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2023 Oklahoma Arts Conference

"Promise in the Road Ahead"

Jarica Walsh
Jarica Walsh serves as the Director of Visual and Public Art for the Oklahoma Arts Council. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, having received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts with an emphasis in Filmmaking. She previously served as Associate Director of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition where she managed the Artist Survival Kit professional development series and oversaw artist grants and fellowship programs. At the Oklahoma Arts Council, Walsh is the department lead for the visual and public art staff. In this role, she provides oversight of the agency's Art in Public Places program, guides the delivery of high-quality curriculum resources, shepherds the curation of artworks exhibited in the Oklahoma State Capitol, and manages the collections of art owned by the State of Oklahoma—including the Capitol Art Collection, the State Art Collection, and the Public Art Collection, among others. A member of the Osage Nation, Walsh is an active visual artist working primarily in ceramics.

Jarica Walsh's Schedule
Artist Co-Ops of Oklahoma
Date: Thursday – October, 19 2023 Time: 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Room: Great Plains Ballroom E
The artist co-op business model is one way that visual artists can organize to support collective artistic growth, visibility, and career development. For this session, representatives from Oklahoma-based artist co-ops Oklahoma Indian Arts & Crafts Cooperative of Anadarko and BlackMoon of Tulsa will discuss the history and work of their co-ops, sharing information on best practices and keys for success. This session is recommended for artists who are considering the possibility of starting a co-op.

Connecting with Community for Engaged Public Art
Date: Thursday – October, 19 2023 Time: 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Room: Great Plains Ballroom C
During this session, Oklahoma Arts Council staff will explain how new works of art recently commissioned and installed in the Oklahoma State Capitol expand the history of the state told through the artwork in The People's House. A six-year renovation of the Capitol building allowed for an overhaul of the curatorial plan by which art is displayed in the historic building. And for the first time, museum standards were introduced for the Capitol art collections. Learn how the Oklahoma Arts Council's curatorial team used the new commissions to connect with Oklahomans and broaden community investment.

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