Inclusion in Art is dedicated to promoting racial and cultural diversity in Oklahoma’s visual arts community through exhibitions, workshops, creative projects and lectures.

Inclusion in Art continues to support artists of color by connecting communities through socially conscious presentations that challenge the mind and embrace progressive thought.

Panel 1

Tulsa Artists’ Coalition @ AHHA 2022

This year marks the 33rd Tulsa Artists’ Coalition (TAC)  juried exhibition. Selected from many submissions, the objects on view represent 99 recent works by 65 local TAC artist members. TAC is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization of artists and art supporters, formed to encourage and support emerging and established contemporary artists, and to foster the development of new forms and multidisciplinary work in Tulsa and surrounding communities. Learn more at www.tacgallery.org.

Juror: Marjorie Bontemps (IIA Board Member)

A curator and a contemporary cultural photographer based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Marjorie spent several years in France where she observed early the value that art has on society.  While schooled in the art of ancient Mesopotamia and Renaissance art, Marjorie’s interest as a curator is to innovate the way contemporary and non-Western art are seen, understood, and disseminated to visitors. To “explore alternative spaces and interpretations of how African and Black American artwork plays a role in how they are being represented in Western museums around the world.”

Marjorie has worked as an independent curator and art consultant since 2008. She received a B.A. in Classics at the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a Master’s Degree from the University of Tulsa in Museum Science and Management. Marjorie studied Art History and Cultural Studies at the Institut Catholique de Paris in France. “I have always had a fascination for art and antiquities. Art can express the agency of humanity as well as understanding cultural aspects of the human experience and how people in different places live and understand the world around them.”

She served as a board member in numerous art organizations and as a juror in several art shows in Tulsa, OK. She is a member of and currently serves on the board of directors of Inclusion In Arts, based in Oklahoma City, and serves on the committee of the Tulsa Studio Art Tour – Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition.  She also administers her skills to curatorial projects for young emerging artists and gallery selection committees. Marjorie received the Governor’s Arts Award-Community Service in the Arts Award at the Oklahoma Arts Council in 2013, was selected as a recipient of 2018 Curatorial Residency at Otis College of Arts & Design in Los Angeles, and a Fellow at Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) – Oklahoma Art Writing Curatorial Fellowship in 2018-2019.  

Panel 2

Emerge: Art Mentorship Program

Emerge 2021 Artist: Ariana Weir  

Ariana Weir is a Mexican American printmaker from Oklahoma City. She uses relief printmaking to document and investigate her cultural identity and the world around her. She recently graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Studio Art with an emphasis in printmaking.

Ariana created a body of work for a solo show in October. In the months leading up to the show, she receive constructive feedback on their artwork from Inclusion In Art’s distinguished board of directors practicing artists and curators. The selected artist receive guidance in various professional practices.

This program is open to any emerging Oklahoma artist that identifies as a racial/ethnic minority. We define emerging artists as anyone who has just started their career in art, no matter their age. 

Our organization is dedicated to promoting racial and cultural diversity in Oklahoma’s visual art community. We encourage those at the early stages of their artistic career to become more involved.

Panel 3

Curate: Curatorial Mentorship Program

2021 Curator: Debra Martin-Barber

Born in California and raised in Oklahoma City, Debra Martin-Barber’s desire to create art began by drawing pictures out of storybooks at age six. Her early ambition was inspired by her mother who was a self-taught artist. Debra has a master’s in Human Relations that includes 30 hours of coursework in commercial art. While attending college, she received the prestigious Art Purchase Award by selling the most artwork at a student exhibit. During this time, she also exhibited work at The Paseo Arts Festival.

Recently, she has shown her works at Putnam City Faculty Art Show, NTU Celebration of the Arts, the Women of Color Art Show and the Leslie Powell Gallery as well as various businesses throughout the Metro area. In addition, she serves as an Artist-In-Residence for various non-profit organizations. As an Oklahoma artist and enthusiast, her greatest pleasure is being a strong advocate for arts education.

The emerging curator will work with members of the Inclusion In Art board and with the selected emerging artist for 2021 Ariana Weir. The emerging curator will provide critique and thematic input into the exhibition. Debra will develop their skills by learning the professional aspects of curation, including research, community involvement and applying for grants.

This program is open to any emerging curator living in Oklahoma that identifies as a racial/ethnic minority. We define an emerging artist as anyone who is in the early stages of their career in art, no matter their age.  

Inclusion In Art is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting racial and cultural diversity in Oklahoma’s visual art community. IIA continues to support artists of color by connecting communities through presentations that challenge traditional perspectives and embrace progressive thought.