Duke Ligon is a longtime Oklahoma City-based attorney with executive experience spanning the financial and oil production spheres. He holds board seats with companies such as Blueknight Energy Partners, LP, and the Heritage Trust Corporation. Duke Ligon is also active on the board of such community institutions as the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
A recent exhibition at the museum celebrating the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma’s statehood features works by local artists that the museum has been collecting since the 1940s. These range from pieces that interpret aspects of place and geography, such as the state’s red dirt, to those that explore an abstract visual vocabulary. Among the 17 featured artists are Alexandre Hogue, Loraine Moore, Nan Sheets, and Otto Duecker.
One of the key works presented is a complex depiction of the great 1880s land rush by John Steuart Curry, known as one of the state’s most significant regionalist painters. The piece was offered to the museum by the General Services Administration on long-term loan in early 2017.
One goal of the exhibition is to provide inspiration to the state’s next generation of artists, with a message that art focused on Oklahoma can be on virtually any subject or theme.
Duke Ligon, an attorney and businessman based in Oklahoma City, has considerable experience in corporate litigation and is also the founder and owner of the Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC. In service to the community, Duke Ligon serves on the Oklahoma Hall of Fame’s board of directors.
The Oklahoma Hall of Fame, which is part of the Gaylord-Pickens museum, was founded in 1928 to honor Oklahomans who provide outstanding service to the state and to educate the world about the state, its history, and its people. Both famous and regular Oklahomans are featured in the Hall of Fame; some of the better known figures are Reba McEntire, Wiley Post, and Mat Hoffman.
A unique facet of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame is the Teen Board. One of the main responsibilities for students on the board is organizing the Gaylord-Pickens museum’s annual fundraiser. Over the 10 years since the Teen Board began, it has raised more than $120,000 for the museum’s programs, making it the largest donor to the Gaylord-Pickens Museum Free Field Trip program.
Duke Ligon has built a record of supporting nonprofits in Oklahoma City throughout his 40-year law career. Among the six Oklahoma City-based charitable organizations on whose board of directors Duke Ligon sits is the St. Anthony’s Foundation, which supports St. Anthony’s Hospital.
In July 2016, construction was completed on the hospital’s new 110,000-square-foot pavilion, marking the completion of the redevelopment of St. Anthony’s Midtown campus, a project that took 12 years to complete. One of the most important upgrades to the pavilion is the 27,000-square-foot emergency room complete with 34 exam rooms and two trauma rooms - the hospital’s previous emergency room was just 9,000 square feet.
As a result of the upgrade, the emergency room can now serve more patients while reducing their expected wait times. It is also now better prepared to offer help to patients with mental health conditions due to an area solely dedicated for behavioral medicine patients. The four-story pavilion also features progressive and intensive care units with a combined 48 inpatient beds.
Oklahoma City resident Duke Ligon is an attorney who has experience in energy policy and investment banking. Currently the owner of Mekusukey Oil Company, Duke Ligon is involved in numerous charities, including the Oklahoma City Philharmonic (OKCPHIL) Foundation, where he serves on the board of directors.
Founded in 1988, the OKCPHIL is a musical orchestra that performs classical music, orchestral pops, and family concerts. The organization has a vision to enrich the lives of individuals in the community and display the value of music. In addition to performing, the OKCPHIL participates in community engagements and maintains several adult programs.
Adult programs at the OKCPHIL include the Be the Orchestra program, which allows adults the opportunity to learn the violin, viola, cello and bass instruments. Prior to each Classic Series concert, the OKCPHIL holds concert previews that include question-and-answer sessions and networking opportunities with leading musicians, concert masters, and other professionals. Lastly, university music majors can participate in classes with guess artists, which are free and open to the public.
Attorney and businessman Duke Ligon serves as president and CEO of the company he established more than 40 years ago, Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC. The company is among the nation's largest privately held businesses focused on acquiring and managing perpetual mineral resources; it conducts business in Oklahoma and more than 20 other states. Mekusukey maintains offices in Wewoka and in Oklahoma City. Duke Ligon and his staff oversee operations covering approximately 80,000 net mineral acres.