Paul Bagley • Public Artist, Industrial Designer
Along with teaching, Paul’s professional activity and achievement as an artist, including applied art and design, began in 1990 after leaving a career in IT. In 2006, Paul sought available grants to fund his personal, public art projects. In 2016 he collaborated with Butzer Architects and Urbanism and was a finalist for Dallas Love Field Airport Public Sculpture, Dallas TX.
To advance in the realm of large budget industrial art, he collaborated with the Flaming Lotus Girls of San Francisco in 2011. Paul was lead fabricator for solving the build-out by accurately calculating the rotating truss components into their final composition for structural integrity.
He shares a desk as a guest artist with the Obelisk Engineering group where Butzer Architects and Urbanism is also located, a professional Oklahoma City-based architecture and urban design practice dedicated to improving communities through exceptional practice, teaching and community service. We welcome visitors to drop in and see the architecture and art.
Select Artist Experience
Fellowship (OVAF, OK), The Thanatopolis Prize (I-Park, CT), BRAF Grant, Burning Man (SF, CA).
Independent Visual Artist; Industrial Designer: Design Silo LLC; Art Operative: Oklahoma City Public Art; Educator.
1988 B.F.A. Visual Communications: University of Oklahoma
1996-2000: Arcosanti: Apprentice; Architecture, Art, ecology in collaboration with Architect-Artist Dr. Paolo Soleri.
Public Art Finalist: Maps 3 Draper Lake Trails Public Sculpture, 2019 Oklahoma City OK.
Dallas Love Field Airport Public Sculpture Finalist, collaboration: Butzer Architects and Urbanism, 2016 Dallas TX.
OVAC Art 365 Grant Finalist 2016; Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, OK.
Grant Recipient, Imagine Festival 2015: Doe Bay Resort, Orcas Island, WA.
Public Art Purchase: “Looking Glass Prarie” by Midtown Renaissance, 2013, OKC.
Award Recipient, IAO Gallery: Edge Art Now, 2013; OK
Artist Residency: A Ship in the Woods, Summer 2013; Del Mar, CA.
OVAC Creative Projects Grant Recipient, Spring 2013: Vermont Studio Center Residency.
Public Sculpture Semi-Finalist: Spring 2013; Wilson School, OKC, OK.
Merit Award Recipient, IAO Gallery: Edge Art Now, Spring 2013; OKC, OK.
Vermont Studio Center Residency; partial fellowship and aid, Summer 2013; Johnson VT.
OVAC Professional Basics Grant Recipient, Fall 2012; Oklahoma.
Concept/OK Survey Selected Artist, 2012; Tri-city Group Show, Hardesty Art Center, Tulsa OK.
OVAC Creative Projects Grant Recipient, Spring 2012; Oklahoma. Matching grant for CO Public Art installation: Apogaea, Pike National Forest, CO.
Apogaea Public Art Grant Recipient, Spring 2012; Pike National Forest, CO.
FLUX Project Public Sculpture Semi-finalist Spring 2012; Atlanta, GA.
First Round selection: OU Children’s Physicians Facility Public Sculpture, Winter 2012: Miles Associates, OK. Collaboration, Arcosanti, AZ.
OVAF Fellowship Award Recipient, Spring 2011; Oklahoma.
OVAC Creative Projects Grant Recipient; 2011; Flaming Lotus Girls Public Art collaboration, San Francisco CA.
Public Sculpture Semi Finalist: Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation: 2010, OKC, OK.
OVAC Mini Grant Recipient: Fall 2010, Oklahoma.
Guest Artist Stipend: Tucson Puppet Works; All Souls Procession Fall 2010, Tucson AZ.
Thanatopolis Prize Recipient: Public Art Installation Summer 2010, I-Park Connecticut.
MMOS Grant Recipient: The All Souls Procession; Fall 2009 Tucson AZ.
OVAC Creative Projects Grant Recipient OK; Summer 2009 Public Art at the All Souls Procession, Tucson AZ.
IAO Edge Art Now: Best of Show Prize Spring 2008, OKC, OK.
TPAC Mini Grant Recipient: The All Souls Procession 2007, Tucson AZ.
BRC Grant Recipient: Burning Man 2007; Playa Exhibit, Black Rock City, NV.
Independent Artist; Industrial Designer, Design Silo LLC; Art Operative: Oklahoma City Public Art; Adjunct Professor: Oklahoma City University School of Visual Arts; Caregiver.
Public Art Associates: Arcosanti, AZ, and Butzer Architects and Urbanism.
Tucson Museum of Art: Art Instructor; Preparator, Tucson AZ
Education Department in conjunction with Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind
Adobe Restoration Contractor, Tucson AZ.
Oklahoma City Museum of Art: Exhibitions Preparator
Downtown YMCA, Oklahoma City: Yoga Instructor, beginning and intermediate.
The Cosanti Foundation, Arcosanti: Instructor, Designer, Builder, and Apprentice with
Architect/Artist and Founder Dr. Paolo Soleri.
Seasonal Volunteer Activist: Headwaters Campaign, Northern California.
Gast Monuments Inc., Chicago: Industrial Designer. Independent Illustrator: Bally Midway.
