Friday, July 12, 2013

Getting to Know the 2013 OVAC Summer Interns

By Kerry Azzarello, Jessika Davis and Laura Gardner

Oklahomans love to help and Oklahomans love the arts. Nowhere is this more evident than at the OVAC office. Volunteers and interns generously share their abilities year-round. We want to take a moment to introduce the 2013 OVAC Summer Interns. Be on the lookout for Jessika and Lauren around the office and at upcoming events!

Jessika Davis is a recent graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma where she received a degree in Fashion Marketing with minors in Business Administration and Art. Now that she’s finished with school, she has begun the process of building a career in the Arts in Oklahoma City. Her desire to become more fully involved in the art community in Oklahoma led her to an interest in the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, which she views as a great source for plugging in and getting involved. Jessika herself is an artist whose focus is in jewelry making and metal-smithing. Her love of art stems from its provision of an outlet for her to share a piece of herself with others. Jessika grew up in Oklahoma City and was influenced greatly by the “strong-willed, independent women” who surrounded her. She lists eating great food, spending quality time with loved ones, and experiencing excellent entertainment and culture as things she enjoys in her spare time.

Lauren Gardner grew up in Tuttle, OK, but also spent a lot of time in the OKC metro area. As a kid, she especially enjoyed her hometown Fourth of July festivals which included plenty of fair games, fireworks, and the ever-popular pie auction. In May, she graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Art History and a minor in History. Lauren is especially interested in the artistic changes through history:  “Humans are innately creative and it’s interesting to see all of the ways in which that can manifest in the arts, and the truths that can be fleshed out and brought to light through that creativity.” Lauren applied for the OVAC internship after attending Momentum and wanting to learn more about everything that goes on behind the scenes to create exhibitions. When not attending art events or interning, she can be found reading, hiking, and hanging out with her close friends. Soon she’ll be off to Chattanooga, TN for a 2 year internship with the campus ministry RUF. This is one of her passions, stating that if money were of no issue, “I think I would become a professional giver. I would love to do college ministry indefinitely and fund other non-profit organizations to do their work."

Thank you Jessika and Lauren for giving your time and talents to artists across Oklahoma by serving as OVAC interns!

If you (or someone you know) would like to be considered for an Intern position, please send a resume and cover letter to Upcoming Fall deadline is July 31.

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