A total of 27 emerging visual and literary artists, including six Oklahomans, have been named to the second annual class of the Tulsa Artist Fellowship.

The program, underwritten by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, provides selected artists from around the United States the opportunity to live, work and create new art in Tulsa. The program includes free housing and studio space along with a $20,000 stipend.

Last year, the TAF was open only to visual artists, but for this year, the program was expanded to encompass the literary arts as well.

“The inaugural class of the Tulsa Artist Fellowship was an immense success, and interest in the program continues to grow across the U.S.,” said Julia White, TAF program director, in a statement.

“The expansion to two classes will allow even more collaboration among the fellows in the program as they immerse themselves in the Tulsa art community through festivals, gallery shows and First Friday Art Crawls,” she said. “This year’s artists are incredibly ambitious and talented, and we are proud to not only support them, but welcome them to Tulsa.”

More than 575 applicants from 40 states applied for the fellowships. Those selected represent 13 states and include graphic novelists, playwrights, screenwriters, poets, painters, ceramics artists, photographers, street artists and more. The fellowship will begin on Jan. 9.

Tulsa native Sterlin Harjo, a filmmaker whose work includes the recently released “Mekko,” said, “As a native Tulsan, I’m especially proud to be selected for the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. As a filmmaker, writing is a huge aspect of what I do. I’m excited to get to stay in my hometown and continue to pursue my passion with the support of George Kaiser Family Foundation and my fellow artists.”

In addition to Harjo, the Oklahomans in this year’s class are poet Allison Hedge Coke from Arcadia; ceramic artist Anita Fields, Stillwater; Tulsan Rachel Hays, a fiber artist; Yakita Fields, a painter and muralist from Stillwater, Oklahoma; and Tulsa painter Cynthia Brown.

The other members of the 2017 class of writing fellows are:

  • Anna Badkhen, Creative Nonfiction, Alpine, Texas
  • Melanie Gillman, Graphic Novel, Denver, Colorado
  • Arigon Starr, Graphic Novel, West Hollywood, California
  • Dan Musgrave, Creative Nonfiction, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Simon Han, Fiction, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Adrienne Dawes, Play/Screen Writing, Chicago, Illinois
  • Jennifer Hope Davy, Fiction, Millburn, New Jersey
  • Colleen Abel, Poetry, Beach Park, Illinois
  • Laurie Thomas, Play/Screen Writing, Tampa, Florida
  • April Freely, Creative Nonfiction, Cleveland, Ohio

The class of visual artists for 2017 include:

  • Adam Smith, Painting/Street Art, Pasadena, California
  • Megan Mosholder, Fiber Art/Public Installation, Sugar Grove, Ohio
  • Antonius Bui, Paper/Installation, Sugar Land, Texas
  • Tali Weinberg, Fiber Art/Weaving, Berkeley, California
  • Carrie Dickason, Large Scale Installation, Johnson, Vermont
  • Jave Yoshimoto, Printmaking, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Joel Daniel Phillips, Drawing, Oakland, California
  • Jen Liu, Performance/Public Installation, Staten Island, New York
  • Emily Chase, Paper/Printmaking, Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Miranda Brandon, Photography, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Adam Carnes, Painting, Brooklyn, New York

The selection panel for the 2017 TAF writers includes Rilla Askew, author and professor at the University of Oklahoma; Brando Skyhorse, writer in residence at George Washington University; Tyrone Williams, professor at Xavier University; Nozlee Samadzadeh-Hadidi, editor at The Morning News; and Josefine Kals, associate director of publicity for Alfred A. Knopf and Pantheon Books.

The selection panel for the 2017 TAF visual artists includes Kathleen Ash Milby, associate curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian; Andy Grundberg, freelance arts critic, curator and educator in the Washington, D.C. area: James Pepper-Henry, executive director of Gilcrease Museum; Jane Sauer, gallery owner and Honorary Fellow of American Craft; and Monica Ramirez-Montagut, gallery director at Tulane University.

James D. Watts Jr. 918-581-8478