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 – Sunday: 12-5 PM


108|Contemporary will be closed January 14th, 2017 and will reopen the 15th. Thank you.


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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



Preparator Internship Deadline May 12th!

Preparator Intern Summer 2017 May 22nd – July 29th Application Deadline: May 12th 108|Contemporary is a non-profit community arts organization that supports Oklahoma’s contemporary fine craft artists by connecting them to audiences and opportunities through education, recognition, and exhibition programs. 108|Contemporary, in partnership with many local foundations, members, and individual funders, is a vibrant center […]

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Final days of ‘Syncretic’

Final thoughts from Dr. Louise Siddons, curator of Syncretic: Tulsa Artist Fellowship.  Happy new year! “Syncretic” is in its last two weeks — the show closes on January 22! — and we have some exciting programming coming up! This Thursday, January 12, artists in the show will be in the gallery for a panel discussion. […]

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Steeped: Call for Entry

108|Contemporary, in partnership with the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities at The University of Tulsa, is issuing a call for artists to submit works to be included in an upcoming exhibition, Steeped: The Art of Tea. This exhibition aims to look at the past, present, and future of tea as well as the way this […]

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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 for entire household

Individual – $50

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

Artist – $45

  • Annual invitation to submit to the gift shop
  • Discounts on call for entries
  • One free Delve workshop and $5 off any other Delve workshop
  • 10% discount on our 108 Workshops
  • Invitation to join our private members only Facebook group
  • Same benefits as individuals

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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“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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


See our yearly progress at 108|Contemporary.




Meet the Staff





Kathy McRuiz, Executive Director


Kathy McRuiz has a twenty-two year career in program and project management, non-profit development, fundraising, and marketing that includes donor, board and community relations, special events, and budget oversight. She was the Hardesty Arts Center Director from its inception before joining 108|Contemporary in March 2016. McRuiz is a professional artist with a Master of Arts in Arts & Humanities and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art from the University of Tulsa.



Krystle Brewer, Exhibitions Director


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 Exhibitions Director. In addition to her art administrative role, she is an active artist and art writer.












Jen Boyd, Exhibitions & Programs Associate


Jen Boyd, the Exhibitions & Programs Associate, 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 and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Masters of Museum Studies. During her time at the University of Tulsa, she participated in an internship in London, England at the London Diorama, organizing an arts festival. Jen also enjoys creating her own works of art, traveling, and cycling.












Ellen McGivern, Communications Associate


Ellen McGivern, the Communications Associate, 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. When she is not at her place of employment, Ellen enjoys reading, attending concerts, and spending time with her friends and family.













Catherine Crain, Administrative Assistant


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If you are interested in submitting for STEEPED: THE ART OF TEA please click 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.



Access 108 | Craft Kit Classroom Components

These link to a page of resources specific for each Craft Kit. The PowerPoints are designed to go along with the craft kits provided at the gallery, however, the supplies are easily found. You will find the information pertinent to each slide in the notes section. We would love to see your finished projects or hear feedback from you HERE.


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Craft Kit 14: Origami Teacup & Saucer



Bear Sculpture, Sherry Markovitz











Craft Kit 13: Tiny Art Collection













Craft Kit 12: Tree Charms











Craft Kit 11: Abstract Embroidery



Marcus Amerman Modern Times







Craft Kit 10: Bead Weaving










































Helpful Links

board of directors

Executive Board

Myra Block Kaiser, Chair
Jean Ann Fausser, Vice Chair
Jan Jennings, Secretary
Larry Lee, Treasurer

Board of Directors

Scott Andrews

Christina Burke

Doug Campbell

Kathie Coyle

Beth Downing

Katie Fox

Terri Higgs

Burt Holmes

Holbrook Lawson

Roxana Rozsa Lorton

Winston Peraza

Alecia Siegfried

M. Teresa Valero

Janis Updike Walker

Peter M. Walter


Justin Jones, TYPros Intern