Norman Arts Council Invites Artists to Participate in Roaring Twenties Art Auction & Raffle!



Artists are invited to participate in the Norman Arts Council's annual art auction and raffle! This is an invitational exhibit of works to support the Norman Arts Council. 

Deadline to participate is February 25, 2019. Artwork MUST be delivered to the Norman Arts Council the week of March 4, 2019 - No Exceptions!

Artwork must be delivered ready to hang or display. Artwork must include Title, Artist, Medium, and Dimensions clearly marked on the back or bottom of the piece.

Artists may choose to participate in either the Silent Auction or the Raffle. All work will be available for purchase through "Buy it Now" beginning the week of the event. Any work purchased prior to the event will still be exhibited at the event.

Artists may choose to donate the work 100% or to split the sale of the work 50/50 with the NAC. NAC reserves the right to place donated works in either the Auction or the Raffle. 

Celebrate and Support Norman Arts at Roaring Twenties: The Age of ONEderful Nonsense

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The Roaring Twenties – a distinctly American period marked by the birth of Jazz, a new regionalist style of American visual art, Art Deco design, great American literature, the end of World War I, and the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. 

Nearly 100 years later, we will be celebrating the period at this year’s most anticipated party of the year – the Norman Arts Council’s ONE event!! 


  • Premium Open Bar 

  • Delicious food 

  • Art raffle/auction + silent auction items 

  • Live entertainment 

  • Lots of other arts party fun and surprises! 


Tickets will be available for $100 from March 1 until March 23, then $125 the week of and at the door! 

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If you are an artist interested in donating work to support ONE/Norman Arts Council in exchange for free tickets and/or split of sale proceeds, please learn more about participation here and submit your information by Monday, February 25. Thank you!

Contact Cher Duncan at for more information!

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ONE Planning Committee 

Liz Barfield • Gabriel Bird • Dennis Brigham • Cher Duncan • Jin Jo Garten • Erinn Gavaghan • Susan Greer • Joshua Hinkle • Carolynn Loon • Lesha Maag •  Bree Montoya • Lisa Reed • Shevaun Williams

All images courtesy of Shevaun Williams Photography
Hair & makeup by
Salon Audace
Wardrobe by
Queen of Hart’s Costume & Dancewear
Styling by
Elizabeth Wheat

Norman Public Arts Board Seeks Artists to Transform Drains into Works of Art

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On behalf of the Norman Arts Council and the City of Norman, Oklahoma, the Norman Public Arts Board seeks artist submissions for Artful Inlets.

The City of Norman operates and maintains a series of underground pipes, open channels, ditches, and roadways used to collect or convey stormwater runoff from our homes and businesses to the nearest body of water, such as a creek, stream, or lake. In urban areas, stormwater runoff from hard surfaces, like roofs and driveways, flows along the side of the road until it reaches a storm drain, which is an opening or grate in the curb connected by pipes to the nearest waterbody.  Water and other materials that enter these storm drains are transported directly to our creeks and streams without any treatment. Some of the pollutants that enter our local creeks and streams with stormwater runoff include grass clippings, oil, trash, fertilizers, pesticides, and pet waste.

The Norman Arts Council, Public Arts Board, and City of Norman are inviting artists to submit designs that will transform city storm drains into works of public art. These Artful Inlets will educate and raise awareness that pollutants that go down storm drains have a devasting impact on our local water quality.

There will be five (5) drains identified for this project. They will all be on Main Street between Porter Avenue and Santa Fe Avenue. The artwork should have a stormwater and/or water quality theme and must be adaptable to any of the five specified drains. Each selected artist will incorporate their original design into the prescribed area around the storm drain. See below for details.

It is important to note that the ornamental brick area lining Main Street sidewalks (24” to 25.5” wide by 8’ long) cannot be painted on or otherwise altered by the artist. It will be taped off and covered with plastic sheeting prior to the artist’s scheduled date and time for installation.

Submission Rules

  • Artists (or a team of artists) must be 18 years or older and a resident(s) of Cleveland County, Oklahoma. 

  • All designs must be submitted on the provided Design Worksheet.

  • Design proposals must be submitted through Submittables no later than February 22, 2019. Only applications submitted through the on-line process will be considered.

  • Artists must submit only original designs and, if selected, must install the selected, original design.

  • Submissions must include a short artist biography and information about the proposed design

  • A list of any additional materials to be used that are not provided by the Public Arts Board must also be included

Design Criteria

  • Artistic excellence

  • Feasibility of executing the proposed design

  • Incorporation of the theme

  • When designing artwork, each artist is asked to consider the following themes:

  1. Stormwater Pollution AND/OR

  2. Environmental Protection:  the importance of cleaner water

  • Each design should include a message or phrase that references one or more of the above. 

