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Art 365: 2021 - Call for Artists

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) seeks artistic proposals for the Art 365 exhibition. Through Art 365, Oklahoma artists create innovative artwork working with a nationally recognized curator. 

The five awarded artists each will receive a $12,000 honorarium. Once selected, the artists will work with a curator from May 2020-May 2021 to create a NEW body of original artwork for the exhibition, opening in June 2021. Those selected will meet with the guest curator multiple times throughout the year-long award period in order to prepare for the exhibition. Through studio visits and regular communications, the artists and curator will discuss direction, examine progress, and finalize the concept and presentation. Visual artists working in all media are eligible to submit, including but not limited to drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, film/video, mixed media, and/or multi-media. 


Eligible artists must be 21 years or older. Eligible artists must have resided in Oklahoma for at least one year at the time of application and remain a resident throughout the exhibition. Applicants cannot be enrolled as degree-seeking art students at the time of the application or exhibition opening. Past Art 365 artists are not eligible to apply. 

Collaborative proposals are welcomed from longstanding collaborations or from partnerships established for this project. Individual artists may only submit one proposal or be a part of one collaborative proposal. 

Honoraria & Documentation:

The curator will select five proposals who will each receive a total commission of $12,000 paid in quarterly installments. OVAC will produce a catalog of artwork and essays, as well as various other types of documentation.

Initial Timeline:

March 1, 2020, 11:59 pm: Deadline for Artist Applications 

April 2020: Notification to finalists and non-selected artists via e-mail

May 2020: Finalist studio visits 

May 2020: Notification of selected 5 proposals 

**The timeline for studio visits and artwork set up/delivery will be worked out during 2020 with the selected artists.**

June 2021: Exhibition debuts in Oklahoma City 

July 2021: Exhibition moves to Tulsa 

Exhibition venues will be announced at a later date.


Artists retain ownership of their work commissioned by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. Art sales are at the discretion of the artist and will be handled by the venue where appropriate. Artworks do not have to be for sale. Artists can expect a commission on sales. 


Applicants must be OVAC members to apply for Art 365. 

Become a member through the website at www.ovac-ok.org/membership-form

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.