Norman Arts Council Announces Request for Qualifications for Art Installation at Westwood Family Aquatic Center

Posted on August 25th, by NAC in Art. No Comments

RFQ for Westwood Family Aquatic Center: Due Monday, September 26, 2016


Norman Arts Council on behalf of The City of Norman and Norman Forward Percent for Art, for the Westwood Family Aquatic Center, is seeking an artist (or team of artists) to create a significant work (or works) of art for the new Westwood Family Aquatic Center which replaces the current Westwood Pool located at 2400 Westport Drive, 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 existing Westwood Pool was built in the 1960s and is a part of a 132 acre multi-sport municipal facility, including golf and tennis. … Read More »

Faculty Exhibition Closing With Public Reception Sept. 1

Posted on August 25th, by NAC in Art. No Comments

After a nearly three-month run, the School of Art and Art History Faculty Exhibition at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is coming to a close. The public is invited to a reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at the museum on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus.

The faculty exhibition, the first in 12 years at the art museum, features recent works by 26 faculty members in a broad spectrum of styles and media that are indicative of the range of the current faculty’s art. The exhibition is designed to showcase the results of their research and creativity.

“There is an unexpected aspect for the public to enjoy if you’ve already been to see the exhibition,” said Bette Talvacchia, director of the OU School of Visual Arts. “In the three months since this show began, the school has acquired a new name. We are now the School of Visual Arts, and there is a fun new graphic to depict that.”

Mark White, the Wylodean and Bill Saxon Director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, said the public has enjoyed the summer exhibition.

“The School of Art and Art History Faculty Exhibition has returned to the museum for the first time in more than a decade, … Read More »

Alex Emmons to Lead Two Art Workshops in conjunction with MAINSITE Exhibition

Posted on August 12th, by NAC in Art. No Comments

Artist and art educator Alex Emmons will conduct two workshops at MAINSITE Contemporary Art in conjunction with her House & Garden exhibition currently showing at the gallery, offering one opportunity for kids ages 4-12 and another live art event and wine tasting for adults. More information below!

Blue Printing for Kids

As the summer wanes and technology demands rise, we invite you and your child to take a break at MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council. Come make Cyanotypes by the light of the sun and explore one of the early 19th century photographic processes with our exhibiting artist and educator, Alex Emmons.  Everyone is invited to drop in throughout the afternoon. We will have stations ready for ages 4-6, 7-8, and 9-12 and ask that parents participate with their child. We will have supplies for kids to create their own negatives for making their own non-toxic nature prints as well as cyanotype paper for the older kids and parents who are interested in trying the original printing out process. Light refreshments and water provided.

Date: Sunday, August 28th
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Location: MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council, 122 East Main Street, Norman, OK 73069
Registration: Free and Open … Read More »

Summer Daze to Usher in the School Year with a Free Music Festival

Posted on August 8th, by NAC in Art. No Comments

Norman Arts Council is pleased to team up with the good folks at Opolis, COOP Ale Works and The Garage to present Summer Daze, a free, daylong music festival on Saturday, August 27 at Opolis, 113 N. Crawford, Norman. Kicking off at 1 p.m. and lasting past midnight, 20 performers will usher us into another school year in Norman with an all-ages, open to the public event to bring crowds through the Historic Downtown Norman Arts District.

Summer Daze will feature performances by Tallows, Sports, Chase Kerby & The Villains, Student Film, Gum, Bowlsey, Grand National, Annie Oakley, Magnificent Bird, Kierston White with Camille Harp and Audrey Oden on the outdoor stage between sets from Brothers Griiin (featuring members of Flaming Lips), Husbands, Youthesize, The Daddyo’s, Creep City, Cosmostanza, Ugly Duck, Otakunauts and Michael Loveland. Set times below:

There will also be a free pre-party the night prior at Opolis featuring Oklahoma favorite Deerpeople with house duo PVLMS!

Explore some of the Summer Daze artists with this Spotify playlist or by viewing some of the music videos below!