MAPS 20th Anniversary Artist Projects
Friday February 21
The Oklahoma District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI Oklahoma) invites you to Anniversary Artist Projects, an exhibition offering perspectives and stories about the transformation of Oklahoma City over the last two decades as a result of the Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS). Six local artists were commissioned to create artworks that explore components of MAPS and its impact on the community. The exhibition will be located at Individual Artists of Oklahoma gallery in Oklahoma City and run February 21-March 15, Artists were invited by curator Laura Reese, independent curator and Events Coordinator for the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. Reese selected six artists to create artist-led projects supported by teams of urban planners and architects exploring the effects of MAPS. Inspired by his own children’s educational experience, Hugh Meade (OKC), of Odd Fab Design Lab, will explore MAPS for Kids with a proposal for a public sculpture, commemorating teachers and educational efforts. Exploring interaction and change, Grace Grothaus (Tulsa) will present large scale maps of Oklahoma City, asking for viewer’s input via stickers on what has changed for them, and what they see as a potential future for Oklahoma City. Chronicling the city before and after MAPS, Kristen Vails (OKC), director of the Plaza District, will present large scale paintings showing the effect of MAPS funding on the city. Creating beautiful cityscapes in watercolor, Tommy Ball (Tulsa) presents large paintings of sites that would not exist without MAPS. Chronicling the leaders and supporters of MAPS, community developer and designer, Richard McKown (Norman), presents painted portraits of of the Mayors that have overseen the MAPS efforts. Documenting from above, University of Oklahoma professor Todd Stewart (Norman) presents aerial photographs of Oklahoma City to show the change of landscape over the past 20 years. “ULI Oklahoma is thrilled to be working with local artist to offer a fresh perspective on the impact MAPS has had over the last 20 years”, said Jonathan Dodson, Program’s Chair of ULI Oklahoma, “MAPS made Oklahoma City better for everyone. Many of the millenials, artists and creatives that live here now, have stayed or moved here because MAPS made this city a place people want to be.” The public is invited to see how MAPS has changed the experience of citizens and artists at the opening reception of MAPS 20th Anniversary Artist Projects Friday, February 21, 6-9 pm at Individual Artists of Oklahoma, 706 W Sheridan in Film Row, downtown Oklahoma City. The exhibition will continue through March 15. Admission is free.
Where: IAO Art Gallery
Address: 706 W. Sheridan