Art is Essential OVAC Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Media Kit
Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Mission Statement The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition was founded with the intent to support the visual arts and artists of Oklahoma. This core mission is supported by the belief that art is essential. Visual art and artists can enrich the lives of the communities in which they live. Supporting these artists and their work is a worthwhile endeavor. We believe that Oklahoma artists can have a vital and fulfil ing career. It is our duty to help artists gain the tools to sustain themselves in their chosen career. It is our goal to connect Oklahoma artists with each other and with the communities in which they live. Artists and audiences can flourish if given the opportunities to learn from one another.
Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition About OVAC The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) is a non profit organization that has helped artists in Oklahoma realize their potential for the past 28 years. OVAC promotes public interest in the arts by helping people of al ages understand the visual arts. Annual y OVAC serves more than 1,700 artists throughout the state through funding, education, and exposure. We expose 24.000 people every year to arts and artists in their community. Our publications and public events help more than 3,500 young Oklahomans. This is al made possible with the help of our more than 275 volunteers. 2016 Momentum
Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Exhibitions OVAC has four major art exhibitions that showcase the works of Oklahoma artists. These include: 24 Works on Paper, Art 365, Concept, and Momentum 24 Works on Paper This is a traveling exhibition that tours gal eries around Oklahoma. The biennial tour showcases the art of living Oklahoman's. Entries for 2016 start in June and the Exhibition tours August 2016 January 2018. Works From 2014 2016 Tour
Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Exhibitions Art 365 Art 365 is an exhibition that selects five Oklahoma artists and gives them a year to create groundbreaking new art. These artists are also given a grant of $12,000 and are paired with a national y recognized curator to help them with this project. Add Five Artists/1 Curator/$60,000/Art365.org
Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Exhibitions Concept Concept is a triennial exhibition that promotes outstanding artists in Oklahoma and pairs them with fel ow artists from the region. The goal of this exhibit is to increase exposure for artists and create connections in the art community. Concept 2016 paired 4 artists from Oklahoma with 4 artists from partner city St. Louis. Their work was exhibited at Hardesty Arts Center in Tulsa, and The Luminary art gal ery in St. Louis.
Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Exhibitions Continued Momentum Momentum is an annual art exhibition for artists under 30. This exhibit is geared to help young artists gain experience as wel as introduce their work to the community. The event is held in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Funding For Artists OVAC is proud to offer five different types of grants for eligible Oklahoma artists. These grants help individual artists create new works of art, hone their professional craft through continued learning, and lead the way to developing community art projects. Professional Basics Grant A grant for up to $500 dol ars of matched funds to help an artist get supplies to help them get started in their career. Education Grant This grant offers up to $500 of matched funds for an artist to attend workshops and conferences. Creative projects Grant A grant of up to $1,500 for an artist to create new work for a public event type showing. Community/Artist Partnership (CAP) Grant This is a $1,200 grant of community partner matched fund that wil culminate in a community based art creation.
Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Funding For Artists Oklahoma Visual Arts Fellowships & Student Awards of Excellence Every year OVAC gives out four awards to deserving Oklahoma artists. The Oklahoma Visual Arts Fel owship gives $5,000 to two recipients each year. The Student Awards of Excel ence awards two young artists with $500 each. The Awards are chosen each year from submission judged by a guest curator. 2015 Oklahoma Visual Arts Fellowship Recipients Stuart Asprey, Norman Jason Cytacki, Norman 2015 Student Awards of Excellence Recipients Ashley Farrier, Stil water Kim Rice, Norman
Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Education ARTiculate A series of presentations and speakers for artists to learn more about the business of art. OVAC brings in speakers to talk with artists on a variety of subjects. Artist Survival Kit Workshops This is a series of professional development workshops for artists to gain the skil s they need to succeed in their careers as artists. This workshop offers an opportunity to meet other artists from around the state and share experiences about the business of art. Resources for High school Artists OVAC has made a guide for young artists to explore the opportunities available to them in Oklahoma through education and grants. Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship This program awards 12 fel ows the opportunity to cultivate their skil s by offering access to regional and national curators, critics, organizers, and academics. The program includes private lectures and hands on workshops.
Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Education Tulsa Art Studio Tour The Tulsa Art Studio tour is a program designed to introduce the works of local Tulsa artists to the community. The tour offers the public the rare opportunity to watch an artist work. There is also an opportunity for the artists and public to meet and discuss art.
Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Fundraising 12 x 12 Art Fundraiser What better way for an organization devoted to the visual arts to raise money than an art show? The 12x12 Art fundraiser raises funds for al of OVAC's programs. The yearly event event hosts 175 of Oklahoma's finest artists with food, music and fun. The name 12x12 comes from the perameters set for each piece of art. Each work must be 12x12 inches in order to be considered for the showing. The artworks then go into a silent auction with each piece starting $175. Event Details When: September 23, 2016 7 p.m. 10:00 p.m. Where: Science Museum, 2020 Remington Place, OKC Sponsor preview Hour 6 p.m.
Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Our Staff Executive Director Holly Moye Hol y comes to OVAC from Boston where she graduated with Honors from Boston University with a BA and MA in Art History. She was Director for Boston based ArtsBridge. An organization devoted to connecting students with educational and growth opportunities in visual and performing arts. Moye previously worked for a political campaign consulting firm. Contact Holly Moye for: Sponsorships and Donations, Exhibitions, 12x12 Art Fundraiser, Tulsa Art Studio Tour, Artist Grants Associate Director Lauren Scarpello Lauren comes to OVAC from New Orleans where she graduated with a MA in Arts Administration from New Orleans University. Lauren is the editor of OVAC's Publication Art Focus Oklahoma. She has a depth of experience in working with non profit art organizations. She manages al of OVAC's marketing and public relations. Contact Lauren Scarpello for: ART Focus Oklahoma, Media Inquiries
Oklahoma Visual Arts Council Our Staff Accounts Supervisor Jarica Walsh Jarica came to OVAC as an intern from the University of Oklahoma. Her passion and dedication to the visual arts in Oklahoma assured her a place with OVAC after she completed her studies. She is an active artist working with ceramics and fiber. She is an Artist INC OKC 2015 Fel ow. Contact Jarica Walsh for: Bil ing Inquiries Outreach Coordinator Joshua Casella Joshua came to OVAC as a volunteer then as an Intern from Oklahoma City University. He now helps connect artist, educators, and patrons from around the state. Joshua has a BFA with a focus on painting and has an active studio practice. Contact Joshua Casella for: Virtual Artist Gal ery, Membership, Education, ASK Workshops & Artist INC
730 W. Wilshire Blvd. Suite 104 Oklahoma City, OK 73116 News Release Michael Col in Fowler June 4, 2016 405 627 4817 email@example.com Artist Repels Down Grain Silo with OVAC Grant Oklahoma City, OKlahoma Artist Rick Sinnett needed climbing gear to finish his massive public art piece on the side of an old grain silo near the heart of Oklahoma City. The silo has been converted into an urban rock climbing facility. Sinnett in partnership with a Grant from the Oklahoma Visual Artist Coalition was able to complete the 100 ft by 128ft mural. When asked for comment Mr. Sinnett said, "A project like this would not have been possible without the partnership of an organization like OVAC." You can see Rick Sinnetts mural from both directions driving down I 40 coming into Oklahoma City. The project was covered by public television station OETA. The program is viewable from the OETA website oeta.tv. ####
Q & A What is OVAC? We are a non profit organization founded in 1988 to help Oklahoma artists reach their potential. We exist to make sure artists, gal eries, and the public are always connected in a fruitful relationship. Where can I get pictures and video B roll for my news story? Ovac has a virtual gal ery and photos of events online at ovac ok.org. We have video for use on our YouTube Channel OKVisualArts. When is your next event? Our calendar of upcomming events is on our website at ovac ok.org/calendar/ I need an interview with a specific artist from one of your shows can you help us get in contact with them? Yes, we wil do our best to try to connect the media with al of our artist members. Can I get media passes to your next event? Yes, contact us by phone or email and we can get you media passes to our events.