Dawning of a new day: Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center opens long-awaited new home
North of historic Automobile Alley, a silvery new landmark gleams just over the horizon.
"At sunrise, it is pink and purple," said Lori Brooks, director of communications for Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. "We've been looking at the renderings for so long, so to see it really reflect the sun in the way that we've been saying it would has just been incredible."
After 12 years of planning and two years of construction, Oklahoma Contemporary is opening to the public its new home this week.
Already gaining national interest for its design by Oklahoma City's Rand Elliott Architects and the acclaimed artists featured in the grand opening exhibit, "Bright Golden Haze," Oklahoma Contemporary's new home is being viewed as an immediate upgrade — and not just for the nonprofit multidisciplinary arts organization.
"I think Contemporary immediately takes its place as one of OKC’s leading institutions. I don’t think projects with this sophistication would have been possible two decades ago. This is another testament to our maturation as a city," said OKC Mayor David Holt. “These things don’t happen magically. We all owe Chris Keesee and the Kirkpatrick philanthropic entities a debt of gratitude for leading the charge.”
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