Homecoming 2012 will feature the work of 4 talented Southwestern College artists. Beginning on Thursday, October 11, the President's Gallery in Darbeth Fine Arts Center will feature artwork by three talented Moundbuilders from the class of 1977: Mike Fell, Lynn (Watkins) Felts, and Sulinda (Baker) Fogle. The display will be open from Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon, October 14. Artwork by Jim Borger '82 that integrates still life and the natural world will be exhibited in Pounds Lounge in the Roy L. Smith Student Center throughout the weekend. Watch this website for bios on all four of these talented artists.
Lynn Felts ' 77
Lynn Felts received her Bachelor of Arts from Southwestern College, in Winfield, Kansas in 1977. During the 1977-1978 Jan Term she and 10 other art students accompanied Warren Brown, professor of art at Southwestern to Rome and Florence, Italy to study art history for three weeks. Returning from Rome, Italy, Lynn was hired as a permanent elementary art teacher for the remainder of the 1978 school year in Wellington, Kansas. She taught at Lincoln, Eisenhower and the Sixth Grade Center in Wellington. An elementary art position opened in Winfield near the end of the school year. Lynn applied, got the position in Winfield and taught elementary art at Irving, Country View, South Vernon and Pleasant Valley for 10 years. In 1986, Lynn moved to Winfield High School where she continues to be a full time Visual Arts Educator. In 1991 Lynn received a Master of Art Education from Wichita State University.
Lynn is currently the National Art Education Association Secondary Division Director representing secondary art educators in the United States. An elected position, she is one of thirteen on the National Art Education Association Board of Directors. She is also the Kansas Art Education Association Secondary Representative and a Past-President for KAEA.
Among the honors Lynn is most proud of is being selected for the NAEA Secondary Art Educator of the Year in 2007, receiving her award in New York City. Lynn also gave a commencement speech for the College of Fine Arts, Wichita State University in 2007.
Lynn loves to paint on site/ plein air painting. Her favorite subjects are close to home, the bridges of Cowley County, Bull Shoals Lake, Arkansas and floral. Lynn and 10 other artists are helping Mike Fell '77 to prepare his gallery, 1001 Gallery, at 1001 Main Street, Winfield, for opening in September 2012.
Some examples of Lynn's work:
Little Badger Creek by Lynn Felts '77 (pastel)
Oxford Mill by Lynn Felts '77 (pastel)
Abstract by Lynn Felts '77 (oil)