Norman Public Arts Board seeks new round of duck sculpture design submissions

Posted on December 1st, by NAC in Art. No Comments

Request for Proposals: Norman Public Arts’ Park Sculpture Project
Due: Monday, February 6, 2017
Download Application


The Norman Public Arts Board (PAB), on behalf of the Norman Arts Council and the City of Norman, seeks artists (or team of artists) to design and enhance/paint a fabricated fiberglass sculptures of ducks. These sculptures will be placed in three City of Norman Parks designed for children (locations TBD). It is the future intent of the Public Arts Board to produce additional fiberglass sculptures in other Norman parks. This RFP is for three separate ducks, from which three submissions will be selected.

Each duck stands 44” tall and is made from the original Samo Ducky sculpture by Douglas Shaw Elder, which resides in Lions Park on Flood Avenue. In addition to Samo Ducky, there are 14 ducky installations currently located in Norman. To view the ducks and their locations, please visit or

Although the surface design is open, care must be taken in the application of selected proposals to protect the sculpture from the expected contact of children interacting with the sculptures. The design should take into consideration visibility by vehicles driving by the parks as well as the sculpture’s role as a functioning activity for children in the parks.

The … Read More »

Norman Arts Council announces Request for Qualifications for Norman Public Library East Public Art Project

Posted on November 21st, by NAC in Art. No Comments

East Norman Public Library Branch — RFQ
Click here to apply

Norman Arts Council on behalf of The City of Norman and Norman Forward Percent for Art, for Norman Public Library East, is seeking an artist (or team of artists) to create a significant work of art for the new Norman Public Library East to be located at 3001 East Alameda Street, Norman, Oklahoma.

Norman, located 20 miles south of downtown Oklahoma City, 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.

The Norman Public Library East is a part of the Pioneer Library System whose brand promise is Pioneering Tomorrow’s Library. This promise is realized through cutting edge technologies and 21st century customer service strategies. The oldest of eight library systems in … Read More »

Norman Organizations Partner to Bring Attention, Patrons to Struggling Lindsey Street through Arts Projects

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

Lindsey Street shops and restaurants have seen street traffic and customers being replaced with safety cones and detour signs as the ongoing Norman road construction aimed at a new interstate exchange and widened, four-lane road have plagued the area, leading to massive drops in business of upwards of 50%. With construction estimated to not conclude until Fall 2017, businesses are struggling to keep their doors open, while some have already closed forever.

“It is so crucial, now more than ever, that we educate our citizens about shopping local,” said Jocelyn Wall, owner of International Pantry. “Without that understanding and assistance from our community, many businesses on Lindsey and the surrounding area simply will not be able to survive this difficult time, and we are all in this together. Lindsey Street is the gateway to the university and leaves a big impression on visitors who come to our community.”

In hopes of steering patrons towards the area to keep those businesses afloat, Norman Arts Council, Norman Public Arts Board, Institute for Quality Communities, Norman Chamber of Commerce, Norman Economic Development Coalition and Visit Norman are partnering together to present We Art Lindsey Street, an initiative that will make a series of grants of … Read More »

Author Louise Farmer Smith Celebrates New Book with MAINSITE Launch Party

Posted on November 11th, by NAC in Art. No Comments

Author Louise Farmer Smith invites Oklahoma friends, family and fans to celebrate the launch of her latest book Cadillac, Oklahoma with a launch party at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council, 122 E. Main, Norman, OK.


Spread out in the former Dust Bowl, the town of Cadillac maintains a calm surface of prejudice, blandness, and boosterism. The Cadillac Courier’s ambitious reporter, Hillary O’Brian, cracks open that surface by starting a column, “Cadillac Voices,” giving the citizens an outlet for their grievances, sorrows, and disgust with the weather.

Looking back from the vantage point wise age, Sloane Willard, a retired lawyer, observes that this town “neither enriched nor stunted her children.” As a seventeen-year-old bent on sexual experience, he had made hilarious attempts to bed a woman he believed had a racy past.

In his 80’s now, Sloane befriends Sheriff Jake Hale who persuades Sloane to defend pro bono a teenage rape victim on trial for her life in the shooting death of her father. In a plea to the crowd outside the court, Sloane calls out, “Don’t give up on the young and vulnerable, who may quietly suffer savagery at home!”

In … Read More »