The Oklahoma Contemporary Art Reference Library (OCARL) is a collaboration between Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, ArtDesk magazine, Kirkpatrick Foundation and Christian Keesee, chairman of Kirkpatrick Foundation and founder of Oklahoma Contemporary.
These organizations are dedicated to the support, development and enjoyment of contemporary art. By partnering together, the library system hopes Oklahoma City and County residents gain a deeper understanding of contemporary art and artists and their role in our society.
Books, supplies and resources for the OCARL have been made possible by a generous grant from Kirkpatrick Foundation.
The books in this collection include general overviews of art history, highlights of specific movements or areas in art, artist biographies, exhibit catalogs and art criticism. Many items are oversized and contain high-quality prints of contemporary art.
Issues of ArtDesk magazine are available for free to all customers in Metro Library locations.
This new collection offers a distinct point of view, while the multi-organization partnership provides Metro Library many opportunities to connect with communities around the county and help them see the role that contemporary art can play in their lives.