“Left Alone by Summer’s Plight,” an oil on cradle panel by Cameron University Professor of Art Katherine Liontas-Warren, has been selected for inclusion in the National Weather Center Biennale, an international juried exhibition sponsored by the University of Oklahoma. The exhibition will present “Art’s Window on the Impact of Weather on the Human Experience.” Liontas-Warren’s painting is one of 90 works selected for the prestigious show. The exhibition will open to the public on April 20 and will be on display through June 14 at the National Weather Center in Norman. Mel Chin, internationally established fine artist, serves as guest juror for the competition.
“’Left Alone by Summer’s Plight’ represents the re-occurring drought and bird habitat destruction in the southwest region of the nation,” says Liontas-Warren. ”The blazing fire on the horizon and the black drips set against the warmth of the negative space evoke a sense of desolation and decay. As it fades and melts into the texture of the landscape, the owl becomes a transient reminder of things that once were. Its penetrating gaze confronts the viewer, prompting a reassessment of the role that people play in habitat preservation.”
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.
March 3, 2015