OVAC COVID-19

Status

Updated: January 31, 2022

The OVAC office is currently open to the public, but masks are required. Please do not come to the office if you are experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms. We will continue to monitor the situation and will post any updates here.

If you have any questions regarding the information above, please contact our office at 405-879-2400.

Mission

Grow and develop Oklahoma's visual arts community through education, promotion, connection, and funding.

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) helps artists realize their potential through education, promotion, connection, and funding. Organized in 1988, OVAC is a non-profit organization that supports visual artists living and working in Oklahoma. OVAC promotes public interest in the arts and helps people of all ages understand the visual arts.

Our Values

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Art

provides

value

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Art ​is essential

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Art creates a positive economic impact

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Art raises the quality of life

Adopted in October 2019, our current strategic initiatives include focusing on the state by six defined regions through programming, board leadership, donors, and marketing. To see the full plan, click below.

Our Team

Our Interns

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Spring 2022 Intern
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Allison Demand

Allison Demand is a musician, arts advocate, and aspiring leader in the arts community. This Michigan native holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in music performance from Eastern Michigan University. Allison moved to Oklahoma City to pursue graduate degrees in both Instrumental Performance and Nonprofit Leadership with a specialization in Arts Administration. Upon graduation this spring, Allison will continue to be a strong advocate for the arts, prioritizing arts inclusivity and accessibility. She is so excited to be apart of the OVAC team and learn as much as possible about how to better support the arts.

Survival Kit

 

Board of Directors

Douglas Sorocco, President, OKC

Kirsten Olds, Vice President, Tulsa

Kyle Larson, Secretary, Alva

Diane Salamon, Treasurer, Tulsa

Jon Fisher, Parliamentarian, OKC

John Marshall, Past President, OKC
Matthew Anderson, Tahlequah
Marjorie Atwood, Tulsa

Barbara Gabel, OKC

Farooq Karim, OKC

Kathryn Kenney, Tulsa

Jacquelyn Knapp, Chickasha

Drew Knox, OKC

Heather Lunsford, OKC
Russ Teubner, Stillwater

Chris Winland, OKC

FY 2021 Meetings & Minutes

Zoom Meeting

FY 2022 Meetings & Minutes

ARTPSACE at Untitled | 1 NE 3rd St, OKC | 11am

Dunlap Codding | 609 W Sheridan Ave, OKC | 11am

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Zoom Meeting | 11am

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What We Do

To support artists on the business side of their practice, we offer educational opportunities through our Artist Survival Kit (ASK) series and resources. Additionally, we offer opportunities for artists to show their work through exhibitions and our online virtual gallery. We give funding to artists through our Grants for Artists and Fellowship Awards. Artists can also find calls for artists on our website and OK Artist Opportunities Facebook Group.

See: Programs, Resources, Membership, and Artist Gallery

For the Community

Through our exhibitions and our publication Art Focus Oklahoma, we connect the community to the visual arts in our state. Additionally, our OK Art Crawl and Tulsa Art Studio Tour provide ways for the community to meet local artists and learn about their work.

See: Programs  and Art Focus Oklahoma

For Educators

Alongside each of our exhibitions, we create a curriculum guide that teachers and parents can use with their students. We create a quarterly High School E-News for high school teachers and students that lists opportunities and events. Many educators also use our publication Art Focus Oklahoma in their classrooms.

See: Educator Resources, Programs, and Art Focus Oklahoma

For Artists

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Keri Smith
Programs & Exhibitions Manager

Keri is an Oklahoma native with an associate's degree in art from Northern Oklahoma College and a bachelor’s in art history from Arizona State University. She has broad professional experience in both the art and public sectors in Oklahoma having worked at the Museum of Osteology, Wine and Palette, OSU-OKC, and most recently as a preparator at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. As a student, Keri completed a study abroad in London and an internship with the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. She is also a practicing artist working primarily in painting and stained glass when she has time. Keri is looking forward to bringing Oklahoma artists and the creative community together through OVAC!

 

Contact for: Momentum, 24 Works on Paper, Tulsa Art Studio Tour, Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship

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Alexa was born and raised in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with degrees in fine art and art history. While she spent time working and interning in China and Italy after college, she ultimately realized there is no place like home. Since returning to Oklahoma she has been a high school educator, and most recently the Education Director for ARTSPACE at Untitled. In addition to her work in the non-profit sector, Alexa co-founded an annual international print exchange called Connect: Collect and is an avid printmaker. She is excited to be a part of the OVAC team and assist in the growth and development of Oklahoma’s visual arts community through education, promotion, connection, and funding!

 

Contact for: Art 365, Program Sponsorships, Corporate and Community Partnerships, 12x12 Art Fundraiser

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Alexa Goetzinger
Development Director

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Danielle Ezell is a jack of all trades, strategist and expert problem solver. Danielle has owned several businesses, served on the executive team of a multi-national corporation and headed multiple non-profit’s as both an Interim and Executive Director. Danielle has worked at every level of an organization. She has extensive experience managing cross-functional, enterprise-wide initiatives including quality programs, leadership development and succession planning efforts, compensation programs and product launches. Danielle is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and has her Accreditation in Public Relations. She earned her B.S. in Public Relations from Syracuse University and her M.B.A. from Oklahoma City University.

Contact for: Fiscal Sponsorships, Partnerships, Art Focus Oklahoma, Accessibility 

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Danielle Ezell
Interim Executive Director

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Aunj was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and moved to Edmond to pursue her BFA from the University of Central Oklahoma. Her emphasis of study was painting while in school and after her graduation in 2018 she developed her professional career as a Freelance Artist. In 2019 she moved back to Tulsa to work as a Communications & Operations Manager for a local business as well as join an artists collective called Black Moon. In 2020 she served as a Co-Chair for OVAC’s Momentum Planning Committee. The skills she developed through these experiences made her an ideal fit for the Grants & Outreach position. She is beyond excited to serve the artistic community of Oklahoma and looks forward to connecting with local artists, educators, and institutions.

 

Contact for: OVAC Grants, Thrive Grants, Partnerships, OK Art Crawl, Education, Fellowship Awards, and Art Crit Night

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OVAC Job Openings

We are not currently hiring for any positions

Click here for other ways to get involved.

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Fernando Calvillo
Membership and Marketing Manager

Fernando Calvillo holds a Master's Degree in Strategic Communication and Branding as well as a Bachelor's in Industrial Design. Fernando studied Trend Forecasting in Buenos Aires, Argentina as well as jewelry making. He used these skills to instruct jewelry making in Aguascalientes, Mexico for over five years. He moved on to serve as the Head of Department for Marketing, Design, and Promotion for the annual San Marcos National Fair, one of the largest festivals in Latin America. Later working as Director of the College of Creative Arts at the Cuauhtemoc University in Aguascalientes, Mexico, Fernando managed five major programs. 

Fernando's creative journey brought him to Oklahoma City as the Design and PR Manager for ARTSPACE at Untitled. He is a multidisciplinary artist, versed in jewelry design, ceramics, and digital graphic design.
Fernando is excited to join Oklahoma's rapidly growing arts community and looks forward to serving our members by sharing OVAC's resources.

Contact for: Virtual Artist Gallery, Photography Studio, Website, Calendar, OVAC Artist Marketplace, Artist Survival Kit

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Ariana Weir
Office Manager

Ariana was born and raised in Oklahoma City. She recently graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Visual Art with an emphasis in printmaking. During her time at OU she completed internships with OVAC as well as Artspace at Untitled to learn more about the Oklahoma art community. She currently spends her time working part-time at OVAC and Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center as well as continuing her artistic practice.

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