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 location 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. 

Latest news

Artist Spotlight Video: Bert Seabourn, NBC Artist Series artist

Oklahoma City artist Bert Seabourn painted "Medicine Bird" in 2015 as the 12th painting in NBC Oklahoma Artist Series. In August 2022, we had the wonderful opportunity to visit with Bert, wife, Bonnie Seabourn, and artist daughter Connie Seabourn, about his life, his work and his art. We enjoyed spending time with him in his home, surrounded by art -- his own and works by his contemporaries -- from floor to ceiling. 

We are sad to hear of Seabourn's death on Nov. 17, 2022. If you want to learn more about his life and services on Nov. 21, please visit his obituary page at Buchanan Funeral Home in Oklahoma City. 

 

Presenting our 2022 NBC Oklahoma Artist Series artist: Starr Hardridge

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Muscogee Nation artist Starr Hardridge depicts the ancient game of stickball as he explores the idea of balance and the duality of mankind in "Little Brother of War," the latest addition to the NBC Oklahoma Artist Series collection. The painting is 36 by 48 inches and is acrylic on Venetian plaster on canvas. Southeastern woodland beadwork inspires Hardridge’s artistic technique, and his meticulous dot-by-dot application evokes beaded artwork. Between now and January, the art will be on display in our various locations as it travels.

Stop by our banks in these communities on these dates to see the painting and pick up a poster of the work.

  • ALTUS, 123 W Commerce, on display from Nov. 14 through 29.
  • KINGFISHER, 801 S Main, on display from Dec. 5 through 9, coinciding with a holiday open house from about 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7.
  • ENID, 3202 W Owen K. Garriott on display from Dec. 12-16.
  • OKLAHOMA CITY, 6301 N Western, on display from Dec. 19 through 30.
  • OKLAHOMA CITY, 13401 N Pennsylvania, on display in January.

The painting is the 18th commissioned work in this series, started by NBC Chairman Ken Fergeson and the bank. Each year, NBC selects an Oklahoma artist to create an original work of art and reproduces the work on a limited series of prints, posters and postcards available to customers.

Read more about the painting, Hardridge and the bank's Artist Series on our Wigwam Gallery website.

 

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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.

NBC Artist Series videos

NEW! Artist Spotlight Video: Carol Beesley Hennagin, 2014 NBC Artist Series artist

Carol Beesley Hennagin's painting “The Bluff, Johnson Ranch Near Guymon, OK,” was the 11th painting in the NBC Oklahoma Artist Series in 2014. This 36-inch-by-48-inch oil on canvas depicts Oklahoma's rugged terrain in a colorful way.

In this video, Norman, OK, artist Beesley talks about her adventures as she pursues scenes for her to paint, her view of color and her lifelong passion for being an artist. It's the latest in our Artist Spotlight videos.

See more from the NBC Artist Series, and read more about Beesley at nbcwigwam.art.

Artist Spotlight Video: John Newsom, 2021 NBC Artist Series artist

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.

Artist Spotlight Video: 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 nbcwigwam.art/dodd.

Artist Spotlight Video: 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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