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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.”

Facilities upgrade

Established in 1989 at the OKC Fairgrounds as City Arts Center by Keesee and Kirkpatrick Foundation Director Marilyn Myers, Oklahoma Contemporary's new $30 million home is on a 4.6-acre campus dominated by its new 54,000-square-foot main facility. Elliott dubbed the building's concept "Folding Light," devising an aluminum skin in which pieces are folded to capture the light and change with the sun.

"The structure itself is a work of art," said Artistic Director Jeremiah Matthew Davis. "We've worked so hard to get this building open, but we haven't been interacting with the public like we used to. ... So, we're really excited to be able to open our doors after 12 years of planning."

The four-story building includes two spacious art galleries, a Creative Lounge, three flexible art studios, digital media and photography labs, a dance studio, adaptable performance space, early childhood room and teen studio. Cafe Contemporary will feature coffees, cocktails and contemporary comfort food from Empire Slice House chef Avery Cannon, while the retail space will showcase products from Oklahoma artists and businesses.

The center's new downtown campus also includes a three-block arts park and a 10,000-square-foot former warehouse that has been fully remodeled into Oklahoma Contemporary's Studio School, with multiple studios for ceramics, fiber art, sculpture and other classes, camps and workshops. The multidisciplinary arts organization begins 50 different classes March 30.

"That compares to 12 classes at the fairgrounds, (so that's) one example of the dramatic expansion of the programs that these facilities allow," said Executive Director Eddie Walker.

Grand opening

Initially slated to open last autumn, construction on Oklahoma Contemporary's new home was delayed due to record rainfall in 2019. But Davis said the timing now seems perfect.

"It would have been a very different experience had we opened this building four years ago, eight years ago. The city's changed so much I think it's finally ready for what we've been planning ... with all the great cultural flourishing that we've been experiencing," he said.

Last year, the opening reception for the last exhibit in Oklahoma Contemporary's fairgrounds home drew more than 500 people, setting a record for the center. More than 1,000 are expected to attend Thursday night's Opening Celebration, a ticketed fundraiser.

The new arts center will open to the public with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Friday and will be open extended hours Friday and Saturday. The Oklahoma City Streetcar, which has a stop there, will be free all weekend.

Admission to the center will still be free, and Davis said the new facilities and programming will give people ample reason to visit.

"There's tons of education and public programming space — we're going to activate it. ... We've got public programs happening every single week on Thursday night. Once a month, we have Second Saturday (family activities); on Fridays we've got Zero2Four Art Lab for kids who are under 4 and their caregivers. Camps are about to crank up in (May). We've got two major exhibitions on two floors," he said.

"We're responding to demand. This is not something that we decided would be a good idea. All of the things that we're doing are rooted in research about where the city is going and what our residents are looking for."

Photo gallery: See inside Oklahoma Contemporary's new home

GOING ON

The ribbon cutting and public grand opening will be 10 a.m. Friday for the new Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, 11 NW 11. The arts center will have extended hours 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, and the OKC Streetcar, which has a stop at the center, will be running for free Friday-Sunday. For more information, go to oklahomacontemporary.org.

FOR MORE COVERAGE

Look for additional coverage about Oklahoma Contemporary's grand opening in the Thursday, Friday and Sunday Life sections of The Oklahoman.

Photo gallery: See inside Oklahoma Contemporary's new home

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<strong>Artistic Director Jeremiah Matthew Davis talks about the new soda kiln at the new Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. The soda kiln is believed to be the only publicly accessible one of its kind in the region.  [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Artistic Director Jeremiah Matthew Davis talks about the new soda kiln at the new Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. The soda kiln is believed to be the only publicly accessible one of its kind in the region. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]

