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Norman art scene provides OU students with events, community changes

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"Unbound," a 45-foot sculpture by London-based artist Paul Cocksedge, is on display in front of the Norman Public Library Central, 103 W. Acres St.

With classes back in session at OU, Norman welcomes new and old students with events for every interest. From art to music, here is a list of upcoming events and changes in the Norman art community.

1. New art installations

A 45-foot sculpture, “Unbound” by Paul Cocksedge, was unveiled this summer to introduce the community to the new Norman Public Library Central. The sculpture is made out of bright, anodized aluminum rolled into paper like sheets, and it represents the connection between the Oklahoman environment and the library itself. Cocksedge aims to inspire readers who come to the library, according to the Norman Arts Council.

You can find the sculpture in front of the main entrance of the library, located at 103 W. Acres St. More information can be found on the Norman Arts Council's website.

Another new art exhibit will be on campus in the School of Visual Arts' Lightwell Gallery. 

"Sentientia," a ceramic sculpture collection by assistant professor Jamie Bates Slone, will open at 5 p.m. Aug. 27 with an artist talk in room 205 of the School of Visual Arts. The exhibition will be open until Sept. 6. The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to a press release. 

2. Museum mixer

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art will host “Impressionism,” a media mixer with a painting demonstration class, from 2–5 p.m. Aug. 24. Supplies for the class will be provided, and participants will be able to take home all painting materials. The price is $35 for members and $50 for non-members.

The event includes a tour of the Weitzenhoffer Collection and current exhibition “Between the Isms,” as well as providing a French picnic with food and champagne, according to a press release.

3. Museum gallery closures

Some of the galleries offered at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art will close for reinstallation construction during August and September.

The first floor of the Lester Wing and first and second floor of the Stuart Wing closed earlier this month. The records gallery and icon collection closes Sept. 8. All galleries will reopen Oct. 4, according to a press release.

4. Mini fall festivals

Second Wind Coffeehouse will host a mini fall festival for music and art lovers alike. The event includes live music, art displays, an open mic and food trucks. Events start at 5 p.m. Aug. 23 and 10 a.m. Aug. 24.

The performing acts are:


Useless Randy at 6 p.m.

Death By Knowledge at 7 p.m.

Rozlyn Zora Melton at 8 p.m.

Pretty Well at 9 p.m.


Art Premiere & Open Mic at 10 a.m.

Optional Hypocrisy at 4 p.m.

Spinster at 5 p.m.

The Opolis also plans to host a mini fall music festival called "Summerdaze 2.0" on Aug. 30 and 31. The festival begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday with performances inside and outside the venue at 113 N. Crawford, until 12:30 a.m. Saturday. 

Performances pick up again at 4 p.m. on Saturday with performances until midnight. Tyson Meade, Laine, Mad Honey, Smokey Motel, Spinster and Burl are among the artists performing. A full line-up is available online

5. Summer Breeze concert series 

The Depot will offer a free concert series for friends and families in Norman. The concerts have been offered throughout the summer and will continue until the end of August. The events are at Lions Park starting at 7:30 p.m.

Homegrown Volume I, a diverse group of Oklahoma musicians, will perform the series’ last concert Aug. 25.

UPDATE: This article was updated at 2:54 Aug. 20 to reflect two new upcoming events. 

Culture editor

Abigail Hall is a journalism senior and culture editor at The Daily. She previously worked as the culture assistant editor, and arts & entertainment reporter.

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