documentation may be in the form of, but not limited to: sketches, video, CD or DVD. Installation, performance, net art, single and multi-channel video, sound/noise art, are all acceptable candidates. Please be clear about what, if any, multi-media equipment your work requires. Installations and/or works requiring extra set-up time must be installed by November 29th. Artists will be responsible for the installation of these works. This is a regional call for entries open to artists in the state of Oklahoma and surrounding areas including Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. By submitting work to the exhibit, the artist agrees to let their work be reproduced in a catalog and marketing materials. Artists selected to participate in the exhibit will also be granted free admission to all workshops, performances, etc.

Proposals may be mailed to:
PO Box 60824
Oklahoma City, OK 73146

Emailed to:

Or, delivered in person to:
IAO Gallery
811 N Broadway
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Sales: No commission will be retained on sales from the exhibition. IAO Gallery will provide artists’ information upon request to potential buyers. A 30% donation to IAO would be appreciated.

Liability: The artist is responsible for safe delivery and timely pickup of work. IAO Gallery will take every precaution to keep work safe for the period from November 22, until the final pickup date, Wednesday January 3rd, 2006. The artist is responsible for damage or loss after this date. By submitting work to this exhibition, the artist agrees to abide by the terms set forth here.

Important Dates:

September 27th - Submissions should be RECEIVED by this deadline.
October 18th - Notification of acceptances
November 22nd - Artwork due at IAO
December 1st - Opening
December 29th - Last day of exhibition
January 2 - 3rd, 2007 - Pick up work at IAO


Adam Brown: Brown directs the Oklahoma component of Upgrade!. He has a diverse undergraduate educational background in Biomedical Engineering and Intermedia. He completed all of his graduate work at the University of Iowa, and obtained his M.F.A. there in May 2000. While at Iowa, Brown was instrumental in creating a new digital media art program called Digital Worlds. Since 2000, Adam Brown has been a Professor at the University of Oklahoma where he teaches courses in electronic media, computer science, interactivity, video and theory. He currently resides in Oklahoma City.

Jeff Stokes: Stokes grew up in Oklahoma and received a B.F.A from Oklahoma State University in 1990, and an M.F.A. in painting from Wichita State University in 2004. Stokes has curated numerous contemporary art exhibits in Kansas and Oklahoma museums and galleries, as well as showing his own sculpture, drawings and paintings in Kansas, Oklahoma, and New York. Stokes taught art in the secondary schools, and was an adjunct instructor in drawing at both Oklahoma State and Wichita State before accepting a position as Executive Director at Individual Artists of Oklahoma (IAO) in 2005. IAO is a not-for-profit arts organization committed to supporting Oklahoma artists in all media, including the visual arts, poetry, performance art, and film & video.

Julia Kirt: Kirt has served as the Executive Director for the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition since 1999 where she works with more than 2,500 artists statewide for professional development, grants, exhibitions and publications. She has planned and led more than two dozen workshops for artists, spoken to hundreds of students, and coordinated public educational events around the state. She instigated the Momentum exhibition and event for young artists that was attended by more than 2100 people this year and the Virtual Gallery online, which highlights hundreds of artists' artwork. She served on the board of the National Association of Artists' Organizations from 2000 until 2004, for which she acted as Treasurer in 2002 and 2003. Kirt has been a grant panelist twice for the National Endowment for the Arts in Access, Preservation, Visual Arts Creativity and Organizational Capacity categories.

Joseph Daun: Daun graduated from Florida State University in 1990 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Photography. In 1994, Daun earned his Master’s of Fine Arts from the University of Texas San Antonio with an emphasis in both Photography and Sculpture. Daun was selected as Chair of the Art Department at the University of Central Oklahoma. In 2005, Daun earned a tenure appointment at UCO.

During his academic career, Daun has shown in numerous art galleries and spaces across the United States including a prestigious artist’s residency at ArtPace in San Antonio, One person Exhibit at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo, NY, A large installation at Fotouhi-Cramer Gallery in New York, NY, a one-person exhibit at 621 Gallery in Tallahassee, FL, large installation at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY, One person exhibit at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christie, TX. His work is in numerous university and private collections, including the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Central Oklahoma.

Posted by jo at August 30, 2006 06:00 PM