CURRENT PROJECT : UNDER HER WING WAS THE UNIVERSE


SELECTED PROJECTS


ARTIST STATEMENT

I create art focused on understanding place, either through documentation, reconstruction, mapmaking, or placemaking. In my research and in my practice, I strive to present ideas that create meaningful understanding the role natural and built environments play in our lives. There are two concepts I explore regularly through my art: diminishing accessibility to nature in urban settings and creating nurturing comfortable environments. My primary goal is to make art experiences that reach viewers at whatever level of understanding s/he has about material, process, and concept.


ARTIST BIO

romy owens is an artist and curator living in Enid, Oklahoma. She makes site-specific installations, as well as smaller objects, in reaction to place, community, and transformation. Her curatorial work attends to a similar focus. Both owens' artistic and curatorial practices are presently centered around community art designed to impact social change, using art as a method to broaden our understanding of specific issues.

owens began her practice as an artist in 2006 and as a curator in 2009. She was selected as the first Emerging Curator for Momentum OKC (2009), the first Emerging Artist of the Year by the Paseo Art Association (2010), the first Artist in Residence (2012) at the Skirvin Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City, the first Curator in Residence of the Artist Invitational (2014-17) for Downtown OKC, Inc, and the first artist selected for the Artist Series at Leap Coffee Roasters. She has exhibited extensively with solo exhibitions and in group exhibitions. 

In 2015, she completed The Unbearable Absence of Landscapes, a community-building site-specific installation at 108|Contemporary in Tulsa, which involved collaboration with 350+ knitters and seamers.

In 2016, she co-founded Current Studio with Kelsey Karper

She is currently working on Under Her Wing was the Universe, an artist-led public art initiative in the City of Enid which creates a prairie, a pavilion, and a thousand stars. 

Over the years, owens has worked with many Oklahoma organizations including Allied Arts, Arts Council Oklahoma City, Downtown OKC, Inc., Individual Artists of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Arts Council,  Oklahoma City Public Schools, Oklahoma Contemporary, Oklahomans for the Arts, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Paseo Arts Association, and Plaza District. 

owens' art is part of private, public, corporate, and museum collections. She holds an MA in Photography and a BA in Media Studies.

 

SELECTED PRESS/PUBLICATIONS

Interview with Krystle Brewer | 51 minutes, OVAC 30, MAY 2018
Current Studio plans to permanently close | Oklahoma Gazette, FEB 2018
Interview, S0102 | 10 minutes, Talkies, MAY 2016
Current Studio challenges traditional art studio approach | Oklahoma Gazette, MAR 2016
Stitch in time | Tulsa World, JAN 2016
The Unbearable Absence of Landscapes | 30 minutes, Public Radio Tulsa, DEC 2015
The Unbearable Absence of Landscapes | Art Focus Oklahoma, NOV/DEC 2015
Complementing the Whole | Oklahoma Gazette, AUG 2015
Elaborate Collaborate brings Oklahoma artists together for evolving art project | NewsOK, AUG 2015
Creativity on the Spot | Slice Magazine, July 2015
EKPHRASIS: Art & Poetry | Art Focus Oklahoma, MAY/JUN 2015
OKC125: Photographic Perspectives of Downtown | Art Focus Oklahoma, JAN/FEB 2015
Commentary: Art for everyone, everywhere | Oklahoma Gazette, DEC 2014
Exhibit Celebrates Downtown OKC Through Disposable Camera Photography | KOSU, DEC 2014
Downtown OKC's Underground tunnels are getting a makeover | NewsOK, NOV 2014
Side by Side Artist Conversation | 54 minutes, Panhandle PBS, MAY 2014
It's an Oklahoma Day, Part 1: Oklahoma City | Bad at Sports, MAR 2014
Art 365 Catalog | Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, 2014
Art 365: Romy Owens | Art Focus Oklahoma, SEP/OCT 2013
Concept/OK Catalog | Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, 2012
Concept/OK: Artist interview | 7 minutes, OKVisualArts YouTube Channel, 2012
Concept/OK: Focus An Oklahoma and Kansas City Exchange | Art Focus Oklahoma, NOV/DEC 2012
IN THE MOMENT: Art Now Takes a Snapshot of Current Art-making in the State | ArtFocus Oklahoma, JAN/FEB 2012
Holland Hall's ARTworks Program Features OKC-Based Artist Romy Owens | 30 minutes, Public Radio Tulsa, NOV 2011
They're All Blonde | Art Focus Oklahoma, JAN/FEB 2011


FUTURE PROJECTS

2019 : Currently in search of a free-standing building in an Oklahoma community that is not being used, likely in disrepair, and possibly slated for demolition. If you know a property owner who would allow such a building to be transformed into large-scale, exterior, site-specific artwork in 2019, please be in touch via the CONTACT form on this website.