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NORMAN PUBLIC ARTS BOARD’S
ARTIST DESIGNED BIKE RACK PROJECT
DUE by 11:59PM FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019
SPONSORED BY FOWLER TOYOTA

The Public Arts Board of Norman is seeking designs for Phase #5 of the Artist Designed Bike Racks Project. This fourth phase of the project will place artist designed bike racks across core Norman. We are looking for bike racks that can accommodate a minimum of two bicycles, one on each side of the rack (similar to traditional “U” shaped racks), and that will represent Norman’s unique aesthetic and cultural identity.

This Request for Proposals is specifically for bike racks that will be located in the following Norman parks:

Rotary Park
Saxon Park
Reaves Park
Colonial Estates

And three to be placed on West Main at locations to be determined.

HONORARIUM:

Winning entries will receive a $200 honorarium.

FABRICATION AND INSTALLATION:

No fabrication skills are necessary to enter this competition. The Public Arts Board will be responsible for the fabrication and installation of winning bike rack designs.

ELIGIBILITY:

The competition is open to all Oklahoma artists. Only applications submitted through the online process will be considered. Applications must be 100% completed for consideration.

Norman Arts Council Age of ONE-derful Nonsense Artist Participation
DUE Sunday, March 10

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 March 10, 2019. Artwork MUST be delivered to the Norman Arts Council the week of March 11, 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. 


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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. 

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