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 shows regularly in galleries throughout the mid-west. These include the Leopold Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri, the Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, Kansas, the Cider Gallery in Lawrence, Kansas, and the Reuben Saunders Gallery in Wichita, Kansas. Louis has participated in a number of national juried shows, and his work is collected by people throughout the world.