The Grants for Artists program fosters Oklahoma’s visual artistic creative excellence. The grants committee supports the mission of OVAC and scores submissions based on the merit of each application according to the pertinent grant category and its associated criteria. Grants for Artists help individual Oklahoma artists create visual art for public presentation, develop their professional practices, and lead community projects. Grants are open to artists working in visual-based mediums, curation, and art writing.


Upcoming Grants for Artist Events

Grants for Artists Application Dates


THE TIMELINE

All four of our grant applications will be reviewed multiple times throughout the year on the following rolling schedule:


Professional Basics and Education Assistance Grants:

Applications must be received by 11:59PM on October 15th, January 15th, or March 15th and applications will be reviewed in the following weeks.


Creative Projects and Community/Artist Partnership Grants:

Applications must be received by 11:59PM on October 15th or March 15th and applications will be reviewed in the following weeks.


THE APPLICATIONS

   ELIGIBILITY

  • You must be 21 or older to apply for a grant.
  • Grant recipients must have held at least 12 months of residency in Oklahoma prior to the submission deadline.
  • If you are awarded a quarterly grant, you must wait one year before reapplying.
  • Individuals can only only submit one application per cycle.​
  • You may not request a grant to reimburse spent funds.
  • Artists currently enrolled in BFA or MFA programs are not eligible to apply.
  • Recipients of Momentum Spotlight, and Thrive are not eligible to apply within one year of their reward disbursement of the stated programs. If you are awarded a Thrive Grant, you are eligible to apply, but your proposed project may not be the same as your Thrive proposal or a new iteration of said project.


GRANT RESOURCES

GRANTS FOR ARTISTS FAQs
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How often can I apply for an OVAC Grant?

You can apply as often as you would like. If you are awarded a grant, you must wait one year from that grant cycle to apply again. Recipients of Momentum Spotlight are not eligible to apply within one year of their reward disbursement of the stated programs. If you are awarded a Thrive Grant, you are eligible to apply, but your proposed project may not be the same as your Thrive proposal or a new iteration of said project.

Can I apply for multiple grants in a cycle?

No. Individuals can only have their name attached to one application per cycle.

How long must I have been a resident of Oklahoma to be eligible to apply for an OVAC grant?

To be eligible for an OVAC grant, you must have held at least 12 months residency in Oklahoma prior to the submission deadline.

I’ve applied several times and not received a grant. Why?

Our grants are extremely competitive, particularly our Creative Projects grants. Please do not become discouraged by the possibility of having to submit over multiple occasions. We will provide feedback on each request, whether funded or not. We encourage you to use this feedback to strengthen your submissions for the future.

What sort of projects are not funded?

There are some limits on the types of projects we can fund. Our mission limits our focus to the visual arts and does not include documentary films, strong narrative films/productions, music, dramatic productions, dance, and others. We can fund video art, performance art, sound art, and other non-traditional art forms that still fall under visual art. Projects that raise concerns around cultural appropriateness will not be considered. If you are unsure of whether or not your project qualifies, please reach out to our Administrative and Artist Relations Manager at ariana@ovac-ok.org.

Can curators and arts writers apply for OVAC Grants?

Yes. Artists/writers/curators may only have their name(s) attached to one application per cycle. Artists/writers/curators who choose to submit as groups, upon award of grant, will be held to the same rules of eligibility as an artist/writer/curator who applies individually.

Can I apply as part of a group?

Yes. Artists may only have their name(s) attached to one application per cycle. Artists who choose to submit as groups, upon award of grant, will be held to the same rules of eligibility as an artist who applies individually.

Once I’m funded, when can I apply again?

Once you are funded, you have to wait one year from the grant cycle for which you were awarded. E.g. If you were awarded July 15, 2015, you cannot apply again until July 15, 2016.

Do I have to be an OVAC member to receive a grant?

No, you do not have to be an OVAC member to apply for or receive a grant.

How are grant applications scored?

Each grant category has a different system of scoring.

Education and Travel Assistance grants are evaluated and awarded based on four categories: the quality of the educational opportunity, potential impact on the applicant's practice/career, the applicant’s abillity to complete the project, and on the relevance of the project based on provided work samples.

Professional Basics grants are evaluated and awarded based on three categories: the quality of the project, the applicant’s ability to complete the project, and on the relevance of the project based on provided work samples.

Creative Projects grants are evaluated and awarded based on four categories: the concept of the project, the quality of the work, how career altering the opportunity is, and the ability of the applicant to complete the project. "Extra Credit" will be given to projects that: serve under-represented regions of Oklahoma and/or include artist(s) Native Peoples/People of Color.

Community/Artist Partnership grants are evaluated and awarded based on four categories: the potential impact on the community from this project, the concept of the project, the quality of the work, and the applicant’s ability to complete the project. "Extra Credit" will be given to projects that: serve under-represented regions of Oklahoma, include artist(s) Native Peoples/People of Color, and/or utilizes collaboration.

Who reviews the grants?

