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 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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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: Sponsorships and Donations, Art 365, Art Focus, Art Review Oklahoma

Jarica Walsh
Jarica WalshAssociate Director
Walsh is a graduate of The University of Oklahoma, receiving her BFA in Media Arts with an emphasis in Filmmaking. She is a visual artist working primarily in ceramics, as well as an active curator. Walsh is a Fellow of Artist INC OKC, and a graduate of Oklahoma Arts Council’s Leadership Arts Class X. She was born in Pawhuska and is a proud member of the Osage Nation. She lives and works in Oklahoma City, maintaining a ceramics studio with her husband Tim in the Paseo Arts District.

Contact for: ASK Workshops, Office Hours, & Artist Forums, Artist Grants, Concept, Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship

Sterling Smith
Sterling SmithPrograms & Events Manager
Sterling graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2016 with a BA in studio art, focusing on ceramics. With a passion for the visual arts of Oklahoma, she completed an arts administration internship with Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition prior to graduation. Smith joined OVAC in January of 2017. As Programs and Events Manager, she organizes the 12×12 Art Fundraiser, 24 Works on Paper, Momentum, and Tulsa Art Studio Tour. She is also a practicing studio potter.

Contact for: Momentum, 24 Works on Paper, Tulsa Art Studio Tour, 12×12 Art Fundraiser

Allison Hix
Allison HixMarketing & Membership Coordinator
Hix is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where she received her BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Painting and Photography.While attending OU she worked as faculty for the Norman Firehouse Art Center where her passion for the Oklahoma arts community grew. Hix joined OVAC in October 2017. She is inspired to dedicate her time to the community and its growth through OVAC.

Contact for: Media and Press Inquiries, Virtual Artist Gallery, Membership, Volunteering, Internships, Billing Inquiries


Staff Headshots were taken by photographer, Alix Yaw.

The mural, “Abstract Passages” designed by artist, Kris Kanaly. The mural can be found on the Santa Fe Railroad bridge over Main St. heading into Bricktown in Oklahoma City.


Current Interns

Samantha Rhodes, Sallisaw, OK

Lauren Fourcade, Noble, OK

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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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