WE ART STORMWATER - DUE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019
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.
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
Feasibility of executing the proposed design
Incorporation of the theme
When designing artwork, each artist is asked to consider the following themes:
Stormwater Pollution AND/OR
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
Selected Artists must provide:
The original design
Execution of the accepted design
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
Norman Arts Council Age of ONE-derful Nonsense Artist Participation
DUE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25
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.
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.
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.
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