Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City OK 73102
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement
To enrich lives through the visual arts

Great art for everyone

Integrity - Quality - Commitment - Accountability - Passion - Resilience

To create a cultural legacy in art and education that present and future generations can experience at the Museum and carry with them throughout their lives
Chihuly Tower at night
Contact Information
Contact Name E. Michael Whittington
Contact email info@okcmoa.com
Address 415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Phone (405) 236-3100
Fax 405-236-3122
County Oklahoma County
Alternate Phone 800 579-9278
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card http://www.okcmoa.com/join-give/
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/okcmoa/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
In addition to season sponsorships and gifts to special programs, donors can support the Oklahoma City Museum of Art by purchasing a membership, making a gift to the annual fund, or by sponsoring one of our three annual fundraising events. There are three ways to give:
1) By phone at (405) 278-8207
2) By mail at 415 Couch Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
3) Online at www.okcmoa.com
Volunteer opportunities include the Museum's docent program which currently encompasses over 45 trained volunteers who lead tours and volunteer regularly. Special event volunteer opportunities are also available throughout the year.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $6,510,279.00
Projected Expenses $6,510,279.00
History and Background
Former Names
Oklahoma Art League and Art Renaissance Club
Works Progress Administration Experimental Gallery
Oklahoma Art Center1989
Arts Place1995
Year Founded 1945
IRS Ruling Year 1946
State Registration Expiration July 2015
To enrich lives through the visual arts

Great art for everyone

Integrity - Quality - Commitment - Accountability - Passion - Resilience

To create a cultural legacy in art and education that present and future generations can experience at the Museum and carry with them throughout their lives
Background The Museum's roots trace to early statehood efforts of the Oklahoma Art League and Art Renaissance Club, organizations concerned with art education for a young city.  Over time, more formal efforts began with a Works Progress Administration (WPA) Experimental Gallery, which was open to the public.  The Museum transitioned from a federally funded gallery to a private institution when it was incorporated on May 18, 1945.

The Museum today is the synthesis of two predecessors, the Oklahoma Art Center, itself an outgrowth of the WPA Experimental Gallery, and the Oklahoma Museum of Art.  The Oklahoma Art Center, a gift of founders John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick, opened in 1958 at State Fair Park.  Following a brief tenure at the Red Ridge Estate in northeast Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Museum of Art moved to the Buttram Mansion, formerly a private residence on Nichols Road in Oklahoma City, which was donated by the S.T. Fee and James H. Milligan families in 1977.  In the same year, Arts Place, a branch of the Oklahoma Art Center, opened as an extension gallery in downtown Oklahoma City.  Although both institutions were committed to collecting, programs, and exhibitions, a depressed economy following the downturn in the energy industry during the 1980s challenged the city's ability to support two institutions and led to a merger of the two museums in 1989.  Museum leaders seized the opportunity to bring the Oklahoma City Museum of Art to maturation as a single, financially secure entity, committed entirely to the service of its community.  The Buttram Mansion was sold in 1993, and the trustees established the Fee-Milligan Endowment with the proceeds of the sale.  Heavily damaged by the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing, Arts Place was closed in 1995. Led by a $14.5 million capital grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and by an extraordinary outpouring of support from more than 500 foundations, corporations, and individual donors, the $40 million goal was reached to build and endow the new museum, entirely with private funds.  In March of 2002, the Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center opened.

