Artist Louis Copt has been painting full-time since 1984. He received a BA in art from Emporia State University in 1971. He has also studied at the Art Student's League in New York City and has taken classes in drawing and painting at the University of Kansas.
In 2011, Copt was named “Governor’s Artist” by the Kansas Arts Commission. Since 1974, the Kansas Arts Commission recognizes individuals in the arts who have made outstanding contributions to the arts and culture in Kansas. An expert panel selects the honorees, and the awards are given by the governor and the Kansas Arts Commission. The award is meant to elevate the public profile of the arts in Kansas and encourage others to achieve and sustain high standards of excellence in artistic achievement and support.
Louis has lived and traveled in Europe. In 1991, he traveled with the Kansas Geological Survey on a 16-day re-photographic expedition through the Grand Canyon as their official artist. He has led painting workshops to the Kansas Flint Hills, and art travel programs to Washington DC, Los Angeles and Paris, France.
Louis works with oil, acrylic, pastel, and watercolor. Although his main emphasis is on landscape painting, he also does still life and portrait work. Copt also teaches classes at the Lawrence Arts Center and has taught at the University of Kansas.
He is a past board member of the Lawrence Arts Center, past President of the Lawrence Arts Commission and Lawrence Art Guild. Copt has been a member of the Kansas Watercolor Society, the Kansas City Artists Coalition and the Kansas City Barbecue Society.