Welcome! We're glad you are applying to participate in Art Crit Night. Please fill out ALL the questions below. 

Our goal is to support and strengthen the work of every artist that participates, as well as to promote critical dialogue among those that tune in as viewers. It is recommended that applicants have completed an undergraduate degree in art or have a cohesive body of work and are 21 years of age or older. All participants must be open to the critique process, as that is the foundation of these events. The process will include presenting your work, receiving feedback from the curator framed in a spirit of positivity and desire to help you progress in your practice, and receiving comments from the audience as these events will be open to the art community in an effort to increase critical dialogue.

The artists selected for the Art Crit Night will share their work in the Zoom meeting by screen sharing images of their work with the group. This helps artists to easily share and for viewers to see clear images of work on any laptop screen. The bonus of meeting online is that artists can share more work, as well as large work, installation, and video, etc. more easily than meeting at studios, for example. It can be hard to see the surface quality of the artwork but detail shots can be taken to help with this. Performance must be shared via video documentation. Artists can also share their website or other materials (i.e. residency application, artist statement) if they want the critique to focus on those materials rather than the body of work. 

Selected artists will receive a pre-session meeting to prep for presenting their artwork and to address any potential technical difficulties. 

Art Crit Night is open to all artists and is inclusive and respectful of diversity: gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, culture, perspective, and other background characteristics. Your suggestions about how to improve diversity are encouraged and appreciated.

Participation in Art Crit Night is free and selected artists receive a $50 honorarium. The first event will take place on Thursday, August 12th at 6:00pm and subsequent events will take place on a weekday evening. Jennifer reviews all of the submissions and selects the artists who are featured. The pool stays open from month-to-month, but to be considered for the August Art Crit Night, submit by July 23rd! Art Crit Night meetings will continue as long as there is interest.

CURATOR: Jennifer Scanlan has 20+ years of curatorial experience with an interdisciplinary practice, focusing on contemporary art and design. She moved to Oklahoma in 2016, excited by the opportunity to be a part of Oklahoma Contemporary’s move to its new campus. Before her move, Jennifer spent 16 years in New York City, as an independent curator and before that, as a curator at the Museum of Arts and Design. Her exhibitions included Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today at the Museum of Arts, and Design in New York City and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.; and Back to Eden: Contemporary Artists Wander the Garden at the Museum of Biblical Art in New York. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Italian from Vassar College and a Master of Arts in the History of Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture from the Bard Graduate Center.

FACILITATOR: Aunj Braggs was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and moved to Edmond to pursue her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Central Oklahoma. Her emphasis of study was painting while in school and after her graduation in 2018, she developed her professional career as a freelance artist. In 2019, she moved back to Tulsa to work as a Communications & Operations Manager for a local business as well as join an artists collective called Black Moon. In 2020, she served as Co-Chair for OVAC’s Momentum Planning Committee. The skills she developed through these experiences made her an ideal fit for the Grants & Outreach Manager position at Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. She is beyond excited to serve the artistic community of Oklahoma and looks forward to connecting with local artists, educators, and institutions.

Art Crit Night started as a personal project of Jennifer Scanlan and artist Jarica Walsh in response to the pandemic. In order to grow and broaden the reach, OVAC adopted the program in summer 2021.


For questions, email aunj@ovac-ok.org. We look forward to reviewing your application!

The 12x12 Art Fundraiser is OVAC's biggest fundraising event of the year, raising money for all programs. Participating artists must create a work that conforms to the dimensions of twelve-by-twelve inches (or twelve-by-twelve-by-twelve for 3D work). Bids for each piece begin at $200. Collectors who fear losing a piece of art in the auction may “Buy It Now” to trump the auction.

12×12 artists are selected by a volunteer 12×12 Art Committee in the late spring/early summer. Artists who sell in the previous year are automatically invited back. The number of new artist invitations is determined by how many artists did and did not sell in the previous year. In 2015, we were very proud to increase the number of artists served from 150 to 175, which opened up more new invitations.

New artists are voted on by committee members. As it is OVAC’s only annual fundraiser, the selection process is highly competitive. The 12×12 committee strives to represent a wide variety of artists statewide in this exhibition, keeping in tune with OVAC’s mission.​ The committee is often impressed by a strong digital presence, including an up-to-date artist website, regular social media posts, and participation in OVAC's online gallery. We encourage those interested in 12×12 to join as OVAC Members and put artwork up on the virtual gallery for potential consideration by our committee. However, OVAC membership and online gallery presence is not a requirement for 12×12 artists.

