Oklahoma Contemporary

Media Release

Board begins planning for retirement of Executive Director Eddie Walker amid busy spring

January 13, 2022

Contact: Lori Brooks | 405 951 0000 | lbrooks@okcontemp.org

A man in a dark suit, white shirt and blue striped tie smiles in profile

Executive Director Eddie Walker has informed the Oklahoma Contemporary Board of Trustees he plans to retire this spring. The Board and Executive Committee are working on a transition and succession plan, which will be released by the end of January.

Walker’s retirement will not impede the arts center’s busy spring, which includes the Feb. 21 conclusion of the immensely popular Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art and the March 24 opening of John Newsom: Nature’s Course, a mid-career retrospective for the Oklahoma-raised, New York-based painter.

Record numbers of students have signed up for Studio School, which closes enrollment on its winter session Sunday. Camp Contemporary opens spring camp registration to members Jan. 31 and to the public Feb. 7.


Past press releases and information are archived at oklahomacontemporary.org/media.

About Oklahoma Contemporary
At the new, state-of-the-art Oklahoma Contemporary, visitors explore art and creativity through exhibitions, performances and a wide variety of educational programs. At its core, the multidisciplinary contemporary arts organization is an inclusive space. Exhibitions and most programs are free. You are always welcome here.

In addition to the 8,000 square feet of galleries for visual art, the arts center’s new downtown home includes a flexible theater, a dance studio and nine classrooms for Camp Contemporary and Studio School. The 4.6-acre grounds also include The Studios, a renovated warehouse that houses ceramics, fiber, printmaking and sculpture classes. Campbell Art Park, the Sculpture Garden and North Lawn lend outdoor space for exhibitions, programs and performances.

After providing contemporary art experiences of all kinds for 30 years at the State Fairgrounds, these new, centrally located facilities dramatically increase Oklahoma Contemporary’s capacity to meet growing demand for arts and culture across our city, state and region.

Oklahoma Contemporary is a regional 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by businessman and philanthropist Christian Keesee and Kirkpatrick Foundation Director Marilyn Myers.


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Oklahoma City, OK 73101

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