2019 New Genre Arts Festival

About the Festival

Friday, April 5th, 6 pm - 9 pm

Saturday, April 6th, 6pm - 9pm


New Genre Arts Festival 2019 will feature three local installation artists, seven performances by local, regional, and national artists, a video lab featuring five video artworks curated by Boston-based curator Maggie Cavallo/CASTLEDRONE; and a Living Arts archive installation. From March- April 2019, Living Arts will be infused with myriad intersections between new media, personal narrative, and ephemera. Installations, the video lab, and the Living Arts’ archive installation will be on view beginning March 1 st; while the performance festival will occur on April 5th and 6th, with artist-workshops on Sunday, April 7th. The program incites inquiry and critical attention, arousing new ideas and understandings of contemporary artistic practices. The exhibition and performance festival operate as a survey: providing viewers with varied approaches to critical issues and concepts, video, installation, sound, and performance art. The exhibition and performance festival will be free and open to the public, with community engagement opportunities through artist talks, workshops, panel discussions, and K-12 programming.

Installation Artists

Julie Clark is a Tulsa-based interdisciplinary artist. Her work is an interactive, improvisational performance, which Clark responds to images and documents from before and after the 1921 Race Massacre in Tulsa. The work asks viewers to reflect upon white complacency with or complicity in violence against African American bodies.

Michaela O'Brien is a multimedia artist and educator in the Communications Department at the University of Tulsa. Her recent work considers the American Dream through readymade communities such as Love Valley, North Carolina, and composite, community portraiture through video, photo, and collage.

Christina Henley is a Tulsa-based interdisciplinary artist and part of the Black Moon Collective; her three-dimensional processes unpack contemporary issues through surrealist imagery.

Xia Zhang is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator in the Art and Art History Department at the University of Tulsa; born in China and raised in Maryland. Her work deals with labor, immigrant women of color, and American expectations.

Performance Artists

Ralph Bendel (Tulsa, OK)

Anna Bennett (Tulsa, OK)

JR Landers (Conway, AR)

Tom Maio (Boston, MA)

Luke Mannarino (NY, NY)

Cynthia Post-Hunt (Fayetteville, AR)

Moheb Soliman (Tulsa OK)

Paul Waddell (Oklahoma City, OK)

Lucas Wrench (Tulsa, OK)

Video-Lab curated by Maggie Cavallo/CASTLEDRONE
Maggie Cavallo is a curator, educator, and co-founder of CASTLEDRONE, and dedicated to facilitating dynamic learning experiences with, though, and for contemporary art and artists. Cavallo is an Assistant Professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and faculty at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

Living Arts’ Archive Installation
Beginning March 2019, Living Arts will continue to celebrate 50 years of operation through a multi-media installation of archival material consisting of printed and digital matter. Community programming, including lectures, workshops, video screenings, and live performances will occur inside the archive installation and connect with the Oklahoma Center for Humanities 2019 program through a special symposium on Alternative Archives March 8-10th.