Julie Alpert makes temporary theatrical site-specific installations using everyday arts and crafts supplies and modified found-objects. In a single three-dimensional scene akin to a stage set, she explores universal themes of the human experience like 1980s suburban girlhood, the thrill of anticipation, the distance between our realities and expectations, the banality of daily routine, and the nostalgia we imbue our collectibles with. As a way to intimately engage viewers, Julie uses unpretentious materials, visual tricks, dramatic shadows, bright colors, recognizable symbols, and hand drawn doodles. Born and raised in the DC suburbs, Julie relocated from Seattle to Tulsa in early 2019. She is the recipient of many grants and awards including a Pollock-Krasner Grant, two MacDowell residencies, the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, Roswell Artist in Residence Fellowship, and an Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Artist Project Grant. She received her BA from the University of Maryland and MFA from the University of Washington. Her work was most recently acquired by the Washington State Art Collection and she just closed a 9-month exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum. Julie is currently working toward a solo show at ahha that runs August 5–November 20, 2022, and will include installation, collage, drawings, ceramics, and colorful wall-mounted cut wood shapes. Come see the work in progress!
Andy Arkley is a visual artist, designer, musician, and animator who often combines these disciplines in his work. He strives to make work that fosters positivity and elation. Some of his work combines sculpture, light, music, animation, and interactivity, while other projects are static installations. His interactive pieces encourage creative collaboration between strangers, while his static installations use brightly colored, simple forms that are meant to invoke a sense of joy about being alive. Andy’s work has been shown by the Bellevue Arts Museum, MadArt Studio, Bumbershoot, and ictoplasma. He currently has three installations on view: at the WNDR Museum in Chicago, The Sweet Tooth Hotel in Dallas, and at ahha in Tulsa, OK. He is a member of the sound collage band, The Bran Flakes, producing six full-length albums since 1999. He has a BA from The Evergreen State College where he studied animation and electronic music. Andy currently lives in Tulsa, OK as a fellow at the Tulsa Artist Fellowship but is originally from Seattle, WA.
Black Moon is an all-Black Artist collective formed in Tulsa, OK in March of 2018. Their mission is to break standards, push innovation, and cultivate creativity among their local and global community and to show representation through diversity in our artistic world. It is their aspiration to make art accessible to all, especially in the most neglected parts of our community. Composed of native Oklahomans, and artists who now call Tulsa their home, they create in various media including painting, sculpting, linocuts, mixed media, ceramics, photography, and fabric art. Each year, the artists welcome new members and allow existing members to leave once they feel fulfilled and are ready for their next artistic journey. The collective members share their resources, experiences, and creativity to further their artistic career with the goal of becoming successful, working artists. Black Moon has shown exhibits in multiple art institutions, including Art Hall OKC, the Tulsa Artists Coalition, and the Philbrook Museum of Art.
CJ Wells has been a potter since the late 70’s. He is the owner of 3rd Street Clayworks in Tulsa. Wells earned a MFA in Ceramics under Tom Manhart at the University of Tulsa. He is an adjunct instructor of art for Tulsa Community College and the University of Tulsa. 3rd Street Clayworks is a pottery studio in Tulsa that has been offering classes to the community and surrounding areas since 2003. We’re a fairly relaxed place full of fairly relaxed people who enjoy making fairly relaxed pots. We also drink a lot of coffee, so if we’re not fairly relaxed at any given time, well, it’s the coffee. Folks who come here seem to like it, and between our staff and our patrons we’ve built up a longstanding community based on pottery and friendships. That alone makes it a pretty good place. Most everyone here agrees that pottery is about the most fun you can have with your clothes on.
Lemon Tree Fine Art
The studio is shared by Carla Hefley and Linda Dunbar. They share a gallery space in front and each artist has their own studio creative room and workroom. Carla specializes mainly in oils, with an emphasis in painting realism. Her main focus are landscapes, florals, pets and she has embarked on a series of her life in self-portraits. She has been nationally recognized, showing at the famed Salmagundi Club in New York City with Allied Artist of America for several years. Linda paints in oils, acrylics, watercolors, and pencils. She’s won numerous national awards with her paintings. Linda tries to capture everyday life in her art with her main focus being portraits.
I am very honored that the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition asked me to be on this year’s studio tour so I can share the beauty of my new permanent studio. She is a 1915 Sears Kit home going through a complete update and transformation. Creating and teaching art for 25 years has left me with so many supplies and pieces to fill this beautiful studio. I work in acrylics, oils, clay, mosaics, and welding so I’m so excited to have three floors of studio space! It’s been seven months since we bought this house and I’m so excited to share my progress dedicating it into a workspace!
Queen Rose Art House
Founded in 2021 by interdisciplinary artist Kalup Linzy, the Queen Rose Art House is a social, but critical art space that engages with our local, national, and international art communities. Through hosting events like gatherings, performances, exhibitions, screenings, symposiums, and short-term artist residencies, the project is intended to inspire and create a safe space for artists to dwell. Queen Rose Art House artist residency hosts 3–4 residencies a year for up to 4 weeks. Each artist receives a stipend, roundtrip airfare, and accommodations. The pilot year is invitation only. About the Founder: Kalup Linzy is a multidisciplinary artist born in Clermont, Florida and raised in Stuckey, Florida. Linzy received his MFA from the University of South Florida in 2003. Linzy has been the recipient of numerous awards including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship and Creative Capital Foundation grant. Linzy’s best-known work is a series of politically charged videos that satirize the conventions of the television soap opera. His work has been included in exhibitions Frequency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Prospect.1 New Orleans, and 30 Americans, Rubell Family Collection. His work is in the public collections at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Whitney Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Birmingham Museum of Art, The Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania, and the Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester. He has lectured at universities and colleges across the country including New York University and Harvard University. Linzy has worked and collaborated with many well-known artists, celebrities, and fashion designers. Among them are James Franco, Chloe Sevigny, Natasha Lyonne, Liya Kebede, Leo Fitzpatrick, James Ransone, Dan Colen, Nate Lowman, Diane von Furstenberg, Proenza Schouler, Michael Stipe, Tunde Adebimpe, and the band TV on the Radio. His work has been featured at numerous film festivals that include Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and Outfest. He has also been featured in numerous magazines including New York Magazine, V Magazine, W Magazine, Out Magazine, Interview Magazine, which featured an interview with his friend Chan “Cat Power” Marshall, Artillery Magazine, in which he was the cover story, and in May 2014 he was featured in a six-page spread in Harper’s Bazaar, Hong Kong. In summer 2010, Linzy appeared on the long-running ABC soap opera General Hospital alongside James Franco in a story line that incorporated performance art. He is a Tulsa Artist Fellowship Arts Integration Grantee.