Duke Ligon maintains a position on several directorial boards for community organizations and agencies in the oil and energy industry. Furthermore, Duke Ligon serves as an officer on the board of trustees for the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA), which will open Sacred Words, an exhibit on the Saint John’s Bible and the Art of Illumination, in October 2016.
Featuring a collection of 70 folio pieces from the Saint John’s Bible, Scared Words will include a number of original, unbound illuminated manuscripts on calfskin vellum, in addition to sketches, tools, and drawings used to create it. It will display all 73 books of the New and Old Testament presented through seven volumes of approximately 1,150 pages. The museum will also incorporate a selection of historical documents and illuminated manuscripts such as the Book of Hours, Torah scrolls, and Quran pages. Additionally, the first monumental-sized Bible commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in the modern era will serve as the exhibit’s centerpiece.
Queen Elizabeth Crown scribe and calligrapher Donald Jackson directed the creation of the Saint John’s Bible with the help of 23 artists, scribes, and assistants. A committee of scholars, artists, and theologians from the Minnesota-based Saint John’s University also provided guidance for theological aspects of the project. The Bible also incorporates a number of its medieval predecessor characteristics that include gold-leaf gilding, natural inks, and hand-ground pigments.
The Sacred Words exhibit will open to the public on October 15, 2016, and run until January 8, 2017.