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Former Colby art teacher honored

9/9/2013

Special to The Hays Daily News

Cal Mahin, Hays, has been named Outstanding Retired Art Educator of the Year for 2013-14. The Kansas Art Education Association will present the award at its fall conference on Oct. 25 in Overland Park.

Mahin holds a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Kearney and a master' degree from Fort Hays State University.

He taught art at Colby middle and high schools for 33 years and started the art department at Colby Community College in 1965.

From 1971 to 1973, he was secondary art instructor for the Department of Defense in Nuremberg, Germany. For 26 summers, he has taught adult art workshops for the Creative Arts Festival at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. After retirement from Colby public schools, Mahin continued as part-time art instructor at Colby Community College for 11 years.

Mahin works in a wide variety of media including collage, assemblage, acrylic, mixed media and sculpture. His works include two- and three-dimensional visual expressions, handmade books, boxes, wearable art (jewelry) and small installations. He has exhibited his works in one-man shows in Kansas, Nebraska and New Mexico. Many of his works are in private collections, foundations and museum collections.

The Kansas Art Education Association is a statewide professional organization dedicated to the growth and development of art educators and the advancement of high quality art education.