2017 One to Six Art Purchase Award

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Each year, the City of Lawton and the Lawton Arts & Humanities Council (LAHC) sponsors the One to Six Art Purchase Award where one artist's work is given as awards to six winners of the Lawton Cultural Awards.  The Lawton Arts & Humanities Council's Nominating Committee serves as jury for this art purchase award, making recommendations to the arts council. They are pleased to announce that Santos Rubio is the recipient of the 2017 One to Six Art Purchase Award.

At the age of 18, he became a member of the U.S. Army and it was in the Army’s Craft Shop that he began his journey as a photographer. Serving in the military, allowed him to greatly expand his photographic experience and gave him a wide angle view of the world.  Later, Santos continued to hone his skills as a Government Service employee where he expanded his subject matter.  From portraiture, he expanded into wildlife, historical monuments, living history/re-enactment events, advertising, and now Macro-Photography and Fluorescent Photography. 

In addition to his professional work, Santos also volunteers with the Friends of the Wichita Mountain National Wildlife Refuge, Wichita Wildlight Photographic Society and the Arts for All organizations. He was the Wichita Wildlight Photographic Society’s Volunteer of the Year 2015.

In 2015, Santos documented the historic CCC and WPA work in the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge by matching locations photographed in the past and taking photographs of present day. This project was partially funded by the Oklahoma Humanities Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.  The exhibit created then traveled from the Wichita Wildlife Visitor Center to the Leslie Powell Gallery in Lawton. He also had an exhibit at the Rusty Buffalo Rock Shop in Medicine Park. Santos is a past recipient of the One to Six for his exemplary work.

His artwork will be presented to the 2017 Lawton Cultural Award winners Janice and David Bear, 2017 Roma Clift Montgomery Citizen of the Arts; Juanita Pahdopony, 2017 Roma Clift Montgomery Citizen of the Humanities; Derek Griner, 2017 Educator in the Arts; David Fennema, Ph.D., 2017 Educator in the Humanities; Bobby Creeping Bear, 2017 Artist of the Year; and EZ GO, Michael Fitzpatrick, 2017 Business in the Arts

Santos Rubio and the 2017 Lawton Cultural Award recipients will be recognized at the annual Arts for All Kick-Off Fund Drive Luncheon, Friday, February 23, 11:30am, Lawton Country Club, 4601 W Gore Blvd, in Lawton.

Reservations are required for this very popular event, cosponsored by the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce, contact them at 580-355-3541. The City of Lawton and the Lawton Arts & Humanities Council extends appreciation to the Arts for All Organization for allowing these presentations during this great community event. 

Santos’ photographs may be seen at his website http://cw-photo-ok.wix.com/rubio-photography. For commissions and other inquiries, Santos can be reached at 580-574-0380, Lawton, OK or email at @email.  


For information on the Lawton Cultural Awards, call the Arts & Humanities Division at 580-581-3470 or 581-3471 or visit www.lawtonok.gov.


For information about the Arts for All Kick-Off Luncheon, call the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce at 580-355-3541 or visit their website at www.lawtonfortsillchamber.com.


For information about the Arts for All Organization, call the Arts for All office at 580-248-5384 or visit their website at www.lawtonafa.org.



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