Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Inc.
1720 N Shartel Ave
Ste B
Oklahoma City OK 73103-2100
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition
Mission Statement Supporting Oklahoma’s visual arts and artists and their power to enrich communities.
Visitors enjoying the Momentum exhibition, photo by Josh Vaughn
Contact Information
Contact Name Krystle Brewer
Contact email director@ovac-ok.org
Address 1720 N Shartel Ave
Ste B
Oklahoma City, OK 73103 2100
Phone (405) 879-2400
County OK
How to Give
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/ovac/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) invites many types of involvement to further support artists in Oklahoma and connect audiences to their work. OVAC welcomes underwriting for all of its programs and operations. As a small, efficient organization, donations are leveraged for an exceptional impact on the community. Even small gifts can make a large difference.

OVAC seeks volunteers to extend the impact of programs. More than 250 volunteers helped OVAC last year as committee members, event volunteers, and interns. That includes committee members who helped in planning, implementing, and promoting various programs as well as one-time event volunteers.

OVAC’s internship program is popular and has a significant impact on participant's careers, including of 8 interns last year. Most are artists who are learning business skills and about art opportunities through their involvement. Others are interested in working in art nonprofits in art administration roles. Interns include students from Oklahoma City University, Pratt Institute, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Baptist University, University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, University of Tulsa as well as non-students. OVAC interns take responsibility for projects and contribute to public programs, working between six and ten hours per week.  Many of the past interns have stayed involved in OVAC through committees, membership, and general volunteering even after their internships have concluded.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $430,000.00
Projected Expenses $430,000.00
History and Background
Former Names
Year Founded 1988
IRS Ruling Year 1988
State Registration Expiration Nov 2019
Mission Supporting Oklahoma’s visual arts and artists and their power to enrich communities.
Since 1988, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) has helped artists throughout Oklahoma realize their potential through education, exposure, and funding. OVAC’s mission is to support Oklahoma’s visual arts and artists and their power to enrich communities.
Annually OVAC serves more than 1,700 artists and connects audiences of more than 24,000 to art and artists. OVAC’s programs facilitate artists creating compelling work, connecting with a comprehensive network, and finding new audiences.
Distinctive in the state, OVAC offers artists professional development workshops, project funding, information resources, and career-boosting awards. OVAC serves and presents a diverse group of artists, emerging and established, rural and urban. By concentrating funding, technical assistance, curatorial guidance, and critical exchange, OVAC better equips artists to realize their best work.
OVAC works to foster strong art writing and curatorial work through a fellowship program, mentorships, and multiple publications. Also, OVAC helps audiences understand the ideas behind the artwork through exhibitions, open studios, an online gallery, and a quarterly magazine. OVAC forms robust partnerships with collaborating organizations locally and regionally to maximize the reach and relevance of each program. Strategic programs build stronger regional interchange, integrating artists, curators, and writers into multiple programs for greater impact.
For over 30 years, OVAC has helped artists throughout Oklahoma realize their potential through education, exposure, and funding.
From OVAC’s recent evaluation surveys, 96% of artist respondents say they believe the general environment for art in Oklahoma has improved because of OVAC. Also, because of OVAC, 85% of responding artists say they are better able to practice their art in Oklahoma.
In the past year OVAC has:
  • Completed a strategic plan that focused on the promotion of OVAC's programs and mission, evaluating impact, updating policies, and growing fundraising efforts.
  • Launched new professional development programs including Office Hours and Artist Forums. Both of these programs were a direct result of feedback from our members requesting more professional development and networking opportunities.
  • Kicked off a $200,000 campaign to raise fund for our Grants for Artists program in celebration of our 30th anniversary. Additionally, we launched a mini-website to capture our rich history through a responsive timeline, an interactive map, and an oral history project.
In the upcoming year, OVAC will:
  • Launch updated membership benefits.
  • Add a fifth staff person to focus on education and outreach.
  • Reach our $200,000 30th Anniversary Campaign goal.
  • Move our office to be closer to our community partners.
  • Reconceptualize our publication Art Focus Oklahoma
  • Commence our next iteration of the Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship
OVAC seeks enthusiastic audiences, volunteers, program underwriters, and in-kind donors.
Audiences: All of our programs and events can be found on our website at www.ovac-ok.org
Volunteers: We need volunteers especially around our major events including 12x12 Art Fundraiser, Momentum, and Tulsa Art Studio Tour, but we also need volunteers throughout the year to aid in delivering Art Focus Oklahoma and basic clerical work.
