Welcome to 108 | Contemporary…A new twist in the fabric of Oklahoma.

108|Contemporary is a 501(c)(3) community arts organization whose mission is to Encourage the Art of Craft. Our goal is to create a strong craft community that will facilitate partnerships with artists, collectors, curators, museums and educators alike, and furnish educational opportunities for public awareness of contemporary fine craft.

108|Contemporary showcases the work of Oklahoma artists who use glass paper, fiber, metals, mixed media or wood as their primary medium.  In addition, we support newer forms of craft expressions such as installation, video and performance art. Gallery exhibitions include work by internationally renowned craft artists in order to broaden the experience and enhance the education of visitors, artists and students alike.

Located at 108 East M. B. Brady in the beautifully renovated Mathews Warehouse Building, 108|Contemporary sits directly in the center of the re-energized Brady Arts District in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma.  It houses a 3,500 sq. ft. state-of-the-art exhibition gallery as well as a juried retail gift shop. The shop sells artwork throughout the year made by its Oklahoma artist members.

 

Hours of Operation:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 12-5 PM

Thursday: 12-5 PM

Friday: 12-7 PM

Saturday: 12-7 PM

Sunday: 12-7 PM

rental

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We rent out our space for weddings, parties, presentations, receptions and other events. These fees include 108|Contemporary staff, cleaning services after the event, and assistance in coordinating your caterer and rental services. Contact us with any questions you may have. We are happy to let you know what kind of art will be in the space during your event.

 

0-50 People:        Mon-Thurs      Fri-Sun

Non-profit            $750               $1000

Member              $850                $1100

Non-Member      $1300              $1500

 

51-120 People:    Mon-Thurs      Fri-Sun

Non-profit            $900               $1200

Member              $1000              $1300

Non-Member      $1700              $2000

 

news

VisionMakers 2016 Artists Announced

108|Contemporary is proud to announce the artists selected for the tri-annual juried exhibition, Visionmakers 2016. Unlike past years, the call for entries was extended outside of Oklahoma to offer artists from Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri , New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas an opportunity to submit their fine craft works. The exhibition was curated by renowned curator, […]

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Featured Gift Shop Artist of the Month: Julia Swearingen

The featured shop artist for the month of May is Julia Swearingen. After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design in 2007 with a BFA in Painting, Swearingen has found needle point as additional medium that she enjoys working with.  Q: What inspired you to pursue a career as an artist?I’ve always drawn and created things. I […]

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#108intern: Final Thoughts from Miranda Reeves

  Here is a post from our education intern, Miranda Reeves. We appreciate all her hard work and dedication to 108|Contemporary.      The top five reasons to be an intern at 108 Contemporary:   1) Coffee: It’s real, especially if you need a pick me up. Thank you so much for letting us enjoy the sweet […]

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membership

By becoming a supporting member, you are helping 108 | Contemporary to provide engaging exhibitions, arts education, and opportunities for artists that are vital to the preservation and growth of the arts in Tulsa.

Membership Levels:

 

Advocate – $2500 and above

  • Special recognition in printed material
  • Copy of all exhibition catalogues
  • Special consideration/discount on use of gallery space
  • Invitation for eight people to patron appreciation event
  • Same benefits as individual

Patron – $1500 and above

  • Copy of all exhibition catalogues
  • Special recognition in printed materials
  • Special consideration/discount on use of gallery space
  • Invitation for four people to patron appreciation event
  • Same benefits as individual

DONOR – $250

  • Special consideration/discount on use of gallery space
  • Invitation for two people to patron appreciation event
  • Same benefits as individual

Family – $75

  • Same benefits as Individual level for two  in household

Individual – $50

  • E-newsletter
  • Invitation to openings and previews
  • Invitation to annual membership events
  • 10% discount in the shop

Artist – $45

  • Same benefits as individual plus an invitation to submit items for consideration in both the gift shop and annual members exhibit
  • Invitation to submit entries for 108 | Contemporary juried exhibits and artist residence programs

Students & Tulsa Public School Teachers – $30

  • Valid Student ID required. Same benefits as Individual/Artist level

To become a member, select the donate button below. The amount you donate indicates the level of membership you would like. For example, if you pay $45, you will be given the ARTIST membership.

