Oklahoma Contemporary
11 W 11th St
Oklahoma City OK 73103
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement Oklahoma Contemporary encourages artistic expression in all its forms through education, exhibitions and performance.
Families add to the interactive piece "A THREAD X A THREAD" by Chiyoko Myose
Contact Information
Contact Name Jennifer Thurman
Contact email info@okcontemp.org
Address 11 W 11th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Phone (405) 951-0000
Fax 405-951-0003
County Oklahoma County
Alternate Address PO Box 3062
Oklahoma City OK 73103
How to Give
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/cntac/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
Annual Fund
Oklahoma Contemporary endeavors to instill in the public a lifetime appreciation of the arts and enthusiasm for creative practice.
Your 100 percent tax-deductible gift can be a wonderful way to honor or memorialize someone. Contributions of $1,000 or more are acknowledged in the Gallery's annual listing of donors.
If your company has a matching gift program, your contribution to Oklahoma Contemporary can be generously increased and will do even more to support our mission.
For more information, please contact Development Director Jennifer Thurman at (405) 951-0000 or jthurman@okcontemp.org or write to:
Development Director: Jennifer Thurman
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
PO Box 3062
Oklahoma City, OK 73101
The Education Department is a vital link between Oklahoma Contemporary and residents of all ages in the greater Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Programming for kids and families, teens, adults, community organizations, school groups, educators and visitors with disabilities is offered year-round. Your gift will provide direct support to annual program costs.
For more information about supporting Education Programs at Oklahoma Contemporary, please contact Development Director Jennifer Thurman at (405) 951-0000 or jthurman@okcontemp.org. For information about participating in any of our Education Programs, please contact the Education Department at (405) 951-0000 or jdelliquanti@okcontemp.org.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $3,002,561.00
Projected Expenses $3,002,561.00
History and Background
Former Names
City Arts Center2012
Year Founded 1989
IRS Ruling Year 1989
State Registration Expiration Mar 2020
Mission Oklahoma Contemporary encourages artistic expression in all its forms through education, exhibitions and performance.
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, formed at the Fairgrounds in 1989 as City Arts Center by Christian Keesee and Kirkpatrick Foundation Director Marilyn Myers, is a nonprofit organization committed to providing the community with quality, accessible and affordable arts programming and education. Through corporate funding and private donations, Oklahoma Contemporary is able to educate Oklahomans through adult classes and workshops, art camps and classes for local youth, art exhibitions, lectures and additional educational programming. Oklahoma Contemporary was the recipient of the first grant ever awarded by the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and plays a key role in the development of Oklahoma City’s visual arts landscape.
For 30 years, Oklahoma Contemporary has fueled active engagement with art and creativity.
We inspire imaginations and discover talents in adults, children and families through:
  • Free exhibitions and related programming
  • Performances
  • Innovative programs, demos, workshops and talks
  • Low-cost, high-quality art classes for adults and youth
Oklahoma Contemporary embraces all forms of art and creativity, advancing the power of collaboration to unlock creative energy. We are accessible and inclusive — we inspire civic pride, generate economic impact and change lives.
Poised to build on that legacy of changing lives, Oklahoma Contemporary is in the midst of building a spectacular new arts education and cultural resource on a 4.6-acre site at NW 11th and Broadway.
In addition to providing a world-class facility for exhibitions, performance and programs and a breathtaking addition to the OKC skyline, the new center will become a “creative commons,” a place for community to gather, create and experience art. Our Studio School will tell the stories behind the art of now and teach the skills to create what’s next.
Incorporating programming from our community partners, Oklahoma Contemporary will be a hub for artistic experiences of all kinds and offer the city an event space like no other.
Our audience and opportunities will only grow: Our new center is expected to draw up to 100,000 annual visitors after its opening in January 2020.
Through additional outreach at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and by integrating feedback from the VA and participating veterans into our planning process, we increased the number of participants in our Veterans’ Initiative from 31 registrants in Fiscal Year 2018 to 84 registrants in Fiscal Year 2019. To facilitate this increase in demand for the program, we recruited an additional instructor and added another section of the ceramics class. The veterans have become an integral part of Oklahoma Contemporary, participating in other programs, registering for additional classes in other disciplines and attending events and performances.
Last August we convened a group of 50 OKCPS fifth-grade teachers, principals and administrators for a “Listening and Learning Session.” During this workshop we invited educators to share their perspectives and ideas on how this initiative could be improved and best serve the needs of classroom teachers, students and fifth-grade families. Our lessons from this session, combined with new research and studies from peer institutions and thought leaders, have informed our planning for next year. In FY2019, 400 fifth graders visited Oklahoma Contemporary. During their visits our education staff facilitates activities that support close examination and interactive dialogue in the Main Gallery and Learning Gallery. Students also take part in a studio experience that connects the works on view with a hands-on project.
As a contemporary arts center, one of our goals is to connect audiences to what’s new: ideas, art forms and ways of learning and experiencing creativity. We worked toward this goal in a variety of ways in FY2019, presenting a dynamic and diverse array of exciting programs and reaching new audiences. From July 1, 2018 through April 8, 2019 more than 15,000 guests viewed the works we presented. These exhibitions inspired numerous public programs each month, including gallery talks, artist lectures, Second Saturday, the Learning Gallery and many more. In total, over 3,500 people have participated in this year’s public programs to date. In addition exhibitions and programs, we built upon existing partnerships and forged new ones to expand Oklahoma Contemporary’s positive impact on the community, strengthen our current visitor base and connect with new audience.
Learning Gallery Library: A charitable gift of $50 will purchase an art book to be housed in our learning gallery. Each exhibition at Oklahoma Contemporary is offered free to the public and features a hands-on Learning Gallery for children and adults. We provide exhibition-specific art projects, books and interactive elements appropriate for ages 4 and up. This immersive space helps families feel welcome and confident in the gallery setting.
Student Scholarships: A charitable gift of $190 funds a scholarship for a 4- to 12-year-old child for one week of Oklahoma Contemporary’s Summer, Fall, Winter or Spring Arts Camps.
Student Field Trip Funds: A charitable gift of $500 will fund a school field trip, allowing students from one Oklahoma City-area school to come to Oklahoma Contemporary for a great half-day experience that includes guided tours of our exhibitions and an art project inspired by them.
Art5: A charitable gift of $500 will fund a participating school’s field trip, allowing students from one Oklahoma City area school to come to Oklahoma Contemporary for a great half-day experience.
Second Saturday: A charitable gift of $1,000 will underwrite one of our Second Saturday experiences, offered every second Saturday of the month, free of charge, in a come-and-go art-making setting.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Central Oklahoma
Though our audiences are concentrated in central Oklahoma, our exhibitions and events attract regional and national audiences.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/Visual Arts
Tertiary Organizational Category Arts,Culture & Humanities/
Description Oklahoma Contemporary provides a variety of arts education options to students of all ages and abilities. Our adult arts education program is dedicated to providing professional-quality arts instruction in ceramics, photography, weaving, sculpture, painting, new media, creative writing, dance and more. Students can enroll in eight-week courses or one-day workshops. Youth camps and classes give younger students a chance to learn about contemporary arts and artists, develop basic visual or performing arts skills and experiment with an array of artistic mediums to gain confidence and self-expression. One-day classes are offered on Saturdays, and weeklong art camps for ages 4 to 13 are offered during the metro-area schools’ spring, fall, winter and summer breaks. Camps are conceived and taught by artist-instructors and designed to be fun for children, teach about art and artists and nurture creativity. We offer a variety of age-specific camp choices in visual art, dance and drama. We also host lectures on art-related topics and provide free film programming throughout the year.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults Families
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. Education staff regularly evaluate offerings to ensure they meet the needs of the local community. Participants complete evaluations after each class. Evaluations are reviewed and adjustments are made as needed.
Description Exhibitions in the Eleanor Kirkpatrick Gallery showcase the work of local, regional, national and international contemporary artists and show Oklahomans the wide range of art being produced by the artists of our time. Oklahoma Contemporary provides free access to all exhibitions and incorporates free educational activities, including guided tours, films, make and take workshops and children’s programming. Costs associated with major exhibitions include rental fees, shipping and insurance costs, promotions, advertising and artist fees and travel. Recent exhibitions include Chiyoko Myose, Jeffrey Gibson, Not for Sale: Oklahoma's Graffiti Culture, Anita Martinez Mariachi Festival: Exhibit and Events, OK Collects: The Art of Collecting Art, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh: Oklahoma is Black, Erwin Redl's "Whiteout" and many more.
Population Served Families Adults K-12 (5-19 years)
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Eddie Walker
Start Date Apr 2019
Email ewalker@okcontemp.org