Timeline:

MAY 15: Priority deadline for artists to be considered for this year's 12x12, held annually in September. You will be notified if you have been accepted as a participating artist, or placed on the list of alternates, by no later than June 30. If you are an alternate, you may be contacted with the invitation to fill an artist's drop out spot up until September 1.

JUNE 15: Artists who submit by this deadline may be considered for this year's 12x12, but may instead be considered as an alternate if this year's list is full. You will be notified if you have been accepted as a participating artist, or placed on the list of alternates, by no later than June 30. You may be contacted with the invitation to fill an artist's drop out spot up until September 1.

JULY 15: Deadline to be considered as an alternate if an artist drops out of this year's 12x12. You may be contacted with the invitation to fill an artist's drop out spot up until September 1.

If you apply AFTER July 15, your application will NOT be considered for inclusion in 12x12 until the next spring, for the following fall.

12x12 is held annually in September. You can find this year's details at www.12x12okc.org.


Requirements to Apply:

Artists must be current residents of Oklahoma and 18 years of age or older. Artists whose work did not sell in 12x12 the previous year, must wait at least one year before being considered for invitation once again. Please apply with three images that represent the style of work you plan to create for 12x12. One of these images may be the exact piece you want to submit, but it is not required that you have made a 12x12 piece before submitting. All 12x12 pieces must be original. Students may submit original work, but artwork created as part of a class or under direct supervision by an instructor is ineligible. Selected artists who submit work early and sell work for the Buy-It-Now price in a preview exhibition, will be invited to create a second piece for the fundraiser. Artists must agree to the bidding structure for 12x12. All minimum bids start at $200. No Buy-It-Now price is lower than $300. See "Information About Bidding" below.


Information About Bidding:

Preview exhibitions are held prior to the 12x12 Art Fundraiser event. Selected artists who complete all requirements to participate by July 15 will be considered for inclusion in a preview exhibition. During this time, work is available for sale for the Buy-It-Now price, which OVAC staff calculates by multiplying the piece's retail value by 150%. For example, if the retail value of your work is $400, the Buy-It-Now price will be set at $600. If a piece sells for the Buy-It-Now price during a preview exhibition, the artists is invited to submit a second work of art for the main fundraiser event.

On the night of the 12x12 Art Fundraiser in September, ALL minimum bids start at $200, whether it is your first time participating or your 20th time. Bids increase in increments of $25. Throughout the night, any guest may choose to secure your piece by purchasing it for the Buy-It-Now price, which will not be lower than $300 and has no maximum limit.

Artists may choose to keep a 50% commission, keep a 25% commission, or donate all of their commission OVAC. Selected artists will choose their commission preference when they complete paperwork at artwork drop-off.

 

For questions, contact Audrey Kominski at (405) 879-2400 Ex. 2 or audrey@ovac-ok.org.

Presented by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition.

Do you have a large, public project you want to launch, but need some funds to make it happen? A fiscal sponsorship from OVAC allows you to use our 501(c)(3) status to solicit donations giving your donors the benefit of a tax receipt and allows you to apply for grants that require a 501(c)(3) status. After reviewing the FAQ below, reach out to us to see if your project qualifies!


FAQs:

What is fiscal sponsorship?

Fiscal sponsorship allows an individual or group to use OVAC’s 501(c)(3) status to solicit donations, giving the donors the benefit of receiving a tax receipt for their donation as it goes through OVAC. It also allows the individual or group to apply for some grants that require backing from a nonprofit organization.

What is the difference between a grant and fiscal sponsorship?

Fiscal sponsorship is not a funding program. Instead, it enables individual artists and artist-run organizations to use OVAC’s charitable 501(c)(3) status to raise tax-deductible money through grants and individual contributions.

Grants, on the other hand, are monetary awards to individuals.

What kind of projects qualify?

All projects must align with OVAC’s mission of supporting Oklahoma’s visual arts and artists and their power to enrich communities. Fiscal sponsorship is only for a specific project and is not intended to last indefinitely to support an artist’s career. Fiscally sponsored projects must benefit the public in some way. That could include a subject screening, exhibition, performance or talk, exploring an issue, or otherwise offering an opportunity for an underrepresented group of people. Because donations to fiscally sponsored projects are tax-deductible, projects must add value to the public sphere and not only benefit the artist’s private gain.

Can I keep an artist’s fee from the amount fundraised?

Yes, we believe in paying artists for their work! We expect for you to include an artist’s fee in your budget. As a guideline, project managers generally don’t get paid more than 20% of the budget, yet it varies from project to project.

Is there a cost?

All applicants must be a current OVAC member. OVAC retains a 4% administration fee of the funds raised.

Will OVAC fundraise for me?

No, but we will promote your project on social media to help build awareness.

Does OVAC have any creative control over the project?

