Norman Arts Council Announces Selection of Artist for First Norman Forward 1% for Art Project

Posted on January 26th, by NAC in Art. No Comments

Norman Arts Council is pleased to announce the selection of artist Mark Aeling of MGA Sculpture Studio to create the first public art piece made possible through the Norman Forward 1% for Art Program.

The proposed 20-foot sculpture titled SPLASH will be installed at the renovated Westwood Recreational Complex, set to be unveiled with the re-opening of the complex — which includes water slides, lazy river, lap pool, diving area and expanded tennis facilities — this summer. SPLASH captures the interplay of the swim facilities and nearby tennis courts with bold colors and a playful scale and design that matches the City of Norman’s desire for an exciting place for Norman families to congregate and enjoy our community.

“This sculpture in particular takes into consideration the needs of the Westwood Aquatic Center by creating an iconic image that is active and vibrant, fun and playful, while still carrying with it several layers of meaning and interpretation,” Aeling said in his narrative for the piece, which will be constructed from powder-coated aluminum and steel. “The large ball form, caught in the moment in time as it strikes the surface of the water, unites the two worlds of Westwood: The tennis facility and the … Read More »

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 »