Eddie Walker became executive director of Oklahoma Contemporary in April 2019.

Using expertise gained in 30 years at the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, Eddie will guide Oklahoma Contemporary to its new location at NW 11th and Broadway, opening in January 2020.

Eddie was named executive director of the Philharmonic in 1999. In this role, he supported and directed the institutional vision of the Orchestra in partnership with the board of directors, the music director, a professional full-time staff of 16 and 300+ volunteers.

Accomplishments at the Philharmonic include planning and executing a $9 million endowment campaign and the successful relocation from and return to the renovated Civic Center Music Hall. With the Oklahoma City Orchestra League, he oversaw the revitalization of the Orchestra’s education programs. 2017-18 marked the Philharmonic’s 20th consecutive season with a budget surplus.

He joined the Philharmonic staff in 1989 and served in operations and as general manager before becoming executive director. Eddie has also worked as adjunct faculty at the Ann Lacy School of Dance and Arts Management at Oklahoma City University, where he taught undergraduate and graduate management courses in music and entertainment disciplines.

Eddie has a Bachelor of Music degree in piano pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma and has completed coursework in fundraising and arts strategies at Indiana University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a member of Rotary Club 29, a graduate of Leadership OKC Class XXI and a proud husband and father of 17-year-olds Campbell and Samuel.

