Norman Seeks Artist for Public Art Project at Young Family Athletic Center

Norman Arts Council on behalf of The City of Norman and Norman Forward Percent for Art for the Young Family Athletic Center, is seeking an artist (or team of artists) to create a significant work of art for the Young Family Athletic Center to be located at 24th Avenue NW and Rock Creek Road, Norman, Oklahoma.


The Young Family Athletic Center is a new approximate 122,000 square foot facility built on a 12-acre site on the north side of Norman, OK. The Young Family Athletic Center furthers the citizen-initiated Norman Forward mission to fund and create quality of life projects for the community. This center was made possible in part by a generous $4 million donation from the Young Family Foundation.

The Multi-Sport Gymnasium portion of the building, when completed, will each house eight basketball courts with 12 volleyball courts, which overlay the basketball courts. The regulation-size basketball court overlay two basketball courts and runs in the opposite direction.

The aquatic portion of the building will feature two pools: an 8-lane 25-meter competition pool with adequate spectator seating and a 4-lane 25-meter pool used as a warm-up pool during swim competitions. Men’s and Women’s Locker Rooms are located adjacent to the pools. When the pools are not being used for competitions, the citizens of Norman will have access to the pool for general use and swimming.


The Selection Panel has determined that ideally the most effective artwork will be a monumental, exterior piece, but alternatively would consider artwork in the interior of the building.

The chosen artwork should express the qualities and spirit inherent in athletics such as kinetic energy and movement which are attributes of all the sports offered at the Young Family Athletic Center. The artwork should be very visible to all of the people who use the space, including Norman citizens, youth team athletes, parents, spectators, participants and their families from around the region who are there for events and tournaments, and staff.

All of the sports that take place at the YFAC involve a sense of play and recreation, paired simultaneously with determination and perseverance any of which the selected artwork may reflect.


The total artist's fee for the project is $192,000.00. This amount must cover all associated costs including design, materials, fabrication, lighting, travel, insurance coverage, shipping, and installation.


Open to professional artists with experience working on public art projects of this scale and working in creating site-specific works.


  • RFQ Deadline: January 5, 2022 12:00 pm (midnight)

The following dates are subject to change:

  • **Artists’ Information Session: 6:30 pm November 29, 2021

  • Notify Artists: January 30, 2022

  • Finalists’ Site Visit: Approximately February 17, 2022

  • Finalists’ Presentation of Proposals: Approximately April 10, 2022

  • Selection of Artist: Approximately April 20, 2022

  • Opening of Young Family Athletic Center: Estimated April 2023

**The artists’ information session will be held at MAINSITE Contemporary Art, 122 East Main Street, Norman, Oklahoma  73069. Attendance is recommended, but is not mandatory for submission of an application.

Learn more at Artist Info Session held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, November 29 at MAINSITE Contemporary Art (and via Zoom)


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January 5, 2022, 6:00:00 PM

Norman, OK