OKLCC Director and Visual Arts Director
Narciso Argüelles grew up in Tijuana, Mexico. He earned his bachelor’s at the University of California, San Diego in Studio Art. After graduation, Argüelles joined the bi-national art collective the Border Art Workshop. Exhibits at the Sydney Biennale, the Tucuman Alternative Biennale, and the Johannesburg Biennale soon followed. Argüelles received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine.
After graduate school, Argüelles started working at the prestigious art school, Art Center College of Design as their Minority Recruiter and Admissions Counselor. This lead to a career in education. In California, he taught art at several colleges and after his move to Oklahoma, he taught at the University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Christian University and Oklahoma City Community College. His art career also continued in Oklahoma with a residency and group art exhibit at the AHHA-Hardesty Art Center, and he is one of the 2017 Art365 recipients.
Narciso continues to teach at the college level and full time at the high school level. He also curates art exhibits and judges student art exhibits. For the past 10 years, he has worked as a grader for the Advanced Placement Test in Studio Art. His community involvement includes volunteering at several non-profits and art organizations. Argüelles is the recipient Shannon Calderon Primeau 2016 Artist of the Year Award presented by the Hispanic Art Council of Oklahoma.
Ricardo Sasaki Cajías was born in San Francisco, CA but lived most of his life in La Paz, Bolivia. He is a musician studying piano and composition at the National Music Conservatory of La Paz, Bolivia and studied recording and music production at the College for Recording Arts in San Francisco, CA. He is a founding member and keyboard player for one of the most important Bolivian Rock bands in Bolivia, Octavia, who received 2 gold albums and 1 platinum album. He is a recording engineer, studio musician and producer for Pro Audio SRL and Ares Recording producing varies albums and genres for local and International artists and soundtracks for several movies. He is a partner and music strategist for Enye Advertising and is an adjunct professor at ACM@UCO teaching recording and live sound fundamentals.
Wilma Maritza Ruiz (Wilmari) is of Puerto Rican descent and was born in Wichita, KS. She comes from a military background, her father is a retired Major in the Air Force. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Phoenix and is the Operations Manager and Partner for Enye Advertising and Ares Recording. She currently serves on the president's advisory board for OSU-OKC as a Hispanic Marketing advisor. In addition, she is also the manager and flute player for Mariachi Orgullo de America, becoming the 2nd professional mariachi flute player in the United States. She has performed for several big names and has toured the Southern Region states and Mexico. She is a co-founder of three mariachi school programs in the Oklahoma City Public Schools with VH1 and serves as a program director for Academia OKC establishing 9 more in-school music/art programs in Oklahoma City Schools. She graduated from the Arts Council’s Leadership Arts Program in 2017 and currently serves on the committee for the new performing arts venue for Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center.
Jay Shanker - Entertainment attorney and author; Director and chair of the Entertainment Industry Practice Group, Crowe & Dunlevy (OKC, Tulsa, Dallas)
Nicole Poole - Actress, Community Arts Activist and Fine Arts Consultant
Robert Ruiz - Co-founder of Mariachi Orgullo de America, Singer, Community Activist and President of Scissortail CDC, incoming president for Sunbeam, board member for LCDA.