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

Crit Night is modeled after a program offered by our KCMO friends at Plug Projects. Three artists are 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 will be moderated by Curator heather ahtone and a guest moderator. The moderators role will be 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 is 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 will take place between exhibitions. 

SUBMISSION PROCESS: 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?

Deadline for submission to be included in Crit Night #4 is TBA. Artists not selected will automatically be considered for future Crit Night events if s/he desires.