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Ceramics Studio. The Studios. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Jeremiah Matthew Davis, Artistic Director, talks about the kilns. Ceramics Studio. The Studios. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Jeremiah Matthew Davis, Artistic Director, talks about the kilns. Ceramics Studio. The Studios. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-015d245dcdd2a2dd8a9de7316e626749.jpg" alt="Photo - Fiber Arts Studio. The Studios. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Fiber Arts Studio. The Studios. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Fiber Arts Studio. The Studios. 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Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-62c30fd35f138046ab65a4a092120ca0.jpg" alt="Photo - Renate and Chuck Wiggin Creative Lounge. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Renate and Chuck Wiggin Creative Lounge. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Renate and Chuck Wiggin Creative Lounge. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-8a61e455bbea31ac289c1e640c10f87c.jpg" alt="Photo - Shop Contemporary. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Shop Contemporary. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Shop Contemporary. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-f887d51d94fe2f1aceba99ec1a49cd98.jpg" alt="Photo - Light Bright in the Learning Studio. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Light Bright in the Learning Studio. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Light Bright in the Learning Studio. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-d56b3ea112297c657dfb8d6030ccf219.jpg" alt="Photo - Devon Energy Digital Media Room. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Devon Energy Digital Media Room. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Devon Energy Digital Media Room. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-4bd84824f8600a1b9c153f6da67a9a2a.jpg" alt="Photo - Learning Studio. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Learning Studio. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Learning Studio. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-bcceb7ac694ecdb6c5c1b3bb59fa44bb.jpg" alt="Photo - Devon Energy Teen Art Studio. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Devon Energy Teen Art Studio. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Devon Energy Teen Art Studio. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-56100b022927fb6a1f42ba1c95580665.jpg" alt="Photo - Devon Energy Teen Art Studio. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Devon Energy Teen Art Studio. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Devon Energy Teen Art Studio. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-17f9ff03c8e945ba2bdfbe03046a4006.jpg" alt="Photo - Ceramics Studio. The Studios. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Ceramics Studio. The Studios. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Ceramics Studio. The Studios. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-0f13d418e7bcafb284da1190e376c150.jpg" alt="Photo - Jeremiah Matthew Davis, Artistic Director, talks about the kilns. Ceramics Studio. The Studios. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Jeremiah Matthew Davis, Artistic Director, talks about the kilns. Ceramics Studio. The Studios. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Jeremiah Matthew Davis, Artistic Director, talks about the kilns. Ceramics Studio. The Studios. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-d6437dc3bba2b6a5cb1b4a9ecce16943.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c87c4008104c9761265b0e791df7fc2c.jpg" alt="Photo - Winter Ball Ceremonial Stair. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Winter Ball Ceremonial Stair. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Winter Ball Ceremonial Stair. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-50b9f7ed11abbb887b7671c9204e7aed.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-42a2ee87e0be50c041213b1ca647a523.jpg" alt="Photo - Love's Travel Stops Cafe- Cafe Contemporary. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Love's Travel Stops Cafe- Cafe Contemporary. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Love's Travel Stops Cafe- Cafe Contemporary. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-932ac5e53effbd2a7f0386b4d05d684a.jpg" alt="Photo - SONIC Drive-In Early Childhood Studio. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="SONIC Drive-In Early Childhood Studio. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>SONIC Drive-In Early Childhood Studio. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-155f9387c93753ffb3399cbfdd9a7883.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-3c51919112c5ecae670897d05632d369.jpg" alt="Photo - Jennifer Scanlan, Curatorial and Exhibitions Director. Bright Golden Haze exhibit. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Jennifer Scanlan, Curatorial and Exhibitions Director. Bright Golden Haze exhibit. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Jennifer Scanlan, Curatorial and Exhibitions Director. Bright Golden Haze exhibit. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-0dacbfbf770404972cf8089b506fec29.jpg" alt="Photo - Jennifer Scanlan, Curatorial and Exhibitions Director. Bright Golden Haze exhibit. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Jennifer Scanlan, Curatorial and Exhibitions Director. Bright Golden Haze exhibit. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Jennifer Scanlan, Curatorial and Exhibitions Director. Bright Golden Haze exhibit. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-1681536f1d7c2e7aceee185919c10ee4.jpg" alt="Photo - Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title=" Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption> Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-53df16ca19d4fe0562563e73dbddbe8b.jpg" alt="Photo - Jennifer Scanlan, Curatorial and Exhibitions Director. Bright Golden Haze exhibit. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Jennifer Scanlan, Curatorial and Exhibitions Director. Bright Golden Haze exhibit. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Jennifer Scanlan, Curatorial and Exhibitions Director. Bright Golden Haze exhibit. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-bdcd3b752100343ca0db6110207588c8.jpg" alt="Photo - Bright Golden Haze exhibit. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Bright Golden Haze exhibit. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Bright Golden Haze exhibit. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-ae948684c86faf574b6019a4980c2a29.jpg" alt="Photo - Bright Golden Haze exhibit. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Bright Golden Haze exhibit. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Bright Golden Haze exhibit. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-d1a5bfc9500bc607dbb5940df85ae115.jpg" alt="Photo - Drone image of Oklahoma Contemporary at NW 11 and Broadway. Image by Dave Morris." title="Drone image of Oklahoma Contemporary at NW 11 and Broadway. Image by Dave Morris."><figcaption>Drone image of Oklahoma Contemporary at NW 11 and Broadway. Image by Dave Morris.</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-47ad31cec6546e755a33e3ed5da640fb.jpg" alt="Photo - Dance studio. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Dance studio. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Dance studio. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-934092f86e306bada7a692b29692e9c8.jpg" alt="Photo - Dance studio. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Dance studio. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Dance studio. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-cf35b40957821cec129b00c2345864cd.jpg" alt="Photo - Te Ata Theater. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Te Ata Theater. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Te Ata Theater. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-ca37701596bfc84c95ba81671615078c.jpg" alt="Photo - Te Ata Theater. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Te Ata Theater. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Te Ata Theater. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-8d6177bd213122a208a73636ef6ec0d1.jpg" alt="Photo - Learning Studio. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Learning Studio. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Learning Studio. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-e143ad20bf3258fcb1026d96b4a0767e.jpg" alt="Photo - Arnall Family North Terrace. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Arnall Family North Terrace. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Arnall Family North Terrace. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-29a8a63491566bdf5bfb2674e9dd88ec.jpg" alt="Photo - Exterior view of the windows in the Dance Studio from the Arnall Family North Terrace. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Exterior view of the windows in the Dance Studio from the Arnall Family North Terrace. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Exterior view of the windows in the Dance Studio from the Arnall Family North Terrace. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-9eb928c7b6abd7e1175c9bc1538f548e.jpg" alt="Photo - Arnall Family North Terrace. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]" title="Arnall Family North Terrace. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Arnall Family North Terrace. Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Monday, March 9, 2020. [Photo by Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-26d4999753659b1e498c9154f3711b76.jpg" alt="Photo - Drone image of Oklahoma Contemporary at NW 11 and Broadway. Image by Dave Morris." title="Drone image of Oklahoma Contemporary at NW 11 and Broadway. Image by Dave Morris."><figcaption>Drone image of Oklahoma Contemporary at NW 11 and Broadway. Image by Dave Morris.</figcaption></figure>
Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1... Read more ›

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