Alumnus receives prestigious internship, cancels exhibition

Clinton Dean Bowman, OCU alumnus '08

By Amanda Alfanos

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., selected Clinton Dean Bowman, OCU alumnus ‘08, for its nationally recognized internship program this spring as part of the Kennedy Center Institute for Arts Management. Bowman was one of 24 interns selected for a spring internship from January 19 through May 9, 2010.

Recent Photography, an exhibition by Bowman, was canceled for the pursuit of his internship. The exhibition was scheduled from March 14-April 2 at the Nona Jean Husley Art Gallery in Norick Art Center.

Bowman graduated cum laude from OCU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography.  He was the recipient of the Outstanding Senior Award and the Arts & Sciences Achievement Award. Bowman is a member of VSA and the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC).  From September 2009 to January 2010, his award-winning work was exhibited at the Smithsonian in the VSA Accelerate show.

While at the Kennedy Center, Bowman is an intern with VSA, an affiliate of the Kennedy Center.  The international nonprofit organization was founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society in which all people with disabilities learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts. In addition to coordinating the 2010 VSA International Festival and Education Conference, Bowman assists with VSA’s international exhibitions, maintains the artist registry, researches visual arts opportunities for members, and develops the VSA calendar.

Upon completing his internship, Clinton plans on pursuing a career in the arts.

See some of Bowman’s work here.