ASK Past Artist Forums

Coping with Artist Rejection (June 17, 2020; Online)

Rejection is one of the most difficult aspects of being an artist, yet it is something that every professional artist will face in their lifetime—most likely many times. Rejection can hurt, but it is important not to let the feelings crush you and hinder your work, and more importantly, keep you from putting your art out for the world to see.

This forum is a place for us to lean into rejection, and learn how to handle it. The speakers will discuss how they overcome the frustration of rejection and use it to learn more about their audience, their work, and actually build confidence in sharing their work.

We are excited to have this conversation with our three panelists:

Suzanne Thomas, Oklahoma City

Kyle Larson, Alva

Geoffrey Hicks, Tulsa

The panel will be moderated by OVAC Executive Director, Krystle Brewer.

Creative Growth for Artists: Grants, Residencies, Exhibitions (and how to get them) (September 11, 2018; Tulsa)

Jennifer Scanlan, Curatorial and Exhibitions Director at Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, will speak about improving your portfolio materials and presenting yourself and your practice in a professional and cohesive way.

Topics covered will include:
– the studio visit: what is it for? How to prepare
– the website: yes, it is absolutely necessary. How to create a website that works for you
– the portfolio: dos and don’ts
– the cv: what are the necessary elements? How to use a cv to figure out the next step in your career
– the dreaded artist statement: explaining your work, clearly and concisely

The Artist Forum will also include a panel discussion with established artists about how they support and grow their practice through exhibitions, residencies, and other opportunities.

Writing about Yourself (August 23, 2018; Oklahoma City)

Visual artists are adept at expressing themselves with imagery, but often struggle to put intentions and stories into words. Most opportunities such as Calls for Entry and Exhibition Proposals require a Bio in addition to the Artist Statement and CV. Tracey White Zeeck, Founder and President of Bumbershoot PR will share how to craft your bio through a series of writing exercises.
The Artist Forum will also include a panel discussion on the ins and outs, and ups and downs, of writing and editing bios and other marketing materials.

Tracey White Zeeck, Founder and President of Bumbershoot PR
Nathan Gunter, Managing Editor of Oklahoma Today,
Marissa Raglin Art, Visual Artist and SPACE Artist in Resident 2017-2018
Jarica Walsh, Associate Director of Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition – OVAC

Inclusion In Art (May 16, 2018; Tulsa)

Join us Wednesday, May 16th from 5:30-7:30 pm for a panel discussion on Inclusion In Art moderated by Christina Burke and including artists Narciso Argüelles, Anita Fields, Lawrence Naff, and Anh-Thuy Nguyen. In partnership with statewide organization Inclusion In Art, the discussion seeks to address issues of opportunities and inclusion among diverse communities in Oklahoma’s visual arts.

Opportunities for Female Artists Over 40 (January 11, 2018; Oklahoma City)

In response to a discussion in Artist Opportunities in OK, we held a forum for Female Artists over 40. The forum was moderated by Alyson Atchison and Jarica Walsh, to include sharing of resources and opportunities, and a panel discussion featuring Laura Warriner, Marilyn Artus, and Sue Moss Sullivan.

Presenting Your Work with Jennifer Scanlan (March 20, 2018; Oklahoma City)

In this Artist Forum, Oklahoma Contemporary Curator Jennifer Scanlan went through some of the basics for presenting your work to curators and juries for exhibitions, grants, and residencies.

Topics covered:
the studio visit: What is it for and how should you prepare?
the website: Yes, it is absolutely necessary; How to create a website that works for you; the portfolio: Dos and don’ts; the cv: What are the necessary elements? How to use a cv to figure out the next step in your career; the dreaded artist statement: Explaining your work, clearly and concisely

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition

1720 N. Shartel Ave. Suite B

Oklahoma City, OK 73103


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