Update: May 28, 2021
The OVAC office is now open to the public but masks are required for the safety of our friends, interns, and staff members, 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.
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.
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.
Fall 2021 internship applications are open!
(405) 879-2400 Ext. 5
Piper Prolago is OVAC’s 2021 summer intern! She is a rising senior from Wichita, Kansas studying art history and anthropology. She moved to Oklahoma in 2018 to attend the University of Tulsa, where she also works as the managing editor of TU’s student-run newspaper. She is passionate about storytelling through the arts and hopes to help cultivate inclusive spaces for creators to express themselves and share their experiences. To do this, she has also worked with the Oklahoma City Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, the Greenwood Art Project, the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, and been a John Lewis Fellow with Humanity in Action.
Summer 2021 Intern
Board of Directors
Matthew Anderson, Tahlequah
Marjorie Atwood, Tulsa
Jon Fisher, Parliamentarian, OKC
Barbara Gabel, OKC
Farooq Karim, OKC
Kathryn Kenney, Tulsa
Jacquelyn Knapp, Chickasha
Drew Knox, OKC
Kyle Larson, Secretary, Alva
Heather Lunsford, OKC
John Marshall, OKC
Kirsten Olds, Vice President, Tulsa
Diane Salamon, Treasurer, Tulsa
Douglas Sorocco, President, OKC
Russ Teubner, Stillwater
Chris Winland, OKC
FY 2021 Meetings & Minutes
FY 2022 Meetings & Minutes
ARTPSACE at Untitled | 1 NE 3rd St, OKC | 11am
Location TBA | 11am
Zoom Meeting | 11am
Zoom Meeting | 11am
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.
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.
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.
Membership & Marketing Manager
Emily is a graduate of Oklahoma Christian University where she earned a degree in marketing with a technology-mediated emphasis, as well as a minor in biology. During her time at OC, she spent a semester abroad which helped further develop her love of art and culture. She has completed internships in marketing and design and first became familiar with OVAC as an intern her senior year of college. She has loved the organization ever since this experience. Emily is passionate about helping create a space where others can thrive and step fully into who they were made to be. She is thrilled to be serving the creative community through the work that OVAC is doing!
Contact for: Virtual Artist Gallery, Photography Studio, Website, Calendar, OVAC Artist Marketplace, Artist Survival Kit
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Media & Programs Assistant
Lauren is a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a major in Creative Media Production and a minor in Film and Media Studies. She was introduced to OVAC as an intern her sophomore year and joined the team part-time right after. As a student, she balanced her time between OVAC and her position as the Lead Video Editor with Gaylord Hall Productions, where she shot and edited videos for both local and national clients. Her goal now is to use her skills to help enhance the art community within her home state of Oklahoma.
Contact for: Virtual Artist Gallery, Photography Studio, Website, Calendar, OVAC Artist Marketplace
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Programs & Events Manager
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
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: Marketing, Art 365, Art Focus, Concept, OK Art Crawl, Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship
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Krystle joined the OVAC team in June 2017 and holds a BFA in studio art from Oklahoma City University as well as 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 Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma State University Museum of Art in Stillwater, and 108|Contemporary in Tulsa. In addition to her work in arts administration, she is an active artist, curator, arts writer, and arts advocate because she believes in the power of artists to transform communities.
Contact for: Sponsorships, Fiscal Sponsorships, Partnerships, Art Focus Oklahoma, Accessibility
(405) 879-2400 Ext. 6
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
Grants & Outreach 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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