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 28 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: Sponsorships and Donations, Exhibitions and Programs,  Artist Grants

Lauren ScarpelloAssociate Director
Scarpello became a resident of Oklahoma and joined the OVAC team in April 2015. She received her MA in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans, and has worked in non-profit arts organizations in New Orleans, Denver, and Omaha. As editor of OVAC’s quarterly publication Art Focus Oklahoma, she works to promote Oklahoma as a regional leader in the exhibition of art and the professional development of artists. She also manages all marketing and public relations for the organization.

Contact for: Art Focus Oklahoma, Art Review Oklahoma, Exhibition Catalogs, Media and Press Inquiries

Jarica WalshBusiness Manager
Walsh is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma, receiving her BFA in Art with an emphasis in Film. After graduation she completed an internship in arts administration with OVAC prior to joining the team. Having worked in business operations for many years, she is happy to put her talents to use in service of Oklahoma artists, a group she is passionate about supporting and promoting. She is also an active artist working in ceramics, and maintains a studio in the Paseo Arts District.

Contact for: 12×12 Art Fundraiser, Billing Inquiries

Sterling SmithPrograms Coordinator
Smith graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2016 with a BA in studio art, focusing on ceramics and a minor in art history. With a passion for the visual arts of Oklahoma, she completed an arts administration internship with OVAC prior to graduation. Smith joined Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition in January of 2017 as Programs Coordinator, where she organizes the programs Momentum OKC, Momentum Ada, and 24 Works on Paper. She is also a practicing ceramic artist.

Contact for: Momentum OKC and Momentum Ada, 24 Works on Paper, ASK Workshops, Tulsa Art Studio Tour

Mariah AddisMembership Assistant
Addis is a senior at the University of Central Oklahoma working toward her BFA with an emphasis in ceramics.  She is an active member of the arts community and serves as co-president of the University of Central Oklahoma Student Art Association.  Addis joined Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition in February of 2017 as Membership Assistant, where she maintains membership records and the online virtual artist gallery, supervises Art Focus Oklahoma distribution, and assists with special events.

Contact for: Virtual Artist Gallery, Membership


Current Interns

We do not currently have any interns.


Board of Directors

Ariana Jakub Brandes, Tulsa
Bob Curtis, Oklahoma City
Gina Ellis, Oklahoma City, Treasurer
Hillary Farrell, Oklahoma City
Jon Fisher, Moore
Susan Green, Tulsa, President
John Hammer, Claremore
Michael Hoffner, Oklahoma City, Secretary
John Marshall, Oklahoma City
Travis Mason, Oklahoma City
Laura Massenat, Oklahoma City
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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