Creative Marketing Promotions Inc., OKC: Art Director
Design Graphics, Norman OK: Graphic Illustrator and Designer
Integris Southwest Medical Center, OKC: Information Management: Computer Room Operator.
1963 Born in Boston MA; dual citizenship includes the EU.
Exhibition Record, Invitations
1987 Juried Student Show, Fred Jones Gallery, University of Oklahoma, OK
1987 Cover Art for Business news, Daily Oklahoman, Integris Medical Center.
1988 Juried Student Show, Fred Jones Gallery, University of Oklahoma, OK
1988 Cover Art for News Paper within the Daily Oklahoman, Integris Medical Center.
1997 Resident Show, Works sold (undocumented), Arcosanti, AZ.
1997 Performance Installation, Burning Man, Nevada
1998 Resident Show, Work stolen, Arcosanti, AZ.
1998 Performance Installation, Burning Man, Nevada
1999 Group Installation, Burning Man, Nevada
2000 Performance Installation, Burning Man, Nevada
2000 Zahn’s Café and Gallery, group show, Prescott, Arizona (controversial work “Threshold” removed)
2000 Permanent Installation, Arcosanti, AZ
2001 Mural Commission of original work, Boston, MA
2002 Public Art Installation, All Souls Procession, Tucson, AZ
2003 Produced and instructed Siltcast Art workshop at Originate, Tucson, AZ
2003 Public Art Installation, All Souls Procession, Tucson, AZ
2003 Press interview “Arizona Daily Star” of Public Art, All Souls Procession, Tucson, AZ
2003 Installation Art, group show, Solar Culture, Tucson, AZ
2004 Public Art Installation, All Souls Procession, Tucson, AZ
2005 Public Art Installation, All Souls Procession, Tucson, AZ
2006 Public Performance Art, All Souls Procession, Tucson, AZ
2006 On Cover of “The Arizona Daily Star” Tucson & Region, All Souls Procession, AZ
2007 HGTV Interview “That’s Clever” Segment, a “how to” on art, OKC, OK. Segment cancelled.
2007 Installation Art, Burning Man, NV; made possible by Black Rock City LLC Grant.
2007 Installation Art, All Souls Procession, Tucson, AZ; made possible with a TPAC Grant
2007 Community Art Instruction, Tucson Puppet Works, AZ
2008 Dinner In The Deuce (invited group show), Untitled Art Space, OKC, OK
2008 IAO Edge Art Now, juried group show, OKC, OK; Best of Show award
2008 Individual showing, Plaza District Café, OKC, OK
2008 Public Performance Art, All Souls Procession, Tucson, AZ
2008 Interview with Public Television KUAT, Tucson, AZ. Segment not yet aired.
2008 Solar Culture (group show) Tucson, AZ.
2008-…Present: see Competitions Awards
2009 IAO Edge Art Now juried group show, OKC, OK (misinformed on judging date, work delivery)
2009 IAO Rethink Recycle Redesign, juried group show, OKC, OK
2009 Participant panel discussion on Publicly funded Art with grant recipients, Burning Man, NV.
2010 Invited Artist (group show) Dinner in the Deuce, ArtSpace Untitled, OKC, OK. (work not shown...Gallery interior inaccessible for large work).
2010 Invited Artist (ReThink ReCycle ReDesign Exhibit) Festival of the Arts, OKC., OK.
2010 Invited Panelist, Festival of the Arts, OKC (with David Phelps and Bert Seabourn) presented by The Arts Council of OKC and Downtown College.
2010 New Work on display at Fusion Studio, OKC.
2010 Visiting Artist, Tucson Puppet Works: “Water: Wheel of Life” Installation, All Souls Procession, Tucson AZ.
2011 IAO Evolve, juried exhibition and fundraiser (Sustainable OKC) exploring sustainability.
2012 Temporary Public Art Finalist: FLUX, Atlanta, GA.
2012 Invited Residency: Norbert Francis Attard Studio, Valetta Malta (financial aid pending).
2012 Invited artists 12x12 group show annual fund raiser for OVAC, work sold.
2012 IAO Red Dot group show, invited artist.
2013 Public Art Purchase: “Looking Glass Prarie” by Midtown Renaissance, OKC.
2013 OVAC Group show 12 x 12, Oklahoma City.
2014 OVAC Group show 12 x 12, Oklahoma City.
2015 OVAC Group show 12 x 12, Oklahoma City.
2017 OVAC Group show 12 x 12, Oklahoma City.
2018 JRB Gallery: Outdoor sculpture on display, Oklahoma City.
2018 IAO Gallery: Biting the Apple, Work Sold.
2019 Group Show: Allied Arts annual fundraiser, artwork sold.
2019 OVAC Group Show 12 x 12, Oklahoma City
2019 Invited Artist Group show: Salle Gilbert-Gaillard, Clermont-Ferrand, France.
Applied Art in Design:
2013 Commissioned to design-build event specific threshold for Dunlop Codding, OKC.
2014 Commissioned to design-build kinetic sculpture for Prodigal/Energy FC, OKC.
2014 Commissioned to design-build kinetic architectural systems for The Factory, OKC, Fitzsimmons Architects, OKC.
2017 Commissioned to design sculpture to replace gas flame for public art: Runners, Oklahoma City.