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The Summer Arts Academy is a series of one week classes that will provide a creative and innovative stepping stone for artistically inclined Oklahoma students grades 7-8 in the following visual art disciplines:


Classes will be held at the Hardesty Arts Center in the middle of downtown Tulsa’s Brady Arts District.  Fondly referred to as AHHA, the Hardesty Arts Center provides state-of-the-art equipment and facilities while just a few steps from the doors of surrounding galleries and museums.  Students will learn from professional Teaching Artists.

Online applications for Summer Arts Academy are now closed.  Stay tuned for 2015 information coming soon!
For questions about the application process, contact or 918-584-3333.




July 7-11

July 14-18

July 28 – August 1

*All sessions will last from 9:00am – 4:00pm with a lunch break.  Students should plan to bring a sack lunch.


Art Review:  You will be contacted to schedule an in-person, 15-minute art review.

Tuition:  $250 per session.  Some scholarships are available.

Would you like to donate to the Summer Arts Scholarship Fund? Please contact us at 918.584.3333 or email



Disciplines: Printmaking and Photography

Like many other Texans I wasn’t actually born there, but it’s where I grew up so it feels like home, even if I don’t live there anymore. In many ways it’s more fun to be a Texan away from home than it is to live there and endure the blistering heat while being devoured by fire ants. I returned to Oklahoma to attend the University of Tulsa, where I completed an undergraduate degree in printmaking. After I graduated, I worked for several years as a teacher, both in the United States and for many years in Japan.

Art and family brought me back from Japan, and the University of Tulsa and the Ben Henneke Research Fellowship made it possible for me to work on my master’s degree while being closer to my parents. Art is something I have to do, the only way in which I can translate the stream of thoughts and impulses I experience into the physical world, the only way in which I can communicate.

Although I do not myself believe, my astrological sign is Taurus, I was born in the year of the horse, and my blood type is O. I prefer cats to dogs, own far too many books, and my favorite color is reflex blue (the color of a disposable blue ball point pen).


Disciplines: Drawing/Painting

Libby Williams will be completing a Master of Fine Art degree in Painting from the University of Tulsa in May 2014. Her work explores the links between invented abstraction and observational landscape painting. She has taught young artists through numerous organizations across the city including: Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa, Gilcrease Museum, Philbrook Museum, Waterworks and Project Creates. Libby grew up in Kansas City and has also studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia and Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York.