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 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, Art Focus Oklahoma, Art Review Oklahoma, Exhibition Catalogs, Media and Press Inquiries, Virtual Artist Gallery, Membership

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, Grants, Visual Arts Fellowships and Student Awards of Excellence

Sterling SmithEvents & Programs Manager
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: 12×12 Art Fundraiser, Momentum Oklahoma, 24 Works on Paper, Tulsa Art Studio Tour


Current Interns

Logan Banfield

Martin Lopez

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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