Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship

In 2012 and 2010, the Oklahoma Art Writing and Curatorial Fellowship brought together emerging writers and curators from the region with national curators, scholars and critics.

The Fellowship offered each participant the opportunity to cultivate skills and knowledge through public lectures and intimate, hands-on workshops. A cohort of 12 Fellows was selected for each year-long program from an open call for applications in the region. They worked with Mentors with varied expertise and career methodologies. The Mentors also presented their work to the general public on topical panels.

OVAC partnered with the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and the School of Art and Art History at the University of Oklahoma for the program and the Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art hosted one program day.

OVAC anticipates offering the program again and is planning for a 2015 installment which will be announced in 2014.

2012 Mentors:

Elizabeth Dunbar, Executive Director of Diverseworks Art Space, Houston, TX.

Shannon Fitzgerald, (Program Lead Mentor), Executive Director, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN; writer and curator.

Sylvie Fortin, independent curator, writer, and editor.

Sherri Irvin (PhD, Princeton), Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK and Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art Editor of the journal Philosophy Compass.

Nancy Marie Mithlo (PhD, Stanford), Associate Professor, Department of Art History and American Indian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, WI.

Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie, (PhD, Northwestern), Associate Professor of Art History, History of Art and Architecture Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA.

David Pagel, Art Critic, Los Angeles Times, Chair, Art Department at Claremont Graduate University, Los Angeles, CA.

Dana Turkovic, Curator of Exhibitions & Collections at Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis and co-Founder and co-Director of Isolation Room/Gallery Kit, St. Louis, MO.

Gregory Volk, Art Critic, Curator, Writer, and Associate Professor in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.

Hamza Walker, Director of Education and Associate Curator for The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago and faculty at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, IL.

2012 Fellows:

Jennifer Barron, Oklahoma City, OK

Theresa Bembnister, Kansas City, MO

Netha Cloeter, Norman, OK

Erinn Gavaghan, Oklahoma City, OK

Cory Imig, Kansas City, MO

Emily Newman, McKinney, TX

Kristen Olds, Tulsa, OK

Blair Schulman, Kansas City, MO

Amber Sharples, Oklahoma City, OK

Sherwin Tibayan, Norman, OK

Shiyuan Yuan, Stillwater, OK

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The Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship aims to train promising writers and curators by expanding their professional education and experience. This distinctive, yearlong program awards 12 fellows the opportunity to participate in a structured and innovative curriculum designed to encourage new writing and curatorial projects. The Fellowship offers each participant the opportunity to cultivate their skills and knowledge by offering access to leading regional and national curators, critics, and academics through public lectures and intimate, hands-on workshops.

The purpose of Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship is to identify talented Fellows who possess a passion for art, a drive to excel in writing about art, and the desire to become active and engaged participants in the current contemporary art dialogue. The award and program provides education, mentorship, and support to writers and curators to help them realize greater potential.


Information about how to apply for the 2015 program will be made available here soon.