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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 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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Staff

Lauren ScarpelloInterim 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 bi-monthly 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: Sponsorships and Donations, Exhibitions and Programs,  Artist Grants, Art Focus Oklahoma, Art Review Oklahoma, Exhibition Catalogs, Media and Press Inquiries

Jarica WalshAccounts Supervisor
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

Mariah AddisMembership Assistant
Bio coming soon!

Contact for: Virtual Artist Gallery, Membership

 

Current Interns
Makenzie Stanley

 

Board of Directors

Ariana Jakub Brandes, Tulsa
Bryon Chambers, Oklahoma City
Bob Curtis, Oklahoma City
Gina Ellis, Oklahoma City, Treasurer
Hillary Farrell, Oklahoma City
Jon Fisher, Moore
TiTi Fitzsimmons, MD, Oklahoma City
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,
Parliamentarian
Dana Templeton, Oklahoma City
Chris Winland, Oklahoma City
Dean Wyatt, Owasso
Jake Yunker, Oklahoma City

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