Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center announced Elliott + Associates Architects will design its new home, which will be built at NW 11 and Broadway along Automobile Alley.
The nonprofit bought the 4.5-acre property in 2012 and is preparing to move from its current home at State Fair Park.
The location is along the future route of the MAPS 3 streetcar system and is at the northern gateway to Automobile Alley.
Christian Keesee, president of the Board of Trustees for Oklahoma Contemporary, noted Rand Elliott, principal of Elliott + Associates, is an award-winning architect.
“He has served on our board of trustees since the organization’s inception,” Keesee said. “Because of this, Rand clearly understands our mission to provide arts education, exhibition and programming for children and adults in Oklahoma. I’m pleased that Rand has been chosen as the architect for this building.”
Oklahoma Contemporary is set to soon start fundraising for the new arts center.
“Once completed, it will be a gathering place for all ages to enjoy all forms of art – whether visual or performing,” said Donna Rinehart-Keever, executive director of Oklahoma Contemporary.
“The space will allow Oklahoma Contemporary to provide studios for virtually every discipline of art from the industrial arts (wood working, metal working and ceramics) to dance to animation, as well as traditional arts such as weaving, painting, sculpture and photography. It’s an exciting time for Oklahoma Contemporary, but it should also be an exciting time for the Oklahoma City community as the project comes to life.”
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About Oklahoma Contemporary
Oklahoma Contemporary, formerly City Arts Center, is a regional nonprofit organization that encourages artistic expression in all its forms through education and exhibitions. Founded in 1989 by businessman and philanthropist Christian Keesee and Kirkpatrick Foundation Director Marilyn Myers, Oklahoma Contemporary offers contemporary arts exhibitions throughout the year, free to the public, as well as youth art camps, adult art classes and workshops, lectures and independent film screenings. For more information visit www.oklahomacontemporary.org.