2018 Oklahoma Visual Arts Fellowships & Student Awards of Excellence

April 6, 2018

Fellowship | Artist Opportunities


The application is now open! The deadline to apply is April 30th, 2018 at 11:59pm. 

Each year, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition gives two awards of $5,000 each to individual artists. Additionally, two $500 Student Awards of Excellence are given.

These awards are intended to reward qualified artists with outstanding vision and are chosen by a guest curator from applications submitted by the artists.

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition supports Oklahoma’s professional visual artists. These awards are intended to recognize past achievement and future promise and can be used as the artist’s needs require.

Guest Curator, Mark Scala 

About the Curator

Mark Scala is the chief curator at the First Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, TN. His major exhibitions have focused on the subject of human vulnerability, complexity, and transformation in art from around the world. Phantom Bodies: The Human Aura in Art (2015) explored the subjects of loss and remembrance in contemporary art. Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination (2012) was an international survey on the theme of the hybrid body in folklore, science fiction, and genetic engineering. Paint Made Flesh (2009) was a compilation of expressionistic figure painting in the U.S., Germany, and Britain since World War II. Scala has also organized solo exhibitions on artists including Harmony Korine, Guido van der Werve, Inka Essenhigh, Gregory Barsamian, U-Ram Choe, Angelo Filomeno, Mike Hoolboom, Simen Johan, Tokihiro Sato, Ana Maria Tavares, and Camille Utterback. Scala is currently organizing Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century, an international survey of artists who convey a sense of anxiety and sublimity arising from the contemplation of an increasingly unstable social imaginary.

Before coming to the First Center, Scala was curator at the Art Museum of Western Virginia. He received his MA in art history in 1988 and MFA in painting in 1979, both from Virginia Commonwealth University. From 2008-2013, he held the position of senior guest lecturer at Vanderbilt University, teaching the course Sources of Contemporary Art. He has been a critic for The New Art Examiner, has been interviewed by Huffington Post, Modern Painters, and on NPR, and is a regular contributor to Nashville Arts Magazine. He has been a member of the Association of Art Museum Curators since 2001, and served on its board from 2010-2016.

Annual Criteria

The curator will consider the following criteria during the selection process: the quality of the work as demonstrated by samples submitted with the application; the originality of vision as well as technical expertise of the work; and the record of professional activity and achievement as reflected in the resume. The curator will also consider that the artist shows exceptional and ongoing artistic investigation.


Please make sure you have reviewed all of the guidelines before submitting your application!