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RFQ: Public Art Project - Central Library Branch, Norman, OK
Due 11 p.m. October 27, 2017

Norman Arts Council on behalf of The City of Norman and Norman Forward Percent for Art, for Norman Public Library Central, is seeking an artist (or team of artists) to create a significant work of art for the new Norman Public Library Central Branch to be located at 103 West Acres Street, Norman, Oklahoma.

Norman is a growing, progressive city located 20 miles south of downtown Oklahoma City and is the third-largest city in Oklahoma. The citizens of Norman initiated NORMAN FORWARD, a proposal to renovate, expand, construct and fund Quality of Life projects, such as multiple recreational facilities, libraries, parks, athletic venues, public art, trails, swim complexes and other quality of life projects throughout Norman.  The initiative went to the City Council from community groups, stakeholders and Norman residents, who prepared an initial package using analysis and information from recreational planning professionals and research firms. In 2015, the City Council placed NORMAN FORWARD on a ballot that was overwhelmingly supported by Norman voters. For more information about Norman, please see http://www.normanok.gov/cm/norman-forward and www.visitnorman.com.

The Project Team has determined that the most effective artwork will be a monumental, exterior piece located in either of the two spaces indicated on the attached site plan. Because the library is one story where the plaza is located, (the circle on the attached plan), a component of the artwork could be located on the roof of that story which would make it very visible from the other two stories when viewed from inside the library. (The limit weight load of the roof would have to be determined and taken into consideration.)

Since the work of art will be outside, it should complement the natural beauty of the site and the architecture of the building as well as welcome all visitors to the library. The artwork should also express qualities inherent in all libraries, e.g. a sense of wonderment, curiosity, learning and inclusiveness. Visitors, staff, and customers should be able to interact with the chosen artwork by listening to it or observing it reacting to changes in light, seasons or weather.

It is the desire of the Project Team for this work of art be a very visible addition to the cultural fabric of Norman relating to its history, but also its current importance to the state and country, as well as its future. Because the library and this art will be located in the heart and administrative center of the city, it is hoped that it will become an iconic symbol of the spirit of Norman.

Budget 

The total artist's fee for the project is $230,000.00. This amount must cover all associated costs including design, materials, fabrication, lighting, travel, insurance coverage, shipping and installation.

Artist Eligibility

Open to professional artists with experience working on public art projects of this scale and creating site-specific works.

Timeline

  • RFQ Deadline: Friday, October 27, 2017 at 11:00pm (CST)

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. 

Community Chalk Walk

Hosted by the visual arts faculty of Norman High School and Norman North High School and the Firehouse Art Center.

Seeking teams of 4 high school student artists for a Community Chalk Walk competition during the Downtown Norman Fall Festival on Friday, October 27, from 6 - 9 PM. Each team will create a creative chalk drawing in a 4' x 4' are on the sidewalk at South Jones Avenue outside of The Depot in historic downtown Norman. Students will translate their pre-approved designs featuring seasonal or community-friendly themes into public art. The work of every student team will be entered into a juried competition judged by artist Richard McKown. Prizes will include professional art supplies (provided by the Firehouse Art Center). The selected first place team will be eligible to paint their mural in Lions Park, with all materials provided.

To Enter

Team members and design must be submitted to the Firehouse Art Center by 5 PM on Monday, October 23. Entries may be delivered in person or submitted digitally to info@normanfirehouse.com. Selected teams will be notified on Tuesday, October 24.

Community Art Portion

In addition to the competition portion of this project, visitors to the Downtown Norman Fall Festival will be encouraged to make their own chalk creations near the student artists. Project facilitators will be on hand to manage this portion of the project, distributing chalk and ensuring participants remain in the appropriate areas for chalk drawing.

 

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