No. Projects that are fiscally sponsored by OVAC are considered independent contractors and retain their own identity. Project directors retain creative control and ownership of their project/organization.

Do I have to have a US Social Security number or be incorporated in the US to join OVAC Fiscal Sponsorship?

Yes. you must have a social security number or be incorporated as an LLC or corporation in the US.

Do I have to live in Oklahoma?

Yes, you must be a current Oklahoma resident and the public presentation of the project must take place in Oklahoma.

Who decides if my application is accepted?

A committee of OVAC board members carefully reviews each application for mission alignment, quality of the proposal and project, and feasibility of the project.

Can I talk to someone at OVAC before I apply?

Of course! Call us at 405-879-2400 or email Krystle Brewer at krystle@ovac-ok.org.



Requirements to Apply:

Applications must include the following:

  • Project description
  • Project budget with both income and expenses
  • Resume/CV of key participants
  • 10 Work samples (preferably jpegs) or URL for film/video artwork with descriptions 
  • Artwork sample list 
  • Letter of support (if applicable)

For questions, contact Krystle D. Kaye at (405) 879-2400 Ex. 4 or krystle@ovac-ok.org.

There are 4 deadlines throughout the year. Applications are due by 11:59 pm on January 15, April 15, July 15, and October 15.

Before submission, please review the application form for eligibility. Eligible artists must be 21 years or older, non-student, and Oklahoma residents.

See the Frequently Asked Questions page, you might be surprised what you find. We do have waiting periods for past awardees and restrictions on how many applications you can put your name on for each deadline.

Each Community/Artist Partnership Grant Application should include:

__Filled in the application form below

__Artist Resume/CV

__Artist/Writer/Curator Statement (250 words)

__10-15 Artwork samples or URL for video artwork (work samples can include artwork, sketches or concept drawing, writing samples, documentation of curatorial projects, or other relevant work). Please keep video samples to 3-5 minutes.

__Artwork sample list (to identify your images) 

__Sketches or concept drawing (optional but encouraged)

__Balanced Budget (income = expenses)

__Timeline identifying major milestones to completion

__Secured or potential venues

There are 4 deadlines throughout the year. Applications are due by 11:59 pm on January 15, April 15, July 15, or October 15.

Before submission, please review the application form for eligibility. Eligible artists must be 21 years or older, non-student, and Oklahoma residents.

See the Frequently Asked Questions page, you might be surprised what you find. We do have waiting periods for past awardees and restrictions on how many applications you can put your name on for each deadline.

Each Creative Project Grant Application should include:

__Filled in application form below

__Artist Resume/CV

__Artist/Writer/Curator Statement (250 words)

__10-15 Artwork samples or URL for video artwork (work samples can include artwork, sketches or concept drawing, writing samples, documentation of curatorial projects, or other relevant work). Please keep video samples limited to 3-5 minutes)

__Artwork sample list (to identify your images)

__Sketches or concept drawing (optional but encouraged)

__Balanced Budget (income = expenses)

__Timeline identifying major milestones to completion

__Secured or potential venues

There are 4 deadlines throughout the year. Applications are due by 11:59 pm on January 15, April 15, July 15, or October 15.

Before submission, please review the application form for eligibility. Eligible artists must be 21 years or older, non-student, and Oklahoma residents.

See the Frequently Asked Questions page, you might be surprised what you find. We do have waiting periods for past awardees and restrictions on how many applications you can put your name on for each deadline.

Each Education and Travel Assistance Application should include:

__Filled in application form below

__Artist Resume or CV

__Artist/Writer/Curator Statement (250 words)

__5-10 Artwork samples or URL for video artwork. For video, include up to 3 minutes total

__Image list, and if applicable, include file name, medium, date, and dimensions

__Timeline identifying major milestones to completion

__Balanced Budget, meaning expenses are equal to income

__Secured or potential venues

There are 4 deadlines throughout the year. Applications are due by 11:59 pm on January 15, April 15, July 15, or October 15.  

Before submission, please review the application form for eligibility. Eligible artists must be 21 years or older, non-student, and Oklahoma residents. 

See the Frequently Asked Questions page, you might be surprised what you find. We do have waiting periods for past awardees and restrictions on how many applications you can put your name on for each deadline.


Each Professional Basics Application should include: 


__Filled in application form below

__Artist Resume or CV

__Artist/Writer/Curator Statement (250 words)

__5-10 Artwork samples or URL for video artwork. For video, include up to 3 minutes total

__Image list, and if applicable, include file name, medium, date, and dimensions

__Timeline identifying major milestones to completion

__Balanced Budget, meaning expenses are equal to income

__Secured or potential venues

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