BIPOC Artists wanted for Fresh Paint Mural Competition


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Applications for the 2024 Fresh Paint Mural Project are closed

Arts Council Oklahoma City is searching for talented artists from the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community to participate in the Fresh Paint Mural Project at the 58th annual Festival of the Arts. 

In partnership with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Fresh Paint Mural Project will connect five local, BIPOC artists with prominent art mentors in the Oklahoma City area. Those artists will collaborate with the mentors to create an 8’ x 8’ mural, with the artists having full creative freedom to paint a masterpiece of their choosing. This year, for the first time ever, murals will be displayed at the Festival of the Arts on April 25 – 28, 2024.

“Oklahoma City is overflowing with talented young artists who are waiting for an opportunity to take their art to the next level,” said ACOKC Events Coordinator Avery Matney. “Festival of the Arts brings in over 550,000 visitors each year and Fresh Paint will allow these artists to showcase their creations at one of Oklahoma’s largest annual events.”

The competition is open to anyone in the Oklahoma City metro area between the ages of 18 – 25. All participants must be from the BIPOC community.

“OKC is a special place that is wonderfully diverse and Fresh Paint is an opportunity to celebrate how truly unique we are,” said Angela Cozby, ACOKC Executive Director. “We’re excited to partner with the OKC Thunder to showcase the outstanding work of local BIPOC artists whose artistic endeavors don’t represent a singular voice, but rather the beauty found in the diversity of our entire community.”

Selected artists will attend paint days at the OKC Farmers Public Market during February and March and will be coached by art mentors Denise Duong and Jaiye Farrell through every step of the process.

“We’re grateful to have two incredibly talented local artists serving as mentors to the next generation of OKC artists” said Art Moves Director Erin Clemons. “Having Denise and Jaiye working alongside them will certainly help these young artists tap into their potential and bring their creations to life.”

Applications are open until January 5 and all submissions must include at least three (3) examples of the artist’s work. 

You can click the links to learn more about Denise Duong and Jaiye Farrell.

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