Today the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is a major cultural asset for Oklahoma City and the entire region attracting visitors from around the globe with exceptional exhibition, education and film programs coupled with fine dining, facility rentals and special events.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma City
Canadian County
Cleveland County
Grady County
Lincoln County
Logan County
McClain County
Oklahoma County
Payne County
Pottawatomie County
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art serves visitors of all ages that come from throughout Oklahoma, the region, and the world. The Museum offers a variety of programs geared toward children as young as 18 months up to specially designed programs for senior adults.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Visual Arts
Tertiary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Arts Education
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art presents three to four international and national traveling exhibitions and Museum-organized exhibitions in its first floor gallery annually. These exhibitions feature a wide variety of subjects, styles, and media, ranging from the art of ancient Egypt to French impressionism to emerging contemporary artists.
Additionally, rotating exhibitions of the Museum’s permanent collection are regularly presented throughout the second and third floors, which are segmented into twelve galleries and feature both temporary and permanent displays, such as Illuminations: Rediscovering the Art of Dale Chihuly.
Population Served General/Unspecified
The OKCMOA Film Program is home to central Oklahoma's only community based, mission driven art house cinema that screens the finest independent, international and classic films in the 250-seat Noble Theater every Thursday through Sunday year round.
In addition to regular film screenings, the film program partners with organizations such as the Oklahoma Film & Music Office, deadCENTER Film Festival, Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, and the Circle Cinema in Tulsa, OK. 
The OKCMOA Film Program is a member of the Sundance Institute Art House Project, Art House Convergence, National Alliance for Media Art + Culture, and the Association of Moving Image Archivists. 
Population Served General/Unspecified
Description The vision of a permanent museum of art in Oklahoma City was realized in 1945, with the incorporation of the Oklahoma Art center (now the Oklahoma City Museum of Art).  The Museum's collection includes paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, and sculptures, with strengths in European and American art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as well as a growing collection of contemporary art.  
Population Served General/Unspecified
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s education program serves students of all ages in the community by providing engaging and enriching arts education experiences throughout the year. Education at OKCMOA has three main areas of focus:
  1. Interpretation, which provides meaning for works of art and is delivered through gallery labels, didactic panels and gallery guides, audio guides, and catalogs.
  2. Education, which complements formal, school-based curriculum for grades Pre-K through 12 and is delivered through docent-guided tours, resource guides, teacher workshops, and internships for high school students. In addition, the OKCMOA Yellow Bus Brigade bussing sponsorships remove the financial barrier for school-age children to visit the Museum by reimbursing transportation costs as well as group admission fees.
  3. Public programs, which offer a variety of informal learning opportunities for all ages are delivered through Museum School classes for ages 15 months to teen, along with camps during school breaks for ages 4 to 16 (scholarships available); family days (free admission), Drop-in Art, Drop-in Drawing, Tiny Tuesdays, Discovery Packs and Toddler Totes, and online resources for parents.
Population Served General/Unspecified Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults
Description The Healing Arts program at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art dedicates a teaching artist to a local facility to provide education about the arts as well as a hands-on art activity to provide a creative outlet for patients through monthly visits. Currently, the Healing Arts Program works with Alzheimer's Outreach at three memory care centers around the metro, the Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation centers at Baptist Hospital and Southwest Medical Center, St. Anthony's Behavioral Medicine for school-age children, and OU Children's Hospital. In all of the Healing Arts programs, the Museum takes the healing power of art beyond the walls of the Museum in order to fulfill our mission of enriching lives through the visual arts. The budget for the healing Arts Program is included in the overall education budget above.
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities Other Health/Disability General/Unspecified
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director E. Michael Whittington
Start Date Apr 2013
Email emwhittington@okcmoa.com

2012 Non-Profit Management Institute-Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
2007 Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Executive. Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Education. Palo Alto, CA
Museum Management Institute, Getty Leadership Institute, Los Angeles, CA
1990 MA Art History, University of Florida, Gainesville
1980 BA Anthropology, University of West Georgia, Carrollton