  • The design must be appropriate for a public space

  • Any materials supplied by the artist must be eco-friendly, not contribute to stormwater pollution, and be pre-approved by the Public Arts Board and the City of Norman

  • Designs may not contain any business reference, promotions, or advertisements

  • Designs may not contain any breach of intellectual property, brands or trademarks, or depiction of illegal activity

Selected Artists will receive:

  • $400.00 stipend when installation and sealing is completed

  • Clean, primed area stationed off with appropriate traffic control devices while painting

  • Tent to provide shade over the area while painting

  • Sherwin-Williams Armorseal paint – black, white, yellow, red, and blue with a non-slip additive

  • Water for painting

  • Tubs and containers for water and paint

  • Drinking water

Selected Artists must provide:

  • The original design

  • Execution of the accepted design

  • Brushes

  • Any other supplies or tools they deem necessary to execute their design

The artists will be selected based on the materials submitted in this application. Artist selection for this project will be made by a panel including City of Norman staff and members of the Norman Public Arts Board who will choose 5 artists and 1 alternate based on the Design Criteria listed above.

The Selection Panel will assign a storm drain to each artist upon selection.


  • Submission deadline is February 22, 2019

  • Artists will be selected and notified by March 15, 2019

  • Installation of the artwork will be April 12 – 14, 2019

  • Event celebrating the artful inlets including official walking tour TBA

Defined space for artwork

The area that artists are allowed to paint is a five (5) feet by eight (8) feet area on the sidewalk above the inlet and a one (1) foot by eight (8) feet area on the pavement in front of the inlet grate (see Official Design Template). 

Artists MUST use the Official Design Template to propose designs. Although the various storm drains are shaped differently, the prepared and sealed sidewalk surrounding the drains will be in a rectangular shape. Be mindful that some changes to your design may be required to accommodate the specific location and those will be approved by the Public Arts Board.

Each storm drain is made of metal with a metal grate in front of it that varies in shape and position, as represented in the photos on the template. The shape of the drain is a rectangle. You may paint into the street up to one foot beyond the grate. The design does not have to completely fill the storm drain plot. 

It is important to note that the ornamental brick area (24” to 25.5” wide by 8’ long) cannot be painted on or otherwise altered by the artist. It will be taped off and covered with plastic sheeting prior to the artist’s scheduled date and time for installation.


Debby Williams, Public Art Manager, Norman Arts Council 

Share Your Artistic Insight by Applying to Lead 2019 Undercover Artist Workshop

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Everyone has an artist lurking within. Undercover Artists is a series of art workshops — led by some of Norman's finest artists — debuting in 2017 that celebrates the creativity of amateurs and practiced artists, alike. The workshops, inviting all skill levels and a variety of ages, are equal parts fun and informative, a collaborative community experience that will let that inner artist come to the forefront for a spell (or maybe unleash a new, long love affair).

The NAC is seeking artists to lead these workshops! If you are an artist in Oklahoma and iterested, please submit an application by December 19, 2018 at 11:59pm!

We will select four artist-lead workshops for the 2019 calendar year. Selected artists will receive a $250 honorarium.

The Line Between Reality and Imaginary is Muddied in Norman Artist’s Solo Exhibition

Norman artist Jason Cytacki invites visitors to his new exhibition Reruns to remember moments that never even happened. 

Paintings of everyday Midwestern scenes and sculptural works that serve as models for said paintings will bring a rush of familiarity twisted by the fact that these exposed, not quite finished vignettes of a typical Midwestern existence are only vague recreations of fuzzy memories, a sort of modern take on “crumbling wonders of classical ruins.”

Reruns opens Friday, December 14 at MAINSITE Contemporary Art, 122 E. Main, Norman and runs through Friday, January 11.  

The exhibition will be celebrated with an opening reception from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, December 14 with a closing reception scheduled for 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, January 11. Both receptions occur in conjunction with the free 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk — presented by Norman Arts Council — that takes place monthly in the Walker Arts District of Downtown Norman.  

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Cytacki is an Associate Professor of Painting at the University of Oklahoma. Cytacki earned MFA from the University of Notre Dame in 2011 and now lives and works in Norman. His work examines the underlying framework that mediates the values, meanings and symbols of the world we inhabit. 

“Using specifically mundane imagery, each painting presents a common experience, evoking a sense of ambiguous but relatable familiarity,” Cytacki said in his artist statement. “However, each image actually depicts a hand-built miniature set, these familiar moments never really existed. The illusion dissolves upon closer inspection when visible details such as the corrugation of the cardboard and tape become apparent, suggesting fragility and artifice.”

MAINSITE Contemporary Art is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Both daily gallery hours and receptions are free and open to the public.