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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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About Us

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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Staff

Krystle Brewer
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:  Art 365, Art Focus, Art Review Oklahoma, Artist Grants, Concept, Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship

Audrey Gleason
Audrey GleasonPrograms & Events Coordinator
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

Lauren Fourcade
Lauren FourcadeMedia 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, Social Media, Photography Studio, Website

Hayley Olson
Hayley OlsonMembership and Outreach Coordinator
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

 

 

Current Interns
Zoe Bigby
Zoe BigbySummer Intern
Zoe is currently a senior at Oklahoma State University. She is earning her degree in English with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. With a passion for art and writing, Zoe seeks to make the most out of her summer internship with OVAC.

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

Susan Green, Tulsa
John Marshall, Oklahoma City, President
Laura Massenat, Oklahoma City, Secretary
Diane Salamon, Tulsa
Douglas Sorocco, Oklahoma City, Vice President
Chris Winland, Oklahoma City
Dean Wyatt, Owasso, Treasurer
Jake Yunker, Oklahoma City, Parliamentarian

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