AK Westerman
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  • Erie, CO
  • United States
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AK Organic Abstracts
Contact Email
ak@akorganicabstracts.com
Website
http://www.akorganicabstracts.com
Art Interests
Drawing, Graphic Design, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture, Works on Paper
Artist / Personal Statement
THE CONCEPT | Organic Abstracts The Work of AK Westerman

My joy in creating comes from a deep desire to comment on humanity’s place on this earth, and the constant battle between man, nature and technology. As an artist, I strive to capture on 'canvas' the perfection in God's design. We battle endlessly with ourselves, the earth, and our search for purpose and place in the universe.

Mankind continually strives for evolution, both in process and in innovation. We search out that which inspires us. We dream, create, destroy, and dream again. Our successes and our failures weave a complex and unique tapestry that defines our struggle for advancement. Perfection is elusive. Our efforts often result in the destruction of the natural elements around us. Our history and our future bear the scars of our continued attempts to harmonize with – yet enslave- the natural forces that hold sway on our world. Nature, man and technology are locked in an endless war, bloody yet beautiful. Every cycle cleansing and bringing life anew. I am continuously drawn to this epic and endless dance.

THE WORK | Fantasy & Surrealism That Engage

While every piece is derived from her own personal narrative, AK always attempts to include some ambiguity, allowing the viewer to fill in pieces of the story according to their own unique perspective. She enjoys working on a large scale, as she believes it creates an almost ‘epic’ feel for the viewer, allowing them to lose themselves in the minute details. The term ‘organic’ is an apt description for both her creative process and her choice of subject matter, as she prefers to let the work take on a life of its own and her subconscious express itself freely and fluidly without preconceptions. AK’s work can be described as fantasy, steampunk, and pop surrealism.

AK has exhibited in galleries throughout the United States including Oklahoma, Colorado, California, Ohio and Texas.
Accomplishments / CV
JANUARY - DECEMBER 2020

RESIDENT ARTIST | VALKARIE GALLERY | LAKEWOOD, CO

2017 – JUNE 2019
BOULDER DIGITAL ARTS | BOULDER, CO

ELDORADO SPRINGS ART CENTER | ELDORADO SPRINGS, CO

DONA LAURITA GALLERY | LOUISVILLE, CO

2019 | BOULDER OPEN STUDIOS - Juried Artist


FEBRUARY-APRIL 2019
Tattoo Metamorphosis | Lyons, CO

MARCH-APRIL 2019 | Month of Photography
HEAL: Dona Laurita Collective
Dona Laurita Gallery, Louisville, CO
Boulder Digital Arts, Boulder, CO
Eldorado Springs Art Center, Eldorado Springs, CO

OCTOBER 6,7,13,14, 2018
Open Studios – Boulder, Colorado – Eldorado Springs Art Center, Eldorado Springs, CO 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 Beyond, Graphite Elements and Design, Oklahoma City, OK

2015 The Interpretation Of An Enigma, The Project Box, Oklahoma City, OK

2015 Dennis R. Neill Center Gallery, Tulsa, OK

2014 Organik, DNA Galleries, Oklahoma City, OK

2014 Organik, The Project Box, Oklahoma City, OK

2013 DNA Galleries, Oklahoma City, OK

2012 Fusion of Work, Istvan Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK



SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition 12 x 12 Annual Juried Exhibition, Science Museum Oklahoma,

Oklahoma City, OK

2017 Altered Barbie: Nobody’s Fool, Kasum Contemporary Art, Oklahoma City, OK

2017 ONE, MAINSITE Contemporary Art, Norman, OK

2016 Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition 12 x 12 Annual Juried Exhibition, Science Museum Oklahoma,

Oklahoma City, OK

2016 Curiosities, AK Westerman & Bombs Away Art, MAINSITE Contemporary Art, Norman, OK

2016 Turn, AK Westerman and Nancy Jackson, The Project Box, Oklahoma City, OK

2015 Push, Pop, Kick, Traveling Skate Culture Exhibition

Dona Laurita Gallery, August 2015, Louisville, CO

Firehouse Art Center, September 2015, Longmont, CO

Hangar 41 Gallery, October 2015, Denver, CO

Valkarie Fine Art, November 2015, Lakewood, CO

Gallery 343, December 2015, Loveland, CO

2016 Gallery 343, January-February, Loveland, CO

2016 DeRubies Gallery, December 2015-January 2016, Lake Tahoe, California

2015 Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition 12 x 12 Annual Juried Exhibition, Science Museum Oklahoma,

