Mayfest call for entries

Tulsa International Mayfest is seeking entries from area artists to participate in the Mayfest Green Gallery: PaperView, art from repurposed, recycled, and reused paper materials and young artists.  The 2011 Mayfest specialty gallery has been created to showcase artwork created in the spirit of Tulsa’s sustainable future and is sponsored by Waste Management.  Young artists are welcome to the Youth Art Gallery.

The visual arts exhibition will be held in the Park Centre Lobby (6th & Main) during Tulsa International Mayfest, from Thursday May 19th- Sunday May 22nd. There will be an opening reception on May 19th from 5-7 pm.

The Green Gallery was first displayed at Tulsa International Mayfest in 2010, and was inspired by Mayfest’s move towards a more sustainable festival and Tulsa’s development of a more sustainable future. Over twenty Tulsa artists repurposed a variety of materials from wood to textiles to electronics and the gallery was featured in a Tulsa World article.

This year’s gallery will focus on artwork made with reused, repurposed, or recycled paper products. Artists are required to write a short description of the origins and uses of their materials: creative material use is encouraged and expected. Awards will be given for Best Use of Material and Best in Show. Submissions are due on April 29th.  Please consider the limited gallery space when creating your submission – contact with questions about the suitability of artwork size and weight

All artwork submissions should be made via email, one image per email. Please put “Mayfest Green Gallery Submission” as the subject and provide artist name, phone number, email, title, media and price (if applicable) in the body of the email with each submission. Then, attach the image of your artwork to the email, no larger than 1 MB, and send to  Please limit your submissions to two works.

Artists whose work is selected will be notified by email by May 2nd.  Please bring selected artwork to the Park Centre Lobby on May 14th from 10am -1pm. Each piece must be titled, clearly labeled with contact information and ready to hang with wire or d-rings and framed if appropriate. Any special equipment must be provided by the artist. Artwork sales will be referred to the artist. Please note that neither Tulsa International Mayfest nor Kanbar Properties are responsible at any time for the loss, damage or theft of artwork. Submission of artwork constitutes an agreement on the part of the artist to the conditions set forth in this prospectus and shall further include permission to reproduce work for publication. For more information contact  

Mayfest seeks young artists

Mayfest organizers are asking students in the Tulsa area to submit artwork for the 2011 Youth Art Gallery.  Students’ artwork will be on display during this year’s festival, May 19-22, in the Performing Arts Center LaFortune Studio.

The Youth Art Gallery will showcase the artwork of students grades K-12.  Each student may submit one entry that has been completed within the 2010-2011 school year.  Work that has been produced with commercial kits, prefabricated forms or other commercial methods is not allowed.  

All students are eligible for cash prizes (3 in each age category).  In addition, Mayfest is pleased to announce that the PSO Mark of Excellence Award ($500 cash) will again be available for one high school student for outstanding creativity and technique.  

"Public Service Company of Oklahoma is pleased to continue to offer the PSO Mark of Excellence Award to a talented student artist, as well as be a sponsor of the Mayfest Youth Art Gallery," said Carole Huff Hicks, Community Affairs Manager, PSO.  "The arts are an important component of Tulsa’s vibrant quality of life and we value our partnership with Mayfest."

Students attending private, public or home schools in the Tulsa area are invited to submit.  Students can visit to download a submission form, which needs to be completed and turned in with the artwork to the Performing Arts Center LaFortune Studio between 4:30 and 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12th.  

The Youth Art Gallery is sponsored by Public Service Company of Oklahoma.

Tulsa International Mayfest is a family friendly outdoor tribute to the arts and music created to promote a broader knowledge of and appreciation for arts and humanities among serious, as well as casual art lovers.  More than 350,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event on May 19-22, 2011.  For more information, visit

Sponsors include MidFirst Bank, Williams, Metropolitan Real Estate Investors, LLC, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Corona Extra, T.D. Williamson, Waste Management, Oklahoma State University-Tulsa and The Gelvin Foundation.