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RFQ: MAPS 3 PUBLIC ART FOR OKLAHOMA STATE FAIR BENNETT EVENT CENTER

The City of Oklahoma City announces a call for professional artists to submit their qualifications to be considered for a contract to create public art that will serve as a dynamic attraction in the lobby of the Bennett Event Center on the Oklahoma Fair Grounds. Works of interactive art that respond to motion, air movement, sound, meteorological conditions, or other stimuli, and that incorporate the use of light and possibly sound are particularly encouraged.  The 290,000 square-foot Bennett Event Center offers 200,000-square-feet of contiguous floor space, making it the largest event space in Oklahoma City. The expo building’s modern design features a 15,000-square-foot lobby, concession areas, a ticket space, commercial kitchen and parking for more than 2,000. A combination of glass and translucent wall panel creates an open, light-filled entrance. The work sought through the announcement will be situated in the lobby; the exact location(s) will be proposed by the artist. Any material and medium may be considered, including metal, wood, paint, mosaic, relief, mobiles, New Media work, etc.  

ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all practicing artists who are at least 18 years of age. Artists with prior public art experience, both those who reside in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area and those who live and work elsewhere, are encouraged to submit proposals. Submissions from artist teams are particularly encouraged. All artists and artist teams selected for final proposals must attend all required information sessions and site visits. 

PROJECT BUDGET: $335,000. 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:   Wednesday, September 26, 2018 AT 4:00pm CDT

RFQ: Maps 3 Public Art for Will Rogers World Airport Terminal Expansion

Steady airline, passenger and tenant growth has created the need for expansion of the existing terminal building at Will Rogers World Airport. The expansion project will add four new airline gates, a larger, more efficient security checkpoint, increased public circulation and new customer amenities such as comfortable greeter lobbies, a military welcome center, and additional concessions.

The Oklahoma City Airport Trust is seeking to commission a professional artist(s) or a team of artists to design, and oversee installation of, integrated permanent works for two specific sites in the terminal expansion project. Site one is the terrazzo flooring located in the new lobby area in front of the new security checkpoint. The design should be incorporated into the flooring. Site two is a public circulation area located on the mezzanine level and where a glass wall extends the length of the access corridor and seating area. The design should be acid-etched into the glass. Construction of the terminal expansion is expected to begin the first quarter of 2019 and to be completed first quarter of 2021.

ELIGIBILITY:  Open to all practicing artists who are at least 18 years of age. Artists with prior public art experience, both those who reside in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area and those who live and work elsewhere, are encouraged to submit proposals. Submissions from artist teams are particularly encouraged. All artists and artist teams selected for final proposals must attend all required information sessions and site visits. 

PROJECT BUDGET: The budget for the implementation of the fully integrated Artwork project for the artist’s or the team’s design and supervision is $130,000. This amount covers any design fees of the selected Artist(s) or team and any additional costs related to the Artwork. The Construction Contract has allowances for the procurement of any specialized or additional materials, labor, shipping, handling or equipment to install the Artwork above what is specified in the Project Manual for the Terminal Renovation and Expansion construction project (approximately $289,000). Any necessary increase to the construction allowances for the Artwork to be fully integrated may diminish the availability of funds for the design aspects. The Artist(s) fees will be inclusive of fees and related expenses for travel and per diem for design meetings and installation oversight, supplies, fabrication, insurance, transportation, and permits. Any fabrication, materials or installation to be performed directly by the Artist(s) and not by the Construction Contractor will be incorporated into the Artist(s) compensation.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:   Wednesday, September 26, 2018 AT 4:00pm CDT

Local artist in residence at Artspace at Untitled
APPLICATIONS DUE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2018

At Artspace at Untitled we are now offering two different lengths (6 months and 14 weeks) for Local Artist in Residences to come and cultivate their work in our impeccable facilities alongside our experienced staff. This program serves both printmakers and artists pursuing other mediums the chance to immerse themselves in a multi-disciplinary studio that emphasizes collaboration, creation and an open dialogue. At Artspace, our residency participants expand their experience through workshops, exhibitions, artist talks and demonstrations. 

Both the 6 week and 14-week opportunities allow overlap with our international [AIR] to provide artists a communal workspace that inspires an exchange of ideas, innovation and experimentation. Artist in Residence participants develop their personal practice by engaging in the diverse programming at Artspace but also the art community here in Oklahoma. Our central location in downtown OKC, provides easy access to other galleries, museums, theatres and more, enriching their experience while at Artspace.

  • 6 Month Printmaking Residency
    Spring 2019: Wednesday, January 2nd - Saturday, June 29th
    Fall 2019: Tuesday, July 9th - Saturday, December 21st

Artist is a skilled printmaker and well versed in multiple techniques

Artist will commit to spending 20 hours a week in the Artspace studio working, teaching, or assisting. The 20 hours must be during normal operating hours, Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm. If this weekly requirement is not met, Artspace can terminate the residency.

