Mission & Values

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.

Mission: Supporting Oklahoma’s visual arts and artists and their power to enrich communities.

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition believes:

  • art is essential,
  • Oklahoma artists are worthy of support,
  • Oklahoma artists can have vital and fulfilling careers,
  • every artist pursues a unique path,
  • artists and audiences flourish with opportunities to learn from one another.

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Enriching and Supporting the Lives of Artists

For 30 years the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) has helped artists throughout the state realize their potential through education, exposure and funding. OVAC promotes public interest in the arts and helps people of all ages understand the visual arts.

A non-profit organization, annually OVAC:

  • Serves more than 1,700 artists through education, funding, and exposure.
  • Connects audiences of more than 24,000 to art and artists.
  • Helps more than 3,500 youth through publications and public events.
  • Involves more than 275 volunteers assisting with projects.
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Krystle BrewerExecutive Director
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: Exhibitions and Programs, Exhibition Catalogs, Sponsorships and DonationsArt Focus OklahomaArt Review Oklahoma

Jarica WalshAssociate Director
Walsh is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma, receiving her BFA in Media Arts with an emphasis in Filmmaking. After graduation she completed an internship in arts administration with OVAC, and fell in love with the mission of serving visual artists statewide. Coming from a background in small business, Jarica is passionate about enabling artists to create thriving careers as entrepreneurs. She is also an active curator and artist, and maintains a studio in the Paseo Arts District.

Contact for: ASK Workshops, Artist Grants, Grants, Visual Arts Fellowships and Student Awards of Excellence

Sterling SmithPrograms & Events Manager
Sterling Smith graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2016 with a BA in Studio Art, focusing on ceramics. With a passion for the visual arts and arts administration, she completed an internship with OVAC prior to graduating. Since joining OVAC as staff in January 2017, Sterling spent a summer at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO, as the Development and Special Events Intern. As the Programs and Events Manager at OVAC, she organizes 12×12 Art Fundraiser, 24Works on Paper, Momentum Oklahoma, and Tulsa Art Studio Tour. In addition, Sterling continues her practice as a ceramicist.

Contact for: 12×12 Art Fundraiser, 24 Works on Paper, Momentum Oklahoma, Tulsa Art Studio Tour


Allison HixMarketing & Membership Coordinator
Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Allison Hix fell in love with Oklahoma while earning her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Oklahoma. Focusing on painting and photography while dabbling in some ceramics, she graduated in 2017. During her time at OU she worked as faculty for Norman Firehouse Art Center, stirring a love for the thriving Oklahoma art community. Passionate about serving Oklahoma artists statewide, Allison joined the OVAC team in October as the Marketing & Membership Coordinator. In her free time, you will surely find her with a camera or paint brush in hand.

Contact for: Media and Press inquiries, Virtual Artist Gallery, Membership, Volunteering, Internships

Photos were taken with the mural, “Abstract Passages”, by artist, Kristopher Kanaly. The mural can be found on the Santa Fe Railroad over Main Street in Oklahoma City.

Current Interns

Maddie Schmidt

Sam Smith

Megan Watson


Job Openings

We currently do not have any job openings.


Board of Directors

Marjorie Atwood
Bob Curtis, Oklahoma City
Gina Ellis, Oklahoma City, Treasurer
Hillary Farrell, Oklahoma City
Jon Fisher, Moore
Barbara Gabel
Susan Green, Tulsa, President
John Hammer, Claremore
Ariana Jakub, Tulsa
John Marshall, Oklahoma City
Travis Mason, Oklahoma City
Laura Massenat, Oklahoma City, Secretary
Michael Owens
Renee Porter, Norman
Amy Rockett-Todd, Tulsa
Douglas Sorocco, Oklahoma City,
Dana Templeton, Oklahoma City
Chris Winland, Oklahoma City
Dean Wyatt, Owasso
Jake Yunker, Oklahoma City

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