Embroidery Class (7/9-16)

For the next two coming Sundays (July 9, 16) I’ll be giving an embroidery class at OKCMOA as part of the Kehinde Wiley Exhibition programming!

The class focuses on notable Oklahomans such as Clara Luper (Civil Rights Leader, OKC Sit-In protests), Charlie Christian (Legendary jazz guitarist from the Deep Deuce area), and Ralph Ellison (Novelist and scholar).

Space is limited so make sure to secure a seat by registering at:

Hidden Figures


One Work, Many Voices (8/24)

I’ll be taking part in this in-depth conversation inspired by a single work in the current Kehinde Wiley Exhibition, A New Republic.

Each time a local artist is paired with a community organizer, and they initiate the group discussion around a single focus-piece. I’ve been fortunate enough to be paired with Michael Owens, and cannot wait to dive in and see where the conversation leads!

Pre-registration required. $5 for Non-Members, Free for Members.

ART CAMPS (7/25-28; 8/8-11)

Tuesday-Friday, June 27-30
9 am-4 pm each day
Teaching Artist: Mandy Messina

Get lost in the immersive work of Kehinde Wiley’s work as you design and carve into linoleum, then print your own repeating pattern. We will also embroider various portraits using needle and thread. This process-driven art camp will also result in a surprising final project!

In addition to art-making and exploring the galleries, campers will have the opportunity to participate in a staff-guided tour, get the wiggles out in a fun karate session, and make a trip to the Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge!

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Tuesday-Friday, July 25-28
9 am-4 pm each day
Teaching Artist: Mandy Messina

Once, a regular old art camp magically transformed into an ART-QUEST of mythic proportions! It happened after the accidental merging of two pop-cultural references, (the artist, Dale Chihuly and the cartoon, Steven Universe) – resulting in something more like a week-long LARP (Live Action Role Play) than a regular art camp! We have an exciting quest for art-makers aged 6-8, that simultaneously celebrates each campers’ unique traits and abilities, and the importance of collaboration!

In addition to art-making and exploring the galleries, campers will have the opportunity to participate in a staff-guided tour, get the wiggles out in a fun yoga session, and make a trip to the Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge!

RESIDENCY (1/9 – 2/6, 2018)

Residencies invite artists working across media, fields, disciplines, and administrations to create projects that activate Elsewhere’s ‘living’ museum. Residents live and work within the museum for 2-4 weeks creating site-specific, responsive work that explores the museum environment, surplus inventories, cultural histories, social systems, neighborhood communities, and past artworks.

Residents have access to the enormous collection of past projects, textiles, toys, books, consumer technologies, clothes, brik-a-brac, and general thrift for transformation. A curatorial team stewards the creative process and collection use, provides critical feedback, supports artist events, and facilitates connections with Greensboro neighbors and Elsewhere’s national artist network.

Makers and organizers with an interest in participation, performance, reuse, public practice, social engagement, intersectional critique, urban intervention, and experimental living are an excellent fit for this program. Artists working across media (sound, video, installation, performance, conceptual art, painting, social engagement) and fields (researchers, curators, scholars, activists, designers, writers, musicians, puppeteers, gardeners, homesteaders, system-thinkers, game-makers) are encouraged to apply.

Residencies host six artists for any given session. Residencies have a program + living fee. A small number of fellowships are available for curated residency sessions. At times, Elsewhere utilizes a nomination process and recommendations from leaders in our field in an effort to broaden and strengthen our application pool. Collectives and collaborative groups are welcome to apply.