Program Underwriters: OVAC seeks designated support to extend the impact of programs. To ensure adequate artist awards, promotion, and educational materials, OVAC seeks additional sponsors in the following areas:
  • ASK - OVAC seeks $15,000 to support the outreach of the Artist Survival Kit program offering business skills to artists.
  • Momentum - OVAC seeks $15,000 in sponsors for the $55,000 program that serves at least 300 young artists and 2,500 audience members annually.
  • Grants for Artists - OVAC seeks the support of our $200,000 campaign to support our Grants for Artists programs
12x12 Art Fundraiser Sponsors: Corporate, small businesses, and individuals may sponsor the popular 12x12 Art Fundraiser featuring a lively art auction of 175 artists' work, live music, local food, performances, and a fun atmosphere. www.12x12okc.org
CEO/Executive Director Statement With the help of many volunteers, sponsors, and board members, we are gratified that OVAC is the largest and most diverse artist service organization in our state. OVAC regularly serves artists at all career stages, from serious high school students to senior citizens. The multiplicity of programs OVAC offers grows connection and access for a wide-range of artists. Thank you for your interest in our work.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
All 77 counties of Oklahoma are served, including urban and rural artists, working in communities statewide and audiences for face-to-face and virtual programs. OVAC is committed to statewide programs because the cultural landscape is interdependent—sharing many of the same opportunities and challenges.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Arts Services
Tertiary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Arts Education
Art Focus Oklahoma Magazine: shares stories about visual artists and exhibitions quarterly.
Artist Survival Kit (ASK): helps artists advance their business skills through workshops, office hours, artist forums, and online resources.
Oklahoma Art Writing & Curatorial Fellowship: trains promising writers by expanding their professional education and experience.
Tulsa Art Studio Tour: invites visitors to meet artists and see their working spaces.
Population Served General/Unspecified
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.
OVAC helps spark potential, this time in a rural adult:
Zack Easley of Tuttle works hard every day as a brick mason, but he wakes up early and stays up late so he can do what he loves – making art. His pen-and-ink drawings of fantastical castles contain fine details, reflective of the work he does in his day job.
He recently learned about the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition when an staffer was a resource person at an open gathering for artists. Since then, Zack attended an Artist Survival Kit workshop held in Chickahsa, where he learned the basics of photographing his work, writing an artist statement, and creating an artist resume.
In a month since, he has already confirmed his first exhibition in Oklahoma City and his first festival in Norman. Since he had not shown his work to the public before, Zack says the information and skills learned from OVAC made these opportunities possible. After many years focused on his masonry, he’s thrilled to launch his dream job as well.
Art 365 Exhibition: supports artists intensively with $12,000 commissions and curatorial guidance.
Concept/OK Exhibition: stages a survey of Oklahoma artists along with a regional artist exchange.
Momentum: debuts young Oklahoma artists work in a party-like atmosphere attracting young audiences.
OVAC Virtual Gallery: presents Oklahoma artists in a searchable online directory.
24 Works on Paper Exhibition (with Individual Artists of Oklahoma): traveling exhibition of Oklahoma artists’ work.
12x12 Art Fundraiser: fuses 150 invited artists, live music and local food for a one-night only event.
Population Served General/Unspecified
Artist Project Grants: invests $35,000 annually in artists’ professional excellence and public ventures.
Fellowships: rewards two outstanding artists though cash awards of $5,000.
Student Awards of Excellence: recognizes two remarkable student artists through cash awards of $500.
Population Served Adults
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Krystle Brewer
Start Date June 2017
Email director@ovac-ok.org
Experience Krystle Brewer has over 10 years of experience in leadership and nonprofit management. She has a background in strategic and cultural planning with the Cultural Development Corporation of Central Oklahoma as well as art museums and galleries. She was a part of the team that opened the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art, Postal Plaza Gallery in Stillwater, OK and most recently came to OVAC from 108|Contemporary in Tulsa'a Arts District. Brewer holds a Bachelors in Fine Arts, Studio Art, from Oklahoma City University and a Masters of Arts, Art History, from Oklahoma State University. In addition to her role as Executive Director for OVAC, she serves as President for the statewide Lean In Oklahoma Network and is an active artist and arts writer.
