Duke Ligon’s career is one defined by leadership. He has served as a captain in the U.S. Army, holds seats on the boards of directors for numerous energy companies, and holds a range of positions with community service organizations. In addition to working for such causes as the St. Anthony Foundation and the Civil War Trust, Duke Ligon is the vice-chairman of the board of trustees at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
Oklahoma City might not seem to be particularly prestigious in the art world, but earlier in 2016, it had the privilege of being the only city outside of Europe to host an exhibition of more than 100 pieces of the 20th century’s greatest art, brought from Europe’s largest art museum. More than half of the pieces displayed were creations of Henri Matisse, but included other artists like Amadeo Modigliani and Pablo Picasso. The exhibit was a unique opportunity to see these pieces on display together, as they are rarely all shown at the Centre Pompidou of Paris, and it is likely that many of them will never be displayed outside of Europe ever again.