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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Fall 2022 Intern
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Justin Jayne

Justin was born and raised in Edmond, Oklahoma. He recently graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Creative Media Production from the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is a filmmaker, writer, and freelance videographer and graphic designer but has an interest in any and all forms of artistry. Justin can't wait to get in touch with the local art community in his home state and help OVAC continue to shine a light on the best that Oklahoma has to offer.

 

Board of Directors

Kirsten Olds, President, Tulsa 
Diane Salamon, Treasurer, Tulsa 
Jon Fisher, Secretary, OKC 
Jacquelyn Knapp, Parliamentarian, Chickasha 
Douglas Sorocco, Past President, OKC 
Matthew Anderson, Tahlequah 
Marjorie Atwood, Tulsa 

Barbara Gabel, OKC 
Farooq Karim, OKC 
Kathryn Kenney, Tulsa 
Drew Knox, OKC 
Heather Lunsford, OKC 
John Marshall, 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

Zoom Meeting | 11am

Zoom Meeting | 11am

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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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OVAC Job Openings

At this time we do not have any available job openings. Be sure to follow our social media pages and keep checking back for future opportunities.

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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
Administrative & Artist Relations  Manager

Ariana was born and raised in Oklahoma City. She 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 at OVAC and continuing her artistic practice.

Contact for: Art Crit Night, Grants for Artists, Thrive

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Rebecca Kinslow has over 20 years of experience as an arts leader specializing in event-planning, marketing, community development, grantmaking, program management and organizational development in the non-profit, higher education and government sectors.  

Rebecca has led the development and oversight of programs, partnerships, financial investments and cultural and racial equity strategies designed to support stronger arts & cultural organizations. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Cameron University, and an Executive Certificate in Arts & Cultural Strategy and Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership from University of Pennsylvania.  She has served on Americans for the Arts’ County Arts Network and Equitable Investments Advisory Committee, the Create Justice Network Peer Learning Action Group, the Program Advisory Committee for the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville, the Government Alliance for Racial Equity Arts Workgroup, and as a board member of the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra.

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

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Rebecca Kinslow
Executive Director

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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 th