Title: Art Educator & Museum Director
Company: Owen’s Arts Place Museum
Location: Guthrie, Oklahoma, United States
Wallace Owens, Owner and Director at Owen’s Arts Place Museum, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in art education.
Influenced by his brothers, both of whom were artists, Mr. Owens developed a love for drawing at a young age. Upon serving with the U.S. Army in Germany in the early 1950s, he was able to experience and witness the European perspective of art that only enhanced his passion for the discipline. The culmination of the exposure to art that he received until his discharge from the military allowed him to solidify his decision to pursue a formal career in art. He subsequently earned a Bachelor of Arts in art education from Langston University in 1959 and a Master of Arts in teaching art from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1965. The following year, Mr. Owens obtained a Master of Fine Art from Instituto Allende in Mexico.
Upon accepting his first professional role, Mr. Owens excelled as the chairman of the art department at Langston University from 1966 to 1980. He later worked with the University of Central Oklahoma as an assistant professor of art for 25 years. In 2005, he established the Owen’s Arts Place Museum in Guthrie, Oklahoma, with which he currently flourishes as the owner and director. Congruent to his primary endeavors, he has exhibited paintings and sculpture in group shows throughout Midwest, as well as one-man shows at Langston University, the Oklahoma Territorial Museum and the Art Association of Oklahoma City. Notably, Mr. Owens’ work has been represented in the State of Oklahoma Collection.
In regards to his civic endeavors, Mr. Owens is involved with Inclusion in Art, which is dedicated to promoting racial and cultural diversity in Oklahoma’s visual arts community through exhibitions, workshops, creative projects and lectures. Likewise, the aforementioned collective aims to support artists of color by connecting communities through socially conscious presentations that challenge the mind and embrace progressive thought. Presently, he also maintains his affiliation with the Higher Education Alumni Council, the Oklahoma Education Association and Lions Club. Reflecting on his career, he is incredibly proud of his opportunities to travel and share his passion with young artists. To attest to his legacy, Mr. Owens can also be found in the sixth and eighth editions of Who’s Who in American Education and the 20th edition of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.
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