Capital Campaign

Oklahoma Contemporary’s Capital Campaign

Oklahoma Contemporary is raising $26 million to build a new arts education, exhibition and performance center on a 4.6-acre site at NW 11th and Broadway

We need your help. Your philanthropic support of Oklahoma Contemporary is an investment in the future.

Help us build this permanent home, create access to arts education for everyone, expand programs to meet demand and contribute to the creative economy.

The children, families and adults of our great city and state are waiting to discover a welcoming, inclusive meeting place where creativity is the focus of every experience and exchange of ideas. Oklahoma Contemporary is that place.

The campaign includes:

  • $23 million to build and equip a new 50,000-square-foot building and to renovate and equip an existing 10,000-square-foot building
  • $1.5 million for operations bridge funding in the initial years
  • $1.5 million to add to Oklahoma Contemporary’s endowment at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation

Ready to give to the Capital Campaign?

Learn more: Watch our Capital Campaign video (above) and read about our plans for NW 11th and Broadway here.

To reach our goal, we need gifts of all sizes and are grateful for each and every campaign donor.  

  • Recognition on the donor wall in the new building begins at $5,000.  
  • Donors of $5,000 or more may make a pledge over as many as five years.  
  • We have some wonderful donor naming opportunities in the arts center in recognition of major gifts, beginning at $75,000.  
  • To learn more about supporting the campaign, making a campaign pledge or exploring a naming opportunity, please contact Oklahoma Contemporary Development Director Jennifer Thurman at or by phone at 405.951.0000. You can also give online with the buttons above.

Oklahoma Contemporary is honored that artist Ed Ruscha serves as the campaign’s distinguished honorary chair. Ruscha, one of the world’s most noted contemporary artists, grew up in Oklahoma City and graduated from Classen High School. His role as honorary chairman makes an important statement about the significance of the project: for Oklahoma City and for contemporary art nationwide. In December 2016, Ruscha was named an Oklahoma Cultural Treasure by the governor and Oklahoma Arts Council.

Campaign Donors to Date Include:

