• OVAC Annual Artist Survey 2016 – Report: State of Artists

OVAC Annual Artist Survey 2016 – Report: State of Artists

Each year, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition surveys artists who have participated in our programs in some way over the previous three years. This annual survey gives us a snapshot of where Oklahoma artists are in their careers and practice, and tells us how OVAC has helped them reach their goals. The survey is in its fifth year and you […]

  • Intrigue and Impressions: 25 Years of Printmaking

Intrigue and Impressions: 25 Years of Printmaking

Editor’s note: This week’s guest bloggers are Candace Gilstrap, Aaron Moses, and Jessica Provencher–graduate students at Oklahoma State University and the curators of Intrigue and Impressions: 25 Years of Printmaking. In this post, they talk a little bit about their experience curating the exhibition, as well as an overview of what we can expect.

Intrigue and Impression: 25 Years of Printmaking is the […]

  • Oklahoma Visual Arts Fellowships and Student Awards of Excellence 2016

Oklahoma Visual Arts Fellowships and Student Awards of Excellence 2016

As an undergraduate, I sat through countless art history classes, cocooned in a darkened room and lulled by the hum of the slide projector, as a professor clicked from one image to the next. As intellectually-stimulating as those classes were, they could never compete with seeing the real thing. Screen-mediated art consumption is tricky and ultimately unfulfilling, yet it […]

  • Julie Clark Unearths The Art & Soul of a City

Julie Clark Unearths The Art & Soul of a City

Editor’s note: This week, guest blogger Julie Clark shares her connection to Tulsa’s architectural gem, Will Rogers College High School. Clark is one of the featured artists on the 2016 Tulsa Art Studio Tour. For more information on how you can get a look inside her studio on the Tour, visit: www.TulsaArtStudioTour.org

As a visual artist and educator I think of […]

  • Using Rejection as a Learning Experience

Using Rejection as a Learning Experience

Editor’s note: This week, guest blogger Randall Barnes looks back at how a past rejection helped him grow as an artist.

Rejection, that fickle mate of acceptance. When it comes early, it can feel huge and crushing—deterring even. Other times it pushes us to be better, focus, or make us try something new.

The first time I felt a serious rejection was the […]

  • 15 Years of Momentum: Looking Back

15 Years of Momentum: Looking Back

Editor’s note: This week guest blogger Kristen Vails Gilpin looks back on her fondest Momentum memories. For more information on Momentum, visit www.MomentumOklahoma.org.

My first Momentum experience was in 2005 in a triangle shaped building just east of Downtown OKC. I was in art school at OU, and had heard about the event and wanted to check it out. I […]

  • The Collaborative Works of Margaret & Scott Aycock

The Collaborative Works of Margaret & Scott Aycock

This guest post by Margaret Aycock is an insight into her collaborative process with her husband Scott.

As a married couple, Scott and I have lived and worked together for over 35 years.  In the past our projects involved fun stuff like rehabbing old houses, laying wood floors, hanging wall paper, putting cabinets together, tiling bathrooms etc…. stuff that was […]

  • Access, History and Identity: the work of Mandy Messina

Access, History and Identity: the work of Mandy Messina

“A funny story about access:,” says artist Mandy Messina, “Once a fellow South African friend bought tickets to Japan with her American partner, and at the check in desk at the airport they were flying out of, the clerk asked her where her visa was. At this moment reality flooded back: she had forgotten that she and her partner […]

  • Public Narrative: Story of Self, Us & Now

Public Narrative: Story of Self, Us & Now

By: Kyle Cohlmia
Editor’s note: Kyle Cohlmia is a 2015 Fellow in OVAC’s Oklahoma Art Writing and Curatorial Fellowship program. This writing was completed as a part of the program. The following supports an upcoming exhibition that was curated by fellows in the program, details of which are outlined below.

Everyone has a narrative. As humans, our narrative is ever-changing: we add […]

  • New Voices: Tulsa Artist Fellowship

New Voices: Tulsa Artist Fellowship

Amidst the backdrop of scenic landscapes and rich heritage, the Oklahoma art scene continues to grow and change with exciting new opportunities. Oklahomans know this. How do we get the rest of the world to see Oklahoma as the cultural hub we know it to be?

One answer is the Tulsa Artist Fellowship (TAF). Organized by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, […]

  • Then and Now: 15 Years of Momentum

Then and Now: 15 Years of Momentum

This year we celebrate 15 years of Momentum, an exhibition for artists 30 and younger throughout the state. A lot has changed in 15 years, and we’d like to look back at the history of this program and where it has gone.

In 2001 OVAC had a brainstorm meeting with arts community professionals to look at the state of the […]

  • Laura Reese’s Top 10 Art Experiences of 2015

Laura Reese’s Top 10 Art Experiences of 2015

Last year was a blast, and though I can say that about every year at OVAC, 2015 was quite the year for me. The last year was imbued with a lot of change, allowing for new opportunities and projects to unfold. I was able to attend and be a part of a variety of amazing art programs & events. […]

  • OVAC Grant Recipient Chris Ramsay

OVAC Grant Recipient Chris Ramsay

Below is a profile of one of our recent grant recipients. Our next Artist Grant deadline is January 15, 5pm. Artists can apply in 4 categories for up to $1,500 in funds. More information at www.ovacgrants.org

Chris Ramsay was awarded the opportunity to be an Artist-in-Residence at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon for two weeks in the fall of 2015.  Chris will […]

  • OVAC Intern Profile: Jasmine Jones

OVAC Intern Profile: Jasmine Jones

Working alongside OVAC staff, interns are exposed to the daily management of an artist service organization and gain access to the people, events and resources of the state’s arts community and OVAC. Interns assist in OVAC’s daily operation, carrying out administrative, technical and research duties, as well as special projects. Today, we feature our fall 2015 intern Jasmine Jones. […]

  • OVAC Artist Gallery Profile: Cynthia Brown

OVAC Artist Gallery Profile: Cynthia Brown

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition hosts the virtual Artist Gallery for members to show their work. With more artists unveiled all the time, the OVAC Artist Gallery is an excellent resource for anyone seeking artists for exhibitions, commissions, public art, or special projects. OVAC drives traffic to the site, and many artists have received commissions and exhibition opportunities via the OVAC Artist Gallery.

As […]