Oklahoma Visual Arts Fellowship/ Student Awards of Excellence
Each year, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition gives two awards of $5,000 each to individual artists. Additionally, two $500 Student Awards of Excellence are given. These awards are intended to reward qualified artists with outstanding vision and are chosen by a guest curator from applications submitted by the artists.
The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition supports Oklahoma’s professional visual artists. These awards are intended to recognize past achievements and future promise and can be used as the artist’s needs require.
The Oklahoma Visual Arts Fellowships for $5,000 are open to resident Oklahoma artists working in all media. The two Student Awards of Excellence of $500 are open to Oklahoma graduate and undergraduate students. OVAC will produce a brochure about the award-winning artists, which will be sent to 500+ galleries and curators across the nation.
Applicants of both categories must be a current OVAC member. Contact Hayley Olson at with questions regarding membership.
The curator will consider the following criteria during the selection process:
the quality of the work as demonstrated by samples submitted with the application
the originality of vision as well as the technical expertise of the work
the record of professional activity and achievement as reflected in the resume.
The curator will also consider that the artist shows exceptional and ongoing artistic investigation.
Applications have opened!
2020 applications close April 30, 2020.
No late or incomplete applications will be processed. Violation of any of the terms of this agreement or of the application criteria will result in a rejection of an application, or if already awarded, rescission, or return, of all funds disbursed.
legal residents of Oklahoma
older than 21 years of age
Work samples submitted may not have been completed while under artistic instruction.
Recipients are expected to remain Oklahoma residents for full fellowship year.
Previous recipients of OVAC Visual Arts Fellowship are eligible three years after their award.
STUDENT AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
Graduate or undergraduate students in Oklahoma
Past Student Award of Excellence recipients are not eligible.