'NASTY WOMEN' TO DISPLAY POLITICALLY CHARGED ART IN OKC

During the final presidential debate in October 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump called former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman.” At the time, Twitter took the phrase and ran with it. Today, the term has been co-opted by female and male Trump opponents alike as a moniker to be worn with pride.

In what has become a nationwide movement under the nasty woman banner, Oklahoma City’s Current Studio will open its own Nasty Women exhibit. Featuring 116 works by 76 artists from across the country and beyond, the exhibit will open to the public at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 22.

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NonDoc

June 15, 2017


Uncovering Oklahoma

June 8, 2017


ARTS ORGANIZATIONS TO HOST STUDENT NETWORK EVENT APRIL 27 AT FRED JONES

Emerging arts professionals and students have an opportunity to get to know established local artists in a fun and relaxed setting during “Fast Friends,” scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

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Norman Transcript

April 26, 2017


Oklahoma Gazette

April 5, 2017

CLASSEN TEN PENN NEIGHBORHOOD, PLAZA DISTRICT, LOCAL ARTISTS RALLY TO RETURN ART TO EUGENE FIELD ELEMENTARY

When members of Eugene Field Elementary school’s community advisory board learned the northwest Oklahoma City prekindergarten through sixth grade school would go without a visual arts program for the 2016-17 school year, board members responded with a plan to bring the arts back.

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'CONFESSIONAL' ART PIECE COINCIDES WITH SCANDAL, CRITIQUE

OKC-based art duo The Holey Kids consists of Father Holey and Mother Holey. The performance-based installation piece they’ve created for Current Studio’s ongoing EVOLVE exhibit consists of a makeshift confessional booth. Although its cardboard construction and heavy black outlines lend it a cartoon-y aesthetic, the concept behind the piece is high-minded.

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NonDoc

March 24, 2017


CURRENT STUDIO RETHINKS TRADITIONAL SALES MODELS WITH ITS SUBSCRIBER-BASED ART OF THE MONTH CLUB

Artists everywhere are going postal, and the Oklahoma City metro area is no exception. Current Studio, located in the Classen Ten Penn neighborhood, has offered Art of the Month Club (AOTM) since May. The subscription service sends original art pieces to the doorsteps of established and aspiring art patrons.

Subscriptions are $255 for three months ($85 per month), $480 for six months ($80 per month) and $900 for 12 months ($75 per month). Beginning March 9, one-month subscriptions will be $100.

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Oklahoma Gazette

March 3, 2017


THE STREAM OF STORIES BY CHICKASAW ARTIST ERIN SHAW

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Chickasaw Nation TV

February 15, 2017


CURRENT STUDIO PRESENTS A NEW EXHIBIT WITH THREE CONNECTED PARTS
Few — if any — artists ever make their journeys alone. Along the way, they encounter someone who helps, inspires or pushes them forward.

Evolve, Current Studio’s newest group exhibition, explores what artists can achieve when they work together.

The show is technically three exhibits in one, all featuring teams working together toward a common goal. Sarah Engel-Barnett and Suzanne Thomas come together for Nesting Instincts; Erin Latham, Kelly Rogers and Lauren Zuniga offer a community tribute with Love Notes to the Neighborhood; and Holey Kids unveil their cathartic Confessional.

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Oklahoma Gazette

February 8, 2017


CURRENT STUDIO'S UTOPIA EXHIBIT EXPLORES THE CONCEPT OF A PERFECT SOCIETY
Utopia explores themes that are culturally relevant through the eyes of local and nationwide artists. The open call culminated in an exhibition that provides a multidimensional perspective of utopias and what they mean to artists and their communities.

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Oklahoma Gazette

December 9, 2016


Oklahoma City Community College Pioneer

September 27, 2016

CHILDREN'S WORK BROUGHT TO LIFE AT LOCAL ART STUDIO
Remember the stories you imagined as a kid? Whisking yourself away to faraway lands, hanging out with your favorite characters and daydreaming to your heart’s content?

Local artist Erin Shaw brings the adventure her son Samuel wrote to life with a new visual tale that can be explored and experienced.

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Uncovering Oklahoma

September 8, 2016

A sliver in time and space has opened at Current Studio, where a new installation by artist Erin Shaw illustrates The Stream of Stories. The larger-than-life-sized artwork immerses visitors in an environment reminiscent of a pop-up book, inviting them to become a part of the story.

