Off the Wall: The Social Networking

Welcome to Off the Wall. We’ve gathered news from around the museum and want to share the highlights with you.

Written while planning my dream wedding at Taco Bell.



Joining the arts community can be a daunting task for even the most talented student artist. Knowing that there are professional artists all around you doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a way to meet them or learn from them. This is where Fast Friends comes in. This event has complimentary admission, and will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, at the FJJMA.

What is it?

Have you ever seen speed-dating in a movie, where participants get a few moments to get to know another participant before the whole group rotates to a new conversation? It’s kind of like that, except that the goal is to form professional relationships with the other participants. Ten local artists will be seated at various tables, and attendees will be invited to join one of the artists at their table. They’ll engage in discussion with the artist at their table for ten minutes, then an alarm will cue students to change to a new artist’s table! While you’re networking, you’re invited to chow down on some delicious chips and queso–because forming professional relationships is just easier with melt-y cheese dip.

Who will be there?

Local artists in attendance will be Marilyn Artus, Erin Cooper, Eyakem Gulilat, Erin Latham, America Meredith, Megan Mosholder, David Phelps, Joe Slack, Shevaun Williams, and Jave Yoshimoto. This group of artists has representatives from as close as Norman’s Main Street to as far as Santa Fe and offer diverse perspectives into the business of art.

Who’s running the show?

Fast Friends is the brain child of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and Current Studio in Oklahoma City. You know who we are, but let me tell you a little bit about our partner. Current Studio is an experimental art space committed to strengthening Oklahoma City’s cultural capital by developing sustainable contemporary art practices and conversations about art, community and problem solving. Current Studio offers a spectrum of public programming and strives to spark community expansion and risk-taking within the artist community. If you’re in downtown OKC, be sure to stop by their studio at 1218 N. Penn Ave., OKC, OK 73107. Make sure you call ahead or check their website, because they have somewhat irregular hours.

Short Story

Come to Fast Friends at the FJJMA on April 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Meet professional artists, enjoy refreshments, and experience it all for FREE. Tell us you’re going on the Facebook event so your friends can hear about it, too!


Elevator speech: Not a speech so moving that it ‘lifts’ people to their feet. An elevator speech is a very brief pitch, introduction, or other summary that is necessary when time is limited. Our artists will give us a 30-second elevator speech to introduce themselves before they sit at their various tables. Listen closely so you can choose the artists that seem most interesting or relevant to your future career!







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