Norman Public Arts Seeks Artists for Skate Park Street Art Project

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CRE8nSK8 Relocation Project: The Four Elements
Due by 3 pm Monday, February 12, 2018

In 2013, the Norman Public Arts Board hosted the CRE8nSK8 project to enhance the Blake Baldwin Skate Park at Andrews Park with street art-style painting on the ramps. This award-winning project has been a community favorite since. 

However, updates to Andrews Park and the intersection of James Garner and Acres require that the Skate Park be temporarily de-installed. The City of Norman Parks Department and the Norman Public Arts Board are working together to keep the Skate Park alive during the updates. The ramps will be divided among 4 other parks in Norman and new street art painting will be installed on the ramps. 

The Norman Public Arts Board is accepting proposals for the designs for two of these parks: 

The selected artists will be working as team with the other artists so each artist will have a chance to contribute to the painting in all four parks and the work will be spread out over 4 Sundays in April. 

Selected artists will each be awarded a $600 honorarium for their design and work. The cost of the spray paint will be covered by the Norman Parks Department. The selected artists are not responsible for the cost of materials for the project.

Artist Eligibility

The Public Arts Board will review proposals from qualified artists. Any artist wishing to apply must fit one of these descriptions to be qualified: 

1.      Live in Norman, OK for at least the past 365 days OR
2.     Have exhibited at MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council at some time since January 1, 2012


Monday, February 12, 2018  @ 3:00pm CST – Deadline for submissions to the CRE8nSK8 Relocation Project - The Four Elements
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – Notification of selected artists
Sunday, April 8, 2018 - Park #1 painting
Sunday, April 15, 2018 - Park #2 painting
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - Park #3 painting
Sunday, April 29, 2018 - Park #4 painting
Sunday, May 6, 2018 - Rain Day if needed

RFP Requirements

Artists are asked to submit the following:

  1. A rendering or sketch of your proposed design
  2. Statement about how your design incorporates the element theme of the park
  3. At least 3 examples of previous work that you feel showcase your ability to fulfill this project
  4. Image checklist of work examples including date, title, medium
  5. CV

For questions, contact:
Erinn Gavaghan
Executive Director, Norman Arts Council

Fowler Auto Seeks Artist for Interactive Community Artwork Piece


Fowler Automotive believes that art, culture and thriving places are at the heart of thriving communities. It is important to us that we build up the communities that our dealerships call home. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to support many arts, culture and placemaking events year-round.

We are seeking artist proposals for an interactive and/or crowd-sourced art piece to be displayed at the community festivals that Fowler participates in throughout the 2018 season. Fowler is looking to provide interactive art experiences and to engage event attendees with the Fowler brand.

Proposals that incorporate automotive themes are not required, but would be encouraged. Because Fowler represents a variety of automotive brands, individual auto brands should not be incorporated into the piece. Themes could be visual or based on related experiences (ex: road trips, “my first car”).

Proposals should be able to engage both children and adults in participation.


  • The piece must be able to be broken down, stored, and setup for use at approximately 10 events throughout the year (think durability and mobility)
  • The piece must be transportable in a 6x8 pickup bed (think scale)
  • The piece must be able to be setup and broken down by a minimum of 2 individuals (think weight)
  • Electricity will be accessible at events if necessary

Project Budget: $3,500 for design, materials and labor

Project Timeline:

  • Call for submissions Jan. 29 – Feb. 19. Deadline Feb. 19, 5 p.m.
  • Final Acceptance Notification: Feb. 26
  • Completed Project Deadline: April 2

To submit, click  here

one: Bal Chat Noir celebrates 19th Century France, supports Norman Arts Council

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The cat is out of the bag! This year’s Norman Arts Council fundraiser is one: BAL CHAT NOIR! Join us as we revel in the café, cabaret, and artistic life that defined early 20th Century Paris.

Whether this is your first ONE event, or you spend every year battling the after-the-holiday blues by anxiously awaiting THE party of the year, you will not be disappointed by your attendance of this night!!

Held from 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 at MAINSITE Contemporary Art, 122 E. Main, it's a night you don't want to miss. 

The Chat Noir was a café, shadow theatre, dance hall, publishing house, and gathering spot for writers, poets, artists, and anyone wanting to mingle with the like. For one night, step into MAINSITE and you will experience the Belle Epoque.

Enjoy drinks, food, art raffle + auction items, live entertainment, music and much, much more, all while supporting Norman Arts!