  • Chickasaw Nation
  • Christian Keesee
  • Kirkpatrick Family Fund
  • Kirkpatrick Foundation
  • Nancy and George Records
  • Anonymous
  • Ann S. Alspaugh and the Simmons Foundation
  • E.L. & Thelma Gaylord Foundation
  • Kirsten and David Griffin
  • Inasmuch Foundation
  • Love’s Travel Shops
  • Glenna and Richard Tanenbaum
  • Paul and Leigh Ann Albers
  • Julie and Mark Beffort
  • Clements Foods Foundation
  • Rick and Lerri Cooper
  • Devon Energy
  • Chip and Shannon Fudge
  • Charles and Laurie Givens
  • Good.Better.Best. Fund
  • Julia Hall
  • Kirkland Hall
  • Howard Family Charitable Foundation
  • Ronnie and Shahnaaz Irani
  • Herman and LaDonna Meinders
  • Janeen Naifeh and Family
  • The Payne Family
  • Kim and David Rainbolt
  • SONIC, America’s Drive-In
  • Chuck and Renate Wiggin
  • Steve Agee
  • Amy and Roy Bankhead
  • Steve and Kim Bruno
  • Jeanne Hoffman Smith
  • Joan S. Maguire
  • Polly and Larry Nichols
  • Kim and Joe O’Connor
  • Marran and Ian Ogilvie
  • Roy Oliver
  • Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation
  • Dick Sias
  • Smith and Pickel Construction
  • United Mechanical
  • Tony and Lisa Vaughn
  • Aaron M. Weitzenhoffer Foundation
  • Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation
  • Nancy and Bob Anthony
  • Anonymous
  • Arnall Family Foundation
  • Robert and Karen Browne Family Fund
  • Jeanette and Rand Elliott
  • Sarah and Dan Hogan
  • Cliff and Leslie Hudson
  • Ann and Bill Johnstone
  • Sandra and Dr. Michael Kirk
  • David and Rebecca McCubbin Family Foundation
  • Robert H. Meinders
  • G. David Neff and Suzanne Peck
  • Paul B. Odom III
  • Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company Foundation
  • James A. Pickel
  • Phil Sr. and Kelly Pipkin/Statewide Ptg.
  • Presbyterian Health Foundation
  • Pat and Marianne Rooney
  • Tyler Media
  • Jim and Jill Williams
  • Kelly Barnett
  • J. Edward Barth
  • Joy Reed Belt
  • Lori Burson 
  • Karen and Pete Delaney
  • Liz Eickman and Marvin Quinn
  • Great Plains Coca-Cola
  • Nathaniel and Amanda Harding
  • Aimee and David Harlow
  • Jane B. Harlow
  • Aaron and Gertrude Karchmer
  • Donna Rinehart-Keever and 
  • Larry Keever
  • The Kerr Foundation, Inc.
  • David and Corey Le Norman
  • Elaine and Harrison Levy
  • Maguire-O’Hara Construction Co.
  • Steve Mason
  • Oklahoma Art League
  • Mrs. Joan Payne
  • Charlotte and John Richels
  • Laura and Rod Rutherford
  • Meg Salyer
  • Pam and Bill Shdeed
  • Brad Simons and Scott Wilson
  • Sam B. Smith
  • Mary D. Streich
  • Kyle and Sara Sweet
  • Barry Switzer
  • Jean Warren
  • Rainey and Casey Williams
  • Cliff and Connell Branan
  • Bob Burke, Attorney
  • Todd Edmonds/HSE Architects
  • Russ and Lauren Florence
  • John and Marsha Funk
  • Mary Ellen and Bill Gumerson
  • Blake and Lu Hoenig
  • Vicki and David Hunt
  • Fred Jones Family Foundation
  • Konrad Kent Keesee
  • Ellen and Don Lisle
  • Louisa McCune
  • Marilyn Meyers Memorial
  • Sumit and Sumeeta Nanda
  • Regina Newey and Cher Bumps
  • Larry and Cynda Ottaway
  • Patrick and Brandi Pipkin
  • Phil Pipkin, Jr. and Family 
  • Schnake Turnbo Frank
  • Steve and Linda Slawson
  • Lee Allan Smith
  • Janice and Joe Dan Trigg
  • Rex Urice
  • Anonymous
  • Katie Blaik James
  • Steve and Chandra Boyd
  • Lori and Dez Brooks
  • Terri Cooper
  • Matt Cordray
  • Jeremiah Matthew Davis and 
  • Annie Holt
  • Diana Duke Duncan
  • Marni and Joshua Fahrenbruck
  • Joan Gilmore
  • Barry and Anne Gray
  • Stephen and Mary Grossi
  • Nkem and Alana House
  • Virginia Meade
  • Adrian Myers Mullaly
  • Valerie Myers
  • Erin and Ryan Oldfield
  • Marilyn and John Oldfield
  • Salvador and Jennifer Ontiveros
  • Donita Phillips
  • David and Kim Robberson
  • Dr. Natalie Roncone
  • Jennifer Scanlan
  • Rachel and David Shortt
  • Scott and Suzanne Spradling
  • Mark and Lela Sullivan
  • Jennifer and Dale Thurman
  • Molly and James Tolbert
  • Beth and James Tolbert
  • Robyn and Michael Tower
  • VOW, Visionary Oklahoma Women


Honorary Chair
Ed Ruscha 

Campaign Cabinet Co-Chairs
Todd Edmonds
Tricia Everest
Aimee Harlow
Ann Johnstone
James Pickel

Campaign Cabinet Committee Members
Cliff Branan
Robert Clements
Karen Delaney
Russ Florence
Kay Goebel
Christian Keesee
Joan Maguire
Desmond Mason
Teresa Rose
Rex Urice
Christi Woodworth

Campaign Cabinet Advisory Members
Kris Hopper
Polly Nichols
Charlotte Richels 
Jeanne Hoffman Smith
Lela Sullivan
Jim Tolbert

Board Members
Lori Burson
Joshua Fahrenbuck
Kristen Griffin
Mary Ellen Gumerson
Nathaniel Harding
Aimee Harlow
Kyle Impson
Katie Blaik James, PC
Ann Johnstone
Joan Maguire
G. David Neff
Kim O'Connor
Marran Ogilvie
Larry Ottaway
Kelly Pipkin
Amy Richter Bankhead
Rachel Shortt
Glenna Tanenbaum
Molly Tolbert
Tony Vaughan

Advisory Trustees
Liz Eickman
Louisa McCune
Tricia Everest

Founder's Circle
Rand Elliott
Marilyn Myers (in memoriam)
John L. Belt (in memoriam)