Upcoming Events


Upcoming IAO Events


Deadline to submit artwork to Biting the Apple

Video Screening of Sex Ed Films with Nicole Emmons-Willis

April 11, 7pm

Exhibiting Artist Nicole Emmons-Willis has curated a selection of short vintage sexual education films. Audience members are invited to come laugh at the hilarity of sex-ed of yore, in a “Riff Trax” or “MST3K” style event.

April 14, 7-9pm St Loretto Album Release
April 14, 7-9pm 
Tickets are $10, and include a copy of the EP and free beer from Anthem Brewing Co.

Join Evan Michael and IAO for the St. Loretto album release and concert.


April 15: 1-4pm, Workshop with Nicole Emmons_Willis
$10 suggested donation

Artist Nicole Emmons-Willis will lead an experimental hands-on workshop. Tax season is upon us! Nicole will create a stress-relieving workshop using found materials for experimental installations. Nicole Emmons Willis' "Lady Parts" is an immersive site specific installation bringing to light the overutilization of hysterectomy in the treatment of fibroids as it explores the unknowns of female reproductive medicine.

During the exhibition visitors were invited to create poems about their uterus (or lack thereof). From these poems, Nicole Emmons-Willis and Erica Tschida created plays and shadow puppets using text from visitors. This workshop will combine puppetry, shadow plays, poems, and installation. What will you make? It is a surprise. Join us for an experimental art-making afternoon!


Opening reception for Mike Litzau and Adam Vermeire

April 21, 6-9pm
Litzau's artwork investigates the phenomenon of ritual to elevate a mundane action, be it religious, personal, or artistic, into something imbued with importance.

They Act Human / Samuel Regan / Candyass Execution
April 27, 7-10pm
$5 suggested donation
Experimental Concert, Noise and Sound Art Show
 Join us at IAO for a night of audio landscapes for other planets. This is not music as you know it - in tones ranging from quite ambiance to full-on noise assault. Find your planet before the computers take control.
Seizure warning: Strobe lights will be used
Ear Protection reccommended 

Sunday April 30, 2pm
Monthly Poetry Reading at Full Circle Bookstore
Come hear a featured poet the last Sunday of every month at Full Circle Books at 50 Penn Place in Oklahoma City. This program is a part of IAO's poetry programming.

I Think I Know Where I Stand
May 5, 7-9pm
Video and Dance Performance
Local filmmaker and choreographer, Lauren Bumgarner, presents "I Think I Know Where I Stand" -a feature film and live performance piece featuring movement by eight local dancers and original music by Chase Durrett. The performance will last for an hour, with a Q&A to follow. 

May 9, all day
Guyute’s Gives Back Night

Join us at Guyutes, get some delicious food that certainly won't leave you feeling guilty. During lunch and dinner, Guyutes will donate 10% of proceeds to IAO.

Biting the Apple 2017: Leather and Lace
LACE: May 12, 8-11pm, art exhibition reception
$20 in advance / $25 at the door
LEATHER: May 13, 8pm-midnight, fetish ball
$40 in advance, and $50 at the door
VIP tickets are $90 in advance, $100 at the door, and include open bar, a VIP goodie bag, early access to the party and access to the VIP Lounge.

Celebrating 32 years, Biting the Apple is IAO's annual fundraiser and provides a venue for artists working in provocative and erotic subjects. An important part of IAO’s mission, the Biting the Apple fundraiser supports IAO’s programming and supports individual artists of all disciplines through a provocative event and entertaining party. Artists are invited to submit with a deadline of April 10.



Community Events

April 8, 7-11pm
The Greatest ARTini on Earth
Tickets are $75 and must be purchased in advance
Hosted by Catalyst - Allied Arts' young professionals network - the annual ARTini fundraiser brings together local restaurants for a cocktail and small bites competition coupled with a silent auction of works created by Oklahoma-based artists. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit arts organizations that receive Allied Arts annual grants. This year's event - The Greatest ARTini on Earth - will feature a vintage circus theme incorporating live entertainment and music, as well as a raffle, Kendra Scott jewelry pull, interactive photo booth and more!  All guests must be 21 to enter. 

March 4, 1-9pm
Underground Monster Carnival, OKC Fairgrounds

Tickets are $10 for ages 11+ and $7 for ages 3-10

This is an old school carnival themed convention with prizes, costume contest, Room with special exhibits, vendors, fun workshops, Panel and much much more..!For the collector in everyone the show will be filled with vendors selling sci-fi, fantasy, horror, steampunk, and low-brow arts and crafts, as well as comics, books, movies, Toys and apparel.

March 10, 8am

[Community Coffee] at Untitled, hosted by [Artspace] at Untitled
Community Coffee is presented by The Cafe Society and begins with networking at 8:00 a.m. followed by announcements at 8:30 a.m. Our Deep Deuce Community Coffees are open to everyone. What a great way to start the weekend by networking with friends! Everyone has a chance to introduce themselves and make community announcements. The Community Coffee event is over by 9:00 am to be respectful of your time out of the office.

April 25-30, 11am-9pm Tuesday through Saturday and 11am-6pm on Sunday
OKC Festival of the Arts
Since 1967, the Festival of the Arts has been Oklahoma City’s rite of spring. The Festival is a community celebration of the visual arts, performing arts and culinary arts, taking place in Downtown Oklahoma City at Bicentennial Park. A variety of children’s activities are featured in the Youth Plaza and around Festival grounds. 

June 16, 2017 - September 10, 2017
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is Proud to Present, KEHINDE WILEY: A New Republic.
The exhibition is an overview of the artist Kehinde Wiley’s career including around sixty of his oil paintings, stained glass, and sculpture.  The exhibition highlights the range of Wiley’s production, starting with examples of early paintings executed around the time of his 2001 residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem. These figurative canvases of African-American men, inspired by Wiley’s observation of street life in Harlem, mark the beginning of his focused exploration of the male figure.

Poetry at Full Circle Bookstore
50 Penn Place - Ground Floor- In the Cafe
The Last Sunday of Each Month @ 2pm

Come hear featured poets from Oklahoma read original works. This program is presented in part by Individual Artists of Oklahoma.

21c Museum Hotel Docent Tours
Every Wednesday and Friday, 5-6pm
900 W Main St. OKC

21c Museum Hotel offers guided docent tours through their current collection every Wednesday and Friday at 5pm. Tours are free and open to be public. For more information please contact Michaela Slavid at mslavid@21cMuseum.org