Are you interested in critical dialogue about art? So WERE we! 

Crit Night was modeled after a program offered by our KCMO friends at Plug Projects. Three artists were chosen through a submissions process to bring a new piece of art or a new body of work in progress to Current Studio for presentation and moderated group discussion.

Critique was moderated by Curator heather ahtone and a guest moderator. The moderators role was to help direct a productive conversation about how the art is succeeding and how it might be improved.

heather ahtone is currently the James T. Bialac Assoc. Curator of Native American & Non-Western Art at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, the primary focus of heather's research and writing has been to examine the intersection between contemporary Indigenous art and traditional tribal knowledge and cultures. She has curated numerous exhibits, published articles on her research and continues to seek opportunities to broaden discourse on contemporary arts. In addition, she is committed to serving the arts community of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Chickasaw Nation, and has strong family ties to the Choctaw and Kiowa communities. 

The objective of Crit Night was to help artists ultimately present the best possible work and to empower the community to be able to have more productive conversations about contemporary art.

Crit Nights took place between Current Studio exhibitions. 

Thank you to heather ahtone, her guest moderators, and the artists who participated in each Crit Night.


heather ahtone and Christina E Burke discussing Ginnie Baer's art

Crit Night #1 : June 2, 2016
Guest Moderator : Christina E Burke
Artists : Una Anderson, Ginnie Baer, and Jarica Walsh

heather ahtone and Louise Siddons discussing Katelynn Noel Knick's art

Crit Night #2 : October 20, 2016
Guest Moderator : Louise Siddons
Artists : Katelynn Noel Knick, Mandy Messina, and Katie Pendley

heather ahtone and Mike Litzau discussing Kim Rice's art

Crit Night #3 : March 30, 2017
Guest Moderator : Mike Litzau
Artists : Claire Ellis, Trent Lawson, and Kim Rice

SUBMISSION PROCESS (CLOSED): To submit your work for Crit Night, send the following information to with the subject line Crit Night Submission:

  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Website
  • 3 images of finished artwork or works in progress (maximum length 1800 pixels, highest quality, jpeg only)
  • Artist statement (300 words or less)
  • 1 paragraph answering this question: What is your motivation for seeking critical feedback about this work at this time?