2005-2013 Executive Director, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
1995-2005 Curator of Pre-Columbian and African Art, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
2002-2005 Adjunct Instructor of Art/Affiliated Graduate Faculty Arts Administration, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
1992-1993 Curator of Collections/Exhibitions, Albany Museum of Art, Albany, GA
1990-1992 Independent Curatorial Consultant
1988-1990 Director/Curator, Grinter Galleries, University of Florida, Gainesville
2006 Outstanding Achievement Award. College of Art & Art History, University of Florida
2002 Gold Muse. American Association of Museums forThe Sport of Life and Death: The Mesoamerican Ballgamewebsite (www.ballgame.org)
Best of the Web.The Sport of Life and Death: The Mesoamerican BallgameOmni Multimedia.
Four Star Award from Innovative Teaching Concepts/Today’s Teacher.com forThe Sport of Life and Death: The Mesoamerican Ballgamewebsite
1989 Presidential Recognition Award. University of Florida, Gainesville
Tinker Field Research Fellowship, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville
1979 Thomas A. Herndon Award for Scholarship in Anthropology, West Georgia State University, Carrollton
Number of Full-time Staff 50
Number of Part-time Staff 42
Number of Contract Staff 30
Number of Volunteers 50
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Board Chair
Name Mr. J. Edward Barth
Company Affiliation Andrew Davis Law Firm
Term July 2017 to June 2019
Email jebarth@andrewdavis.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of June 15, 2017
Board of Directors List
Mr. J. Edward Barth Andrews Davis P.C.Voting
Mr. Elby Beal Golf Club PartnersExofficio
Mr. Jeremy Black
Mrs. Katy Boren Cox Communications, Inc.Voting
Mr. Dan Boren
Dr. John Bozalis Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma ClinicVoting
Mr. Allen Brown Frankfurt Short Bruza Associates, P.C.Voting
Mr. Hal J. Brown Bank of OklahomaVoting
Mr. William M. Cameron American Fidelity Corp.Voting
Mr. Michael Coffman
Mrs. Teresa Cooper Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Peter Delaney OGE Energy Corp.Voting
Mrs. Nancy Payne Ellis Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. David T. Greenwell Cole & Reed, P.C.Voting
Mrs. Julie Hall Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Kirk Hammons Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Suzette Hatfield Crawley VenturesVoting
Ms. Judy Hatfield
Mrs. Suzette Hatfield
Mr. Frank D. Hill McAfee & TaftVoting
The Honorable Jerome A. Holmes U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth CircuitExofficio
Mrs. Leslie S. Hudson Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Willa Johnson County Commissioner, District 1Voting
Mr. Steve Kerr
Mr. Duke R. Ligon Panhandle Oil and Gas, Inc.Voting
Mrs. Judy Love Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Penny McCaleb Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Frank McPherson Voting
Mr. James C. Meade Meade Energy Corp.Voting
Ms. Virginia A. Meade Meade Energy Corp.Voting
Mr. Frank Merrick Foundation ManagementExofficio
Mr. J. Michael Nordin McAfee & Taft
Mrs. Cynda Ottaway Crowe & DunlevyVoting
Mrs. Caroline Patton Community VolunteerVoting
Stephen Prescott MD
Dr. Nikola Puffinbarger OU Health Sciences CenterVoting
Mr. Jeff Records Voting
Mr. Robert J. Ross Inasmuch Foundation/Ethics & Excellence in Journalism FoundationVoting
Meg Salyer
Dr. Amalia Miranda Silverstein OphthalmologistVoting
Ms. Jeanne Hoffman Smith Clinical Social WorkerVoting
Jordan J.N. Tang Ph.D.Oklahoma Medical Research FoundationVoting
Mr. Sean Trauschke
Mr. Chuck Wiggin Wiggin Properties LLCVoting
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 24
Female 16
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2017-June 30, 2018
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $6,510,279
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $6,510,279
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Revenue$6,830,289$5,565,696$8,953,322
Total Expenses$8,417,047$7,390,190$6,248,721
Revenue Less Expenses($1,586,758)($1,824,494)$2,704,601
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$892,345$691,470$755,472
Unrealized Gain/Loss$1,224,657($95,303)$272,662
Membership Dues$552,347$517,796$512,559
Special Events$525,150$435,608$560,333
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$5,616,439$4,817,184$3,887,616
Administration Expense$1,941,964$1,860,524$1,711,781
Fundraising Expense$858,644$712,482$649,324
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.810.751.43
Program Expense/Total Expenses67%65%62%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue164%164%116%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$40,535,922$42,142,679$43,995,338
Current Assets$4,950,722$3,612,424$4,973,041
Long-Term Liabilities$633,425$681,867$728,469
Current Liabilities$362,159$333,716$315,279
Total Net Assets$39,540,338$41,127,096$42,951,590
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities13.6710.8215.77
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets2%2%2%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $2,354,994Contributrions $2,794,767Contributions $5,865,301
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $1,272,237Earned Revenue $1,221,088Earned Revenue $986,712
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRealized & Unrealized Gains/(Losses) $1,224,657Investment Income $691,470Investment Income $755,472
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.
The financial information presented is obtained from the following sources: IRS Form 990, independent audit reports, financial statements – board approved when available, and supplemental information from the organization. We do not warrant or guarantee the timeliness, errors or inaccuracies. With respect to information regarding financial performance, nothing on this website should be interpreted as a statement or interpretation by OCCF staff.
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Address 415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Primary Phone 405 236-3100
Contact Email info@okcmoa.com
Give with Credit Card http://www.okcmoa.com/join-give/
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/okcmoa/
CEO/Executive Director E. Michael Whittington
Board Chair Mr. J. Edward Barth
Board Chair Company Affiliation Andrew Davis Law Firm


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