Kelsey Karper is an Oklahoma City-based curator, artist, and project manager.
Karper's artwork combines photography and found imagery to spin imaginary tales. She employs a variety of photographic processes in her work, from 19th century methods and the traditional black-and-white darkroom, to the more modern, digital tools.
As a curator, Karper focuses on projects that build community and create new opportunities for artists. Her curatorial practice is greatly informed by her previous work as Associate Director of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, an organization devoted to supporting artists statewide.
Karper also works as an independent project manager, helping organizations with research and planning.
romy owens is an artist and curator living in Oklahoma City. She makes site-specific installations, as well as smaller objects, in reaction to place, community, and transformation.
In 2012, owens was selected as a focus artist for the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition's inaugural Concept/OK exhibition, and in 2014 she was selected for OVAC's third iteration of Art 365 for which she also received the Mid-America Arts Alliance's Artistic Innovations Grant. In 2015, owens completed The Unbearable Absence of Landscapes, a community-building site-specific installation at 108|Contemporary in Tulsa, which involved collaboration with 350+ knitters and seamers.
Her curatorial work attends to a similar focus.
The Elaborate Collaborate was a large-scale collaboration between Oklahoma visual artists, co-curated by Kelsey Karper and romy owens. The 2015 exhibition embraced the exquisite corpse as a method of collaboration. 42 artists created a series of multi media works on paper that evolved over five weeks while installed at IAO Gallery in Oklahoma City. Ten video artists and one sound artists created a 10 minute video collaboration that was screened during the exhibition. Throughout the exhibition, the public was invited to observe artists at work in the gallery, while watching the collaborative artwork take shape.