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21c Museum Hotels Appoints Matt Cowden General Manager of 21c Oklahoma City

PRESS RELEASE – Louisville, Ky. January 11, 2016 – 21c Museum Hotels has named Matt R. Cowden general manager of 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City, currently under construction at the historic Fred Jones Assembly Plant, located at 900 W Main Street and set to open Summer 2016.

Cowden comes to 21c with a deep knowledge of downtown Oklahoma City and more than 20 years of hospitality industry experience. He started his career with Marriott before joining Starwood Hotels, first as director of sales and marketing and then as general manager.

In his role as general manager of 21c Oklahoma City, he will be responsible for overseeing all hotel operations, sales, and community and guest relations.

“21c Museum Hotels redefines the standards of the hotel experience, focusing not only on hospitality, but also on the beauty and emotional connection of art. This unique integration of contemporary art in a hotel setting will provide an unprecedented experience for our guests,” said Cowden. “I am excited and honored to be a part of that experience.”

“Matt embodies the infectious enthusiasm and uncompromising service that guests of 21c have come to expect. His extensive hospitality background and focus on building and supporting a team of top-notch professionals will be a great asset to 21c,” said Craig Greenberg, president of 21c Museum Hotels. “21c is excited to be an anchor of Film Row and west downtown’s redevelopment and we look forward to sharing more details in the coming months.”

21c Museum Hotels is currently recruiting for other positions including director of sales & marketing and area director of human resources. For more information, visit

About 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City

21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City, opening summer 2016, is a combination boutique hotel, contemporary art museum and chef-driven restaurant. Building on its mission of engaging the public with contemporary art and supporting the revitalization of American downtowns, 21c is rehabilitating the historic Fred Jones Assembly Plant, located on the western edge of Oklahoma City. The 135-room property will feature a contemporary art museum open to the public 7 days a week free of charge and offering curated exhibitions, interactive site specific installations and a full roster of cultural programming; a locally grounded restaurant and bar; a penthouse that’s been restored into a gracious, 3,000-square-foot suite featuring a rooftop terrace, two bedrooms, living and dining rooms. The property will also feature a spa.

About 21c Museum Hotels

21c Museum Hotels, the award-winning Louisville, Kentucky-based boutique hotel and restaurant group, was founded by contemporary art collectors and preservationists Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson. The couple opened the first 21c Museum Hotel in 2006 along downtown Louisville’s West Main Street, rehabilitating a series of 19th century warehouses. Much more than just a place to spend the night, 21c is an inventive union of genuine hospitality, careful design and culinary creativity — all anchored by a contemporary art museum with thought-provoking exhibitions, interactive site-specific art installations and a full roster of cultural programming. 21c currently operates hotels in Louisville, KY; Cincinnati, OH; Bentonville, AR and Durham, NC. Hotels are under construction in Lexington, KY, Oklahoma City, OK, and Nashville, TN. Projects are under development in Kansas City, MO. The company is equally focused on creating unique, chef-driven restaurants that are as much a part of the community as the hotel. Currently, 21c operates a diverse roster of restaurants including Proof on Main at 21c Louisville, Metropole at 21c Cincinnati, The Hive at 21c Bentonville, Counting House at 21c Durham and Garage Bar in Louisville, KY. Visit for more information.

For press information contact:

Holly Weyler McKnight
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