Cameron University Professor of Art Katherine Liontas-Warren will be honored for her contributions to Oklahoma’s arts and cultural industry during the 39th Governor’s Arts Awards. Liontas-Warren is one of five 2014 recipients of the Arts in Education Award, which recognizes outstanding leadership and service in the arts benefitting youth and/or arts in education. She will receive the award during a ceremony at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Thursday, December 4.
“I am deeply touched and wholeheartedly honored to receive the Governor's Arts Award in Art Education,” says Liontas-Warren. “As I enter my 30th year at Cameron University, my passion for teaching art continues to evolve and grow. Every day is a new day in art education. New discoveries, techniques, concepts, inventions and creativity fuel my life as an educator and as an artist. My life is very complete, and the love I have for teaching will always be a heartfelt and genuine experience.”
Liontas-Warren has been member of the Cameron faculty since 1984, where she teaches drawing, printmaking and watercolor. She is a recipient of the Bhattacharya Research Excellence Award and has been inducted into the Cameron University Alumni Association Faculty Hall of Fame. Additional honors include recognition as Artist of the Year by the Paseo Art Association in Oklahoma City and the Artist and Educator of the Year Award from the Lawton Arts and Humanities Council.
Liontas-Warren has taught numerous workshops at the Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain for public school educators and continues to give adult and high school workshops and demonstrations regionally throughout the Southwest. In 2006, 2009, and 2011, she juried the Oklahoma Young Talent Statewide competition. She is an active visual arts board member for the Oklahoma Arts Institute.
Most recently, Liontas-Warren was invited to create a work of ledger art retracing the train path of 72 Indian Prisoners in 1875-1878. This exhibition, “Re-Riding History: From the Southern Plains to the Mantanzas Bay,” is slated for exhibition in Oklahoma, Florida and Wisconsin in 2015.
Recipients of the Governor’s Arts Awards were selected by members of the Governor's Arts Awards Selection Committee from the nominations submitted. For a complete list of 2014 recipients, go to http://www.arts.ok.gov
November 14, 2014