Norman Arts Council and Pioneer Library System partner to present the Annual Writing Workshop

Posted on April 16th, by NAC in Art. No Comments

The Norman Arts Council and the Pioneer Library System present the annual Writing Workshop on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. It’s the fifth year the two organizations have partnered up for a day of practical presentations made by local and regional authors, aimed at furthering the knowledge of writers of all ages and levels of experience. The workshops will take place at Norman Public Library, 225 N. Webster, Norman.

This year’s discussions include writing for teens, family matters in memoirs, professionalism and a panel discussion on the concepts of self publishing and marketing. The full day event will be capped off with a reception where registrants will be able to engage in more intimate discussions with the day’s panelists and presenters: Nathan Brown, Sonia Gensler, Louise Farmer Smith, Mel Odom, Norman H. Hammon, Charles Martin and Dawn Leslie Lenz.

Registration is $25 per person, which includes lunch. Registration is limited to 125, so act quickly. You can register here. This project is made possible with support from Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.


9:00 – 10:30 a.m. — Nathan Brown: “Changing Role of the Writer: Why We Have to Work Harder Now”
10:40 a.m. – 12:00 … Read More »

OF+MO to Host a Free Music Panel at the 2015 Norman Music Festival

Posted on April 14th, by NAC in Art. No Comments

During the 2015 Norman Music Festival (NMF), the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) will, for the second year, host a music panel discussion Saturday, April 25 at 1:00 p.m. at MAINSITE in Norman. This year’s discussion, moderated by OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky, will focus on the past, present and future of the Oklahoma Music Industry. This year’s panelists include Quentin Bomgardner (Norman Music Alliance), Scott Booker (ACM@UCO), Joshua Boydston (Oxford Karma), Isaac Hanson (Hanson), Beau Jennings (Oklahoma singer/songwriter) and Dot Rhyne (Chevy Music Showcase).

“Where have we been? Where do we go from here? As director of OF+MO, I often find myself asking these questions which I believe are similar sentiments echoed by those like myself who share a vested interest and passion for the Oklahoma music industry. We hope you will join us for our panel at the Norman Music Fest as we shine light on the heritage of our state’s music industry, its present sustainability and future growth with our esteemed panelists, who represent some of the top talent in their respective fields,” said OF+MO Director, Tava Maloy Sofsky.

“NMF’s collaboration over the years with the OF+MO has been very valuable to our festival. The relationship has grown every year, and adding panels for NMF7 and … Read More »

OU Art & Design Students to Present Final Projects at 2015 Senior Capstone Exhibition

Posted on April 14th, by NAC in Art. No Comments

The annual University of Oklahoma School of Art and Art History’s senior capstone exhibition features the work of graduating seniors from all visual arts programs offered at OU. The 2015 exhibition titled, Emerge: 2015 Art + Design Senior Exhibition, will open with a complimentary public opening reception at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the School of Art & Art History.

This exhibition is presented annually each spring in conjunction with a capstone course required for all graduating seniors receiving a bachelor of fine arts degree from OU. Each student creates a body of work that represents their studies and the time they have spent at the School of Art and Art History.  These students display a portion of this portfolio during the senior capstone exhibition. The students also work closely with faculty to organize and install their works. Students are responsible for every aspect of the show, which offers them valuable hands-on experience necessary for success post-graduation.

“Our senior capstone exhibit will feature work by the many talented students preparing to graduate from the School of Art and Art History next month,” said Todd Stewart, associate professor of art, technology and culture, and co-interim director of the OU School of Art and Art … Read More »

National Weather Center Biennale Returns April 19

Posted on April 13th, by NAC in Art. No Comments

Oklahomans are accustomed to rapid weather changes, but this spring, the public is invited to experience tornadoes, thunderstorms, blizzards and wildfires—all in one place.

Two years ago, the National Weather Center and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma collaborated with the Norman Arts Council to present the first National Weather Center Biennale, which showcases artwork with weather as its central theme. The tradition will be continued with a new international exhibition opening at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 19, in the National Weather Center atrium. The exhibition is open to the public, and admission is complimentary with a valid ID.

“Artists reveal the essence of the object,” said Berrien Moore, director of the National Weather Center. “Cézanne and his apples or hisMont Sainte-Victoire—when we have viewed his pictures, we then see freshly the world and ourselves. So it is with the artistic works in this exhibit. Our familiar experiences with weather are refreshed, and new insights and emotions become part of us and extend our vision. The artist opens a window on our world, and our horizons deepen.”

Renowned conceptual artist Mel Chin of Houston serves as the guest juror for the 2015 biennale. Chin has been recognized … Read More »