Over the next few minutes we will be sharing everything we know about art in Oklahoma City. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events, and more will all be discussed in detail right here.
This intro will be short and sweet because we know your time is valuable. Jumping straight into the best Oklahoma City art galleries and museums seems like the logical starting point.
You may want to know about the best art stores in your area where you can find all the supplies and materials you desire so they will be listed. We also don’t want to forget about the best shows and events this area has to offer.
If you get a sunny day enjoy it by going on an art walking tour or by seeing some of the most unique statues and sculptures around town. Taking group classes or private lessons at one of the nicer OKC art schools can be a great way to improve your skills quickly.
Renting out an art studio near you when you are ready to get the ball rolling on your next project could improve your odds of success. Appraisers, dealers, and framing shops will also be covered.
Art in the Midwest is something that we have written about often on our site.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Oklahoma City
If you want to check out the best art galleries and museums in Oklahoma City you can head to:
- Oklahoma City Museum of Art at 415 Couch Dr
- Artspace At Untitled at 1 NE 3rd St
- Oklahoma State Capitol at 2300 N Lincoln Blvd
- Jrb Art at the Elms at 2810 N Walker Ave
- The Art Hall at 519 NW 23rd St
- 50 Penn Place Art Gallery at 1900 NW Expressway
- Exhibit C Gallery at 1 E Sheridan Ave
- Red Earth Art Center at 100 N Broadway Ave
- Gallery One at 2927 Paseo
- North Gallery & Studio at 12100 N May Ave
Over a hundred thousand people head to The Oklahoma City Museum of Art each year to see their vast collection that dates back over five centuries which includes a ton of American and European works from the 19th and 20th Centuries along with one of the largest collections of glass sculptures that were created by Dale Chihuly. They provide art education classes for students of all ages and put on some great exhibitions throughout the year but don’t go on Monday because they stay closed all day.
Right in the heart of the Deep Deuce Artspace At Untitled is a great contemporary art center and print studio near you who has educational programs in printmaking and artistic disciplines, mentorship and residence programs, and they are always putting on unique workshops so head over from 10am to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday when they are open.
12 award-winning local Oklahoman artists founded the Penn Place Art Gallery and not only do those artists display their latest works from 11am to 5:30pm Tuesday through Saturday but they also bring in pieces from guest artists that get rotated in and out every 2 months so there is always something new to see.
First American artists can show off their newest pieces at Exhibit C which is open from 9am to 6pm daily and has a 90 day layaway program if you want to buy anything.
North Gallery & Studio is open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday and is located in Northpark Mall with a working studio and gallery right there on site where they put on a variety of workshops and have acrylic painting classes plus you can rent out their private studio space.
Materials & Supplies Near You
The best places to buy art supplies and materials in your area are:
- Porch School & Art Supply at 5200 N Santa Fe Ave
- Bercher Ceramic Supply at 1200 SE 89 St
- Michaels at 5012 N May Ave
- Hobby Lobby at 2201 W Memorial Rd
- Joann at 8345 N Rockwell Ave
Porch School & Art Supply has been doing their thing for over 50 years and they pride themselves on having a huge selection of supplies for a great price and as you can tell they are also have an on-site school.
If you need any pottery or ceramic supplies then head to Bercher Ceramic Supply as this full service ceramic shop sells both retail and wholesale and can handle all your DIY ceramic art needs.
Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and Joann offer a wide selection of art supplies near you and also provide custom framing.
Shows & Events
Some of the top OKC art shows and events would be:
- Omelette Party in March
- Festival of the Arts in April
- Paseo Arts Festival in May
- Plaza District Festival in September
- LIVE! on the Plaza on Second Fridays
- First Friday Gallery Walk on First Fridays
Every March the OKC Museum of Art puts on one of the top annual events of the year the Omelette Party and one of the reasons this event is so popular is because of the art raffle where some of the best artists near you show off their latest pieces in a variety of styles and mediums.
The Festival of the Arts is held in April in Bicentennial Park and this massive festival often gets around 750,000 visitors so expect there to be visual, performing, and culinary arts in abundance all around Bicentennial Park.
The Historic Paseo Arts District is home to the annual Paseo Arts Festival for 3 days each May where you can expect to find live music, performers, and food vendors at this great annual arts fundraiser.
The Plaza District Festival in September brings in dozens of local artists and hundreds of performers and you can even see some in action on the Plaza Walls Mural Expo at this free event.
Now let’s discuss the monthly LIVE! on the Plaza which goes down each Second Friday in the Plaza Arts District where featured artists and live events will be entertaining the crowd from 6pm to 10pm.
Every First Friday you can also head to the Paseo Arts District for the First Friday Gallery Walk as the businesses in the area stay open late and there is lots to do at this free event.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
When you are trying to find a new piece for your collection or to figure out the true value of something visit one of these art dealers and appraisers in your area:
- Kasum Contemporary Fine Art at 1611 NW 16th St
- Avondale Galleries Inc at 5617 N Pennsylvania Ave
- The Howell Gallery at 6432 N Western Ave
- Nault Fine Art Gallery at 816 N Walker Ave
If you are looking for a visual arts consultant, broker, and artist agency that can represent progressive creatives look no further than Kasum Contemporary Fine Art. Outside of sales and leasing they can also provide services like collection management, acquisition assistance, consultations, fabrication and design services, appraisals, maintenance and relocation services, project design rendering, and plenty more.
