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 Paul Sires  (1955 - )

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Lived/Active: North Carolina      Known for: monumental sculpture

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted July 2005, is from Sharon Obee on behalf of the artist.

Paul Sires currently works full-time as a sculptor in his private studio. He is the former director of Clayworks at Spirit Square in Charlotte, North Carolina and received his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and his BFA from Kent State University.

Sires has exhibited his work at a number of museums including the Mint Museum, Charlotte; the University of New Mexico Art Museum; the Birmingham Museum of Art; the Columbus Museum of Art; the Butler Institute of American Art; the Cleveland Museum of Art; and the Pallazzo Venezia in Rome, Italy.

He is the recipient of several fellowships including the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the North Carolina Visual Artist Fellowship, and the Ohio Individual Artist Fellowship. Sires has completed over a dozen public art commissions, and his work is included in numerous private collections in the U.S. and abroad.

The work of Paul Sires ranges from low relief wall drawings in castable material to large-scale architectural sculptures in stone, ceramic, and concrete. His freestanding sculptures are characterized by varied surfaces, textures, and forms. The surfaces of these works are incised, cut, and glazed.

According to Sires, "To understand the complexities of our world, I reduce ideas to simple situations or forms. I am amazed that certain objects carefully placed in a measured space can create an immeasurable psychological space. I enjoy the elegant poetry of the interplay of form and materials. Natural materials such as clay and stone are as old as the beginning. These materials help reaffirm our existence in this natural world, albeit a blink in geologic time. As we walk on this planet, we have emerged from it and learned how to use and shape it. I grapple to understand how experiences of my measured everyday existence may effect the compositions of the psychological spaces I hope to create."

1980-82 Master of Fine Arts
Cranbrook Academy of Art
1979 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cum Laude, Kent State
Scholarship Award

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant, 1988-89
North Carolina Visual Artist Fellowship Grant, 1988-89 North Carolina Arts Council
Emerging Artist Grant, The Arts and Science Council, Charlotte, NC, 1986
Individual Artist Fellowship Grant, Ohio Arts Council, 1983

North Carolina Museum of History
Percent for Art, North Carolina Arts Council, 1988
Hesta Properties, Charlotte, NC. Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
Afro American Cultural Center, Charlotte, NC
Glaxo Corporation, Raliegh, NC
Hearst Corporation, Charlotte, NC
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Weber State College, Ogden, Utah
Bank of America, Charlotte, NC
Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio
SAS Institute, NC.

Raleigh Sculpture Expo, City Of Raleigh Arts Commission, Raleigh, NC
Fayetteville Museum of Art, The Artists of Charlotte, Fayetteville, NC
University of Florida National Ceramics Invitational, Orlando, FL
Paul Sires: Clay Sculpture Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Installation exterior sculpture
Invitational, Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick, MD
North Carolina Invitational, Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC
Recent Ceramic Sculpture, University Art Museum, University of New Mexico. USA- Portrait of the South- The North Carolina Exhibition Palazzo Venizla, Rome, Italy
Sixty- Third Annual May Show, The Cleveland Museum of Art also 60th, 59th, & 58th
Selected Summer Exhibition, Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI Michigan Artists 80/81, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
Arizona Biennial, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ.

Making Ceramic Sculpture, Lark Books, 2000
Sculptural Ceramics, Lark Books, 2000
Architectural Ceramics, Lark Books, Peter King
Ceramics: Art & Perception, Kevin Hluch, Volume 32, 1996
Art for Work, The New Renaissance in Corporate Collecting by Marjory Jacobson
National Endowment Fellowships, Ceramics Monthly, February

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