Art matters

See our latest updates about NBC's art initiatives at the bank and in the community as we support Oklahoma art and artists.


Art for all communities

NBC Chairman Ken Fergeson believes art is vital to communities and makes all communities vital. The bank supports artists and champions arts accessibility in a commitment to improve the quality of life for all Oklahomans. In 2003, the bank began the NBC Artist Series and annually commissions a piece from an Oklahoma artist. The commissioned piece travels to each branch and is also reproduced as posters available to customers for free. The bank has commissioned public sculptures throughout the state and operates the Wigwam Gallery. Located adjacent to the Altus location, the gallery hosts exhibitions and is open to the public. 

NEW! Ken Fergeson champions the arts for communities in KFOR interview

Communities thrive when they have a vibrant arts and cultural scene, NBC Oklahoma Chairman Ken Fergeson told KFOR's Jack Elliott during this recent interview. Read and see more about Fergeson's mission to boost the arts and artists in Oklahoma.

NEW! Artist Spotlight Video: John Newsom

John Newsom's painting "Homecoming" painting is the 17th commissioned work in NBC Oklahoma's Artist Series. In this new video, he talks about the work, his relationship with NBC Chairman Ken Fergeson and the painting as part of the Oklahoma Contemporary mid-career retrospective of his work. 'John Newsom: Nature's Course' features 31 paintings by Newsom in Oklahoma City between March 24 and through Aug. 15, 2022.

17th painting in NBC Oklahoma Artist Series features work by New York artist John Newsom

Nov. 24, 2021

The work will be available to see in various NBC locations in December. The artist spent much of his childhood in Enid, and his work for NBC, “Homecoming,” reflects on his time in Oklahoma. In March, the Oklahoma Contemporary art center in Oklahoma City will feature his work, including this painting in a mid-career retrospective exhibit.

2021 Artist Series by NewsomA new painting by John Newsom is the latest in NBC Oklahoma’s Artist Series and features images that are familiar to Oklahomans. The oil-on-canvas painting is 84 inches tall by 60 inches wide.

“I wanted to create an iconic image using timeless motifs from the Oklahoma landscape,” Newsom said about his work. “The bison is a strong, yet contemplative animal from the plains. The scissor-tailed flycatcher is the state bird of Oklahoma, and the Indian Blanket is the state wildflower. Combined together these images become the perfect chorus. It is with great sincerity and reverence for the natural landscape of Oklahoma and its inhabitants, that this very meaningful and special painting has come into being.”

The public can see the original painting as it travels to NBC’s various locations between now and the end of the year. Stop by our banks in these communities on these dates to see the paintings and pick up a poster of the work. Newsom will also be available during a reception in Enid.

KINGFISHER, 801 S Main, on display from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3.

ALTUS, 123 W Commerce, on display from Dec. 6 to 10.

OKLAHOMA CITY, 13401 N Pennsylvania, on display from Dec. 13 to Dec. 17

ENID, Dec. 27 to 31, with an artist reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 28.

OKLAHOMA CITY, 6301 N Western, beginning sometime in January before the Oklahoma Contemporary show in March.

About The Artist

Newsom thrived in his Enid, Oklahoma, upbringing but always yearned to travel and explore the world as a painter. Homecoming represents a visual return to his experiences in Oklahoma. John currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife and their two children.

After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Fine Arts from New York University, he had his first New York exhibition in 1995, when he was only 25. Since that first show, his work has been exhibited in the United States, across Europe, and in Japan. His paintings are included in the permanent collections of numerous public institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI. Articles and reviews of his work have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, The New Yorker and The New York Times, among others.


Homecoming is the 17th commissioned work of the NBC Oklahoma Artist Series, started by Ken Fergeson and NBC Oklahoma. Each year, NBC selects an Oklahoma artist to create an original work of art, which is then exhibited at each of the NBC bank locations in Altus, Enid, Kingfisher and Oklahoma City. The bank also reproduces the artwork on a limited number of prints, posters and postcards available to customers at NBC locations. Learn more about the series, its artists and how NBC supports the arts at


John Newsom: Nature’s Course

NBC Oklahoma is proud to loan Homecoming to Oklahoma Contemporary for Newsom’s first solo museum exhibition. This mid-career retrospective features 31 paintings created over the last 20 years.

Oklahoma Contemporary

March 24 – August 15, 2022

Currently at NBC's Wigwam Gallery: 'The Art of Stephen Mopope'


This new exhibit at NBC's Wigwam Gallery in Altus features the art of Stephen Mopope, an accomplished and prominent Kiowa artist who was a member of the Kiowa Six team at the University of Oklahoma and internationally recognized for decades beginning in the 1920s. See it by appointment in Altus through June 10, 2022. Call (580) 477-100.



“Kiowa Moving Camp” by Stephen Mopope

Art videos archive

Art Spotlight: Jeff Dodd, 2019 NBC Artist Series artist

Arnett, OK, artist Jeff Dodd's painting, "Frontier Rodeo Company Yearling," is the 15th painting in NBC Oklahoma's Artist Series. The 2019 oil-on-panel painting depicts a herd of horses under an open sky with cumulus clouds and measures 60 inches by 53 inches. In this video, he discusses his work. Read more about him at

Artist Spotlight: Harold T. Holden, 2004 NBC Artist Series artist

Kremlin, OK, artist Harold T. Holden is a renowned artist whose sculptures and paintings are part of public and private collections all over Oklahoma and beyond. He also was the featured artist for our bank's second-ever NBC Oklahoma Artist Series painting in 2004. Here, he talks with us about his work, "Mornin' Mounts," his art and his friendship with NBC Chairman Ken Fergeson. 

Read more about all of NBC's art happenings on our Wigwam Gallery website.


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