Some of the specialties at the Avondale Galleries include paintings, bronze sculptures, fine art and frame restoration, fine art and photo art appraisals, professional installations and custom framing.
You can find original fine art by nationally recognized or local emerging artists in all kinds of mediums at The Howell Gallery who works with people and corporations when it comes to buying, selling, displaying, and care of artwork.
Art walking tours can be a lot of fun when the weather is nice:
- Paseo Arts District at 3024 Paseo
- Downtown Walking Tour at 123 Park Ave
- The Plaza District at 1751B NW 16th St
- Plaza Walls at 1745 NW 16th St
You can find over 20 galleries, dozens of local artists, and even some schools in the Paseo Arts District.
While not a full on art walk per se the first two stops on the Downtown Walking Tour are the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and the Museum of Art but it also stops by the Botanical Gardens, the American Banjo Museum, and some cool spots in Bricktown.
The Plaza Arts District is loaded with galleries, studios, performance venues, and the Plaza Malls which are an awesome rotating mural project produced by the Oklahoma Mural Syndicate.
Sculptures & Statues
Taking selfies with these sculptures and statues in your area could also be enjoyable:
- Architectural DNA at 123 NW 10th St
- Centennial Land Run Monument at 200 Centennial Ave
- Air Force Monument at 251-299 N Broadway Ave
- Mickey Mantle Statue at 2 S Mickey Mantle Dr
- Statue of Liberty at 321 Park Ave
The old spiral fire escape from the Marion Hotel is the base for the Architectural DNA staircase that you can find between 123 Garage and the Buick Building.
Paul Moore created The Centennial Land Run Monument that sits at the southern end of the Bricktown Canal and with over 45 heroic figures this is one of the largest bronze sculptures in the world.
You can check out the Air Force Monument at the corner of Park Avenue and Broadway where it has been since the Cold War.
The Mickey Mantle Statue was put up at Bricktown Ballpark after being sculpted by Blair Buswell in the late 90’s.
A replica of the Statue of Liberty can be found outside the Oklahoma County Courthouse.
Oklahoma City Art Classes
Whether you are trying to find private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, or adults the best art schools in Oklahoma City would be:
- Oklahoma Contemporary at 11 NW 11th St
- Art House at 2055 NW 22nd St
- The House Of Clay at 1100 NW 30th St
- Artsy Rose Academy at 7739 W Hefner Rd
- Harding Fine Arts Academy at 3333 N Shartel Ave
The Oklahoma Contemporary Art Center has workshops, multi-week classes, Friday Night classes, and school break camps for kids in a variety of mediums.
Joan Wegener is the lead instructor at Art House which caps their class sizes at 10 students and tries to lump the same age groups and skill levels together.
There are painting and craft classes in your area along with social painting events and art lessons in a variety of media for all ages available at Artsy Rose Academy who also provides homeschool classes, day care, enrichment classes, and art camps as well as fundraisers and events like Krafty Kids Art Nights for children under 15.
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art and North Gallery & Studio from our best local galleries list also offer classes for all ages.
Studios For Rent Near You
You can try to rent studio space at:
- PACC Artist Studio at 3024 Paseo
- Redbud Studio at 7519 N May Ave
Other options for art studio space rentals can be found at Artspace at Untitled, The Art Hall, and North Gallery & Studio.
When you need art framing services in Oklahoma City try out:
- Denton’s Picture Framing & Supplies at 3114 N Classen Blvd
- Pirates Alley Picture Frames at 2733 W Britton Rd
- Framed In The Village at 10631 N May Ave
- Affordable Art & Frames at 8004 N Rockwell Ave
- Aaron Brothers at 2200 W Memorial Rd
For over 75 years Denton’s Frame Shop has been selling and helping with frames in Oklahoma City and they are experts in repairing or restoring antique frames, will do in home consultations, and have tons of readymade frames available.
Pirates Alley Picture Frames has been in business for over four decades offering a huge selection of readymade frames and specializing in fine art printing services.
The only Master Certified Picture Framer in Oklahoma is Framed in the Village who can provide custom framing for jerseys, shadowboxes, memorabilia, diplomas, prints, and much more.
Hobby Lobby and Joann from the local art supplies list and Avondale Galleries from our dealer list also offer custom framing.
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Have Fun Enjoying The Oklahoma City Art Scene
You just learned about the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and art framers near you.
If you made it this far you might just know quite a bit about the local art scene yourself. Feel free to share your own tips, or to let us know if we may have gotten anything wrong in the comments.
We hope you enjoy your time at the best Oklahoma City Art galleries, museums, supply stores, or doing whatever else you plan to do with the info.