OVAC: Helping Artists Thrive in Oklahoma

Workshop Description:

An introduction to OVAC’s programs and services for artists, including grants, exhibition opportunities, skill-building workshops, resources and more.

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Facility Needs:

Space/electric for a laptop and projector.

More ARTiculate Speakers


Julia Kirt or Kelsey Karper

Speaker Bio:

As Executive Director since 1999, Julia Kirt has worked to create resources for rural, urban, emerging and experienced artists and transform Oklahoma’s valuation of artists. She was honored as the “Emerging Leader” by the Americans for the Arts in 2008 and participated in the 2009 Leadership Institute organized by the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation. Kirt completed an MA in Art History at the University of Oklahoma and earned a BA in Communication Studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.

Kelsey Karper is Associate Director of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. She serves as editor of OVAC’s bi-monthly publication Art Focus Oklahoma, working 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 in 2004 and continues her photographic work in historic and alternative processes.

Speaker Location:

Oklahoma City

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Speaker Fee:

Free. A donation to OVAC is appreciated.

Ready to book a speaker? Need help? Contact the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition at 405-879-2400 or publications@ovac-ok.org