OVAC COVID-19

Status

Beginning June 1st, OVAC staff will return to the office after following CDC and local government's work from home advisories. Approved by OVAC's board of directors on May 18th, staff will follow the policies in accordance with guidelines provided by the Oklahoma Arts Council, the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, and the Oklahoma Museums Association.

If you need to visit our office, please schedule an appointment with our staff through their contact information provided below. All visitors are required to abide by social distancing standards including proper PPE use. 

Please note our visitors' policy:

 

  • All meetings that involve non-staff members must be conducted via Zoom or a similar platform.

  • All visitors to the office make an appointment to ensure only one non-staff visitor is in the office at a time.

  • All visitors will be listed in a digital log for contact tracing purposes. The staff person who is meeting with the visitor is responsible for filling out the log.

  • Visitors are asked to abide by social distancing standards and to wear a mask in the office. If visitors do not have their own mask, one will be provided for them.

 

Please view OVAC's complete office policy below.

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

Art

provides

value

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.

Our Team

Krystle Brewer
Executive Director

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. 4

Alexa Goetzinger
Associate Director

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

(405) 879-2400 Ex. 3

Audrey Kominski
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

Hayley Olson
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 is passionate about 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

Lauren Fourcade
Media and Programs Assistant

Lauren is a senior 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

Our Interns

Chanté Sexton
Arts Administration Intern

Chanté is a senior at the University of Oklahoma currently earning her degree in Public Relations with a minor in French. Originally from Houston, TX, Chanté has been more than happy to call Oklahoma her home for the past three years. Her ultimate goal is to establish healthy relations between community and organization through strategic communications and event planning. She's passionate about the nonprofit world and making the arts more accessible and visible. 

(405) 879-2400 Ext. 0

Isabel is a senior at the University of Oklahoma and is currently working towards a BFA in studio art with an emphasis in painting and a minor in art history. She has spent many summers working as a studio assistant at Oklahoma Contemporary. Isabel would someday like to work in a gallery or museum setting as an education coordinator in addition to working as a professional artist. She joined OVAC for the fall semester internship and is excited to contribute to the arts community of Oklahoma. 

Arts Administration Intern
Isabel Stogner

(405) 879-2400 Ext. 0

Interested in being an OVAC intern? Check back for our Spring application later this Fall.

OVAC Job Openings

No current openings. Click here for other ways to get involved.

 

Board of Directors

Susan Agee, Pauls Valley
Marjorie Atwood, Tulsa
Bob Curtis, OKC
Jon Fisher, Parliamentarian, OKC
Barbara Gabel, OKC
Anna Inhofe, Tulsa
Farooq Karim, OKC
Kathryn Kenney, Tulsa
Drew Knox, OKC

Kyle Larson, Secretary, Alva
Heather Lunsford, OKC
John Marshall, OKC
Laura Massenat, OKC
Kirsten Olds, Vice President, Tulsa
Chris “Sker” Rogers, Tulsa
Diane Salamon, Treasurer, Tulsa
Douglas Sorocco, President, OKC
Chris Winland, OKC

FY 2020 Meetings & Minutes

Artspace at Untitled | 1 NE 3rd St, OKC | 12pm

Ahha Tulsa | 101 E Archer St, Tulsa | 11am

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

Philbrook Museum of Art | 2727 S Rockford Rd, Tulsa | 11am

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

FY 2021 Meetings & Minutes

TCC Center for Creativity | 910 S Boston Ave, Tulsa | 11am

The Vault Art Space & Gathering Place | 111 E Paul Ave, Pauls Valley | 11am

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

Location TBA | Tulsa

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

What We Do

For Artists

For Educators

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

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: Programs  and Art Focus Oklahoma

Through this triennial exhibition, audiences can investigate current art in Oklahoma.

Concept has two different exhibition components consisting of work that was competitively selected by guest curator, Heather Pesanti. The Survey component will contain 27 pieces from 27 visual artists from all over Oklahoma. The Focus component spotlights eight artists who received funding and guidance to pursue ambitious, original projects that will be exhibited for the first time through Concept.

Participating artists will be encouraged to lead educational opportunities engaging the public through programs such as workshops, lectures, discussion, critiques, tours, online forums, and other creative ideas.

 

Concept will open at ahha in Tulsa on February 7, 2020

Following the closing of Concept on March 22nd in Tulsa, the eight Focus artists will go to Wichita, Kansas to show their work through a partnership with Harvester Arts. The Kansas exhibition will be on display September 4 - October 16, 2020.

Through this triennial exhibition, audiences can investigate current art in Oklahoma.

Concept has two different exhibition components consisting of work that was competitively selected by guest curator, Heather Pesanti. The Survey component will contain 27 pieces from 27 visual artists from all over Oklahoma. The Focus component spotlights eight artists who received funding and guidance to pursue ambitious, original projects that will be exhibited for the first time through Concept.

Participating artists will be encouraged to lead educational opportunities engaging the public through programs such as workshops, lectures, discussion, critiques, tours, online forums, and other creative ideas.

 

Concept will open at ahha in Tulsa on February 7, 2020

Following the closing of Concept on March 22nd in Tulsa, the eight Focus artists will go to Wichita, Kansas to show their work through a partnership with Harvester Arts. The Kansas exhibition will be on display September 4 - October 16, 2020.

Through this triennial exhibition, audiences can investigate current art in Oklahoma.

Concept has two different exhibition components consisting of work that was competitively selected by guest curator, Heather Pesanti. The Survey component will contain 27 pieces from 27 visual artists from all over Oklahoma. The Focus component spotlights eight artists who received funding and guidance to pursue ambitious, original projects that will be exhibited for the first time through Concept.

Participating artists will be encouraged to lead educational opportunities engaging the public through programs such as workshops, lectures, discussion, critiques, tours, online forums, and other creative ideas.

 

Concept will open at ahha in Tulsa on February 7, 2020

Following the closing of Concept on March 22nd in Tulsa, the eight Focus artists will go to Wichita, Kansas to show their work through a partnership with Harvester Arts. The Kansas exhibition will be on display September 4 - October 16, 2020.

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition

1720 N. Shartel Ave. Suite B

Oklahoma City, OK 73103

(405)879-2400

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