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about

DEFINITION

“Contemporary craft is about making things. It is an intellectual and physical activity where the maker explores the infinite possibilities of materials and processes to produce unique objects.” Rosy Greenless, Director, Crafts Council, UK.

108 | Contemporary showcases fine, handmade contemporary craft in a wide range of media including glass, paper, ceramics, fiber, metals, mixed media and wood.

PURPOSE

  • To preserve Oklahoma’s cultural traditions – Through Oklahoma’s rich Native American culture comes a legacy of beadwork, leatherwork, pottery, rugs, basketry and jewelry, all beautifully exhibited by two local gems, the Gilcrease and Philbrook Museums. 108 | Contemporary honors the diversity of cultures in Oklahoma by forming a community of artists and spotlighting the contemporary expressions of their cultural traditions.
  • To commit single-mindedly to fine craft – 108 | Contemporary is the only non-profit organization in Oklahoma dedicated exclusively to contemporary fine craft.
  • To nurture local artists – Oklahoma schools develop a wealth of creative talent. Recognizing the importance of this valuable resource, 108 | Contemporary is working to establish an audience and market for these artists to keep them living and working in Tulsa.
  • To stimulate the imagination of children – In these economically restrained times, public art education is the first to suffer. 108 | Contemporary will enhance those educational arts programs especially needed for underserved kids and their teachers.

CHARTER

  • Provide exhibition space for the highest level of innovative contemporary fine craft from Oklahoma and around the world.
  • Offer workshops, lectures and video presentations to audiences of all ages.
  • Develop reciprocal artist-in-residence programs with other craft organizations around the country.
  • Establish a juried retail shop for member artists’ work.
  • Award artist grants.
  • Proved educational arts programs for under-served students and teachers.

contact

Meet the Staff

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Krystle Brewer, Managing Director

krystle@108contemporary.org

Krystle Brewer holds a BFA from Oklahoma City University and an MA in art history from Oklahoma State University. She has interned and worked for arts organizations including the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, the Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art. She joined 108|Contemporary in the Fall of 2014 as the Associate Director and currently serves as the Managing Director. In addition to her art administrative role, she is an active artist and art writer.

 

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Jen Boyd, Gallery Coordinator

jen@108contemporary.org

Jen Boyd, the Gallery Coordinator, manages the 108|Contemporary gift shop, oversees memberships, and assists in the preparation of exhibitions. She graduated from the University of Tulsa with a degree in Arts Management and a certificate in Advertising. During her time at the University of Tulsa, she participated in an internship in London, England at the London Diorama, organizing an arts festival. She is currently in her final semester of the Master of Museum Studies program through the University of Oklahoma. She is also currently participating in an internship at the Philbrook Museum of Art. Jen also enjoys creating her own works of art, traveling, and cycling.

 

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Ellen McGivern, Marketing Coordinator

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Ellen McGivern, the Marketing Coordinator, heads the public relations and social media activity for 108|Contemporary. McGivern is originally from Topeka, KS and attended the University of Kansas where she graduated with a degree in Strategic Communications and a minor in Art History. She was greatly involved in the student advisory board at the Spencer Museum of Art while attending KU, acting as the secretary for her senior year. One of her highlights of working with the organization was being able to meet the artist, James Turrell. In addition to working at 108|Contemporary, McGivern is a Visitors Services Associate at the Gilcrease Museum. When she is not at her places of employment, Ellen enjoys reading, attending concerts, and spending time with her friends and family.

 

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submissions

If you are interested in submitting to VisionMakers 2016, please go HERE.

 

We review submissions on a rolling basis. If you are selected, we will contact you for more information. Don’t hesitate to CONTACT US with questions.

 




















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board of directors

Executive Board

Myra Block Kaiser, Chair
Jean Ann Fausser, Vice Chair
Wendy Thomas, Secretary
Larry Lee, Treasurer

Board of Directors

Mark Barcus

Christina Burke

Doug Campbell

Mollie Craft

Caroline Crain

Beth Downing

Jan Hawks

Alecia Siegfried

Jack Neely

Burt Holmes

Kathie Coyle

Robin Ballenger