Now Accepting Exhibit Proposals for Featured Individual Artist Award

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Featured Individual Artists Exhibition Awards

DEADLINE: Wednesday, July 29, 2015



The Norman Arts Council will feature four individual artists during the fiscal year of July 2015 through June 2016. Artists will submit proposals according to the guidelines listed below for review by an independent curator from the state of Oklahoma. One of the featured artists selected one will be a Norman high school student.

The works exhibited during this year 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.

Featured Individual Artist exhibits will occur in the Library Gallery within MAINSITE Contemporary Art.


All artists must:

• Have resided or occupied a studio space in Norman, OK for one year

• Submit an exhibit proposal

• Submit a digital archive of previous work done by the artist

• Attest that the submitted concepts, proposals and works of art are executed solely by the artist

• Be over the age of eighteen, except if applying for the exhibit for the high school student show.

Works for the exhibit may be executed in any medium or combination of mediums, which conform to the guidelines. Works must be suitable for viewing by … Read More »

Now Accepting Applications for O. Gail Poole Memorial Travel Award

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O. Gail Poole Memorial Travel Fund Call for Artist Applications

DEADLINE: Friday, June 5, 2015 at midnight


Nicole Poole, in remembrance of her father O. Gail Poole and his love of travel to further artistic practices, established this fund. This fund, administered by the Norman Arts Council, is to benefit artists of demonstrated merit and ability, allowing them freedom and opportunity to travel outside of Norman. This opportunity is open to all practicing artists, at least 18 years of age, residing in Norman.

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.


One (1) Award of $1,500

Recipient will be required to sign an agreement that the award will be used strictly for the travel purposes outlined in the Narrative Proposal of Use of Funds.


Applications for the award will be reviewed by a committee of the Norman Arts Council considering the following criteria:

1.      Artistic excellence, originality and ability to produce a consistent body of work as evidenced by representation of past work in images and other supporting materials.

2.    Thoughtful proposed use of funds.

3.    Ability to act professionally and as a good representative of the Norman arts community.


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OU Art Museum Opens Indigenous Printmaking Show on June 4

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A new printmaking exhibition featuring Native American, First Nations, Maori and South African indigenous artists debuts at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus with a complimentary public reception Thursday, June 4. Enter the Matrix: Indigenous Printmaking explores how printmaking has become a matrix for cultural and artistic exchange, identifies critical sites where engagement has occurred and features key figures who have contributed toward this exchange.

The exhibition opens at 7 p.m. with a lecture by Heather Ahtone, the museum’s James T. Bialac Assistant Curator of Native American and Non-Western Art, followed by the reception at 8 p.m.

“This exhibition investigates how printmaking has become an artistic seed for cultural vitalization,” Ahtone said. “I have been looking at the network of artists that underlies the expansion of this medium as both a reflection of the continuum of Native cultural exchange and a chance to see how a medium can undergo a form of cultural fusion, whereby it becomes an important form of cultural expression.”

Enter the Matrix combines art from the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s permanent collection with works on loan from Crow’s Shadow Institute in Pendleton, Oregon; the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City; and the … Read More »

The Depot Announces 2015 Summer Breeze Concert Schedule

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The Depot is proud to announce the musical lineup for the 15th annual Summer Breeze Concert Series.  The eight free family-friendly Sunday evening concerts, taking place in Lions Park at the corner of Flood and Symmes in Norman, are all scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm.  Bring seating, your favorite refreshments (no venders are allowed) and enjoy these relaxed “easy-breezy” musical evenings in the park.

“We are very excited about this year’s line up” says Depot Executive Director Shari Ransley Jackson.  “We are proud of the work the committee did to showcase a wide variety of musical genres featuring outstanding musical groups from Oklahoma and across the nation.   And, new this year,  the series ends with the first ever member’s choice concert. The Elders were among those nominated by Depot members and selected by  member vote.”

The 2015 musical lineup is as follows:

May 17, The Handsome Devils
The Handsome Devils (Derek Paul,guitar, lead vocals; Derek Carothers, bass; Devon Carothers, drums; Zane Russell, guitar, vocals) blend a love of folk, rock, blues, R&B and jazz into a wholly Americana sound. Whether it’s their rootsy southern rock hooks to their laid back blues grooves to their heartfelt storytelling, their many fans love their honest, … Read More »