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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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Summer Arts Institute

April 22, 2020

“If music is communication, then the purpose of music is being able to get ideas out there,” says Allen Tinkham, Music Director of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra who conducted the 2015 Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute Orchestra and will also lead instruction for the orchestra students this summer during OSAI at Home. “The older I get and the more I study music, the more I realize that music is metaphor. It is everything.”

When Tinkham conducted the 2015 Institute Orchestra, he was...

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Fall Arts Institute

April 19, 2020

One participant wrote about a tree—later dubbed the “Survivor Tree”—and the incongruities between what survived and what didn’t, and what was supposed to protect people and what didn’t. Another participant made a sculpture out of objects from her daughter’s purse. The purse survived the bombing, but her daughter did not. In the days following the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, many Oklahoma nonprofits and organizations came together and found ways to help however they could.

The Oklahoma Arts Institute responded by...

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