The McKnight Center announces Devon Energy as presenting sponsor of 2023-24 season

New collaboration is dedicated to supporting universal access to the fine arts in Oklahoma

(STILLWATER, Okla., Sept. 6, 2023) — The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts at Oklahoma State University proudly announces Devon Energy as the presenting sponsor for the 2023-24 season. The collaboration is the first time seasonal naming rights have been offered since The McKnight Center opened in October 2019.

“We are excited for Devon to be part of The McKnight Center family,” said Mark Blakeman, Marilynn and Carl Thoma Executive Director of The McKnight Center. “Devon is a premier leader in the private energy sector and a major supporter of Oklahoma’s vibrant arts and humanities culture. We look forward to engaging new and existing audiences through Devon’s support.”

Rick Muncrief, president and CEO of Devon, noted the importance of art appreciation to the company.

“Through this collaboration, Devon celebrates the impact fine art has on community enrichment,” Muncrief said. “The McKnight Center has done an amazing job bringing unique and engaging shows to Oklahoma and expanding accessibility. We are excited to see what the 2023-2024 season brings.”

The sponsorship expands on the company’s previous support of The McKnight Center’s Pep Rally Concert Series, an array of events held on the evenings before OSU home football games. 

“With our central location in Oklahoma, we are at the epicenter of growing access to unique, cultural experiences for everyone in our state,” Blakeman said. “Devon’s support is reflective of its distinguishing commitment to fostering the economic and cultural value the arts return to the state.”

The McKnight Center’s fifth season begins Sept. 15 with Scotty McCreery and includes the return of the renowned New York Philharmonic.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or contact the box office at 405-744-9999.

For more information or to schedule interviews, contact Sam Powell at or 918-857-1750.

About Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 34,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and more than 125 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 280,000 students to serve the state of Oklahoma, the nation and the world. To learn more, visit

About The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts

The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts at Oklahoma State University is a world-class epicenter for the arts dedicated to attracting celebrated national and international programs with notable performing arts productions and artists. The McKnight Center is an expression of Oklahoma State University's commitment to the arts to inspire and transform lives through artistic excellence, creative experiences, and impactful learning opportunities. To learn more, visit  

About Devon Energy
Devon Energy is a leading oil and gas producer in the U.S. with a premier multi-basin portfolio headlined by a world-class acreage position in the Delaware Basin. Devon’s disciplined cash-return business model is designed to achieve strong returns, generate free cash flow and return capital to shareholders, while focusing on safe and sustainable operations. For more information, please visit