Thursday, December 19, 2013

Samantha Dillehay - Emerging Curator Momentum OKC 2014

This post is part of our series on Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition's Momentum OKC 2014. 
Guest curators for Momentum OKC are Inclusion in Art founder and artist Nathan Lee and emerging curator, Samantha Dillehay. I had the privilege of communicating with Dillehay via e-mail to understand more about her background and process as Emerging Curator of Momentum OKC 2014. Below are highlights from our question and answer session.

What is your interest in curating? Where do you think this stems from?
I feel that as an artist it is important to know the process of the creative life from all angles. So, curating is just another branch to explore.
Samantha Dillehay interacting with art work
As a past Momentum Artist, what do you think you can bring from that experience to curating?
 Having been on both sides of the fence, I would like to be a more proactive curator.  I think there is a barrier between the artist and the curator that needs to be more relaxed.

What do you find to be the most important thing about Momentum in the role of young artists?
Exposure and experience! All young artists need that first show to feel a little bit of confidence in their work. Momentum is the diving board for young artists, and Oklahoma is the pool. 
Samantha Dillehay Private Life, Momentum Tulsa 2012 Spotlight
What did Momentum provide for you?
 So many things! Momentum gave me the opportunity to network with so many local artists, and arts advocates across the state. When I was a spotlight artist, it allowed me to create a body of work that had lived in my sketch book for months. Now it is giving me the experience to know both sides of the field, from creating to curating. 

Anything else you’d like to add?
For me, curating should be about selecting the work that seems to be participating in a larger conversation than what an individual piece is saying.

Submissions for Momentum OKC are due by January 27, 2014 at 5 pm. Oklahoma artists aged 30 and younger are eligible. Momentum OKC opens March 7-8, 8-midnight, at the Farmer's Public Market, OKC.

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