Lois VanLiew received a Bachelor of Art Education degree from Kansas University. At KU, she studied painting with Robert Sudlow, Robert Green and Raymond Eastwood. Since graduating from KU, she has been a studio artist, in addition to teaching in a high school in Kansas City for four years, and later teaching adult education classes in Wisconsin, where she lived for many years. She returned to Kansas in 2004. She has worked in a variety of mediums and subject matters. Lois has won numerous awards, and her work has been included in many juried regional and national exhibits, as well as many invitational exhibits. She is represented in both private and museum collections.
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STATEMENT: Lois VanLiew grew up in Lawrence, KS and after graduating in art from Kansas University, lived in Kansas City, KS before moving to Austin, Texas, and then Milwaukee, WI. She lived in Milwaukee for many years, as a practicing artist, while juggling the rigors of raising two daughters. In Nov. of 2004, she moved back to Kansas. In Wisconsin, she shared a loft studio with another artist for 21 years. The studio was located in a historic woolen mill on the Milwaukee River. The studio had yearly exhibits as well as classes, workshops and weekly life drawing sessions. The studio had a large printing press to which she had access.
While attending the University of Kansas, VanLiew was fortunate to study under Robert Sudlow, Robert Green, and Raymond Eastwood. After graduating from KU, her first juried exhibit was with the Plaza Art Fair in Kansas City. MO. She taught art at Turner High School in Kansas City, KS for four years. She and her husband then left the Kansas City area for him to attend graduate school at the University of Texas, in Austin, TX. While living in Austin, she had her first one-person exhibit. Since graduating from KU she has consistently maintained a painting studio and exhibited widely. Her work has been included in many juried regional and national exhibits, as well as many invitational exhibits, and is represented in both private and museum collections.
VanLiew’s mediums include oil, watercolors, acrylic, charcoal, prismacolor and oil pastel and she also has worked in handmade paper. She studied lithography and etching, as well as the making of monoprints and handmade paper, at Ox Bow in Saugatuck, Mi. She has a special love for drawing and painting the figure, but the main body of her work consists of landscape and floral paintings. She enjoys exploring the prairie theme again, after being away from Kansas for so many years.