Making Art Accessible: A Look at the “Art@Home” Exhibition Sponsored by Budget Collector
“Art@Home” is an art exhibition sponsored by Budget Collector, an innovative company that aims to make art accessible to everyone. The exhibition was held at the Henry Zarrow Center for Art & Education in Tulsa and showcased the works of several talented artists such as Anke Dodson, Lisa Regan, Jean Richardson, Derek Penix, Susan Eddings, Jarvis, Karen Kuykendall, Ryan Lee, and Michelle Firment Reid. The exhibition featured a diverse collection of artworks that were curated by Royce Meyers of the Royce Meyers Gallery.
Engaging with Art
One of the highlights of the exhibition was Michelle Firment Reid’s multi-disciplinary installation piece. The installation was thoughtfully placed in the gallery, allowing viewers to walk through, pause, examine, and appreciate it from different angles. Michelle’s work provided a focal point for visitors to engage with, sparking conversations about the role of art in our lives and the importance of accessibility in the arts.
In addition to the artworks on display, Budget Collector’s “Art@Home” event created a space for dialogue around art. Ebonique Boyd, the co-creator of Budget Collector, designed a space at the back corner of the gallery, decorated in warm colors and featuring fine art all around, to facilitate a comfortable and authentic conversation about art. The area was designed to invite visitors to engage with art and provide a space for dialogue around art, regardless of an individual’s art history knowledge.
Ebonique also created a unique interactive experience for visitors by displaying multiple iconic images on a screen and creating a space for dialogue around the art. Visitors were invited to participate in activities such as rating different paintings on a scale of one to five. The activity encouraged visitors to think about their own personal responses to the artworks and to engage with art in a new and exciting way.
The multimedia elements incorporated into the “Art@Home” exhibition also added to the overall ambiance of the event. Live music by Stephen Schultz and Josh Westbrook created a vibrant and engaging atmosphere, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the exhibition. Visitors were also invited to enjoy wine and cocktails while they explored the exhibition, creating a relaxed and welcoming environment for art enthusiasts and first-time visitors alike.
Drawing a Diverse Crowd of Art Connoisseurs and First-Time Visitors
The exhibition received a tremendous response, with over 1,200 visitors in under three hours. Royce Meyers, who curated the art for the event, was delighted by the interesting mix of clients, friends, and people who may not regularly frequent his art gallery. He remarked on how visitors interacted with the art, taking pictures and studying the artworks closely. Many of the artworks on display became popular photo opportunities, with visitors sharing them on social media platforms.
Ebonique Boyd was pleased with the positive response from visitors of all backgrounds. She found that her favorite responses were from art connoisseurs who initially questioned the app’s rating system but ended up loving the experience. For her, the most satisfying part of the exhibition was watching live reactions from people of all backgrounds, including those who had never used the app before and the most active users.
“Art@Home” successfully achieved its goal of making art accessible and approachable to everyone. The exhibition brought people together to experience the rich cultural offerings of Tulsa, highlighting the importance of community engagement in the arts. The exhibition proved to be a resounding success, providing a space for viewers to engage with art and appreciate it on a personal level.
With a mission to democratize the art world, the “Art@Home” exhibition strived to create a welcoming environment where visitors could engage with art on a personal level, regardless of their background or education in art. Visitors were invited to explore the exhibition at their own pace, taking time to appreciate and reflect on the artworks. The exhibition also incorporated multimedia elements such as live music, which added to the overall ambiance of the event and created a relaxed and welcoming environment for visitors.
The exhibition highlighted the importance of community engagement in the arts and brought people together to experience the rich cultural offerings of Tulsa. It succeeded in making art more accessible and approachable to everyone, while also sparking conversations about the role of art in our lives and the importance of accessibility in the arts.
Overall, the “Art@Home” exhibition was a testament to the power of art to create meaningful connections between individuals and their communities. It showcased the talents of several talented artists, and encouraged visitors to engage with art on a personal level. The exhibition was a success, and it is clear that events such as these play an essential role in the cultural life of Tulsa.