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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 25 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 19,000 to art and artists.
  • Helps more than 1,400 youth through publications and public events.
  • Involves more than 240 volunteers assisting with projects.
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Staff

Kelsey Karper
Kelsey KarperInterim Director
Karper came to the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition in 2006. As editor of OVAC’s bi-monthly publication Art Focus Oklahoma, she works to promote the art and artists of Oklahoma and to develop audience interest in the arts. Karper also organizes OVAC’s Artist Survival Kit program, offering professional development for artists all over the state. She manages all marketing and public relations for the organization. Karper received her BFA in Photographic Arts from the University of Central Oklahoma and continues her photographic work in historic and alternative processes.

Contact for: Art Focus Oklahoma, Artist Survival Kit, Media Inquiries, Exhibitions, Sponsorship & Donations

Laura Reese
Laura ReeseEvent Coordinator

Laura Reese joined the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition as Event Coordinator in 2013. Reese helps organize Momentum in OKC and Tulsa, the Tulsa Art Studio Tour, and the Annual 12×12 Fundraiser. She also compiles OVAC’s High School Resource Guide and E-Newsletter and writes for Art Focus Oklahoma. She has served as a previous intern with OVAC, and was selected as the Emerging Curator for Momentum Tulsa in 2012. Reese received her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Oklahoma, where she served as president of the Print Club. Also an active curator and writer, she ministers to the general public with art and education.

Contact for: 12×12 Art Fundraiser, Momentum, Tulsa Art Studio Tour,  Artist Grants, Exhibitions, Volunteering & Internships

Stephanie Ruggles Winter
Stephanie Ruggles WinterAccounts Supervisor
Winter came to the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition in 2001. Winter manages accounts, financials and memberships, consolidates artist opportunities, and works on creative efforts to increase membership and outreach.  She received her BFA in Graphic Arts from the University of Central Oklahoma and continues her own artistic pursuits in mixed media and painting.

Contact for: Membership, Billing Inquiries

Romy OwensInterim Office Manager

Contact for: General Inquiries, OVAC Events Calendar, OVAC Artist Gallery

 

Current Interns
  • Randall Barnes
  • Lexi Dickens
  • Emily Steele

Board of Directors

Shelley Cadamy, Tulsa
Bob Curtis, Oklahoma City
Gina Ellis, Oklahoma City
Hillary Farrell, Oklahoma City
Jean Ann Fausser, Tulsa, Board President
Jon Fisher, Moore
Titi Fitzsimmons, MD, Oklahoma City
Joey Frisillo, Sand Springs
Susan Green, Tulsa
Janet Shipley Hawks, Tulsa
Michael Hoffner, Oklahoma City
Ariana Jakub, Tulsa
Stephen Kovash, Oklahoma City
Travis Mason, Oklahoma City
Suzanne Mitchell, Norman
Renee Porter, Norman, Board Vice President
Christian Trimble, Edmond
Margo von Schlageter, MD, Edmond, Board Treasurer
Eric Wright, El Reno
Dean Wyatt, Owasso

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