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All hometown libraries will be closed
Sunday, May 24 and Monday, May 25
in honor of Memorial Day.

From Earthsea to Fantasy: A Literary & Visual Exploration of the Genre, part of the Pioneer Library System The Big Read celebration, is currently on display through May 22 at MAINSITE Contemporary Art in downtown Norman. Please visit the gallery Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. as we celebrate the conclusion of The Big Read 2015.

2nd Friday Art Walk logoThe Pioneer Library System has announced the winners for the fantasy art contest coinciding with The Big Read 2015: A Wizard of Earthsea.

The winning works, as well as other entries in the contest, have been invited to take part in an exhibit at Norman’s MAINSITE Contemporary Art Gallery. The opening reception takes place during The Big Read Finale at 6 p.m. Friday, May 8, as part of the Norman Arts Council's 2nd Friday Art Walk. Winners will receive their cash awards at 7 p.m. as part of the event.

Winning entries are:

  • Student category (ages 8 to 18) – Asha Chidambaram and Adriana Fuentez
  • Adult category – Alyssa Pence and Jeremy Fowler-Lindemulder
  • PLS employees – Galyn Hembree and Shalla Strider
  • People's Choice - Jerry Bennett

The contest was judged by MAINSITE Gallery curator and Norman Arts Council Executive Director, Erinn Gavaghan, who evaluated the works without knowing the artists's names.

In addition to the contest pieces, the exhibit also will feature creations by professional artists AK Westerman and Patrick Riley.

The Big Read logoThe Big Read is funded by grant support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Norman Arts CouncilOklahoma Humanities Council, the Anne and Henry Zarrow FoundationFriends of the Norman Public Library and the Pioneer Library System Foundation.