Number of Full-time Staff 4
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 394
Staff Retention Rate 75
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 3
Native American/American Indian 1
Staff Demographics - Gender
Female 4
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Apr 2011
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies and Procedures No
OVAC actively partners to increase impact on the community. Recent program collaborators include: University of Oklahoma School of Art & Art History, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Tulsa, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, East Central University, Northern Oklahoma College, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art, Price Tower Art Center, Philbrook Museum of Art, 108|Contemporary, Tulsa Artist Fellowship, Individual Artists of Oklahoma, [Artspace] at Untitled, City Arts Center, Living Arts, Oklahoma Art in Public Places, Oklahoma Center for Arts Education, Tulsa Artists Coalition, MAINSITE Contemporary, Oklahoma Contemporary, Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, Circle Cinema, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, DeadCENTER and Artist INC (Kansas City, MO), Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE), Creative Capital (New York City), Charlotte Street Foundation (Kansas City, MO), The Luminary (St. Louis, MO), among others.
Allied Arts member agency2001
Oklahoma Arts Council1998
Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Award (ONE Award)Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits2015
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Comments on Staff & Management
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments OVAC’s small, but dedicated staff works hard to ensure innovative programs and efficient operations. Staff works with many volunteers to extend the reach of our programs.
Board Chair
Name John Marshall
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term July 2018 to June 2020
Email wolfcreekproduction@gmail.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of July 01, 2019
Board of Directors List
Susie Marsh Agee
Marjorie Atwood
Bob CurtisRetired educatorVoting
Gina EllisABS Consulting Services, LLCVoting
Jon FisherMiddle Fish CreativeVoting
Barbara Gabel
Saiyida Gardezi
Susan GreenPhilbrook Museum of ArtVoting
Drew Knox
Kyle Larson
John MarshallCommunity VolunteerVoting
Travis MasonCushman & Wakefield/Commercial Oklahoma Inc.Voting
Laura MassenatElemental Coffee RoastersVoting
Kirsten Olds
Diane Salamon
Doug SoroccoDunlap CoddingVoting
Chris WinlandITC HoldingsVoting
Ricco Wright
Dean WyattVoting
Jake Yunker
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 9
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Program / Program Planning
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments OVAC’s board has been quite active in strategic planning, establishing evaluation methods, and improving fundraising. This board is committed to the mission of the organization and improving the operations of the organization for maximum impact.
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2019-June 30, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $430,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $430,000
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,227$2,631($2,270)
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues$31,030$33,965$39,438
Special Events$91,294$102,801$105,302
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$237,887$290,369$375,973
Administration Expense$97,062$87,252$95,601
Fundraising Expense$43,461$32,266$39,105
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.920.980.81
Program Expense/Total Expenses63%71%74%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue29%16%25%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$205,041$246,466$249,298
Current Assets$111,315$64,158$152,165
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$9,737$19,543$15,796
Total Net Assets$195,304$226,923$233,502
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities11.433.289.63
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $148,338Contributions $197,022Contributions $159,557
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $91,294Special Events $102,801Earned Revenue $109,097
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $74,899Earned Revenue $66,889Special Events $105,302
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose
To designate a fund to support our Grants for Artists program and grow our cash reserves. 
Campaign Goal $200,000
Campaign Dates May 2018 to June 2019
Amount Raised To Date $57,013 as of July 2018
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? Yes
Comments on Financials
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments OVAC's financial status is stable. Last year we saw a shortfall due to a few factors including the transition of a new executive director and a shortage in art sales. However, we are back on track with a new executive director and a more modest budget. With no long-term debt to retire or financial challenges looking ahead, OVAC can build on its past years of financial strength, further optimizing and diversifying funding streams to avoid over-reliance on any individual source. Looking forward, OVAC has outlined a larger organizational budget to reach strategic goals for programs. Some of the budget increases next year are cyclical as several large programs happen triennially or biennially. The board and staff are focused on OVAC’s careful financial transition to ensure ongoing service and financial flexibility.
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.
The financial information presented is obtained from the following sources: IRS Form 990, independent audit reports, financial statements – board approved when available, and supplemental information from the organization. We do not warrant or guarantee the timeliness, errors or inaccuracies. With respect to information regarding financial performance, nothing on this website should be interpreted as a statement or interpretation by OCCF staff.
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Address 1720 N Shartel Ave
Ste B
Oklahoma City, OK 73103 2100
Primary Phone 405 879-2400 4
Contact Email director@ovac-ok.org
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/ovac/
CEO/Executive Director Krystle Brewer
Board Chair John Marshall
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer