Call for Artists & Writers: Repairing Austin’s Wings, Navigating and Healing Mental Illness

Wednesday January 12, 2022 - Monday April 4, 2022 1:30 pm - 11:00 pm Center for Creativity Free and open to the public
CALL FOR ARTISTS & WRITERS: Repairing Austin’s Wings:Navigating and Healing Mental Illness

Deadline: MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2022 at 11 pm CT

Exhibition Dates & Location: May 2 – May 26, 2022, McKeon Center for Creativity in downtown Tulsa

Curators: Marilyn Artus, Austin Artus

Issuing Agency: McKeon Center for Creativity, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Submission Link:

Questions: Cindy Barton,, (918) 595-7339


What do you do when your son is just released from a mental hospital to help him heal?

If you are artists, you make art together. “Repairing Austin’s Wings” is a collection of 12 Works created by Marilyn and Austin Artus as they navigate through the healing process.

As part of this show, Marilyn and Austin invite you to observe Mental Health Awareness month by submitting to an open call for a curated exhibition on mental health and recovery - specifically revolving around depression, anxiety, and dysphoria. Subject matter possibilities can range from art inspired by a panic attack to personifications of personal struggles with mental health. This exhibition seeks to challenge the stigma of vulnerability and seeks to encourage participants to speak honestly and openly in a welcoming space. Artists and writers in all media/genres will be considered. Works in progress and proposals for new work will also be considered.


All work must arrive ready to hang/display. Work may be displayed via a hook and wire hanging system, or on podiums or the floor. Works on paper may be displayed on black panels. Framing is not required. No holes can be nailed or drilled into the walls or floor of the exhibition space. All exhibitions are deemed at the participant’s own risk.

An exhibition agreement must be signed prior to delivery of work. Work must be delivered in late April and picked up in late May from either the Center for Creativity in Tulsa or an Oklahoma City location, details forthcoming. Work may be shipped at the participant’s own expense.


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.


If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health or substance use problem, there are several resources available to find out more information or get connected with help. Check out some mental health resources here. If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or dial 911 in case of emergency.

TCC Wellness Services offers health education, short-term counseling and connection to resources for currently enrolled students. For more information, please visit or e-mail If you need to speak to a counselor immediately, please call Family and Children’s Services COPES at (918) 744-4800 24 hours a day/7 days a week or text RELIEF to 741741 to be connected to a crisis counselor.


Each artist/writer may submit up to two works for consideration. Submissions are via this link and must include ONE high quality photograph of each work (if visual work), a word doc, pdf, etc. Submissions must also include:

-Artist's full name

-Mailing address

-Phone number

-Title & medium of work

-Dimensions of work, in inches

-Two or three sentences about the work and how it

responds to the theme of the exhibition.

-The artist’s website and/or social media handles may be included, if desired.

-If work is for sale, include purchase price and a public email or website for order inquiries

Questions: Cindy Barton,, (918) 595-7339