The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition supports Oklahoma’s professional visual artists. These awards are intended to recognize past achievement and future promise and can be used as the artist’s needs require. Deadline: April 14, 2017, 5 pm.
Two Oklahoma Visual Arts Fellowships for $5,000 are open to resident Oklahoma artists working in all media 21 years of age and older. Additionally two Student Awards of Excellence of $500 are open to Oklahoma graduate and undergraduate students. OVAC will produce a brochure about the award winning artists, which will be sent to 600+ curators and galleries nationwide.
Based in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans, Bradley Sumrall is currently Curator of the Collection at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. He has served as curator for over fifty exhibitions, including The Gasperi Collection, Jim Roche: Cultural Mechanic, When You’re Lost Everything’s a Sign: The House of Blues Collection, Sharon Kopriva: From Terra to Verde, Juan Logan: I’ll Save you Tomorrow, Alexa Kleinbard: Remedies, The Created World of Enrique Alferez, Dureau, Well Suited: The Costumes of Alonzo Wilson for HBO’s Treme, Michael Deas, Michael Meads: Bent Not Broken, and Benny Andrews: Paintings.
His exhibitions have been reviewed in Art in America, Art Forum, and Hyperallergic, among other online and print publications. His books include One World, Two Artists: John Alexander and Walter Anderson, Steffen Thomas Rediscovered, From Terra to Verde: The Art of Sharon Kopriva, Robert Tannen: A-RT, Gina Phillips: I was Trying Hard to Think about Sweet Things, Michelle Varisco: Shifting and Clementine Hunter: A Sketchbook. He is the 2016 juror for the Taubman Museum’s annual juried exhibition, Homeward Bound, in Roanoke, VA.
The curator will consider the following criteria during the selection process: the quality of the work as demonstrated by samples submitted with the application; the originality of vision as well as technical expertise of the work; and the record of professional activity and achievement as reflected in the resume. The curator will also consider that the artist shows exceptional and ongoing artistic investigation.
FELLOWSHIP: The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition accepts Fellowship applications from living artists age 21 and older who are legal residents of Oklahoma. Work samples submitted may not have been completed while under artistic instruction. Recipients are expected to remain Oklahoma residents for the full fellowship year. Previous recipient of OVAC Visual Arts Fellowship are eligible three years after their award. Current students are not eligible to apply for the Fellowship award, but are encouraged to apply for the Student Awards of Excellence.
STUDENT AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE: Graduate or undergraduate students in Oklahoma may apply in the Student Awards of Excellence category.
How to Apply
Applications must be received by 5 pm on April 14, 2017. No late or incomplete applications will be processed. Violation of any of the terms of this agreement or of the application criteria will result in a rejection of an application, or if already awarded, rescission, or return of all funds disbursed.
Each applicant should submit only the following:
Recent resume. It is recommended that your resume include a record of professional activity such as exhibitions, visual arts related employment, awards, publications and educational background. Resumes should be no more than three pages.
Artist statement. The statement should explain the nature and significance of the work submitted and should not exceed one page.
Artwork Samples: 10 images of your work jpeg images. You may include both full views and details of work, but you may not submit more or less than 10 images. Images must be jpegs, and no more than 2 MB each. The files must be labeled only with the last name of the artist and numbers that correspond to the numbered image list (For example: Smith01.jpg). Do not place text on top of your images or include any graphic elements that are not a part of the artwork. Entries that do not follow these specifications will be disqualified.
For media/Video/Film artist submissions: Please submit one sample reel with a maximum length of ten minutes, which may include no more than three work samples. Media submissions should come as a URL to an embedded video.
Typed image list or Video Summary. List must include the image number, title, medium, dimensions and created year. Video summaries should include a brief summary of each work submitted with URL, clip length, title, year work was completed and applicant’s specific role per each work sample submitted, e.g. director, screenwriter, etc.
Entry Fee $15. Waived for OVAC members. Membership in OVAC is not necessary to apply for this award.