THE OVAC TEAM
Rebecca Kinslow has over 20 years of experience as an arts leader specializing in event-planning, marketing, community development, grantmaking, program management and organizational development in the non-profit, higher education and government sectors. Rebecca has led the development and oversight of programs, partnerships, financial investments and cultural and racial equity strategies designed to support stronger arts & cultural organizations. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Cameron University, and an Executive Certificate in Arts & Cultural Strategy and Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership from University of Pennsylvania. She has served on Americans for the Arts’ County Arts Network and Equitable Investments Advisory Committee, the Create Justice Network Peer Learning Action Group, the Program Advisory Committee for the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville, the Government Alliance for Racial Equity Arts Workgroup, and as a board member of the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra.
Community Relations Director
Fernando's creative journey is solid, from his roots in Oklahoma City as the Design and PR Manager for ARTSPACE at Untitled, to his contributions as the Marketing and Membership Manager for OVAC. With a Master's Degree in Strategic Communication and Branding, as well as a Bachelor's in Industrial Design, Fernando's expertise is diverse. He has studied Trend Forecasting and jewelry making in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and also taught design at the University of Aguascalientes, Mexico. Fernando's passion for the arts has led him to assume key roles in major cultural events and institutions. He served as the Head of Department for Marketing, Design, and Promotion for the renowned San Marcos National Fair, one of Latin America's largest festivals. Additionally, his directorship of the College of Creative Arts at Cuauhtemoc University in Aguascalientes involved overseeing five major programs.Fernando is excited to cultivate and maintain positive relationships with donors, members, sponsors, and community partners.
Administrative & Artist Relations Manager
Ariana was born and raised in Oklahoma City. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Visual Art with an emphasis in printmaking. During her time at OU she completed internships with OVAC as well as ARTSPACE at Untitled to learn more about the Oklahoma art community. She currently spends her time working at OVAC and continuing her artistic practice.
Marketing & Membership Manager
Karis is an artist, designer and arts advocate who received their BFA from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, followed by an MFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Karis is actively affiliated in various artistic initiatives and organizations within Oklahoma, including Art Group OKC, Norman Arts Council, Sunny Dayz Mural Festival, Plaza Walls, and the Paseo Arts Association. Karis has been consistently involved with OVAC as a volunteer and committee member, receiving OVAC's Golden Donut Award in 2022. Through their participation in these groups, Karis has forged strong connections within the Oklahoma arts community. By collaborating with fellow artists and supporting local talents, Karis aims to foster a sense of unity and empowerment among Oklahoma artists.One of Karis's primary goals is to address the financial disparity within the arts. They recognize the challenges that artists face in accessing resources and opportunities due to financial constraints. By striving to bridge this gap, Karis actively seeks ways to provide collective resources and support to Oklahoma artists. Their efforts are geared towards creating a more inclusive and equitable environment where all artists can thrive and flourish.
OVAC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Doug Sorocco, President, OKC
Jon Fisher, Vice President, OKC
Marjorie Atwood, Tulsa
Barbara Gabel, OKC
Kirsten Olds, Tulsa
Russ Teubner, Stillwater