The Bohemians - VIP ($100) ticket includes:

  • Access to VIP Seating Area
  • Premium Open Bar
  • Gourmet French Delicacies by Legend's
  • 9 p.m. Absinthe Pour by the "Green Fairy"

The Revolutionaries ($60) ticket includes:

  • Limited Open Bar
  • French Bites by Legend’s

ONE Chairs: Liz Barfield, Jin Jo Garton and Lesha Maag
ONE Committee: Nathan Andrew, Gabriel Bird, Dennis Brigham, Cher Duncan, Erinn Gavaghan, Susan Greer, Josh Hinkle, Rhett Michael Jones, Bree Montoya, Lisa Reed

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Norman Arts Accepting Applications for 2018 Featured High School Artist Award


Deadline:  Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 11:59pm


All applications must be completed online. You will be required to upload the following:

·       Artist Statement – One Page

·       Proposal Narrative – One Page. Proposal of exhibit must fit within the Library Gallery space: 56 linear feet of wall space, 160 square feet of floor space.

·       Up to 15 images of previous work 

·       Up to 15 images or sketches of proposed works for consideration


The Norman Arts Council will feature one high school artist an exhibit in 2018. Artists will submit proposals according to the guidelines listed below for review by a selection panel. 

The selected exhibit will represent the visual arts through craft, design, media arts, photography, paint, works on paper, digital arts, or sculpture. Performance art may be considered if there is an accompanying installation.

Featured High School Artist exhibits will occur in the Library Gallery within MAINSITE Contemporary Art.


All artists must: 

• Have resided in Norman, OK for one year 

• Submit an exhibit proposal

• Submit a digital archive of previous work done by the artist 

• Attest that the submitted concepts, proposals and works of art are executed solely by the artist 

• Be a junior of senior in high school.

Works for the exhibit may be executed in any medium or combination of mediums, which conform to the guidelines. Works must be suitable for viewing by all age groups.

At least thirty percent (30%) of the works in the exhibit must be for sale. All sales, including prints, cds, videos, books, catalogues provided by the artists are subject to a 30% commission to the Norman Arts Council. 

The selection panel will evaluate the proposals based on the criteria listed below:

• Clarity, originality, and depth of the proposal 

• Quality and originality of the work, based upon the examples provided 

• Impact upon the development of the artist 

• Feasibility of project completion.

Selected artist will receive a $600 honorarium for their project. This will be paid at the conclusion of each exhibit along with 70% of any sales.


(NAC reserves the right to adjust any deadlines as necessary) 

Friday, February 16 @ 11:59pm - Deadline for submissions for featured artist program 

Friday, March 2 – Selected Artist notified

April 13 – May 12 - Exhibition


All decisions made by the selection panel and the Norman Arts Council are final.

The Norman Arts Council reserves to right to use images of the artwork and photos of the artists in future marketing of projects sponsored by the NAC. As conditions of this permission, the NAC shall credit the artists.

All federal, state and local taxes on awards and sales are the sole responsibility of the awards recipient.

Entries void if NAC determines the entry to not be an original, or if the entries are illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error or obtained through fraud or theft.

The Norman Arts Council reserves the right to cancel any exhibit or awards based on a lack of qualified proposals. In addition, the NAC shall retain overall artistic control of the exhibitions to insure the quality and appropriateness of the public exhibits.

For additional information, contact the Norman Arts Council at 405-360-1162 or   

Norman Music Festival Pairs Local Microbreweries with Local Tunes

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It is scientifically proven that beer and wine can taste better when it is paired with the right music, and Norman Music Festival is here to prove it with the inaugural Brew Sessions on January 13. With three different two-hour sessions, local breweries will be pouring samples of staple and brand new brews at the Main Street Event Center, 300 E Main Street.

Tasters will be provided by 405 Brewing, Lazy Circles Brewing, Crossed Cannon Brewery, Anthem Brewing Company, Prairie Artisan Ales and COOP Ale Works.

For the first round, Sipped Session, Americana group Annie Oakley is starting the night off and performing from 4-6 p.m. DJ Jon Mooneyham is hosting the Buzzed Session at 6-8 p.m. At 8-10 p.m., Helen Kelter Skelter and Gum are closing the night off at the Amped Session with material from their brand new album being released January 12 at the Opolis.

Tickets begin at $25 for VIP members of Norman Music Festival. General admission is $35 and designated drivers are $20. Tickets at the door are $40. Food will be provided by Hideaway Pizza, Pub W and The Garage.

The mission of the Norman Music Alliance is to help develop the arts community in Oklahoma through support of local original artists, support of music fans, support of art education and support of local businesses. What started as a one-day festival has now expanded to a three-day festival with over 300 artists in downtown Norman and tens of thousands of people in attendance at Norman Music Festival 10.

For more information, please visit