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, exposure, 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.
Art is essential
Art creates a positive economic impact
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.
Joining the OVAC team in June 2017, Krystle Brewer holds a BFA in studio art from Oklahoma City University and an MA in art history from Oklahoma State University. She began her career in art administration as an intern at OVAC and since has worked for the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art in Stillwater, OK and 108|Contemporary in Tulsa, OK. In addition to her work in administration, she is an active artist, arts writer, and arts advocate
Contact for: Sponsorships, Fiscal Sponsorships, Partnerships, Art Focus Oklahoma
(405)879-2400 Ext. 4
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 join the OVAC team and assist in the growth and development of Oklahoma’s visual arts community through education, promotion, connection, and funding!
Contact for: Marketing, Art 365, Art Focus, Concept, Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship
(405)879-2400 Ex. 3
Programs & Events
Audrey is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, where she received her BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in printmaking and mixed media. During her time at OSU, she completed internships with Imagine That! Kansas City, the OSU Museum of Art, and Universal Limited Art Editions in New York. Audrey joined OVAC shortly after graduating in May 2019. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve Oklahoma’s creative community through OVAC.
Contact for: Momentum, 24 Works on Paper, Tulsa Art Studio Tour, 12×12 Art Fundraiser
(405)879-2400 Ext. 2
Membership and Outreach
Born and raised in Oklahoma, Hayley Olson began her career in the arts after receiving her BA in Art History from the University of Oklahoma. Following her studies, Hayley completed internships with the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, and the Oklahoma Arts Council. In addition, she spent two years working at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum, home of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. She has recently returned home to Oklahoma after completing her MA in Art History from American University in Washington, D.C. Hayley looks forward to serving Oklahoma artists and the greater arts community with the OVAC team.
Contact for: Membership, Volunteering, Internships, ASK Workshops, Office Hours, & Artist Forums
(405)879-2400 Ext. 1
Media and Programs Assistant
Lauren is a junior at the University of Oklahoma currently earning her degree in Creative Media Production with a minor in Film and Media Studies. She joined OVAC as an intern during her sophomore year, and now balances her time between OVAC and her position as a video editor with Gaylord Hall Productions. She loves playing a role in enhancing the art community in Oklahoma.
Contact for: Virtual Artist Gallery, Photography Studio, Website, Calendar
(405)879-2400 Ex. 5
Board of Directors
Susan Agee, Pauls Valley
Marjorie Atwood, Tulsa
Bob Curtis, Oklahoma City
Gina Ellis, Oklahoma City
Jon Fisher, Oklahoma City
Barbara Gabel, Oklahoma City
Saiyida Gardezi, Oklahoma City, Treasurer
Susan Green, Tulsa
Drew Knox, Oklahoma City
Kyle Larson, Alva
John Marshall, Oklahoma City, President
Travis Mason, Oklahoma City
Laura Massenat, Oklahoma City
Kirsten Olds, Tulsa
Diane Salamon, Tulsa, Secretary
Douglas Sorocco, Oklahoma City, Vice President
Chris Winland, Oklahoma City
Ricco Wright, Tulsa
Dean Wyatt, Owasso
Jake Yunker, Oklahoma City, Parliamentarian