Click most art images to view more detail!

Watts' New!

Watts Family Award

Ted Watts, a 1960 graduate of Miami High School, was honored as the outstanding alumnus for 2009 by the Miami Public Schools Enrichment Foundation during the half of Friday night's homecoming game with Skiatook. He received the honor from Brett Hayes (right), chairman of the MPSEF outstanding alumni committee. Joining in the ceremony are members of Watts' family, sons Thom and Brad, and wife, Faye. Watts is a noted sports artist who lives in Oswego, Kan.

Story courtesy of Jim Ellis, Miami News Record

Ted Watts, a 1960 grad of MHS, was honored by the Miami Public Schools Enrichment Foundation prior to the kickoff of the homecoming football game Friday night when the Miami Wardogs entertained Skiatook.

"I am so pleased," Watts said, "It gets me that people thought enough of me to recommend me for that honor." "We are delighted to honor Mr. Watts for the outstanding achievements in his field," said Brett Hayes, chair of the MPSEF outstanding alumni committee. "We hope his career will inspire our current and future students to strive for excellence." This marks the 16th year of honoring Miami's outstanding graduates, which include Heisman Trophy winner Steve Owens, world renowned artist Charles Banks Wilson, women's rights activist Fern Holland and NASA engineer Brian Anderson.

I am used to being the guy on the other side of the publicity," Watts said. "I have given folks publicity doing things to honor other people and I'm not really quite used to somebody honoring me for just doing my job." Watts' client list includes more than 150 colleges and universities, including Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Notre Dame, TCU, Wichita State, the United States Olympic Committee and the NCAA. Watts' fondest memories of growing up in Miami - he moved here in 1956 as a freshmen - included playing Wardog sports and being able to study under Wilson while a student at Northeastern A&M.;

"He was my mentor - he taught me so much," Watts said. "Miami has brought a lot of attention to me. I am grateful for that. I have lots of friends in Miami who have helped me out along the way, not the least being Charles Banks Wilson."


PHOTO: Jim Ellis, Sports Editor - Miami News-Record, Miami, Oklahoma

Poetry in MotionPoetry in Motion

Ted on TV?

You bet! During a recent visit to Southeast Kansas, the Going Long crew from CBS College Sports and stopped by to visit with Ted right at home in Oswego. View the video Poetry in Motion: CBS College Sports Network & ESPN Feature Story.

Steve Owens & Ted Watts in 1996 Steve Owens (MHS Class of 1966) signed art prints of his Heisman Trophy Winner's portrait byTed Watts (MHS Class of 1960) at an Owen's hosted celebrity charity golf tournament in 1996.

Miami High School Famous Wardogs

Did Ya Know? Both 1969 Heisman Trophy Winner Steve Owens from Oklahoma and nationally acclaimed sports artist Ted Watts are Miami, Oklahoma High School graduates.

Steve Owens archival photo Ted Watts at work

Diane Lieber & Ted Watts Ted Watts welcomes Dianne Lieber to his studio in Oswego, Kansas

A Meeting of Artists

June 23, 2008: Oswego, KS sports artist Ted Watts welcomed artist Dianne Lieber, nationally renowned for floral and gardening designs, paintings and poetry for a tour of his studio Monday afternoon.

C. Dianne Lieber Bio:

Steve Wilson & Ted Watts MHS - 1960 Classmates Steve Wilson & Ted Watts MHS - 1960 Classmates
PHOTO: Anna Wilson

A Studio Visit

September 26, 2008: Once a Wardog. . .Always a Wardog!

The Sports Art Of
Ted Watts Tim Tebow, 2007 Heisman Trophy Winner

Tebow Heisman Art Unveiled at Hall of Fame Ceremony

Sports artist Ted Watts announced today that his portrait of 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow  more......

Tim Kurkjian
and Ted at the reunion.
Tim Kurkjian and Ted at the reunion.

Tim, Ted & "The Big Train"

Oswego (KS) - ESPN's Tim Kurkjian, the acclaimed baseball analyst and nationally renowned sports artist Ted Watts were on hand for Saturday's reunion of The Rotarians, Oswego's 1952 state championship Ban Johnson semi-pro baseball team. more...

The Sports Art Of Ted Watts
The Sports Art of
Ted Watts

Dynamic Duo

CHAMPIONSHIP TRIBUTE: Sports Artist Ted Watts from Oswego, Kansas and Keith Zimmerman of KC's Double Dog Sports and Entertainment with "Kansas City Chiefs - Super Bowl IV Champs" original art.

Art Originally Unveiled - Great Mall of the Great Plains - Olathe, Kansas (November 2, 2000). more...

Triple Self Portrait

Triple Self
Portrait: After Norman Rockwell's February 13, 1960 Saturday Evening Post

© 1996
(After Norman Rockwell's February 13, 1960 Saturday Evening Post Cover)