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Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at 6 p.m.
NEW LOCATION FOR 2017! Modern Living Building



VASE Tickets are $30, and include:

  • Pre-Fair Tram Tour (limited seating / first-come, first-served)
  • Reception with hors d’oeuvres
  • Private Showing of the Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition
  • VASE Auction
  • Complimentary Outside Gate Admission for the 2017 Oklahoma State Fair (available at VASE check-in only)

VASE Tickets are available online, at the Jim Norick Arena Box Office or by calling 405.948.6800.


Event Details

The trams begin boarding outside the Modern Living Building at 6 p.m., with the last tram leaving at 6:30 p.m. A reception with hors d’oeuvres will begin at 6 p.m. in the Special Events Area inside the Modern Living Building and guests are encouraged to view the Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center next door.*

The VASE Auction will begin at 7:30 p.m. with emcee Bryon Chambers and auctioneer Ken Busby. VASE students will be present on stage with their art during the auction. Attendees may register to bid for art during the auction, proceeds support the visual arts scholarships.

*Guests visiting the Exhibition will be placed into a drawing for a State Fair Prize Pack valued at more than $200 to be given away during VASE!

For more information, please call 405.948.6710.


Thanks to our Sponsor:

VASE History

Through school-based visual art programs, students have the opportunity to create and collaborate on projects that expand on core curriculum. For more than 40 years, the Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition has supported students and teachers in public, private and parochial schools across Oklahoma. This year, nearly 1,500 entries were received through the program. With the addition of the Northeast, Northwest and South Area take-in and judging, the Fair is making it easier for schools from every area of the state to participate. 

The Visual Arts Scholarship Event (VASE) grew out of the Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition to provide an additional opportunity for talented student artists to showcase their artwork and build connections with the art community in Oklahoma.

After the Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition entries are juried and selected for the display, the very best pieces are hand-selected by our judges for inclusion in the VASE auction. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each piece of artwork at the auction goes directly to the student artist with the remainder benefiting a scholarship fund open to graduating Oklahoma seniors. The one exception is the Ribbon Recycle Best of Show, where the art department from the school earning this honor will receive the entire amount of the sale.

2017 VASE Artists 

Bethany Kaylee Doughty Bethany High School
Bethel Landon Shell Bethel Middle School
Cheyenne Ever Owen Cheyenne Middle School
Clinton Ribbon Recycle Challenge Winner          Clinton Middle School
Davis Rachelle Phipps Davis High School
Edmond Samuel Morgan Holy Trinity Lutheran Middle School
Lone Grove Evie Jones Lone Grove Middle School
Midwest City Kayla Villena Carl Albert High School
Moore Blake Raney Westmoore High School
Mustang Sheridan Keys Mustang High School
Newcastle  Makinzie Howard Newcastle Middle School
Oklahoma City      Avery Underwood Classen School of Advance Studies
  Claire Holloway Classen School of Advance Studies
  Emily Monday Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School
  Gabriela Herrera NW Classen High School
  Madeleine Albertson Classen School of Advance Studies
  Raphael Meza Roosevelt Middle School
  Valeria Angon Roosevelt Middle School
Pauls Valley Cinthia Tu Pauls Valley High School
Shawnee Elizabeth Buchanan Shawnee Middle School
Woodward  Kyrstan Cook Woodward Middle School


Click here to see 2017 VASE Art


Congratulations to the 2017 Scholarship Recipients: 

Jaida Ledbetter – Pauls Valley High School
London Priest – Shawnee High School
Nikki Vardeman – Carl Albert High School

The 2018 VASE Scholarship Application will be available in January of 2018.

EXCITING NEWS! Oklahoma City University and the University of Central Oklahoma have committed additional funding to VASE Scholarship recipients. Scholarship recipients will receive more information about these opportunities in their award notification letter.


Nancy Nortz 
Senior Manager 
Creative Programs 

This page updated on October 16, 2017