Artist Tim Kenney to Live Paint, Raffle Completed Work to Support Norman Arts Council

Posted on January 19th, by NAC in Art. No Comments

If you are looking to get away from the cool gray skies of an Oklahoma winter, artist Tim Kenney’s colorful works will do just the trick, and with a live painting demonstration and raffle of the completed work, you might be able to bring it home with you.

Kenney will paint from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, February 10 at Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails, 132 W. Main, Norman as a part of Norman Arts Council’s monthly 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk, raffling off the piece with all proceeds going on to support Norman Arts Council. Tickets are available to purchase for $10 at in advance and the night of at Scratch. Individuals who purchase tickets do not need to be present at the 10 p.m. raffle to win.

Kenney is an abstract impressionist and colorist who paints with bold colors and strokes to create paintings with feeling and excitement. He is known for his vividly captured imagery of Aspen trees, though he has documented a variety of nature-centered scenes in his plein air approach.

Kenney has fast become a Norman art favorite, despite only picking up art in 2009. Inspired by the paintings of Pat Matthews, Kenney learned under the instruction … Read More »

Norman Arts Council Accepting Applications for Featured High School Artist Award

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

Deadline:  February 10, 2017 @ 11:59pm
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All applications must be completed online. You will be required to upload the following:

·       Artist Statement – One Page

·       Proposal Narrative – One Page. Proposal of exhibit must fit within the Library Gallery space: 56 linear feet of wall space, 160 square feet of floor space.

·       Up to 15 images of previous work

·       Up to 15 images or sketches of proposed works for consideration


The Norman Arts Council will feature one high school artist an exhibit in 2017. Artists will submit proposals according to the guidelines listed below for review by a selection panel.

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.

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


All artists must:

• Have resided 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 a junior of senior in high school.

Works for the exhibit may be executed in any … Read More »

Native American Photography Exhibition Opens Jan. 26 at OU

Posted on January 10th, by NAC in Art. No Comments

Noted early 20th-century photographer Edward Curtis (1868-1952) once referred to Native Americans as a “vanishing race.” A new exhibition at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art proves that Native American communities are not vanishing at all – they’re thriving.

PHOTO/SYNTHESIS, an exhibition of contemporary photography by Navajo artist Will Wilson (b. 1969), offers a glimpse of living Oklahomans representing seven Native tribal communities, while also showing some of Curtis’s historic works.

The exhibition opens with a complimentary public lecture by Wilson at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus. A reception follows the lecture at 8 p.m.

Whereas Curtis is remembered for shaping modern views of historic Native Americans by depicting his subjects in specific poses, backgrounds and clothing, often of his choosing, Wilson invited his subjects to choose how they wanted to be photographed. Wilson and heather ahtone, the museum’s James T. Bialac Associate Curator of Native American and Non-Western Art, spent the summer of 2016 working with tribal leaders in Oklahoma to photograph selected community members, some of whom were distant relatives of those originally included in Curtis’s 1930 Indians of Oklahoma portfolio from his famous publication, The North American Indian.

This difference … Read More »

The PHIL’s Next Concert Honors U.S. Musical Landscape

Posted on January 10th, by NAC in Art. No Comments

The Norman Philharmonic (The Phil) will present ‘Together We Sing…United We Stand,’ an evening honoring songs that define the musical landscape of America. The concert will take place Saturday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m. in Norman’s Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts, 1809 Stubbeman Ave.

“’Together We Sing…United We Stand’ is a wonderful opportunity to experience the popular music that has shaped our culture,” said Dr. Richard Zielinski, conductor of The PHIL.

The concert will feature special guests Kayley Williamson, Ian Gill, and the Richard Zielinski Singers. Works to be performed include America by Simon and Garfunkel, Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin, American Pie by Don McLean, A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke, Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan, and This land is Your Land by Peter, Paul and Mary Guthrie. Attendees will have the opportunity to sing along to many favorites.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door, at, or by calling (405) 579-5442.


About The Norman PHILharmonic (

The Norman PHILharmonic’s mission has been to establish an innovative and standard-setting chamber orchestra capable of performing a variety of music, commission new works from American composers, establish Norman, Oklahoma as the center of excellence in the arts and excite the youth of … Read More »