About the Exhibition
The Elevate at 21c program presents exhibitions for local artists, living and working in the communities surrounding 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City. Elevate provides hotel guests with unique access to the work of notable regional artists, while featuring their work in the context of 21c’s world-class contemporary art collection.
Virginia Sitzes (Third floor)
Virginia is a printmaker, muralist, and active arts advocate living in OKC. She is the creator of Sunny Dayz Mural Festival, Oklahoma’s first mural fest dedicated to celebrating women and non binary artists, co-founded the Oklahoma-based artist collective, Art Group OKC in 2017, is the Operations Coordinator for the Connect::Collect international print exchange, is a Teaching Artist for the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s federally funded Art Tech program, and has worked for the Oklahoma Arts Institute for 3 years. She has also curated various pop-up shows in houses, alternative art galleries, and non-traditional venues. Virginia has exhibited, as well as taught workshops, across Texas and Oklahoma. Her work has been featured in Art Focus magazine, Barnstorm Literary Journal, Oklahoma Gazette, The Gayly, The Tulsa Voice, and the “Inspiring Conversations OKC” and “Whatcha Makin’?” podcast.
“My work is a process of letting go. It is a visual manifestation of my inner thoughts. I play with process and abstraction while letting my brain subconsciously deal with moments, memories, and thoughts. I am primarily a printmaker, however, I like to experiment—start with a blank slate and gradually add a screenprint, some paint, and other various elements chosen intuitively. I love the risk involved in not knowing how certain elements will respond to each other, and the pleasure in witnessing new colors and shapes emerge. I am always collaborating, both with my community and fellow artists, and with my tools – making space for what each one might provide.”