Norman Arts Council will make its artist opportunities — as well as others made open to Norman-based artists — available to view here. Check back periodically for new and updated listings!

 

The Norman Public Arts Board does not currently have any active artist opportunities. 

A new round of Samo Ducky sculptures are slated for installation in Norman parks this summer.

Eight bike rack designs were recently selected to add to the cities collection of artist-designed bike racks. They will be installed in Fall 2017. 

Call for Artists/Curators

The Norman Arts Council is seeking artists and curators to conceive of exhibitions in its home, MAINSITE Contemporary Art in the heart of the Walker Arts District | Downtown Norman. We have four exhibition slots available per year, each running for 6-8 weeks. We are accepting proposals for the entire space or half of the space. MAINSITE's main gallery is booked generally up to two years in advance. 

Gallery Highlights:

  • Beautiful contemporary space in renovated building over 100 years old
  • 4,000 square feet of exhibition space
  • 14 foot ceilings
  • Floor to ceiling glass front onto Main Street
  • Can be divided into 2-4 distinct exhibition spaces with moveable walls
  • Full time gallery staff on site Tuesday through Saturday
  • Projection capabilities
  • Staff to assist with install
  • Full use of Norman Arts Council PR and Mailing List for promotion of exhibit

The Library | Water Closet Gallery

Our Mission: The Library Gallery and The Water Closet Gallery are spaces within MAINSITE Contemporary Art to exhibit experimental and cutting edge work from emerging artists. The Library and Water Closet Galleries generally have availability within six months. 

Call for Artists/Curators:
The Library Gallery and Water Closet Gallery is always accepting proposals from emerging artists and curators. We have an active and ongoing process of working with artists to collaborate and create the best fit exhibitions. The Library Gallery includes approximately 50 feet of exhibition space, including the office just off the main gallery. The Water Closet Gallery includes approximately 40 feet of exhibition space, consisting of the back hallway and Water Closet itself. Exhibitions may be expanded out to include one wall of the foyer between the Water Closet Gallery and Library Gallery and/or the gallery’s courtyard, depending on availability.

High School Featured Artist Award

The Norman Arts Council will feature one high school artist — a junior or senior who has resided in Oklahoma for at least one year — for an exhibition in the Library Gallery in MAINSITE Contemporary Art in April 2018. 

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.

Applications for the 2018 award will be made available at the end of 2017. 

Nicole Poole, in remembrance of her father, Oklahoma artist O. Gail Poole, established this fund. Administered by the Norman Arts Council, this Fund benefits artists of demonstrated merit and ability, providing the opportunity and freedom of travel, which Poole so adored.

Funds may be used for travel for a specific project, fee for attending a professional workshop, or other travel needs to be considered in the selection process.

AWARDS:

Norman Artist Travel Award – $1,500 awarded to an artist living in Norman, OK

Oklahoma Artist Travel Award – $1,500 award to an Oklahoma artist identifying with an ethnic, cultural, sexual, gender, economic or ability minority.

Applications for the 2018 Poole Travel Award will be made available in early 2018. 

SPACE, the Skirvin Paseo Artist Creativity Exposition

SPACE, the SKIRVIN PASEO ARTIST CREATIVITY EXPOSITION, is a unique urban Artist in Residency program in which emerging visual artists who are members of the Paseo Arts Association can apply for a yearlong on-site residency in Oklahoma City’s premier downtown landmark hotel, the Skirvin Hilton.

The Skirvin’s Artist in Residency program offers a working art studio and gallery that is open to the public during established business hours as well as a $1,000 per month stipend and complimentary meals in the hotel to a selected artist each year.

Submissions are due July 28, 2017. 

Norman Arts Council is aware of no other art opportunities for Norman artists at this time. If you are an organization or business who would like theirs listed here, please contact Joshua Boydston