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Alumni in the News

April 22, 2020

Each year, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition presents Momentum, an annual exhibition featuring Oklahoma artists aged 30 and younger. The exhibit was set to be open for three days in mid-March, but in light of COVID-19, OVAC worked quickly and creatively to change the show’s format to SLOWMENTUM, intended to allow for patrons to view the art and follow social distancing guidelines.

“While the party atmosphere and ephemeral nature of Momentum is...

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Alumni in the News

April 22, 2020

When Lincoln Cochran was the Director of Theater Arts at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, he knew that not every one of his students was into theater. But whether they wanted to pursue careers in acting, engineering or the NFL, Cochran wanted them to be able to present themselves in public.

“We would get kids who didn’t want to do it. And my thing was, ‘You're going to come in here, and you're going to be your best self,'” Cochran says. So, on the first day of class, every student had to present themselves on camera, “which...

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Alumni in the News

April 22, 2020

Two films made by Summer Arts Institute alumni, “The Big Kid” and “Poolside,” were selected to be a part of the BisonBison Film Festival April 3-4. Read the stories behind the making of each film. The full list of the alumni involved and their years of OSAI attendance are listed at the end.

 

The Big...

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Alumni in the News

April 22, 2020

On March 12, we were having coffee and catching up with OSAI alums Gabriel Friedman (Photography ’99) and Yatika Fields (Sculpture ’98, Drawing & Painting ’99, Photography ’00) and OKC artist Denise Duong. The artists had just wrapped up major projects commissioned for Oklahoma Contemporary’s grand opening of a new art campus at NW 11th and Broadway in Oklahoma City. They were getting ready to attend what was to be a weekend full of exhibitions...

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Alumni in the News

February 21, 2020

The summers that Elisa Harkins (Modern Dance ’94, ’95, ’96) spent at Quartz Mountain opened her up to a side of dance that she calls “more cerebral”—full of storytelling and Greek mythology. In her work today as an artist and composer, Harkins preserves the histories, lesser-told stories and languages of her Muscogee (Creek) and Cherokee ancestors, often employing sculpture, animation, dance, sound design and film.

She’s re-composed and performed hymns—protest songs in disguise—that were...

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