Artwork by Cameron University art professor Katherine Liontas-Warren has been selected by the Juanita Harvey Art Gallery at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX for inclusion in the exhibit "Thirty Year Selected Retrospective: Midwestern State University Art Gallery 1978-2008." Liontas-Warren is one of 29 artists whose work is included in the exhibition, which opens on Friday, October 31 with a reception from 6 - 8 p.m. and runs through January 9, 2009.
Liontas-Warren will be exhibiting a large pastel entitled "Journey," one in a series of narrative art. "Journey" depicts a larger-than-life Philippine eagle positioned in front of brightly colored birdhouses and a vibrant landscape. This series of bird drawings is greatly influenced and inspired by American regional artists Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood and Alexander Hogue.
"My color selection and recognizable shapes reflect a symbolic connection to these three artists through exaggerated compositional structures and a high intensity of hues," Liontas-Warren explains. "Instead of using the figure, I have chosen birds and birdhouses to represent my family and love for nature.
Liontas-Warren has been teaching drawing and printmaking at Cameron since 1984 and was inducted into the Faculty Hall of Fame for outstanding teaching and professional activities in February 2008. She earned her bachelor's degree from Southern Connecticut and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Texas Tech University. She has exhibited in 17 Solo shows and 200 national and regional juried competitive exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe and has received numerous purchase awards and juried awards, most recently receiving the Best of Oklahoma Award in the Texas Oklahoma Art Prize at the Wichita Falls Museum in April 2008.
October 22, 2008