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Executive Director

Oklahoma Arts Council

Amber Sharples

Amber Sharples is executive director of the Oklahoma Arts Council, having been on staff with the agency since 2006. Originally hired as visual arts director, she was promoted to assistant director in 2011. In that position, Sharples spearheaded the agency’s strategic planning process, managed staff evaluations, and developed policies and procedures. During her stint as visual arts director, her efforts earned the agency a grant for assessing the conservation needs of the Oklahoma state capitol and the capitol artwork. Prior to working for the Arts Council, Sharples served in the public affairs office at the U.S.-Mexico Foundation for Culture in Mexico City. She holds a master of arts in art history from the University of Oklahoma and a graduate certificate in museum collections management and care from The George Washington University. (Board term: 2017-2022)