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Tulsa's Best Contemporary Art Galleries

The arts scene is thriving in Oklahoma's second largest city, Tulsa. From fantastic non-profit organizations in the Brady Arts District and world-class galleries in Brookside to world-famous museums, local and regional artists can shine alongside internationally renowned talent. With many disciplines at all times, we explore ten of the best contemporary art venues in Tulsa.

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Exhibition by Aberson

Aberson Exhibition is a contemporary gallery that displays works by emerging and mid-career artists, many of whom have Oklahoma connections. A beautiful and modern space, the gallery displays a wide variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography, and mixed media work. A few exceptional talents represented at Exhibit are Kimber Berry, an abstract expressionist who creates colorful organic paintings, and John Paul Philippe, a painter and sculptor who works with a variety of materials.

Exhibition from Aberson, 3524b S. Peoria Ave., Tulsa, OK, USA, +1 918 740 1054

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108 Contemporary

108 Contemporary - formerly known as the Brady Craft Alliance - is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and displaying contemporary craftsmanship through its facilities. Housed in the 1922 restored Mathews Building in the Brady Arts District, this state-of-the-art gallery features exhibitions of local and international talent highlighting a variety of crafts, including glass, paper, and fiber works but a few, and there is a shop that where Oklahoma artists who are members can sell their artwork. The gallery also welcomes installations and performance pieces, as well as offering numerous educational opportunities for adults and children.

108 Contemporary, 108 E. Brady St., Tulsa, OK, USA, +1 918 895 6302

Living Arts

Founded in 1969, Living Arts is a Brady Arts District nonprofit that develops and highlights contemporary art in Tulsa. Housed in a large old warehouse, this facility offers ample space for exhibitions, performances and educational demonstrations and courses for the public. This gallery features local and national artists at all stages of their careers and has an artist-in-residence program.

Living Arts, 307 E. Brady St., Tulsa, OK, USA, +1 918 585 1234

TAC Gallery

The TAC Gallery is the showroom for the Tulsa Artists' Coalition. This non-profit, volunteer-run establishment in Brady's bohemian district was founded in 1986 to help local and regional contemporary talent in their artistic endeavors. To help the artists provide them with a space for exhibitions, they opened the gallery in 1996. Every year they show 10 month long exhibitions - solo or group shows - with emerging and established artists representing a variety of media. Many artists have been featured in this gallery including abstract painters Libby Williams and Deanna Chafin and photographer MJ Alexander, to name a few.

TAC Gallery, 9 E. Brady St., Tulsa, OK, USA, +1 918 592 0041

© Philadelphia Museum of Art and Philbrook Downtown

The Philbrook Museum - housed in an Italian Renaissance style villa with many beautiful gardens - is a renowned art museum that specializes in a wide variety of art genres from antiques to modern and contemporary art. To showcase the growing collections of modern and contemporary art, as well as Native American art, the Philbrook Downtown Satellite Center opened in 2013. Located in the Brady Arts District in a historic warehouse, it has two floors of exhibition space highlight the works of world famous artists such as Jean Dubuffet, Arturo Herrera, Allan Houser, and Maria Martinez to name a few. With lots of natural light and wooden floors, works of art can really shine in this modern space.

Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Rd., Tulsa, OK, USA, +1 918 749 7941

Philbrook Downtown, 116 E. Brady St., Tulsa, OK, USA, +1 918 749 7941

© Ralph Cole / Courtesy Hardesty Arts Center

Hardeny Arts Center

The Tulsa Hardesty Arts Center's Arts & Humanities Council, better known by its acronym AHHA, is a non-profit organization that promotes the arts and culture across Tulsa. While the council was founded in 1961, the center opened in 2012 with exhibition galleries on two floors, classrooms, studios, and more. The AHHA shows changing exhibitions in different media throughout the year, often in collaboration with local and regional artists and organizations.

AHHA, 101 E. Archer St., Tulsa, OK, USA, +1 918 584 3333

Gilcrease Museum

The Gilcrease Museum is a partnership between the City of Tulsa and the University of Tulsa. Founded in 1949, the museum specializes in the art and artifacts of the American West from colonial times to the present day and has an extensive collection of Native American art. Every year they host two exhibitions showcasing contemporary Western art: Rendezvous Artists Retrospective and Art Sale and Collectors Reserve: Small Works Exhibition and Sale. Two contemporary artists currently featured in the retrospective are painter Greg Beecham and sculptor Ross Matteson. The beautiful works of art also flow to the museum's 23 acres of exquisite themed gardens, which art lovers can stroll through.

Gilcrease Museum, 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Rd., Tulsa, OK, USA, +1 888 655 2278

Joseph Gierek Fine Art

Joseph Gierek Fine Art - located on historic Route 66 - has been an integral part of the Tulsa art scene for many years and is consistently voted one of the best galleries in Oklahoma. Gierek has been helping collectors who want to visit their gallery to set up or expand art collectors for over 30 years. A variety of mediums are represented, including painting, glass, and sculpture, though to mention a formidable list of artists and established artists such as painter Gregory Horndeski, Harriette Joffe who works in a variety of media, and famous photographer Annie Leibovitz a few. The gallery also hosts several exhibitions each year.

Joseph Gierek Fine Art, 1342 E. 11th St., Tulsa, OK, USA, +1 918 592 5432

M. A. Doran Gallery

Mary Ann Doran opened her gallery in 1979 and has been at its current Brookside location since 1988. A popular gallery of local and national contemporary art that features contemporary realism and abstract works, MA Doran Gallery highlights a wide range of artists and disciplines, including painting, sculpture, and American crafts. Solo and group exhibitions take place several times a year on the ground floor of the gallery and are represented by artists such as media artist Jeanie Gooden, glass artist Kreg Kallenberger and painter Marjorie Atwood. The second floor contains a more regular exhibition of works of art from a wider range of artists, which gives art patrons plenty of options.

M. A. Doran Gallery, 3509 S. Peoria Allee, Tulsa, OK, USA, +1 918 748 8700


You want to create a space that can host events and showcase the artwork of local talent, local artists and artists. Tattoo artist Daniel Gulick opened Color in 2013. This versatile space is part of a gallery that hosts solo and group exhibitions and other events, like fashion shows , while the other part is a boutique where the locals can sell their handcrafted goods such as jewelry and clothing. Art on display represents a variety of media including painting and glasswork. Past artists featured at Color include printmaker May Yang and illustrator and painter Jeff Brame, and Feral Heart, a future exhibition for this summer, will feature paintings by local artists Erin Owen and Ashlyn Metcalf. Color is a unique gallery that art lovers won't want to miss.

Color, 1532 S. Harvard Avenue, Tulsa, OK, USA, +1 918 815 0910

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