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Summer Arts Institute

May 20, 2020

The counselor-liaisons at the Summer Arts Institute are our secret weapons. They’re as adept at having a cabin meeting heart-to-heart as they are in helping students with their artistic work. Many of them are OSAI alumni who went through the Quartz Mountain experience themselves, and they’re also working artists in their own right—skilled in the disciplines in which they serve as OSAI liaisons.

We talked to a few of the liaisons who will be working with us on OSAI at Home: Lizzie Forman (Acting), Emily Lower (Dance), Tyne...

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Summer Arts Institute

May 20, 2020

As the start of OSAI at Home creeps closer and closer, check out our recommended reading, watching, and listening for students to familiarize themselves with two of our incredible 2020 guest artists!

Jad Abumrad is the host and creator of Radiolab, a public radio program broadcast on 524 stations across the nation and downloaded more than 9 million times a month as a podcast. Abumrad employs his dual backgrounds as composer and journalist to create what's been...

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Summer Arts Institute

May 20, 2020

 

Konrad Eek, one of our OSAI at Home instructors, has been working with the Arts Institute’s photography program since 1991. In many ways, to know Konrad is to know Quartz Mountain. We recently caught up with him to ask about his days as a young artist.

 

What were you like in high school?

In high school, I was a naive little dweeb. I was 6’3” tall and 135 pounds. If I turned sideways and stuck out my tongue, I looked like a zipper.

 

What were some of the first...

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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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