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Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain

Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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The Oklahoma Arts Institute is a private, non-profit organization with a vision to cultivate established and emerging artists and educators through art workshops, immersion and awareness. A vision of then governor David Boren, OAI was founded in 1977.OAI moved administration offices to Oklahoma City from Norman in November of 2011. The existing 4,000 square foot concrete block and brick structure was previously used as a repair shop. The building was completely gutted and renovated to provide offices, reception, work/file room, break room, board room and storage. Concrete block infill was removed from the front elevation to expose the original large storefront openings. A new angled glass wall was designed behind the original openings creating the new main entry. New insulated windows were cut into the existing concrete block exterior to provide natural light into each perimeter office. Skylights were installed above the main circulation corridors bringing natural light into the common areas as well. Reclaimed wood veneer was used in the reception area on the front of the built-in desk as well as the wall behind the receptionist. This gallery wall was also designed to accommodate a large Larson painting, strengthening the mission of OAI.