Inclusion in Art is dedicated to promoting racial and cultural diversity in Oklahoma’s visual arts community through exhibitions, workshops, creative projects and lectures.

Inclusion in Art continues to support artists of color by connecting communities through socially conscious presentations that challenge the mind and embrace progressive thought.

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Emerge: Art Mentorship Program

Emerge 2021 Artist: Ariana Weir  

Ariana Weir is a Mexican American printmaker from Oklahoma City. She uses relief printmaking to document and investigate her cultural identity and the world around her. She recently graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Studio Art with an emphasis in printmaking.

Ariana will work towards creating a body of work for a solo show towards the end of the year. In the months leading up to the show, the artist will receive constructive feedback on their artwork from Inclusion In Art’s distinguished board of directors practicing artists and curators. The selected artist will receive guidance in various professional practices.

This program is open to any emerging Oklahoma artist that identifies as a racial/ethnic minority. We define emerging artists as anyone who has just started their career in art, no matter their age. 

Our organization is dedicated to promoting racial and cultural diversity in Oklahoma’s visual art community. We encourage those at the early stages of their artistic career to become more involved.

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Curate: Curatorial Mentorship Program

2021 Curator: Debra Martin-Barber

Born in California and raised in Oklahoma City, Debra Martin-Barber’s desire to create art began by drawing pictures out of storybooks at age six. Her early ambition was inspired by her mother who was a self-taught artist. Debra has a master’s in Human Relations that includes 30 hours of coursework in commercial art. While attending college, she received the prestigious Art Purchase Award by selling the most artwork at a student exhibit. During this time, she also exhibited work at The Paseo Arts Festival.

Recently, she has shown her works at Putnam City Faculty Art Show, NTU Celebration of the Arts, the Women of Color Art Show and the Leslie Powell Gallery as well as various businesses throughout the Metro area. In addition, she serves as an Artist-In-Residence for various non-profit organizations. As an Oklahoma artist and enthusiast, her greatest pleasure is being a strong advocate for arts education.

The emerging curator will work with members of the Inclusion In Art board and with the selected emerging artist for 2021 Ariana Weir. The emerging curator will provide critique and thematic input into the exhibition. Debra will develop their skills by learning the professional aspects of curation, including research, community involvement and applying for grants.

This program is open to any emerging curator living in Oklahoma that identifies as a racial/ethnic minority. We define an emerging artist as anyone who is in the early stages of their career in art, no matter their age.  

Inclusion In Art is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting racial and cultural diversity in Oklahoma’s visual art community. IIA continues to support artists of color by connecting communities through presentations that challenge traditional perspectives and embrace progressive thought.