Saturday, March 26, 2016

Directions to Quartz Mountain & Hotel Information



The 2016 OSAI Photography Instructor is Kurt Markus!
Students are instructed in various photographic techniques and are encouraged to utilize the aesthetics of their surroundings. Students explore conventional and digital photography, along with darkroom and digital editing techniques. Student photography is displayed in public exhibitions. 18 students are accepted.
Please note: If selected, each photography student is required to bring a digital SLR camera and 5 rolls of black and white film to the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute. A 35 mm film camera is recommended, but not required.


  1. Complete an online application and schedule your interview no later than noon the weekday before your desired interview date. Click here for audition/interview dates. Interview spaces fill quickly, so schedule as soon as possible.
  2. Read audition tips compiled by our adjudicators.
  3. Compile your portfolio (see guidelines below).
  4. You must bring a government-issued I.D. or birth certificate to your interview for age verification purposes.
  5. Arrive at your interview at least 15 minutes early to check in.

Portfolio Guidelines:

  • You may submit conventional and/or digital photographs, but all photos must be submitted digitally in JPEG format on CD. You must bring the two (2) copies of your portfolio on CD to your interview, or you will not be allowed to audition.
  • Choose 6 – 8 photographs that you have shot and developed or processed. If you submit more than 8 photos, you will NOT be allowed to audition. The photos must have been taken AFTER June 30 of the prior  year. (Former OSAI students may not submit work produced at OSAI.)
  • Scale your work to 1200 pixels in the longest dimension. (This is the equivalent of 300 dpi when the longest dimension is 4 inches.)
  • If you are submitting digital work, please keep in mind that adjudicators will look at the metadata embedded in the photo file to assess your technical abilities. (If you are shooting every photo in fully automatic mode, it will affect your score.)
  • If you are submitting darkroom work, we recommend that you scan the images at the highest optical resolution provided by your scanner, and THEN SCALE the resulting file to 1200 pixels on the longest side.
  • Burn your portfolio of 6-8 photos to two (2) separate CDs. Both discs must contain identical material.
  • Your name must not appear anywhere on your discs. If your computer program requires you to name your photo files, do NOT save them as your name. Save your files in JPEG format and name each file in your portfolio simply “OSAI 1”, “OSAI 2”, “OSAI 3”, etc. Furthermore, do NOT write your name on your CDs. You will be assigned a number at your interview.
  • If possible, test your CDs in more than one computer to make sure they work.
  • Bring the 2 CDs with you to your interview.
  • If you have any questions, call (405) 605-7500 or email

What to Expect at Your Photography Audition:

  • During the photography interview, the interviewer will review your photographs and ask questions to gain an understanding of your perspective and technique.
  • Additionally, the interviewer will score you on your basic understanding of how the camera works in manual mode.

Judging Criteria:

  • Technique
  • Composition
  • Creativity/Originality
  • Potential
  • Technical Knowledge
Read general information about our adjudication procedures here.

Watch the 2013 OSAI photography students in action:

PLEASE NOTE: Many mapping websites and GPS devices do not have data that leads to the lodge. OAI participants have commented that their GPS system caused them to get lost on the way to Quartz Mountain. We strongly advise that you review the directions below.

Highway 9 just west of Hobart is closed. Please see the map and updated directions below.

Map for detour

Hotels & Motels in the Altus Area

Many parents, friends, and supporters of Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute students choose to visit Quartz Mountain. During OSAI, accommodations for visitors are NOT available at the Quartz Mountain Lodge. Visitors are encouraged to reserve hotels as soon as possible. There are a limited number of rooms available in the Quartz Mountain area.