The work of Cameron University Professor of Art Katherine Liontas-Warren will be on display during “Reflections of the Wichitas,” a solo exhibition at the Museum of the Western Prairie in Altus. The show opens on Tuesday, October 22, and will be on exhibit through January. An opening reception is slated for Thursday, October 24, at 7 p.m.
“For the past 35 years, I have hiked, physically and spiritually, into a wonderland of monumental boulders, beautiful lakes and majestic clouds that slowly yet inevitably change into beautiful and blissful shapes of light and color,” says Liontas-Warren. “I continue to paint the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge with unrelenting curiosity and passion, while also hiking the terrain and quietly absorbing her beauty without painting. These memories of passing time stir my imagination and bring it to life, inspiring me to think more deeply about the mysteries of life while capturing a fleeting moment from day to night. This journey has taken me to different realms of creative exploration, allowing me to craft landscapes inspired by what I feel as opposed to what I see. The refuge has become more abstract, mysterious and enlightening as I allow my intuition to reflect its hidden intricacies on canvas. A feeling of hardness can take over your spirit when away from Nature. By maintaining a connection with Nature on a regular basis, I continue to nourish a euphoric sense of purpose and self-realization.”
The exhibition will consist of 26 paintings created in either watercolor or oil.
Liontas-Warren has been a member of the Cameron faculty since 1984, teaching drawing, watercolor, and printmaking. Her work has been exhibition in more than 375 national solo, invitational and juried competitive exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad and has received numerous purchase and juried awards.
She was honored with the Oklahoma Governor's Art and Education Award in 2014. Additional honors include accolades as Artist of the Year by the Paseo Art Association in Oklahoma City and the Artist and Educator of the Year through the Lawton Arts and Humanities Council. Liontas-Warren is a recipient of Cameron’s Bhattacharya Research Excellence Award and has been inducted into the Cameron University Alumni Association Faculty Hall of Fame.
Many of her prints and drawings are in permanent collections in museums and institutions throughout the nation including Arkansas Art Center, Museum of Texas Tech University: The Artist Printmaker Research Collection, Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University, Oklahoma Art Institute: Quartz Mountain Lodge, Leslie Powell Foundation Art Gallery, Milwaukee Museum of Art and Mabee- Gerrer Museum of Art, as well as numerous colleges and universities.
Aspiring artists interested in studying with Liontas-Warren and other award-winning faculty artists can learn about degree programs, admission and enrollment, financial assistance and more by visiting www.cameron.edu.
October 15, 2019