“Before There Was Something,” a watercolor on paper by Cameron University Professor of Art Katherine Liontas-Warren, is included in “The Semi-Arid Landscape,” an exhibition featuring works of art in various media that showcase the drama and the beauty of the semi-arid landscape. The exhibition will be on display at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, Texas from March 6 through April 19.
“In Fine Art, the term ‘landscape’ describes any painting or drawing in which the principle subject is the portrayal of a scenic view,” says Liontas-Warren. “My watercolor landscape is an imaginary scene that represents a form of abstraction, yet my painting is recognizable by both hard geometric and organic shapes within the composition. The use of light and color gives this painting a haunting and dramatic appearance of distant rock formations as they would appear in a semi–arid landscape in the Southwest. The title, Before There Was Something, represents the beauty of a region that remains an inspiration for the artist.”
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.
February 24, 2015