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.  Accepted students will be notified by May 1, 2014.



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.


Applications Deadline EXTENDED:  April 30, 2014

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

Applicants Notified of Acceptance:  May 1, 2014

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

Would you like to donate to the Summer Arts Scholarship Fund?  You can help fund a scholarship online through Rocket Hub!  Click the link below to visit our online campaign.  You may also 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).

Discipline: Sculpture

David Reed James has been a professional sculptor for more than 16 years. Since 1997 he has worked on nearly 50 major motion pictures including Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean, Transformers, Team America, Spiderman, National Treasure, Indiana Jones, Kill Bill, and The Grinch. In the summer of 2013 he moved to Tulsa where his new focus is large-scale public sculpture.

Disciplines: Printmaking & Photography

Allison Lackner graduated with her MFA from the University of Tulsa in 2011. She has been a professional Teaching Artist for both the Gilcrease Museum of Art and The Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa. She spent a year as the Education Coordinator for Fab Lab of Tulsa and continues to influence young artists around the Tulsa area including Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences, Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education and the Lighthouse Charter School.

Disciplines: Video/Film

Zach Litwack is a filmmaker based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Active since 2001, his recent films include the social justice documentary, One Life For Another (2013), the horror homage to German Expressionism, The Gentleman (2012), the surreal fantasy, Lost and Found (2008), and the dark comedy, Improvisation (2006). Between 2007 and 2008, both Improvisation and Lost and Found were featured as Official Selections in the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner. One Life For Another, an account of his mother’s near death experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer during the Panama Canal Riots of 1964, received the endorsement of the Sargent Shriver Peace Institute in 2013 and is beginning its festival circuit. He is currently in pre-production on Good Intentions, a short that will be included in the anthology feature, Vacancy, and writing the feature screenplay for the supernatural thriller, The Other Side.

Outside of pursuing his own projects, Litwack enjoys teaching others to express themselves through film. Between 2001 and 2011, he has taught screenwriting, film production, and film editing at Living Arts of Tulsa, the Tulsa Opera Summer Program, the Chicago chapter of Upward Bound, and Columbia College Chicago’s Film & Video Department. He is currently the Coordinator of the AHHA Film Series as well as the Coordinator and Instructor for the AHHA Film Institute at the Hardesty Arts Center.

Discipline: Large-scale Paper Sculpture

Lydia Moore is an artist and arts administrator with a strong background in interdisciplinary art forms. Her educational foundation in the Arts Management program at the University of Tulsa allowed her to study fine art as well as the development of community-based arts initiatives. In 2008 Lydia led an intergenerational project for the Diorama Arts Centre in London. She has chaired local and regional events such as the New Genre Arts Festival, the Day of the Dead Festival, and the 24 Hour Video Race. Lydia’s teaching experience includes positions with Art Core as well as New Arts Camp.

Discipline: Photography

Natalie Slater is a native Texan who spends her time looking for stories hidden within people. She’s been working as a photographer, print maker, graphic designer, teacher and visual artist for the past six years in places like Ireland, Spain, England, Alaska and New York. She holds a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and photography from John Brown University and recently completed her master’s thesis in photography at the University of Tulsa. Natalie’s work has been featured with The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Hallmark, The Soderquist Center, Toms Shoes, and has won recognitions from AIGA, the Oklahoma Artist Coalition, and the Gussman Award.

Discipline: Sculpture

Amber Tait is the Director of Any Given Child-Tulsa, a partnership program between the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Tulsa Public Schools, The City of Tulsa and Tulsa area arts organizations, including the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa. Ms. Tait is an visual arts educator with over ten years of experience. She taught 8th grade art and ceramics at Union Public Schools and has taught a variety of visual art classes and workshops at Gilcrease and Philbrook museums, Waterworks art studio, and Tulsa Community College. Ms. Tait holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and a Master of Arts in Art Education from the University of Tulsa and is currently completing a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Oklahoma State University. She serves on the Board of Directors for Tulsa Lighthouse Charter School and Tulsa Art Spot as well as on the Tulsa Public Schools Fine Arts Advisory Board. Ms. Tait is a practicing artist working primarily in mixed media.

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.

Discipline: Printmaking

May Yang is a Tulsa based artist and designer. She works primarily with printmaking techniques to produce work that explores her cultural background as well as the environment around her. May graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008 focusing on graphic design and printmaking. While there, she interned for Dolphin Press & Print, the school’s print workshop. Continuing her interest in collaborative printmaking, May attended the Tamarind Institute of Lithography in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Currently, May has been working on her business, Flash Flood Print Studios (, which she co-owns with Nick Nold.