The Cameron University School of Science and Technology, in conjunction with the Department of Art, are pleased to present an exhibition of artwork by student Julie Larimer-Conley in the CU Sciences Complex Gallery.
“Julie is a remarkable student/artist who is deeply passionate about creating and sharing her art in the Lawton community,” says Katherine Liontas-Warren, Professor of Art. “The works in this exhibition reflect a strong desire to embrace art full time as a painter while she continues her studies at Cameron University. On most weekends, you will find Julie painting outdoors in the refuge at the Wichita Mountains where she finds comfort, peace and great joy. These works embody a serenity of beauty while simultaneously evoking a timeless spirituality found in nature. I applaud her celebration for creating art that is very close to her heart and spirit.”
The exhibit features 20 works of art by Larimer-Conley, a lifelong artist who is currently taking art courses at Cameron. Larimer-Conley works primarily in water colors, pastels and mixed media. She draws her subject matter heavily from the outdoor world, with an emphasis on images from the Wichita Mountains. In her artists statement accompanying the display, she states, “Early on I knew I would be an artist; it is something that I was born to do. I have been a freelance artist much of my adult life but it wasn’t until my husband and I moved to southwest Oklahoma that I discovered a newfound inspiration and passion to make art. On most weekends you will find me in the Wichita Mountains, painting images of the rocky terrain. There is something magical about these ancient mountains!”
In addition to studying under the direction of Liontas-Warren, Larimer-Conley recently participated in an Oklahoma Arts Institute workshop led by noted Santa Fe, N.M. artist Albert Handell. Her exhibit includes two works that she completed under his tutelage, plus 18 other works that have never been exhibited publically.
Since the Sciences Complex Gallery was created in 2013, the Department of Art has utilized the space to provide additional opportunities for advanced art students to have on-campus exhibits.
November 4, 2014