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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

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.

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.


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. 


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)
  • Electricitywill 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


Artist In Residence (AIR) Program at [Artspace] at Untitled
Revolving deadlines

Residency opportunities are open to Oklahoma artists 21 years of age or older, showing a strong professional working history. Primary interest is visual arts with a focus on multidisciplinary approach to printmaking and works on paper. Local based artists seeking a residency must submit a complete application including recent work samples and current resume. Preference may be given to applicants who have not previously attended.

Artists applying to [Artspace] at Untitled’s residency program should not be enrolled in an academic program during the residency timeline. Applications consisting of small collaboratives (2-3 total members) are eligible to apply. Each artist included in the collaborative must submit a resume.

Artists in Residence are encouraged to participate in other public programming by providing the public a glimpse into their process through demonstrations, workshops, talks and an exhibit in the [Press] Gallery. Local artists have the opportunity to work alongside our national and international visiting [AIR].

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