OVAC staff organizes a panel of community members to review grants. These individuals are involved in the arts in a variety of ways, and are chosen for their informed opinions, diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and experience. OVAC staff does not decide who receives grants.


OCTOBER GRANTEES

Arthur Haywood
Murals for Literacy
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In May 2023, Arthur Haywood completed four paintings for Central High School, featuring students in the realms of science fiction and fantasy to promote reading. Encouraged by the positive response, Arthur, responding to the OVAC CAP grant, plans to expand the installation by adorning the stairwell. The envisioned mural portrays students engaged in a collective pursuit of knowledge amid the stars, symbolizing teamwork through literacy. Students will actively contribute to this large-scale mural, depicting themselves in a cosmic journey of learning. The project aims not only to foster literacy but also to validate young individuals, showcasing their boundless potential through fantastical narratives. The paintings, created using life-size realistic techniques, serve as a visual encouragement for students to explore the world of stories and embrace the transformative power of reading.

Cortney McConnell
Completion of Home Studio
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Cortney McConnell (she/her), an artist and educator based in Wellston, Oklahoma, is utilizing a Project Basics Grant to complete her home art studio. As an adoptive mother exploring familial trauma and domestic abuse in her work, Cortney expresses gratitude for the opportunity this grant provides. The secure and private space will allow her to process challenging memories and create poignant artwork. The culmination of this project includes a body of work set to be exhibited in Portland, Oregon, at Lamb's Ear Gallery, as well as other local venues.

Dana Lombardo
Framing for WAOW Woolaroc Invitational
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Dana Lombardo, an artist selected as part of a small, distinguished group of women from Women Artists of the West, has received an invitation to participate in the inaugural Woolaroc Invitational Exhibition. Set to showcase 3-4 of her paintings, this exhibition offers national exposure to potential collectors. The event, featuring some of the finest women artists in the western genre, is scheduled for May 2024 at the Woolaroc Museum in Bartlesville, OK.

Jasmine Jones
Candied Garden
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Jasmine Jones presents Candied Garden," a project blending memory and sweetness through paintings, collages, and interactive elements. Jasmine, focusing on recreating joyous work from shared youth experiences, aims to evoke a sense of innocence and delight in her audience. "Candied Garden" is a collection of nostalgic delights intertwined with Jasmine's personal symbolism.

Kendall Ross
Penland School of Craft Winter Residency
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Kendall Ross, a recipient of the OVAC Education Assistance grant, is embarking on her project, the "Penland School of Craft Winter Residency." This grant enables Kendall to attend a two-week residency program at the Penland School of Craft in Penland, North Carolina. The residency offers her valuable studio space and resources to initiate the creation of pieces for her upcoming solo exhibition at the Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Art Museum next summer.

Liz Dueck
Along the Cimarron Exhibition and Artist Retreat
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Liz Dueck curates Along the Cimarron, a project featuring exhibitions, an Artist Retreat, and an online page. The work, by Oklahoma artists Kayla Anley, Rachel Rector, Liz Dueck, and Joseph Mohmed, explores the state's landscape. The exhibitions debut at Modella Gallery in Stillwater from Feb 15 to Mar 16, 2024, with a Tulsa pop-up in Spring. The online collection, releasing on Dec 15, 2023, includes show documentation, Artist Retreat interviews, Cimarron River travel blogs, and artist information.

Megan Wimberley
Consulting with Alyson Stanfield
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Megan Wimberley, a dedicated artist and founder of Cowgirl Artists of America (CGA), finds fulfillment in supporting fellow artists through her organization. Balancing her burgeoning art career with the growth of CGA, Megan is currently engaged in multiple projects for both endeavors. Recognizing the need to prioritize and strategize for her own artistic pursuits, Megan has enlisted the guidance of Alyson Stanfield from Art Biz Success. Alyson's expertise is proving invaluable as Megan strives to achieve significant milestones in her career. Despite dedicating much of her time to assisting others, Megan acknowledges the importance of nurturing her own artistic journey. A longstanding admirer of OVAC, Megan is honored to receive the grant, which will contribute to covering a portion of the fees associated with her collaboration with Alyson.

Mery McNett
Artsy Cartsy
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"Artsy Cartsy" is a mobile arts initiative bringing process-based art directly to communities, schools, parks, and events. As a portable arts studio, it emphasizes the joy of artistic exploration over final outcomes. The project aims to inspire creativity, imagination, and collaborative learning by providing accessible and engaging art experiences in diverse settings. Key objectives include promoting process art by offering materials and prompts that encourage experimentation and self-expression. "Artsy Cartsy" actively engages communities by popping up at various locations, making creative experiences accessible to individuals of all ages and artistic backgrounds.

Narciso Arguelles
Orgullo/Pride
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Orgullo/Pride will be a mural or series of murals completed by Artist Narciso Arguelles, with young Latino high school students in the Norman area. There are several goals for this project. Mentoring the next generation of Latino artists is certainly one of those goals. Another goal is to celebrate a small portion of the Latino Culture in a public way. In order to realize this project, Arguelles has partnered with Norman Firehouse Art Center and Norman High School.


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