Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Recent OVAC-funded Artist Projects

Congratulations to our recent grant recipients! Artist project support for the quarter totals $4,714 to 6 artists. he Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition's Grants for Artists help artists realize their potential. Thanks to OVAC donors who make these transformative awards possible.

January 2014 OVAC-Funded Artist Projects:
Heather Clark Hilliard, Anatomy, commercial and
hand spun wool, tree cages, 3’ x h 8’ x d 3’,

Heather Clark Hilliard, Norman
Creative Projects Artist Grant

Heather Hilliard Clark uses dyed wool, thread and other natural and found materials to create abstract two-dimensional and three- dimensional forms. Hilliard intends to create nine new installation works for a an exhibition called Fettered Unfettered, New Work  at Oklahoma City University’s Hulsey Gallery from August 25  to October 17, 2014. This exhibition will explore the dynamic exchange between physical and mental responses to the environment and will be the first time the artist has shown at a university setting.

Katy Seals, Burger Baby. Mixed Media on Panel. 6’x5’. 2012.
Katy Seals, Ada
Artist Education Grant

Katy Seals, a printmaking professor at East Central University, will attend Frogman's Print and Paper Workshop in July at the University of South Dakota to study the intaglio printmaking technique. She will study under Michael Kruger, a professor from the University of Kansas. The workshop will allow Seals to gain new skills as well as network with a wide range of printmakers from across the U.S. She plans to integrate these new skills into her own work as well as her teaching.

Alexandra Knox, Pursuit, Dyed muslin, poplar, 120”x60”x48”. 2013.
Alexandra Knox, Norman
Creative Projects Artist Grant

Alexandra Knox, a sculpture professor at East Central University, will attend the Keen Foundry Invitational Symposium in Houston with one of her students. There she will have the opportunity to create a large scale cast iron sculpture allowing her to create freely without size restrictions. This symposium will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for Knox and her student and will allow them to make important connections for their university, their community, and their own careers.

Jason Cytacki, See the USA (In Your Chevrolet), Oil on Canvas, 42” x 62” 2012
Jason Cytacki, Norman
Creative Projects Artist Grant

Jason Cytacki’s intricate paintings explore themes of American identity by using imagery of pop culture and the American West. Cytacki will create new work for an exhibit at the Science Museum of Oklahoma Satellite Gallery entitled Fortresses of Solitude, an exploration of imaginative secret lairs in pop culture. By branching into three-dimensional art, Cytacki intends to leave his comfort zone of 2D painting and explore new imagery.

Casey Pankey, Sunday Sickness, Plaster, fabric, Bible pages. 
29” x 27” x 18”. 2013.
Casey Pankey, Stillwater
Professional Basics Grant

With this grant, Casey Pankey will purchase a high-quality Nikon camera to document her work for upcoming shows in the immediate and long-term future. Her current body of work, Childhood Memories, is a series of sculptural forms that tap into intimate memories from her childhood. With the vital tool of a camera, Pankey will be able to photograph this work for potential shows at Small Art, Big Impact in Manhattan, Las Laguna Art Gallery in California, and the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s Momentum.

Sarah Day-Short, Stellar Companions, 
acrylic, spray paint, paint pen on canvas, (8) 6" X 6", 2013.
Sarah Day-Short, Oklahoma City
Professional Basics Grant

Sarah Day Short plans to show with FRINGE artists Mary James Ketch and Jessica Craddock for a “three woman show” in mid to late 2014, and plans to show existing work as well as produce 7 to 9 new pieces. Her work focuses on abstract forms and color with reference to the cosmos. She will use the grant funds to create frames for some of her existing and new work so she will be able to present more clean and professional work for gallery exhibitions.

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