Call for Artists: Please Touch the Art

Tuesday May 2, 2023 - Monday July 24, 2023 6:00 am - 11:00 pm McKeon Center for Creativity Free and open to the public

Deadline: Monday, July 24 at 11 pm
Exhibition Dates: August 15 – September 28 at the McKeon Center for Creativity in downtown Tulsa
Opening Reception: Wednesday, August 16, 5 – 7 pm
Submission Link:
Questions: Cindy Barton;; 918-595-7339

The popular exhibition “Please Touch the Art” is back after a pandemic-related hiatus. The exhibition will engage all five senses, with a 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. Do not submit work that cannot be touched. Proposals for new work or works-in-progress will also be considered.


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 may 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, on podiums, or on  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.

Large artwork must be delivered directly to the Center for Creativity in Tulsa. Other artwork can be delivered to the Center for Creativity or the OVAC offices in Oklahoma City, details forthcoming. Artists may also ship work at their own expense.

Each artist may submit up to three works for consideration. Submissions are via this link and must include a high-quality photograph of each work, a link to a sound or video file, or a description/sketch of the work (if the work is in progress or a proposal for new work.)

Accepted artists will be notified the week of July 25 and must return an exhibition agreement by Friday, August 4.

Questions: Cindy Barton;; 918-595-7339