Call for Artists: Please Touch the Art

Wednesday September 4, 2019 - Monday March 2, 2020 8:00 am - 11:00 pm Thomas K. McKeon Center for Creativity Free & open to the public

Deadline: Monday, March 2 at 11 pm
Exhibition Dates: June 5 – July 28, 2020 at the Thomas K. McKeon Center for Creativity in downtown Tulsa
Submissions/Questions: Cindy Armstrong;; (918) 595-7339

Artists are invited to submit work in any medium for possible inclusion in the upcoming “Please Touch the Art” exhibition. The exhibition will engage all five senses, with a particular focus on accessibility for visitors who are blind or visually impaired. Artworks in all media will be considered, with strong preference given to works that engage touch, sound, smell, or taste, and/or include participatory elements. Proposals for new work or works-in-progress will also be considered.

Now in its fifth year, the exhibition and associated programming are attended by thousands of visitors, including many who are blind or visually impaired. The public also enjoys a free opening reception on the First Friday in June (June 5, 2020), with free limo bus rides to and from the Tulsa Arts District.


Each artist selected for the exhibition will be paid a $150 honorarium after the artwork is delivered. Collaborative works created by more than one artist will receive only one honorarium. Selected artists will be invited to submit workshop proposals, which are eligible for additional compensation. Artwork may be offered for sale, but all details of the transaction, including any applicable taxes, must be handled solely by the artist. No commission will be assessed.


Artwork must arrive ready to hang/display. Please consider how the artwork will be safely exhibited, considering that no holes can be nailed or drilled into the walls or floor of the exhibition space. Work may be displayed via a hook and wire hanging system, or on podiums or the floor. Adhesive decals that are easily removed may be used on windows or walls. Artists may also build/create their own display solution. All art exhibitions are deemed at the artist's own risk.


Submissions are via email to Cindy Armstrong;; and should include artist’s full name and contact information. Each artist may submit up to three pieces for consideration, and each submission should include:

  • up to three images per artwork, in JPG format. Sketches for new works are also acceptable.
  • artwork dimensions
  • medium
  • brief written description
  • special display considerations, if applicable

Submissions are due by Monday, March 2 at 11 pm. Selected artists will be notified the week of March 9. The exhibition will run June 5 – July 28, 2020. Artwork must be delivered in late May and picked up in late July/early August from either the Center for Creativity in Tulsa or the OVAC offices in Oklahoma City, details forthcoming. Artists may also ship work at their own expense. Contact Cindy Armstrong with questions, (918) 595-7339.