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Oklahoma Gazette

July 29, 2016

LOCAL ARTISTS ADD VISUAL FLAIR TO F.D. MOON ACADEMY'S AUDITORIUM
The enchantingly named cafetorium at F.D. Moon Academy, 1301 NE 13th St., was bustling with industry early one Thursday morning. Doughnut boxes and painting supplies littered tables, and a slightly motley crew of arts activists, administrators and mural painters carried tarps and supplies purposefully from one place to another and paused to rest, admire their work and laugh with one another. They had been working all week, and the transformation was almost complete.

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NewsOK

July 16, 2016

ARTISTS BEAUTIFY OKC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Artists Sean Vali and Jason Pawley beautify graffiti-covered lockers and walls at F.D. Moon Academy in northeast Oklahoma City on Thursday.

The ongoing effort to transform the space inside the elementary school with new, brightly colored murals is the result of a collaboration between Oklahoma City's Strong Neighborhoods Initiative, Moon Principal Warren Pete, and Current Studio founders Kelsey Karper and Romy Owens.

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News 9

July 14, 2016

OKC SCHOOL GETS NEW LOOK
With the clock ticking down to the first day of school, FD Moon Academy Elementary on Oklahoma City's northeast side, is getting a face lift. Thanks to local artists donating their time and talents who volunteered to give the school a makeover.

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NewsOK

July 6, 2016

CURRENT STUDIO TO AUCTION ART FOR ANYTHING BUT MONEY AT BARTER
New art experiences are coming to Oklahoma City this summer through a series of artist-designed programs at Current Studio, a new experimental art space dedicated to strengthening the city's cultural capital by fostering conversations about art, community, and problem solving.

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EXPERIMENTAL PIECES: WHAT WOULD YOU TRADE FOR ART?
An experiment is underway to see how many egg-laying chickens a Renoir is worth.

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Journal Record

July 8, 2016


OKG PICK: SUMMER BLOCK PARTY

Oklahoma Gazette

June 23, 2016


DEADCENTER FILM FESTIVAL IN OKLAHOMA CITY ADDS ARTISTIC FOCUS
An expansive art film program will join deadCenter for the first time this weekend, incorporating many different styles and technologies, including virtual reality and projection.

Featuring seven artists and spread across four locations, the “Film as Art” exhibit explores how video and film can be used as mediums for sharing nonnarrative stories and messages.

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NewsOK

June 8, 2016


"DOMESTI CITY, OK" AT CURRENT STUDIO
Kelsey Karper and Romy Owens, owners of art gallery, Current Studio, and artist, Nicole Emmons-Willis, talk about their exhibit, “Domesti City, OK.” The exhibit is a study of nostalgia, relationships, and escapist fantasies. Current Studio itself is an artist-run space, providing experimental and experiential opportunities for artists and audiences.

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Uncovering Oklahoma

May 6, 2016


DOMESTI CITY AND THE SEEDS OF YESTERDAY
Artist Nicole Emmons-Willis sat on a twin bed in one of the interactive rooms of her art installation. She held a small puppet, named Jane, that she made by hand for the stop-motion animation. Surrounding the pair was a scaled-down community, a menagerie of set pieces from a kitchen to a dreaming room, decorated in avocado greens, butter yellows, and burnt orange tones reminiscent of the 1970’s. Each tiny room had been broken out of a dollhouse and placed on eye-level platforms with stop-motion animation projected on the wall above. But Domesti City is something greater than a dollhouse, being made up of spaces that belong to Jane—in her home, outside her home, and in her mind.

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Literati Press

April 22, 2016


CURRENT STUDIO OFFERS DIVINE DINNER, TASTE OF NICOLE EMMONS-WILLIS' EXHIBIT
Somewhere in Oklahoma City is a half-feral cat that artist Nicole Emmons-Willis wishes she could be.

“My husband doesn’t understand the relationship,” she said. “But she’s free. She can come and go as she likes. I respect her.”

That feline helped inform Emmons-Willis’ new exhibit Domesti City, OK, created as the first artist-in-residence at Current Studio, 1218 N. Pennsylvania Ave. 

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Oklahoma Gazette

April 13, 2016


CURRENT STUDIO CHALLENGES TRADITIONAL ART STUDIO APPROACH
Local artists Kelsey Karper and Romy Owens saw a problem with the common artist-studio dynamic. They hope to flip that dynamic on its head with their jointly curated studio space.

The pair explained venues that show art are often driven by the need for sales. They are compelled to show art they feel like they can sell because that’s how they will pay their bills. In turn, that places a mandate on artists to make work that appeals to the masses.

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Oklahoma Gazette

March 18, 2016