Supporting Oklahoma’s visual arts and artists and their power to enrich communities.
For 27 years, 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 bimonthly 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 27 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.
-The OVAC board committed tirelessly to the lengthy task of finding a new Executive Director to fill the vacated position. The new Executive Director, Holly Moye, came on in October of 2014.
- OVAC has increased
and enhanced educational offerings in an effort to provide greater support to
even more artists, as well as engage with a broader audience. Plans for expanded delivery of Artist INC have already been confirmed to be held in Tulsa in spring 2016.
The Tulsa Art Studio Tour and Momentum partnered with various social organizations and area schools to provide free guided tours and tickets to underserved populations and
students. Lastly, the Art 365 exhibition successfully added an entire series of educational
programming open to the public.
In the upcoming year, OVAC will:
Finalize new, ambitious strategic plan:
OVAC is currently undergoing planning for the next three to five years. The plan priorities include increased emphasis on governance systems, financial sustainability, outreach and evaluation.
OVAC seeks enthusiastic audiences, volunteers, program underwriters and in-kind donors.
Program Underwriters: OVAC seeks designated support to extend the impact of programs. In this fiscal year, OVAC has secured support from several national and local funders. To ensure adequate artist awards, promotion and educational materials, OVAC seeks additional sponsors in the following areas:
12x12 Art Fundraiser Sponsors: Corporate, small businesses and individuals may sponsor the popular 12x12 Art Fundraiser. The 12x12 is OVAC's only regular fundraiser, featuring a lively art auction of 175 artists' work, live music, local food and a fun atmosphere. Corporate levels begin at $1,000 and headline sponsors donate $5,000. Individual donor levels are available. www.12x12okc.org
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.
All parts 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.
· Art Focus Oklahoma Magazine: shares stories about visual artists and exhibitions bimonthly.
· Artist Survival Kit (ASK): helps artists advance their business skills through workshops 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.
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 festive settings in OKC and Tulsa.
· 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.
· 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.
Moye has worked in arts management for over 5 years, building and creating educational programming in the visual and performing arts on a national level. She has provided community exchange opportunities in major cities across the United States, including Boston, New York City, San Francisco, and Minneapolis. Her diverse experience across multi-artistic disciplines brings a unique perspective to visual arts programming that seeks to involve the cultural and professional needs of Oklahoma in relation to the region and nation. Previously, Moye worked with a political campaign consulting firm. She completed an MA in Art History at Boston University, Boston, MA, and BA in Art from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA.
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, 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.
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.
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.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
OVAC’s financial status is stable. The organization has maintained a solid reserve and positive balance for many years. With no long-term debt to retire or financial challenges, OVAC can build on this strength, further optimizing and diversifying funding streams to avoid over reliance on any individual source. Looking forward, OVAC 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.
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