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2015 Best of Show Winner

Landspout, Los Angeles by Mitch Dobrowner

Pigment ink on cotton rag, 14 x 21in

Best of Show 2017

Artemis Herver - Meteorite

Best of Show:
Artemis Herber
35 x 40 in.
Acrylic on multilayered corrugated cardboard, incorporated black rock

Winners by category

Lex Halakan - Night Blues

Best of Painting:
Lex Halakan
Night Blues
24 x 36 in.
Oil on board

Saskia Vaughan - Lightning and Stars

Best of Photography:
Saskia Vaughan
Lightning and Stars
24 x 16 in.
Photograph printed on metal

Jean M. Judd - Shadow of the Past

Best of Mixed Media:
Jean M. Judd
Shadow of the Past
42.75 x 25.75 in.
Hand stitched thread on rust pigmented textile

Judith Brandon - The Dreaming

People’s Choice Award:
Judith Brandon
The Dreaming
42 x 26 in.
Mixed media on paper

2017 Biennale opens April 23rd!

Bluestein-Howard_Two Tornadoes

Following on the heels of two successful events, the National Weather Center at the University of Oklahoma has again partnered with the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and the Norman Arts Council to announce the third National Weather Center Biennale, which opens April 23, 2017 at 1:00pm.

The Biennale is free and open to the public daily from 7am -7pm. Photo ID needed for check in.

The international juried exhibition focuses on weather in contemporary art and awards $26,000 in cash prizes. “We had 575 submissions from around the world,” said Berrien Moore, director of the National Weather Center. “We are very impressed with the talent that came in.”

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. New addition is a $1,000 people’s choice award this year.

The Biennale exhibition of selected works, including the prizewinners, will close June 19, 2017.


**Photo by Dr. Howard Bluestein Two Tornadoes **

The National Weather Center Biennale

NWCB Opening Reception Photo

The National Weather Center Biennale is the first exhibition of its kind - an international juried exhibition presenting: Art's Window on the Impact of Weather on the Human Experience. The 2015 exhibition is sponsored by the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, and the Norman Arts Council.



In conjunction with Earth Day 2015, the exhibition opens on Sunday, April 19 and closes Sunday, June 14, 2015.

Cash prizes are awarded in the following categories:

Best in Show - $10,000
Best of Painting - $5,000
Best of Photography - $5,000
Best of Works on Paper - $5,000

All prize recipients agree to exhibit their work at the National Weather Center and include their work in the exhibition catalogue.

To read the press release, click here. (PDF)


NWCB Deadline Extended

Interested in submitting in 2019?

Call for Entries for the 2019 Biennale has not been posted yet, but will be available Fall of 2018. Feel free to start working on your art in the meantime. 

RedBud Award Photo

The inaugural National Weather Center Biennale won a 2014 Oklahoma RedBud Award! Read here for more information. Congratulations to everyone who helped make it a success!


About the Venue

National Weather Center Photo

The exhibition will be staged in the National Weather Center. Completed in 2006, the 244,000-square-foot NWC building is the anchor of a unique research and learning community including the nation's largest academic meteorology program, several National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research, operations and support organizations, and more than a half dozen private weather and weather technology-related companies - all located within a few hundred yards of each other on the University of Oklahoma's Research Campus. The central space for the exhibition will be the dramatic 9,600-square-foot atrium with gallery lighting and full security.

Admission is free to the public.

Visiting hours:
Mon-Thu – 10 a.m-5 p.m.
Fri – 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sat – 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sun – 12-5 p.m.

Guests will need to present a photo ID to gain entry to the exhibition.

Image Credit:

Elizabeth Patterson
Los Angeles, California
Pershing Square, Los Angeles [detail]
Colored pencil and solvent on Bristol vellum