OKLAHOMA – Every three years, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) 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.
“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. “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 as follows: Ginnie Baer (Edmond), Crystal Z Campbell (Tulsa), Naima Lowe (Tulsa), Marilla Martinez (Stillwater), and collaborators Maggie Boyett (Oklahoma City) and Marwin Begaye (Norman).
The application process for this competitive program was even more strenuous in the midst of a pandemic. 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 guest curator, Grace Deveney.
For 32 years as a nonprofit, OVAC has helped Oklahoma artists enrich the state through their creative endeavors. OVAC will present Art 365in partnership with Living arts of Tulsaand 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.
GUEST CURATOR BIO: Grace Deveney // New Orleans, Louisiana
Grace Deveney is the associate curator of Prospect.5 in New Orleans. Through this project, Deveney expands on the themes of the triennial by considering the ways the past remains palpable in liminal spaces such as airports, lighthouses, and churches, and the ways our actions in the present create new histories for these spaces. Deveney is the former assistant curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where she curated several exhibitions including Groundings, MCA Screen: Paul Pfeiffer, and Out of Office as well as solo presentations of the work of Amanda Williams and Ania Jaworska. She has also served as a curatorial researcher at the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Art History at Northwestern University.
ART 365 PROJECTS AND ARTIST BIOS:
Ginnie Baer // Edmond, Oklahoma
Ginnie Baer is originally from Ohio and currently resides in Edmond, Oklahoma. 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 US and is currently a Lecturer at Oklahoma State University.
Crystal Z Campbell // Tulsa, Oklahoma
Project:Hi, Hi, Hi, Highway
Crystal Z Campbell is a multidisciplinary artist and writer of African-American, Filipino, & 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: 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, Oklahoma
Project:Aren’t They All Just Love Songs Anyway?
Naima Lowe comes from a long line of Black people who make things. She’s got 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 B.A. is from Brown University, 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, Oklahoma
Born in Mexico, Mirella Martinez immigrated to the US with her family at a young age, and grew up in Oklahoma. After attending Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota FL, she spent the following years traveling between Oklahoma and the West Coast. Currently based out of Stillwater, OK, she continues to make photographs and handbound 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.
Maggie Boyett and Marwin Begaye // Oklahoma City and Norman, Oklahoma
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 four 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.
For more information about this program, visit Art365.org.
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Crystal Z Campbell, MODEL CITIZEN: HERE I STAND, Sculpture Installation: Five Dual-Sided Banners (each banner is 24 inches wide and between 180 to 360 inches long), Paint, Three Digital Looping Videos, Three Projectors, Speakers with Looping Stereo Sound, Wood, Drywall Live Performance, 75minutes, 3 Performers and Interpretative Score of Ol' Man River by James G Williams, 2018-2019
Maggie Boyett and Marwin Begaye, Dance Flooring sample design pattern,Woodblock,15’x12’
GinnieBaer,Sparkling Valley Ridge, 2018, acrylic, watercolor and glitter on wood panel, 24”x24
Mirella Martinez, Mexico I, II, III, Handmade set of zines, 2x5”, 2019
Naima Lowe, Aren’t They All Just Love Songs Anyway?, Five channel installation, shown as part of a featured exhibition in the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Triennial exhibition of Contemporary ArtConcept.
Art 365 Artist Crystal Z Campbell, Photo provided by artist
Art 365 Artist Marwin Begaye, Photo provided by artist
Art 365 Artist Maggie Boyett, Photo provided by artist
Art 365 Artist Ginnie Baer, Photo provided by artist
Art 365 Artist Mirella Martinez, Photo provided by artist
Art 365 Artist, Naima Lowe, Photo provided by artist