Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Call to Artists - National Weather Center Art Biennale

DEADLINE: October 1, 2012!
How does weather affect the artistic muse? The National Weather Center at the University of Oklahoma teams up with the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and the Norman Arts Council to explore the theme of weather in art with the National Weather Center Biennale - the first national juried exhibition featuring art about weather. The biennale officially begins Earth Day, April 22.

Prizes totaling $25,000 will be offered to the top winners. An overall prize of $10,000 will be awarded to one work for Best in Show, with $5,000 given to the first-place winners in three categories: painting, works on paper and photography.

The National Weather Center Biennale is open to artists of any nationality over the age of 18.

Registration began April 22 on the biennale's official website at www.nwcbiennale.org. Artists may enter up to three works in any combination of categories. The entry fee is $25 for the first entry and $10 for each subsequent entry. Registration closes Oct. 1. Works selected for an exhibition to be held in 2013 will be notified in late 2012.

The exhibition of selected works, including the prize winners', will open to the public Earth Day, April 22, 2013, at the National Weather Center and will close June 2, 2013.

Additional information about the exhibition is available on the website and the biennale's Facebook and Twitter pages.

Alan Atkinson, an art instructor at OU, will serve as the exhibition curator and part of the initial selection committee. Joining Atkinson as initial jurors will be Berrien Moore and Erinn Gavaghan, executive director of the Norman Arts Council. The initial judges will select 100 works from the submitted art entries for the exhibition.

Three nationally renowned guest jurors representing national meteorology, contemporary art museums and current artists will then select the winning pieces from each of the three categories, as well as the Best of Show prize, from the initial 100 selected works. These judges will be announced at a later date on the biennale's website.

The National Weather Center's website is  www.nwc.ou.edu. Additional information about the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is available online at www.ou.edu/fjjma and the Norman Arts Council's website is  www.normanarts.org.

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