MAINSITE Contemporary Art – Inventory Show – Aug 12-Sep 24, 2011

2nd Friday Event: Opening Reception August 12, 2011 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: August 12 – September 24, 2011
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 11:30am – 5:00pm

The Norman Arts Council invites all to MAINSITE Contemporary Art for The Inventory Show: A Special Selection of the Artists of MAINSITE Contemporary Art on August 12, 2011 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

MAINSITE Contemporary Art has become the new home of the Norman Arts Council. The gallery maintains its vision and purpose as a contemporary art leader in the region, while also providing a multitude of opportunities for the NAC, Norman artists, and arts organizations.

The Inventory Show provides a special opportunity to display works that are in the inventory at the gallery. Artists who have shown at MAINSITE Contemporary Art in the past will often leave pieces of their work behind for the gallery to sell after the exhibit has been taken down. Art buyers are welcome at any time to make an appointment to view or purchase the work.

Artists who have work in the MAINSITE Contemporary Art gallery inventory include Tom Toperzer, Steven Heyman, Alan Atkinson, Dylan Bradway, Carol Beesley, Skip Hill, Haze Diedrich, O. Gail Poole, Nigel Conway, Michelle Martin Coyne, Paul Mays, Richard McKown, and many others.

The NAC is continuously developing events with the Norman Studio Artists Association, SongWriters Association Norman, and Cinematic Artists of Norman as well as coordinating the popular 2nd Friday Circuit of Art. In addition, new programs are in in the works, including the creation of an Individual Artist Award, lecture series, and developing educational aspects of the gallery with work study opportunities, internships, and access to the gallery library. Throughout this, the NAC will operate MAINSITE Contemporary Art gallery and it will continue to function as a space to promote and sell artists’ work.

In nearly all cases, galleries are different than museums in that their purpose is to display and sell work. Even though the NAC has moved into the space, the walls of MAINSITE Contemporary Art are no different. Shows in the space will still feature art that can be purchased by the public. Additionally, the artists selected for the NAC Individual Artists Award will have at least 30% of the work for sale.

One key difference in the change from MAINSITE Contemporary Art as a for-profit business to MAINSITE Contemporary Art: Home of the Norman Arts Council, a non-profit arts organization, is that the commission taken by the gallery has dropped significantly. Prior to the NAC moving in, the proceeds from work sold was split 50% to the artist and 50% to the gallery. The NAC has changed that to 70% to the artist and 30% to the gallery. The 30% will provide the NAC with funds to maintain the gallery and create programs beyond what the budget currently allows.

The goal of the change in commission, as well as the other programs and events at the gallery, is to take an additional step to support the artists of MAINSITE Contemporary Art and Norman, as well as provide a venue for arts in Norman.

For more information on the MAINSITE Contemporary Art gallery, Norman Arts Council, or its events, please contact us at or 405-360-1162.