Senior Staff
Nicole ArmitageOperations Director
Lori Brooks
Jeremiah DavisArtistic Director
Julie DelliquantiEducation and Studio School Director
Salvador OntiverosDirector of Finance
Jennifer ScanlanCuratorial and Exhibition Director
Jennifer ThurmanDevelopment Director
Number of Full-time Staff 28
Number of Part-time Staff 3
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 200
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 22
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 3
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 16
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Oklahoma Contemporary collaborates with schools in the Oklahoma metropolitan area, including public and charter schools.  We work closely with area artists and organizations that support artists. We are collaborating with our future neighbors in the Midtown/Automobile Alley district of Oklahoma City.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Mr. Christian Keesee
Company Affiliation Kirkpatrick Bank
Term July 2018 to Dec 2019
Email jp@the4th-floor.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of Aug 14, 2019
Board of Directors List
Julie BeffortCommunity VolunteerVoting
Catherine Blaik-JamesVoting
Kim BrunoUnited MechanicalVoting
Lori BursonStella’s ItalianVoting
Philip Busey Jr.Executive Vice President and President of Commercial Entities: Delaware Resource Group of Oklahoma, LLCVoting
Robert ClementsClements Foods CompanyVoting
Todd EdmondsHSE ArchitectsVoting
Liz EickmanDirector: Kirkpatrick Family FundVoting
Rand ElliottElliott + AssociatesVoting
Tricia EverestGableGotwalsVoting
Joshua FahrenbruckJPMorgan Private Bank
Kirsten GriffinKirsten Griffin PhotographyVoting
Mary Ellen GumersonCommunity VolunteerVoting
Amy GuzzyGeneral Counsel and Director of Legal Services: Love’s Travel Stops and Country StoreVoting
Nathaniel HardingAntioch EnergyVoting
Aimee HarlowCommunity VolunteerVoting
Eli Hellman
Kyle ImpsonDirector of Community Development: Chickasaw NationVoting
Ann JohnstoneCommunity VolunteerVoting
Christian KeeseeKirkpatrick BankVoting
Joan MaguireVersateqVoting
Louisa McCuneKirkpatrick FoundationVoting
Lindsey Miles
Dan Molina
G. David NeffCommunity VolunteerVoting
Kim O'ConnorCommunity VolunteerVoting
Marran OgilvieCommunity VolunteerVoting
Larry OttawayFoliart, Huff, Ottaway & BottomVoting
James PickelSmith & Pickel ConstructionVoting
Kelly PipkinSurface Solutions: Statewide PaintingVoting
Kyle PowellVice President of Commercial Lending: Kirkpatrick BankVoting
Amy Ritcher BankheadMcCaffrey and Associates, PLLCVoting
Melissa ScaramucciCommunity VolunteerVoting
Rachel ShorttShortt Communications LLCVoting
Glenna TanenbaumCommunity VolunteerVoting
Molly TolbertCrowe & DunlevyVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 31
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 3
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 14
Female 22
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Governance
Advisory Board
Advisory Board Members
Liz EickmanKirkpatrick Family Fund
Tricia EverestElliott + Associates
Louisa McCuneKirkpatrick Foundation
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2019-June 30, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $3,002,561
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $3,002,561
Financial Documents
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 Year201820172016
Total Revenue$5,037,809$7,411,710$3,448,140
Total Expenses$2,893,733$2,546,424$2,193,121
Revenue Less Expenses$2,144,076$4,865,286$1,255,019
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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$36,475$50,172$65,741
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$61$74$140
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events($13,927)$8,754$25,822
Revenue In-Kind--$3,465,000--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$1,101,839$1,079,421$1,120,713
Administration Expense$951,599$691,407$732,113
Fundraising Expense$840,295$775,596$340,295
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.742.911.57
Program Expense/Total Expenses38%42%51%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue18%21%11%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$22,459,400$19,512,514$14,730,679
Current Assets$6,912,421$4,728,873$3,137,811
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$970,634$167,824$251,275
Total Net Assets$21,488,766$19,344,690$14,479,404
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.1228.1812.49
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $4,789,468Contributions $3,649,019Contributions $3,097,740
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $221,726Revenue in Kind $3,465,000Earned Revenue $258,624
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovt - Unspecified $36,475Earned Revenue $232,227Govt - Unspecified $65,741
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? Yes
Campaign Purpose A new building at 11th and N. Broadway in the Automobile Alley district of Downtown OKC.
Campaign Goal $30,000,000
Campaign Dates Jan 2015 to Dec 2019
Amount Raised To Date $22,093,371 as of Aug 2019
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
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Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.
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Address 11 W 11th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Primary Phone 405 951-0000
Contact Email info@okcontemp.org
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/cntac/
CEO/Executive Director Eddie Walker
Board Chair Mr. Christian Keesee
Board Chair Company Affiliation Kirkpatrick Bank