Happy Earth Day! We are hammering out the details of the next National Weather Center Biennale which will open in April 2015. Stay tuned for more details on how to participate!


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Congratulations to our National Weather Center Biennale Winners in 2013!

Best of Painting

Best of Painting

Tom Berenz
Madison, Wisconsin
Flooded Car Lot
Oil on panel

Best of Photography

Best of Photography

Mitch Dobrowner
Los Angeles, California
Rope Out
Archival pigment photographic print on cotton rag paper

Best of Works on Paper

Best of Works on Paper

Tom Heflin
Rockford, Illinois
Approaching Winter Storm
Pastel on Paper

Best of Show

Best of Show

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

The National Weather Center Biennale runs through June 2nd.

The National Weather Center Biennale is the first exhibition of its kind - a national juried exhibition presenting art's window on the impact of weather on the human experience. The exhibition opens on Earth Day 2013 and 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.

Press Release - April 22, 2013

Press Release - February 20, 2013

The National Weather Center Biennale catalog may be purchased for $25 plus tax.


Best in Show - $10,000

First place in each category - $5,000

All prize recipients agree to exhibit their work at the National Weather Center. Media category winners are eligible for exhibition at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art for the same period of time.


The initial selection of 100 works for the exhibition will be performed by a committee consisting of Alan Atkinson, Ph.D., of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art; Berrien Moore III, Ph.D., Director of the National Weather Center; and Erinn Gavaghan, Executive Director of the Norman Arts Council.

The final awards jury consists of the following guest judges:

Christoph Heinrich - the Frederick and Jan Mayer Director, Denver Art Museum
Spencer Finch - American artist, specialist in glass and light installations
Jacqui Jeras - Broadcast Meteorologist for WJLA-TV in Washington, DC

These judges will determine the award winners for each category, as well as the Best of Show recipient.


The exhibition will be staged in the facilities of the National Weather Center. Completed in 2006, the 244,000-square-foot National Weather Center 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 in Norman, Oklahoma. The central space for the exhibition will be the dramatic 9,600-square-foot atrium with gallery lighting and full security. For each media category (Painting, Works on Paper, and Photography) there will be a $5,000 award, as well as an overall $10,000 Best in Show prize. The exhibition opens on Earth Day, April 22, 2013, and will close on June 2, 2013.

Free to  the public


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

NWC Biennale