Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition announces artists selected for Art 365 project

Art 365 Artist Marwin Begaye [Photo provided]
Art 365 Artist Marwin Begaye [Photo provided]

Every three years, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition hosts the highly competitive program, Art 365, in which five Oklahoma-based creative proposals are selected to complete innovative artwork in consultation with a nationally recognized curator. 

In an unprecedented model for the region, the artists receive an honorarium of $12,000. Over the course of the year, these artists create a body of work that will culminate with exhibitions in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City, according to a news release.

“We congratulate the selected artists on this esteemed award and look forward to watching their projects unfold over the next year,” says OVAC’s Executive Director Krystle Brewer in a statement. “Additionally, we want to thank all of our generous sponsors who have made this incredible opportunity possible for these artists.”

The artists for this iteration of Art 365 were chosen by guest curator Grace Deveney, associate curator of Prospect.5 in New Orleans. The selected artists are Ginnie Baer, of Edmond; Crystal Z Campbell, of Tulsa; Naima Lowe, of Tulsa;  Marilla Martinez, of Stillwater; and collaborators Maggie Boyett, of Oklahoma City, and Marwin Begaye, of Norman.

The application process for this competitive program was even more strenuous in the midst of a pandemic, according to the news release. With 101 initial proposals to choose from, it was a difficult task for the curator to first select 16 semifinalists to meet with virtually. She then narrowed the selection down to the 5 projects receiving the award.

“While there were so many talented artists who submitted applications, I was compelled by the way the selected artists speak to the intertwined relationship between land, value, and subjectivity. I look forward to working with and learning from the selected artists while letting their process, over the course of the year, shape the exhibition,” says Deveney in a statement.

For 32 years as a nonprofit, OVAC has helped Oklahoma artists enrich the state through their creative endeavors. OVAC will present Art 365 in partnership with Living arts of Tulsa and Artspace at Untitled. This program is supported by Mid-America Arts Alliance, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, the Oklahoma Arts Council, George Kaiser Family Foundation, and Kirkpatrick Family Fund. OVAC is an Allied Arts member agency.

For more information about this program, visit Art365.org.

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition grows and develops Oklahoma’s visual arts community through education, promotion, connection, and funding.

Crystal Z Campbell's multidisciplinary exhibit "MODEL CITIZEN: HERE I STAND." [Photo provided]
Crystal Z Campbell’s multidisciplinary exhibit “MODEL CITIZEN: HERE I STAND.” [Photo provided]

ART 365 PROJECTS AND ARTIST BIOS:

Ginnie Baer // Edmond
Project:  Silver Valley

Ginnie Baer is originally from Ohio and currently resides in Edmond. She received an MFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from The Ohio State University. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including a residency and exhibition in Kofu, Japan. Baer’s work explores the healing potential of landscape, seen through the lens of painting. She has taught at several universities throughout the United States and is currently a lecturer at Oklahoma State University.

Crystal Z Campbell // Tulsa
Project: Hi, Hi, Hi, Highway

Crystal Z Campbell is a multidisciplinary artist and writer of African-American, Filipino and Chinese descents. Campbell excavates public secrets using performance, installation, sound, paintings and film. Each project is a nudge to collective memory and the politics of the witness, doubling as a prompt to meditate on the future of our complicit fictions, suppressed memories, and shared histories. Campbell exhibits internationally in institutions like Drawing Center, ICA-Philadelphia, Artissima, Studio Museum, Project Row Houses, and SculptureCenter, amongst others. Selected honors include:Pollock-Krasner, MAP, MacDowell, Skowhegan, Rijksakademie, M-AAA, Whitney ISP, and Flaherty Fellowship. Campbell is a concurrent Drawing Center Fellow and Tulsa Artist Fellow.

Naima Lowe // Tulsa
Project: Aren’t They All Just Love Songs Anyway?

Naima Lowe comes from a long line of Black people who make things. She has parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents who are musicians, fashion designers, teachers, waitresses and farm laborers. She’s steeped in a lineage of Black cultural production characterized by alchemic survival strategies known as collaboration and improvisation. Naima has exhibited videos, performances, and installations at Anthology Film Archive, Wing Luke Museum, MiX Experimental Film Festival, Jack Straw Cultural Center, Judson Church, and Seattle Contemporary Arts. Her BA is from Brown University, her MFA from Temple University, and she’s been an artist in residence at Millay Colony, Vermont Studio Center and Bemis Center. Naima is a 2019-20 fellow at Tulsa Artist Fellowship.

Marilla Martinez // Stillwater
Project: Payne

Born in Mexico, Mirella Martinez immigrated to the U.S. with her family at a young age and grew up in Oklahoma. After attending Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, she spent the following years traveling between Oklahoma and the West Coast. Currently based out of Stillwater, she continues to make photographs and hand-bound books among other visual art that questions the way we look at and interact with the world around us. “Most of my work is based on the ephemeral intimate moments, both our own and those shared with others. Much of my practice draws from memory and the nostalgia attached to our emotions and how our perceptions of them shift as we go throughout life. In a sense my intent is to visually deconstruct our simulation and break it down to an almost abstract form,” she says in an artist statement.

Maggie Boyett and Marwin Begaye // Oklahoma City and Norman
Project: Body Acknowledgement: The Body as Land

Maggie Boyett is an enrolled member of the Shawnee Tribe (White Oak ceremonial grounds) and belongs to Kiowa, Peoria and Delaware and non-Native relatives. As a dancer, Maggie began as a baby at powwows and ceremonial functions, but her studio training began at age 4 with Moscelyne Larkin, Tulsa Ballet co-founder and one of the “Five Moon” Oklahoma Indian ballerinas who gained international acclaim with the Ballet Russes. Maggie is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma School of Dance, where she studied under Austin Hartel (Hartel Dance Group, Pilobolus) and Derrick Minter (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater). Boyett’s work draws influence from visual art and personal and traditional stories.

An internationally exhibited artist, Marwin Begaye examines the issues of cultural identity through the intersection of American Indian and popular cultures. His ongoing research investigates the technical processes related to printmaking and construction of mixed-media art. He has received numerous awards as an artist in residence and through juried exhibitions, often negotiating the cultivation of his own skills and opening doors for his students. His work has been featured in numerous publications and he maintains an active exhibition schedule, featured in exhibitions in New Zealand, England, Argentina, Paraguay, Italy, Siberia and Estonia.

Shirley L. Bryant

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