Oklahoma City, OK

2015 Fashionable Abstractions, Graceful Arts Center, Alva, OK

2015 From Earthsea to Fantasy, MAINSITE Contemporary Art, Norman, OK

2015 Paseo Annual Members Exhibition, Juried by Howard Koerth, Oklahoma City, OK

2014 Devoir, Juried Exhibition, Fringe OKC, Istvan Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK

2014 MoreColor, Juried Exhibition, Dennia R. Neill Center, Tulsa, OK

2014 Wings of Art, Istvan Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK

2014 Paseo Annual Members Exhibition, Juried by Suzanna C. Thomas, Oklahoma City, OK

2013 Red Dot, Juried Exhibition, IAO Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK

2013 Swoon, Juried Exhibition, Fringe OKC, Istvan Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK

2013 Women In Art National Juried Exhibition, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2013 Deep Six, Juried Exhibition, Fringe OKC, IAO Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK

2013 Reverie, Juried Exhibition, Fringe OKC, aka Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK

2013 Viewpoint 45 National Juried Exhibition, Juried by Litsa Spanoa, Mary Ran, John Ruthven,

Cincinnati Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2013 Group Exhibition, DNA Galleries, Oklahoma City, OK

2013 Locus, Juried Exhibition, Fringe OKC, Istvan Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK

2012 Paseo Annual Members Exhibition, Juried by BJ White, Oklahoma City, OK

2012 Texas and Neighbors Regional Juried Exhibition, Juried by Jill Pankey, Irving Arts Center,

Irving, TX

2012 Visual Artists for Breast Cancer Awareness, Oklahoma State Capitol, Oklahoma City, OK



COLLABORATIONS

2015 The Elaborate Collaborate, IAO Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK



CURATORIAL PROJECTS

2013 Swoon, AKA Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK, Co-curated by Debra Ashley, Lisa Allswede,

Krystle Brewer of Fringe OKC



SELECTED COLLECTIONS

2015 Pioneer Library System, “An Awakening Borne Not Of Light”, Norman, OK

2015 Work held in private collections in Oklahoma, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia,

Washington, Colorado



PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS



Boulder Arts Alliance 2018

Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition, 2012-present



RESIDENCIES & AWARDS

2017-Present Resident Artist, Dona Laurita Gallery, Louisville, CO

2017-Present Resident Artist, Boulder Digital Arts, Boulder, CO

2017-Present Resident Artist, Eldorado Springs Art Center, Eldorado Springs, CO

2015 Oklahoma City Pre-Qualified Artist Pool for Public Arts – Graphic Design Category

2015 Oklahoma City Pre-Qualified Artist Pool for Public Arts – 2D Art/Painting Category

2014 Fellow, ArtistINC Live, Oklahoma City, OK

2014 Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition Professional Basics Grant

2013 Studio Residency, Istvan Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK



TEACHING

2016 Artist Talk, Oklahoma City Girls Art School, Oklahoma City, OK

2015 Art Moves Artist Talk, The Project Box, Oklahoma City, OK

2015 SAGE Artist Talk, Dennis R. Neill Center Gallery, Tulsa, OK

2015 ASK Seminars, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Guest Speaker, Norman, OK



BIBLIOGRAPHY

2017 March 27, ‘Cover Story: Altered Barbie: Nobody’s Fool confronts cultural norms, ignites debate at April

exhibition’, Eastes, Laura, Oklahoma Gazette, Oklahoma City, OK

2016 August 12, Painter AK Westerman and silversmith Nancy Jackson team up for Turn, Jack Fowler, Oklahoma

Gazette, Oklahoma City, OK

2015 November 27, ‘Artist Paints Shaping Helmet for Metro Baby’, Lewis, Christy, News 9, Oklahoma City, OK

2015 September 17, ‘Local artist paints her way into skateboard subculture’, Horton, Greg,

Oklahoma Gazette, Oklahoma City, OK

2015 May 7, Celebrating the Big Read’s ‘A Wizard of Earthsea’, Hill, Doug,

Norman Transcript, Norman, OK

2015 May 6, Graceful Arts exhibition feature, Martin, Lynn, Alva Review Courier, Alva, OK

2014 June 6, Look at OKC feature article, Dallas, Ebony Iman, Oklahoma City, OK

2014 April 2, Empty Easel, featured acrylic artist, Rief, Cassie

2005 August 5, Picture the Dream, The Oklahoman, Lunsford, Ja’Rena, Oklahoma City, OK



EDUCATION

2000 Hagerstown Community College, Hagerstown, MD

2001 School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

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