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Judy K. Gibson Aspiring Artist Fund


Judy Kathryn Gibson was born in Tulsa, OK on July 9, 1947. She grew up in a loving household in Tulsa, alongside her brothers Butch and Frank, with plenty of fond memories from their family ranch in Wagoner and their cabin at Fort Gibson Lake.

After graduating from Edison High School in Tulsa, Judy attended Oklahoma State University to study Education. She later transferred to The University of Tulsa to complete her undergraduate studies.

Judy earned her Masters in Education from Northeastern State in Tahlequah, OK. Her innovative educational approach earned her years of countless adoring students at Jenks Public Schools, where she founded the Gifted & Talented program (NOVÉ) in 1982.

Judy always said her love of music started in 1956 when Elvis Presley performed on the Ed Sullivan show. She was just 9 years old, but can remember dancing all over the Hibbs family living room.

Her love for music carried over to her love for painting. Over the years, Judy treated her family and friends to hundreds of amazing sketches, drawings, and paintings. After moving to Texas in 1991, she was the lead artist in multiple art exhibitions in Plano and Dallas throughout the 1990’s. Many of those paintings adorn the homes of her family members, today.

Judy was blessed with a strong will, a caring heart, and an incredibly creative mind. It was all of these attributes that her dearest loved ones never saw fade over the years and what will always be remembered about Judy Kathryn (Hibbs) Gibson.

In her honor, we have formed the Judy K. Gibson Aspiring Artist Fund through the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. Donations to this fund will be used to help local young aspiring artists further their creative journey. Funds will provide student opportunities such as scholarships, exhibit fee grants, and art workshop classes. Our mission is to carry on Judy’s passion for the arts and her love for inspiring creativity in young minds.

Thank you for donating to the Judy K. Gibson Aspiring Artist Fund and carrying on her legacy.


Payments may be made by credit card through the link below or checks may be mailed to:


1720 N Shartel Ave, Ste B

Oklahoma City, OK 73103