Agrees to teach workshops in the studio as well as assist the 14-week Artist in Residence.

Resident can assist with classes and print Artspace editions.

Artist will be expected to complete an edition of 40 prints, 15” x 22” in size. The edition will be split with Artspace. Artspace will provide the materials for the edition. The artist must supply all other materials for other projects.

  • 14 Week Multi-Disciplinary Residency
    Spring 2019: Tuesday, January 8th - Saturday, April 20th
    Summer 2019: Tuesday, May 7th - Saturday, August 17th
    Fall 2019: Tuesday, September 3rd - Saturday, December 14th

This shorter residency is open to local artists with no printmaking knowledge required. Our working studio provides a space for multiple disciplines and this residency is available to both those who wish to pursue printmaking or other mediums.

Artist will commit to spending 20 hours a week in the Artspace studio working, teaching, or assisting. The 20 hours must be during normal operating hours; Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm. If this weekly requirement is not met, Artspace can terminate the residency.

Agrees to teach workshops in the studio as well as assist other members of [AIR] program.

Resident can assist with classes and print Artspace editions.

Artist will be expected to complete an edition of 40 prints, 15” x 22” in size. The edition will be split with Artspace. The print edition for the 14 week resident does not have to be their main focus, but it must be an original idea that corresponds with the body of work they are producing during their residency. Artspace will provide the materials for the edition. The artist must supply all other materials for other projects.

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

THERE ARE NO PAB OPPORTUNITIES AT THIS TIME

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.

 

If you are interested in an exhibition at MAINSITE Contemporary Art, please email Erinn Gavaghan at erinn@normanarts.org with a fully written exhibition proposal, including an exhibition narrative, artist statement, CV, examples of previous work and any other relevant information. 

O. Gail Poole Memorial Travel Award
2018 Winners: Mayumi Kiefer and Solomon Mahlatini

Oklahoma artists Mayumi Kiefer and Solomon Mahlatini will have their travels to Utah and Mexico City, respectively, to further their artistic practices funded in part through the Norman Arts Council-administered O. Gail Poole Memorial Travel Fund. 

The award began in 2014 as a means to honor the late Norman painter O. Gail Poole, a longtime proponent of seeing the world to inform your art and career therein. Since 2014, Oklahoma artists Marwin Begaye, Douglas Shaw Elder, Sarah Engel-Barnett, Skip Hill, Debby Kaspari, Liz Roth, Craig Swan and Holly Wilson have been able to travel to conferences, retreats and journeys of inspiration across the world because of awards from the fund, spreading Oklahoma’s creativity to others in the process.

 Ceramic pieces of Kiefer made with the Ittekoi Kiln

Ceramic pieces of Kiefer made with the Ittekoi Kiln

Mayumi Kiefer is a Norman-based ceramic artist who has exhibited and had residencies in Japan, France, Ohio, Utah, Oklahoma and more. With the Japanese designer’s approval, Kiefer built the first Ittekoi kiln outside of Japan at the University of Oklahoma and will use the award to travel to Price, Utah to construct another kiln at Utah State University Eastern, aimed to help build community, advance ceramics studies and jumpstart at stagnant economy in the eastern portion of the state. 

The Ittekoi Kiln is a modern kiln at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park located in Shiga, Japan, and one of six such ancient kilns of Japan. Kiefer previously held a residency at Shigaraki, which is how she came to build one at the University of Oklahoma. 

The constructed kiln will be utilized in programming offered by The Arts Center in Utah, which includes significant outreach to local public schools in the region where government spending on the arts is near zero. 

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Mahlatini is a talented artist who has shown in exhibitions in in Florida, Georgia, Michigan, New York, California, Oklahoma and Washington D.C.. Born in Harare, Zimbabwe and now studying at East Central University in Ada, Mahlatini will use his travel award to visit Mexico City, home to the Frida Kahlo Museum (memorializing one of his biggest artistic inspirations) and a number of other world-class museums and galleries. 

Sexuality, race and tyranny are the themes most often explored his Mahlatini’s work, though visually expressed through the cultural traits and practices that he absorbed from his time growing up in Zimbabwe. He sees similar cultural traits in the artistic history of the Chickasaw Nation — headquartered in his college town — as well as in Mexican culture. In addition to a dose of inspiration, Mahlatini aims to explore the universalities and parallels of all three respective cultures and how that translation towards artistic expression. 

The O. Gail Poole Memorial Travel Fund will open up with applications for more artists to apply for a travel award in Spring 2019. 

PAST WINNERS:

2018: Mayumi Kiefer and Solomon Mahlatini
2017: Marwin Begaye and Holly Wilson
2016: Sarah Engel-Barnett and Liz Roth
2015: Douglas Shaw Elder and Skip Hill
2014: Debby Kaspari and Craig Swan