J. Edward Barth named new Chairman of the Board of Trustees

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA) Board of Trustees announces the appointment of J. Edward Barth as Board chair. Judge Jerome A. Holmes is the outgoing Board chair.

“I am honored to begin my service during the Museum’s 15th year in downtown Oklahoma City,” said Barth. “We are looking forward to another incredible year of exhibitions including the current ‘Kehinde Wiley’ retrospective that opened recently to a wonderful response from our members and the community. It has been exciting to see our membership and visitor base grow as downtown Oklahoma City has become a magnet for dwellers, workers and visitors. The Museum’s exhibitions and programming have been integral to this new energy. It is a great time to be part of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.”

“I would like to sincerely thank Judge Holmes for his service to the Museum as Board chair for the last two years,” added President and CEO E. Michael Whittington. “It’s been a privilege and a pleasure to work closely with him and I look forward to many more years to come. I know Ed will continue to build on the many accomplishments we have had at the Museum. Ed’s longtime leadership to the Museum and to the Oklahoma City community make him the perfect successor to Judge Holmes.”

Barth has over 30 years experience in law and currently represents clients throughout the world for Andrew Davis. His primary practice areas are in business, contract and real estate law but he also specializes in estate planning, trusts and probate. Barth received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Yale and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

In addition to service to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Barth is involved in numerous organizations and leadership positions across the city. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Committee on Admissions and Grievances for the U. S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma, and as President of the Historical Society for the United States District Court of the Western District of Oklahoma. He is involved in several non-profit and charitable organizations, including the Oklahoma Philharmonic Society, Oklahoma Humanities Council, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Foundation and the Executive Service Corps of Central Oklahoma. Additionally, Barth was Chairman of Oklahoma City Citizen Oversight Board for Metropolitan Area Projects from 1994 to 2004 and Past President and Director of Leadership Oklahoma City.

The 2017-18 OKCMOA officers for the Board of Trustees are: Chairman, J. Edward Barth; Chair-Elect, Cynda Ottaway; Immediate Past Chair, Judge Jerome A. Holmes; Treasurer, Hal Brown; Secretary, John R. Bozalis, M.D. Vice-Chairs are Elby J. Beal, Peter B. Delaney, Suzette Hatfield, Frank D. Hill, Leslie S. Hudson, Duke R. Ligon, Penny M. McCaleb, Virginia A. Meade and Caroline Patton.