Day One, Turn and Face the Strange

artist BIO

romy owens is an artist and curator living in Oklahoma City. 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 work within specific issues.

owens began her practice as an artist in 2006 and as a curator in 2009, immersing herself in the artist community of Oklahoma. 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), and the first Artist in Residence (2012) at the Skirvin Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. She has exhibited extensively with solo exhibitions and in group exhibitions. She is currently the curator-in-residence for Downtown OKC Initiative's annual Artist Invitational

In 2015-16, 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. They co-curate the space collaboratively.

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

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