Artist Forums

The Artist Forums series offers a chance for artists to connect with one another and share resources- we learn the most from each other. Each Forum is centered around a topic important to Oklahoma artists and led by either OVAC staff or individuals from the community.

Upcoming Forums:


Inclusion In Art


Join us Wednesday, May 16th from 5:30-7:30pm for a panel discussion on Inclusion In Art moderated by Christina Burke and including artists Narciso Argüelles, Anita Fields, Lawrence Naff, and Anh-Thuy Nguyen. In partnership with statewide organization Inclusion In Art, the discussion seeks to address issues of opportunities and inclusion among diverse communities in Oklahoma’s visual arts.


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About Inclusion In Art: Inclusion In Art is dedicated to promoting racial and cultural diversity in Oklahoma’s visual arts community. Through exhibitions, workshops, creative projects, and lectures, Inclusion in Art continues to support artists of color find the resources available to assist them with their artistic endeavors.

Narciso Argüelles, Visual Artist and Executive Director of Inclusion In Art

Anita Fields, Visual Artist

Lawrence Naff, Visual Artist

Anh-Thuy Nguyen, Visual Artist

Christina Burke, Curator of Native American & Non-Western Art, Philbrook Museum of Art

Past Forums: 


Opportunities for Female Artists Over 40

In response to a discussion in Artist Opportunities in OK, we are held a forum for Female Artists over 40. The forum was moderated by Alyson Atchison and Jarica Walsh, to include sharing of a resources and opportunities, and a panel discussion featuring Laura Warriner, Marilyn Artus, and Sue Moss Sullivan.

Presenting Your Work with Jennifer Scanlan

In this Artist Forum, Oklahoma Contemporary Curator Jennifer Scanlan went through some of the basics for presenting your work to curators and juries for exhibitions, grants, and residencies.

Topics covered:
the studio visit: What is it for and how should you prepare?
the website: Yes, it is absolutely necessary; How to create a website that works for you
the portfolio: Dos and don’ts
the cv: What are the necessary elements? How to use a cv to figure out the next step in your career
the dreaded artist statement: Explaining your work, clearly and concisely

Future Forums:

Check back soon for more information on this next forum!