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Marissa Childers, Salt and Pepper Puffs, 2022

Stoneware, Soda Fired

OVAC Fellowship and Student Fellowship Awards

Each year, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition gives two awards of $5,000 each to individual artists. Additionally, two $500 Student Fellowship Awards 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. The funds can be used as the artist’s needs require. 

The two Oklahoma Visual Arts Fellowships for $5,000 each are open to resident Oklahoma artists working in all media. The two Student Fellowship Awards of $500 each 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.

Questions are encouraged! Contact for help with your application.

Annual Criteria

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.

2022 Recipients


2022 Applications are currently closed.


The OVAC Fellowship and Student Fellowship Awards are an incredible opportunity to receive unrestricted funding for your art practice. We encourage artists to apply every year, as new curators bring new eyes to each round of applicants. For questions about how to put your best application forward, contact



  • Legal residents of Oklahoma

  • Not students

  • 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.

  • Must be a current member of OVAC


Graduate or undergraduate students in Oklahoma, including seniors graduating in May 2021

  • Any age 

  • Past Student Award of Excellence recipients are not eligible.

  • Must be a current member of OVAC

2022 Guest Curator


2021 Fellowship Interviews

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