Fellowship and Student Award of Excellence 2011 Applications

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Fellowship and Student Award of Excellence applications are due by 5 pm on Monday, May 2.  You can find the full application here
This year’s guest curator is Ben Heywood, the director of Soap Factory in Minneapolis, MN.  Learn more about him and his curatorial projects, which include installations by many emerging and established artist from across the country. 
Here’s information about frequently asked questions about the Fellowship and Student Awards of Excellence.  

Cedar Marie, Love Poem 2,  2010 Fellowship Award Recipient

Sherwin Tibayan, Off the Strip, Las Vegas, 2010 Award of Excellence Recipient 
Also, you can learn about past Fellowship and Award recipients here


Tulsa Art Studio Tour Artist: George Kountoupis

George Kountoupis, Gil, Oil

George Kountoupis – Oil and Watercolor Paint
Kountoupis studied at the University of Oklahoma and the Frank Reilly School of Art in New York and has conducted workshops for 35 years worldwide in locations such as Spain, Greece, Turkey and France. His work is included in many galleries and collections nationwide and has been included in several books such as The Best of Watercolor and Painting Light and Shadow. He received the Grumbacher Gold Medal Award and the CPS Bronze Medal Award from the American Watercolor Society.
George Kountoupis  Gil, Oil
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Kountoupis’ focuses on technical precision, applying paint carefully en plein air in locations globally. He contends that the placement of lights and darks in an image can be the difference between a good painting and a great one. He said, “I don’t copy what I see. I paint what I want to see.”
George Kountoupis, White House, Oil

Ask about:
Working as a magician, sculpting, and painting internationally
Where to find his work:
Southwest Gallery in Dallas, Texas. Art Gallery Magazine

Tulsa Art Studio Tour Artist: Alan Frakes

Alan Frakes, from Dumpsters Series, Oil, 9×12″

Alan Frakes – Oil and Acrylic Paint
Frakes received a BFA from the University of Tulsa in Fine Art and Graphic Design. He is a member of Oil Painters of America and has exhibited in many galleries and events. His work has been published in Better Homes and Gardens and small architecture BIG LANDSCAPES.
Alan Frakes in his studio
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In a recent effort to take his art in a direction he had not yet tried, Frakes started painting outside on location.  He said he tries to “capture what he sees” quickly, allowing him to concentrate on color choices.  Frakes encourages anyone wanting to be an artist to just do it, trying many different materials, subjects, and methods.
Alan Frakes, Oil

Ask about:
Painting the Camelot Hotel, plein air painting, classic hot rods and motorcycles, dumpsters and shopping carts
Where to find his work: The Pierson Gallery, www.frakesfineart.com
Meet 9 artists and see their working spaces and during the Tulsa Art Studio Tour April 9 and 10. See this Art Focus Oklahoma article for more information or http://www.tulsaartstudiotour.org/ for tickets. 

Art 365 Curator: Shannon Fitzgerald

Art 365 Curator Shannon Fitzgerald with Aaron Hauck as he places artwork. 

In anticipation of Art 365 Curator Shannon Fitzgerald’s talk on Thursday evening, April 7, here are links to recent profiles of her. Fitzgerald will be addressing her curatorial philosophy and some interesting projects she has brewing. The talk starts at 6 pm in [Artspace] at Untitled, 1 NE 3rd, OKC.  This is an opportunity  hear from a curator experienced in working with artists from around the world who is well versed in the contemporary art world.

Art 365 Curator Shannon Fitzgerald discusses placement with Lis Rodda & Frank Wick.. 

In this article from Art Focus Oklahoma, learn about how Fitzgerald approached selecting the Art 365 artists, the process of working with artists on new projects, and more. 

This blog article series describes Fitzgerald’s background and her perspective on writing and curatorial projects. 

This video from Momentum Tulsa 2010 introduces Fitzgerald and her approach to working whit emerging artists. Also, she is featured speaking about individual projects throughout the Art 365 artists’ profile videos found here: http://www.youtube.com/okvisualarts.   

Tulsa Art Studio Tour Artist: May Yang

May Yang, Foreign Languages, Silkscreen

May Yang – Printmaking & Mixed Media
A devoted printmaker, Yang graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art with a focus on graphic design and printmaking. While there, she interned for Dolphin Press and Print, the school’s print shop. Continuing her interest in collaborative printmaking, Yang received her Professional Printer’s Certificate from the Tamarind Institute of Lithography in Albuquerque, NM.
May Yang working, Foreign Languages, Silkscreen
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Recently, Yang began investigating her family’s background and her cultural identity as a first generation Asian-American through her artwork. She said, “The versatility of the different printmaking mediums lend themselves well to portraying the dichotomy of the two cultures within which I live. Family photographs are treated with a delicate touch whereas English text & letterforms receive a bold treatment, often using bright, eye catching colors.”
Ask about:
Tamarind Institute, print action, Momentum Spotlight 
Where to find her work:
Electrofervor.net, Etsy.com, Dwelling Spaces, recent exhibitions at City Arts Center and Living Arts
Meet 9 artists and see their working spaces and during the Tulsa Art Studio Tour April 9 and 10. See this Art Focus Oklahoma article for more information or http://www.tulsaartstudiotour.org/ for tickets. 

Tulsa Art Studio Tour Artist: Steven Rosser

Steven Rosser, Acrylic

Steven Rosser – Oil and Printmaking 
Rosser earned an MA emphasizing Painting and Drawing from the University of Tulsa. His work has shown in galleries across the country and been published in various magazines, such as ArtLines, and on album covers for Warner Brothers. Because he finds the process of etchings and relief printings addictive, he is pursuing an MFA, this time in Printmaking. Rosser serves as an adjunct art teacher at Tulsa Community College and Rogers State University.
Steven Rosser in his studio

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Rosser is inspired by mythology, fascinated by its narrative, ritual and ceremony. He is drawn to creating grotesque images in which he hopes to deconstruct traditional imagery and symbolism using contemporary sensibilities to reinventing the setting and characters. He said, “Art is a gift from the artist to the viewer. It is for the viewer to unwrap the present and discover what is inside.”
Steven Rosser, Acrylic
Ask about:
Graphic novels, his favorite drawing table, working on an acrylic base, and notions of ugliness
Where to find his work: Joseph Gierek Fine Art
Meet 9 artists and see their working spaces and during the Tulsa Art Studio Tour April 9 and 10. See this Art Focus Oklahoma article for more information or http://www.tulsaartstudiotour.org/ for tickets.