Individual Artists of Oklahoma
706 W Sheridan Ave
Oklahoma City OK 73102
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
IAO; IAO Gallery
Mission Statement
Individual Artists of Oklahoma is committed to sustaining and encouraging emerging and established artists in all media who are intellectually and aesthetically provocative or experimental in subject matter or technique.
Contact Information
Contact Name Laurence Reese
Contact email
Address 706 W Sheridan Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Phone (405) 232-6060
Fax 405-232-6061
County Oklahoma County
Alternate Address 706 West Sheridan Avenue
Oklahoma City OK 73102
How to Give
Donate to Endowment
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
There are multiple ways to support Individual Artists of Oklahoma. You can become an annual member or sponsor. We have year-round volunteer opportunities. Checks can also be mailed to 706  W Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $167,500.00
Projected Expenses $167,350.00
History and Background
Former Names
Year Founded 1979
IRS Ruling Year 1985
Individual Artists of Oklahoma is committed to sustaining and encouraging emerging and established artists in all media who are intellectually and aesthetically provocative or experimental in subject matter or technique.

Individual Artists of Oklahoma was founded in 1979 by three poets as a grass-roots alternative arts organization. IAO is committed to sustaining and encouraging emerging and established artists in all media who are intellectually and aesthetically provocative or experimental in subject matter or technique.
IAO creates opportunities for Oklahoma artists by curating and developing socially relevant exhibitions in one of the finest gallery spaces in region. The IAO Gallery features works and exhibitions that display innovative and thought-provoking concepts and approaches that broaden the dialogue with the community and enhance the public's understanding of the role of contemporary art and the artist.
Our organization strives to develop an appreciation of contemporary art by providing support for artists in all media through audience development, community participation, and publicity.
IAO has a working volunteer board, half of whom are artists. Each board member contributes financially at some level, as well as giving generously of time on projects and to secure in-kind and cash donations.  Board members also chair committees, including those that oversee programming areas.
All works and exhibitions presented at IAO are selected from applications submitted to the Visual Arts, Film and Video, Poetry, or Performance Committees. The programs cover a broad range of expression by artists of all ages, at various levels of professional recognition, and who are diverse in race, philosophy, culture and economics. Selected program applications effectively demonstrate original contemporary themes and the technical ability to successfully convey the artists’ intentions.


Impact IAO is a grass roots contemporary arts organization. Our mission is to support and celebrate the work of both emerging and established Oklahoma artists who are experimenting in all media, including visual art, poetry, film, video and performance. We have a 30 year track record of curating and presenting thought provoking exhibitions that expand the ideals and expectations of artists and patrons alike, while opening a dialogue on relevant social issues. By providing an essential venue for all forms of contemporary artistic expression, IAO stimulates the cultural and economic growth of our community. 
Needs Individual Artists of Oklahoma needs sponsors and patrons to support exhibitions and programs. IAO relies on membership from artists of all disciplines. IAO also needs volunteers to orchestrate programming. IAO relies on partnerships to reach diverse populations. IAO is in need of in-kind support to help with general operations and programming.
CEO/Executive Director Statement IAO has an important history of supporting progressive and experimental artists. This organization's presence is critical to our artistic and cultural community. IAO is unique in it's interdisciplinary focus on cutting-edge art, and our community space allows us to bring diverse groups together to experience and learn about the arts.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City - downtown
Oklahoma County
Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area (all 7 counties)

Located on Film Row in downtown Oklahoma City, IAO remains present and active in our immediate community, and draws visitors from all over the city for our programs and events. Through our programming, IAO serves and exhibits visual artists, filmmakers, poets, performance artists, musicians, and art enthusiasts from across the state.

Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Arts & Culture
Tertiary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Arts Education
Description In 2011, more than 370  visual artists were represented through IAO's programming. Supported events included monthly poetry readings, film/video screenings, and panel discussions. In addition IAO also organized and hosted several musical and performance art evenings. The year also included several juried group exhibits including EdgeArt Now, an installation and mixed media show, and  24 Works on Paper in conjunction with Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition which travels statewide. In addition IAO staged events in conjunction with other community organizations to bring awareness to topics such as sustainability which was the case with EVOLVE, a visual art exhibition using recycled materials.
Population Served Adults General/Unspecified Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered
Description IAO was founded by Poets, so our Poetry and Literary Arts programs are vital to fulfilling our mission. IAO puts on regular poetry programming, including a monthly poetry reading in partnership with Oklahoma Voices, themed open mic readings, and solo readings & book releases with featured poets.  IAO has partnered with the Woody Guthrie Poets to host a themed reading in honor of Guthrie and the tradition of Oklahoma poetry and songwriting. In fall of 2016, IAO hosted a series of writing workshops with LA screenwriter and creative writer Matt Payne, and is starting a new series of poetry workshops for the public. IAO's poetry committee is dedicated to the mission and hosts diverse themed readings including an LGBT themed reading for Pride month and a series of poetry readings on race and identity to help address and interpret major issues with our audiences. IAO also hosts poetry reading off site, including a monthly featured poet at Full Circle Book Store in Oklahoma City.
Population Served Adults Minorities Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Description In 2016, IAO has hosted monthly featured singer-songwriters, and launched a monthly music showcase. IAO has also hosted plays and performances from local actors in the space. IAO restarted it's Performance and Music committee with a focus on the experimental component of its mission. IAO plans to host music workshops for the business of music and interactive music performances over the next year. 
Population Served Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Families
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. Through our performance arts programming we hope to see a change and growth in the overall performance art community towards experimental, provocative and risk-taking work. Currently, few venues exist for experimental performance, and IAO hopes to serve those artists through a free and accessible venue and allow artists to develop and flourish here.
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Over the past year, IAO has been without a director and has struggled financially. We have been lucky enough to keep our heads above water, and are now gaining traction with the addition of Laur Reese as our new director. He has been successful in continuing and strengthening existing programs, adding new and innovative programming for the space, and building partnerships with other organizations. As we rebuild from the ground up, our grassroots membership and involvement becomes even more important in this current economic climate.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Kendall Brown
Start Date Sept 2012
Number of Full-time Staff 1
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 70
Staff Retention Rate 100
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 1
Staff Demographics - Gender
Female 1
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Oct 2007
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Allied Arts member agency2001
Risk Management Provisions
General Property Coverage
Board Chair
Name Joe Hopper
Company Affiliation Hopper Marketing
Term July 2012 to June 2014
Board of Directors
List Current as of Mar 04, 2014
Board of Directors List
Jennifer Alig Voting
Randy Alvarado Voting
Rob Bennett Voting
Lindsay Cavett Voting
Dustin Crossfield Voting
David Dennis-Smith FAAVoting
Samantha Dillehay Voting
Ricky Gunn Voting
Joe Hopper PresidentHopper MarketingVoting
Cindy Mason Voting
Deryck O'Daniell Voting
Julie Oseland Vice PresidentVoting
Dustin Pyeatt Voting
Shahla Rahimi Reynolds Sonarta.comVoting
Amy Saxon TreasurerBox Talent AgencyVoting
Monica Scoggins Voting
Suzanne Thomas Voting
Chad Woolbright Voting
Jessie Young SecretaryVoting
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2014-June 30, 2015
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $167,500
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $167,350
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$29,858$0
Individual Contributions$5,800--$7,162
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,354$6,374--
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$94,425$61,566$38,230
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$73,285$106,895$22,757
Administration Expense----$96,305
Fundraising Expense$72,932$48,387$22,883
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.730.890.84
Program Expense/Total Expenses50%69%16%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue73%53%34%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$58,874$100,876$56,895
Current Assets$7,975$49,977$56,895
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$21,298$15,471$29,781
Total Net Assets$37,576$85,405$27,114
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.373.231.91
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $94,425Special Events $61,566Special Events $38,230
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $5,800Earned Revenue $40,147Earned Revenue $26,182
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $3,450Govt - Unspecified $29,858Other $25,060
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from IRS Form 990 EZs.
Organizations with a GiveSmartOKC profile are responsible for updating information annually within 45 days following the end of their fiscal year.
Address 706 W Sheridan Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Primary Phone 405 232-6060
Give to Endowment
CEO/Executive Director Kendall Brown
Board Chair Joe Hopper
Board Chair Company Affiliation Hopper Marketing


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