“A Lost Culture,” a watercolor and color pencil drawing by Cameron University Professor of Art Katherine Liontas-Warren, is included in “Re-Riding History: From the Southern Plains to the Matanzas Bay,” an art exhibition at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla. Through works by 67 artists from across the country, the exhibition metaphorically retraces the imprisonment of 72 Indians who were captured at Salt Fork, Okla.,and held at St. Augustine from 1875-1878. The exhibition will be on display through February 28.
The artists were asked to respond to the historical journey of the Fort Marion prisoners through the creation of artwork responding to either prisoner biographies, ledger drawings or the topography of the changing landscape of the train route from Oklahoma to Florida.
“The milk carton, similar to its function as a symbol for missing children in the 1970s, depicts a tableau of missing tepees among a field of others that will soon vanish as well,” says Liontas-Warren of her work. “Tepees are naturally conical in shape, so the portrayal of the tepee on the side of the carton as a triangle and the triangular nature of the top of the carton behaves as a counterpoint. It reinforces the way in which the Native American culture was standardized and reduced to its simplest form in an attempt to assimilate them into Anglo-American culture. The fence emphasizes the boundaries and rules that were placed on the Native American lifestyle, while the buffalo graffiti represents the modern art that has emerged from their lost culture.”
A member of the Cameron faculty since 1984, Liontas-Warren teaches drawing, watercolor and printmaking. She has a Master of Fine Arts from Texas Tech University and a Bachelor of Science from Southern Connecticut University. In November 2014, she was honored with the Governor’s Arts in Education Award, recognizing outstanding leadership and service in the arts benefitting youth and/or arts in education. She is also the recipient of Cameron’s Bhattacharya Research Excellence Award and has been inducted into the Cameron University Alumni Association’s Faculty Hall of Fame. Liontas-Warren has been honored as Artist of the Year by the Paseo Art Association in Oklahoma City and as Artist and Educator of the Year through the Lawton Arts and Humanities Council.
Her work has been exhibited in more than 350 national solo, invitational and juried competitive exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad, and she has received numerous purchase and juried awards. Many of her prints and drawings are in permanent collections in museums and institutions throughout the nation, including the Arkansas Art Center, Museum of Texas Tech University: The Artist Printmaker Research Collection, The Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University, Oklahoma State University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, University of Colorado, University of North Dakota, Oklahoma Art Institute: Quartz Mountain Lodge, Del Mar College, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Leslie Powell Foundation Art Gallery, Milwaukee Museum of Art, Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art and Nicolls State University.
January 23, 2015