Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center Named Best Gallery Or Museum In Oklahoma, 2016, Highlight Hollywood EXCLUSIVE News

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Highlight Hollywood supports all venues of the entertainment industry, from politics to sports to cinema to fine arts. This year, we again have the exclusive rights to introduce our readers to the 25 Best Museums And Galleries In America, as designated by the American Art Awards. The AAA board, headed by president Thom Bierdz, chooses only one museum or gallery per state per year. Their selections are based on years established, industry reputation, location, size, socially relevant exhibits, motivational and educational programs, represented artists as well as artist, client and visitor references.AAA16.OK.0.
Bierdz explains, “In the past, American Art Awards has honored well over a hundred museums and galleries. We study thousands each year and select the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center this year as Best Gallery Or Museum In Oklahoma, and one of our 25 Best Galleries Or Museums In America, 2016.AAA16.OK.01A
“We have utmost respect for this nonprofit organization, which encourages artistic expression and offers affordable arts programming and education. They have innovative year-round exhibitions, promoting both talented newcomers and top artists from across the region and globe. We admire their history, ethics, reputation and trajectory for their $26 million capital campaign for a spectacular new facility in downtown Oklahoma City.”COPYRIGHT©shevaun williams COPYRIGHT©shevaun williams AAA16.OK.2 1
HISTORY: Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, formed 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 plays a key role in the development of Oklahoma City’s visual arts landscape.
MISSION: Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center encourages artistic expression in all its forms through education and exhibitions.
VISION: To instill in the public a lifetime appreciation of the arts and enthusiasm for creative practice.
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ABOUT: Oklahoma Contemporary offers progressive and innovative exhibits of national and international artists year-round in the Eleanor Kirkpatrick Gallery with free admission to the public. A variety classes and workshops for adults are offered six days a week in 2-D and 3-D media, fiber, ceramics, photography, new media and more. More than 60 school-break camps, Saturday classes, free monthly workshops and field trips offer children and families a variety of ways to create and engage with visual and performing arts. Throughout the year Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center enriches the lives of tens of thousands of people, young and old — from budding artists to seasoned creators, many of whom might not otherwise receive this exposure.
FUTURE: For more than 25 years, Oklahoma Contemporary has encouraged artistic expression in its state fairgrounds location, with education at the heart of its mission. Now, on a 4.6-acre site at NW 11th and Broadway in midtown Oklahoma City, the nonprofit organization creates a spectacular new arts education and cultural resource.
Serving as the first on-site step toward its future home, four repurposed shipping containers known as the Showroom at Oklahoma Contemporary temporarily houses exhibitions, events and an art library.
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Currently in the development stage, the arts education campus will include:
• A four-story, 50,000-square-foot building with classrooms, galleries, a dance studio and a black-box theater to promote learning about the artists of our time and educating those to come.
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• Expanded classes in ceramics, fiber, painting, sculpture, drawing and dance, plus a new media curriculum with programs in filmmaking, animation, photography, web design and 3-D printing.
• A remodeled 10,000-square-foot building will house an Industrial Arts program, focusing on wood, ceramics, metal and jewelry.
• Grounds with space for outdoor sculpture exhibits, children’s art education activities and outdoor music, movie and drama productions.
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Announcements about groundbreaking and a timeline for the grand opening are soon to come.Oklahoma Contemporary’s Founder and Board President Christian Keesee remarks, “In its new location, we expect Oklahoma Contemporary to be a cultural destination not only for Oklahoma City, but our region. I am excited to see our programming take shape and to watch this team use their energy and resources to bring a whole new level of excitement to Oklahoma City’s arts and cultural offerings.”AAA16.OK.9B
Bierdz adds, “We at the American Art Awards salute Oklahoma Contemporary for its help to thousands of people over the past four decades and look forward to watching its continued rise and success.”AAA16.OK.8C
OKLAHOMA CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER
3000 General Pershing Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Phone: 405.951.0000 Fax: 405.951.0003
SHOWROOM AT OKLAHOMA CONTEMPORARY
1146 N. Broadway Dr. Oklahoma City, OK
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WEB SITE: www.oklahomacontemporary.org
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www.AmericanArtAwards.com