BARBARA BROWN KIMBROUGH EXHIBIT HALL
ART BY OMAR UGARTE AND VNICE WORLD // MAY 2, 2022
Omar Ugarte was born in the city of Zacatecas, Mexico in 1986. As a child, I began to participate in some drawing and painting events in Ojocaliente, Zacatecas. Later he studied at the Los Arquitos Cultural Center in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Later he entered the University of the Arts in the same city, in the degree of plastic arts. trip to the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and I began to produce drawings and paintings. I have participated in collective exhibitions Aguascalientes, Mexico, Zacatecas, Mexico, Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as supporting exhibitions in Tulsa through the Hispanic Culture House, I have had permanent work in the Saint Tomas more church, in Tulsa and work in private collections. My production is based on shapes, and textures, from geometric and organic forms, abstract art has been for me the way to be able to interpret feelings more deeply than any image captured from reality. I look forward to participating in the Broken Arrow museum and being a part of your projects, thank you.
VNICE was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, and raised in Durango. He migrated to the United States at the age of 7. He is now a DACA recipient and completed his undergrad at The University of Tulsa. “A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.” I began taking an interest in art around 2nd grade, where I would sketch animals and 3D cars. I remember having a booklet where I learned how to draw these cars by starting with a three-dimensional box. My 2nd-grade teacher taught me how to draw horses by using the stick figure and circles method. Around this time, we were still living with my grandparents who had an artist neighbor. This neighbor had given me art supplies and we would often go on trips to art museums. In middle school, I was usually in advanced art classes. One of my good friends today was once my teacher around this time. High school was a mix of many things. I mainly dove into 3D sculpting with clay and also did photography. It was around this time that I had lost all hope to take my art anywhere. My alternative became music and video editing when I took advantage of the Tulsa Tech program that my high school offered, Broadcast and Sound Engineering. Today, much of my work is large-scale. I am a melting pot of urbanism, renaissance time, religion, and Latin culture. I began painting murals sometime in the summer of 2021. Many have asked me if I will do tattoos next? The answer is, “Probably not.” There is something about doing huge paintings that keeps me going. I feel like I can reach a bigger audience, you can almost see it from a mile away! Although, I have also been working on apparel, and digital design 2D/3D, logos, and a little bit of DJing too. Who knows what the future holds for us. As I continue to focus on my art, I plan to merge it into many things. I can’t be limited to what I can do for a living for the rest of my life, the possibilities are endless. Live the best you can! Things have begun to catch some good momentum, which is why I have recently opened up a website where you can find my portfolio and shop. For now, you may only find a page saying, “Coming Soon.” You can stay updated on what things I add to this website through my Instagram where I’m mostly active (@vnice007). Another thing I would like to add about this exhibit is that anything and everything I make in sales will be used to pay whatever it can for my student loans. My goal for this year is to pay all of my student loans so that I can fully focus on my own business the year after. At the moment, we are sitting at a whopping $65K loan. Wish me luck! Best, VNICE
THE LEGACY OF
BARBARA BROWN KIMBROUGH
Anyone fortunate enough to have known Barbara knew that she was a fountain of energy, vision, and positivity. She was “all in” when it came to developing the plans for our history museum back in 2003, and she was always present in planning and vision development meetings for downtown revitalization. She served on the city-chamber seminal committee that was the grass roots of re-creating our downtown into Broken Arrow’s beautiful Rose District.
Barbara encouraged both city leaders and history volunteers and sought out ways to make a difference with her quiet, personal contacts, usually after meetings, always moving “behind the scenes”. Her passion stemmed from her love of history, the arts, and the city. That love was a family trait that began over a century ago.