12×12 Art Fundraiser

The 12×12 Art Fundraiser raises funds for all of OVAC’s programs, making Oklahoma a place where visual artists thrive and contribute fully to their communities.

We always encourage our artists to support OVAC’s mission and join as members. Membership provides artists with a virtual gallery page on OVAC’s online Artist Gallery, a subscription to ArtFocus Oklahoma, access to our exclusive Members Only Facebook Group, first opportunity to sign up for ASK programs, discounts to partner organizations’ services, and many other benefits for artists.

Join us for this year’s 12×12 Art Fundraiser benefitting the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition on September 20, 2019 at 50 Penn Place, 1900 NW Expressway, OKC!

Sponsor Preview Hour: 6:00 pm
Opens to the public: 7:00 pm
Bids close: 9:30 pm

The 12×12 fuses 175 of Oklahoma’s finest artists with local restaurants and live music to create a memorable one-night-only event.

For 12×12, each artist must create a work that conforms to the dimensions of twelve-by-twelve inches. The artwork is sold in a surprising silent and blind auction, meaning bidders will not know what others have bid. Bids for each piece begin at $175. Collectors who fear losing a piece of art in the auction may “Buy It Now” to trump the auction. Attendees may also purchase $5 chances to win prize packages!

How are 12×12 funds used? View our fact sheet here.


Pre-Sale Ticket Sales have ended, but you can get your ticket at the door with cash, check, or card for $35!

Advance tickets are available for purchase for $30 until September 12th at 11:30pm. After that time, tickets can be purchased at the door for $35 via cash, card, or check made out to OVAC.


We love volunteers!

All volunteers receive one FREE ticket to 12×12 Art Fundraiser. We need your help with the Tulsa Patron Preview Party on September 6th and the OKC Patron Preview Party on September 12th. We also need your help installing the exhibition, and of course, at the 12×12 Art Fundraiser on September 20th!

Become a 12x12 Sponsor
Participating Artists
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12x12 Sponsors

12×12 artists are selected by a volunteer 12×12 Art Committee in the early summer. Artists who sell in the previous year are automatically invited back. The number of new artist invitations is determined by how many artists did and did not sell in the previous year, and whether or not the committee believes we can accommodate an increase in number of total artworks (based on venue size). In 2015, we were very proud to increase the number of artists served from 150 to 175, which opened up more new invitations.

New artists are voted on by committee members. As it is OVAC’s only annual fundraiser, the selection process is highly competitive. The 12×12 committee strives to represent a wide variety of artists statewide in this exhibition, keeping in tune with OVAC’s mission.

The committee often refers to the OVAC online gallery for potential artists. We encourage those interested in 12×12 to join as OVAC Members and put artwork up on the virtual gallery for potential consideration by our committee. However, OVAC membership and online gallery presence is not a requirement for 12×12 artists. If you are interested in being considered for participation in 12×12 or have suggestions for the committee, please email audrey@ovac-ok.org.


Upcoming Events

Tulsa 12×12 Preview Exhibition
Sep 5th to Sep 14th from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

First Friday: Tulsa 12×12 Preview Exhibition
Sep 6th to Sep 6th from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

OKC 12×12 Preview Exhibition
Sep 9th to Sep 15th from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Oklahoma City

12×12 Art Fundraiser
Sep 20th to Sep 20th from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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12×12 2019 Artwork

Click here to view a gallery of this year’s artwork!

12×12 2018 Artwork

12×12 2016 Artwork

12×12 2015 Artwork