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The AHHA Studio Artist program fosters visual art-making, direct engagement, collaboration and partnerships. Meaningful connections between AHHA and diverse audiences are nurtured and supported. All Studio Artists are considered a vital part of the AHHA community and its programming.

The main focus of the year-long residencies for five local artists is active art-making. Artists complete a self-defined project. Additionally, artists engage with community and visiting artists. Studios are approximately 300 square feet and accommodate a variety of mediums.  In exchange for an inexpensive monthly rental fee, selected artists are asked to participate in Open Studios periodically throughout the year, and contribute a negotiated service that may include teaching, mentoring, gallery support or other work at AHHA.

Local and visiting artists create atop a four story visual art center in the heart of the new Brady Arts District in downtown Tulsa. Local artists rent studios located side by side with live/work spaces for visiting artists. Studios surround a common space designed to inspire incidental collaboration and interaction between local, national and international artists. Each studio looks out onto a green roof and the urban landscape beyond. Artists have access to state-of-the-art 2, 3 and 4D classrooms, a darkroom, and media lab.  For more information on becoming an AHHA Studio Artist please visit:

Read more below about current Studio Artists John Bryant, Brooke Golightly, John Hammer, Sharyl Landis, and Daniel Sutliff.

Studio Artist News – October 2014 

Studio Artist News – September 2014 



Whowesternlands  I take photos, draw, print, and make collages. My work is a visual, not verbal, experience. Then Born in Oklahoma. Raised in Texas. Back to Oklahoma for university. Off to Japan. Now Live and work in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Why I like making visual art. I enjoy both the process and the end result. I am fortunate to possess the resources to do what I enjoy.

close enough to lose your heartBROOKE GOLIGHTLY 

For me, photography changed from more than a way of merely recording life as we see it several years ago. It quickly became an escape from the trials of daily life and a way of putting into balance many questions I have about not only my own psyche, but a way of understanding the complicated questions we all have about human nature, fear and the power of emotions.  I wanted to be able to actually record feelings through my photographs, or perpetuate a place where an emotional response could be borne. When that happened, I quickly found that through completing a concept it also created a place where I could put troubles or issues that were on my mind.

My process for photography starts with a concept, then I’ll scout out a location, develop on a character idea, sometimes use props, and after about one to two hours of shooting I’ll spend three to seven more in post-processing.  So, as a result many of my pieces will be comprised of several shots taken at one shooting and then blended together in editing.
“If you want to become a grocer, or a general, or a politician, or a judge, you will invariably become it; that is your punishment.  If you never know what you want to be, if you live what some might call the dynamic life but what I will call the artistic life, if each day you are unsure of who you are and what you know you will never become anything, and that is your reward.” ~ Oscar Wilde

BlueDome (1)JOHN HAMMER first realized he was an artist in the 3rd grade. Since then, he’s never thought of being anything else (well, maybe a rock star – but that’s it!).

Throughout John’s primary school years, he most enjoyed the art of pencil and ink drawings. He won several art competitions and that inspired him to keep developing his skills. When it came time for college, he decided to pursue a degree in Commercial Art. At that time, hand skills were the primary tools used to produce projects for clients. Once computer technology took over the design field, he found himself developing those computer design skills and drawing less. But, he never lost the desire to pursue his fine art.

In May, 2012, the day arrived that John would launch into that pursuit. He picked up a paintbrush and took off on an exciting new direction in his career. In a variety of subject matter, his design background and love of color really stand out in his current work. This style has been described as “Pop Impressionism.” As John follows his fine art vision, the goals are to keep his art diverse and his expressions varied. He says, “I’ll always paint and pursue new mediums, but I won’t forget my first love…the pencil.”

On the Beach

SHARYL LANDIS grew up in Laredo, TX and this Texas-Mexico border culture profoundly influenced her development as an artist.  She was mesmerized by the lively environment and vibrant colors.  Her travels to Holland, Brazil, India and Vietnam enhanced this passion for color and ethnic cultures.

Sharyl began beading in 1997 and continues to expand her interest in a wide variety of fiber related media, including hand dyed textiles, paper weaving, on-loom and off-loom weaving, hand made paper and embroidery.  Many of her pieces have a whimsical, happy quality and sometimes beading is added to create texture and luminescence.

Visit Sharyl’s website:

Rainbow Pod (3ftX5ft) Acrylic on canvasDANIEL SUTLIFF was born in 1981 in Tulsa Oklahoma. Daniel Sutliff’s work includes a variety of mediums ranging from painting to sculpture and mural projects. Since 2010 Daniel’s art has focused mainly on the concept of fusing elements of pop culture such as cartoons and video game imagery into a cohesive whole that reflects the exuberance and mystery of the affect these elements had on his imagination as a child. Daniel is also a musician and has toured the country as a one man multi-media project incorporating video, music, and installation under the name Daniel(((S))).  Daniel graduated from the University of Tulsa with a bachelors in Philosophy in 2004. Press : Tulsa Art Spot Blog: The New Muralist in T-Town Urban Tulsa Feature:  Gaming Tunes