When Cameron University faculty member Katherine Liontas-Warren was invited to exhibit selections of her artwork in a variety of exhibitions across the country, she was happy to provide appropriately themed works of art to each.
“I am elated and honored to participate in these three invitational exhibitions,” says Liontas-Warren. “Each exhibition is unique and explores the narrative as a theme. My work has a propensity for telling stories that are personal, humorous, and mysterious.”
Her watercolor has been part of the Sky’s The Limit Exhibition at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, Texas, for the past two months. The exhibition featured artworks celebrating the vast and varied West Texas sky from more than 50 artists in various mediums.
“Golden Fields, a watercolor, represents my love for the majestic and monumental skies of Oklahoma,” she says. “The composition depicts a large threatening sky with golden light bathing the terrain”.
Additionally, she will provide an original stone lithograph for the Jackalope Printmaking Portfolio Exchange, scheduled for the University of Wyoming from October 3rd through 8th. Liontas-Warren is one of 23 artists invited to participate; each artist has been encouraged to share his/her vision of the mythical jackalope. For her black and white print, Liontas-Warren was inspired by an iconic oil painting.
“The jackalope is a mythical beast that represents a cross between the white- tailed jackrabbit and the western antelope that evolved to grow horns,” Liontas-Warren says. “This portfolio exchange gives the participants an opportunity to create and share an imagined creature that represents the great frontier of the American West. My lithograph is an appropriated hand drawn image that is inspired by Jan Vermeer’s painting, ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring. ‘Jackalope with a Pearl Earring’ is my interpretation of a beautiful jackalope female who resides in the mountains and high plains waiting for her pioneer lover.”
Her lithograph will be part of Pink, an exhibition showcasing the work of women. The exhibition will be on display at the Kemp Art Center at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls from November 2, 2018, through January 13, 2019. For this exhibit, Liontas-Warren elected to hand-color her jackalope, naming this piece “Pinkalope with A Pearl Earring.”
“After many days and nights of contemplating the Pink theme concept, I decided the jackalope image would become the image to represent Pink. I hand-colored the jackalope image with colored pencils to convey a feminine symbol of a pinkalope pioneer dwelling in the prairie lands of Oklahoma.”
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.
September 25, 2018