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September 2016

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Check out the article on Paris Alexander's latest United Arts School Project Grant at the Lucy Daniels Center

 
   

Two Day Workshop: Alabaster Art Deco Style- Studio Class

October 22-23, 2016

10am-4:30pm

Register by Tuesday, October 18, 2016

$165 museum members/ $170 nonmembers

Inspired by flowing art deco designs , award winning sculptor Paris Alexander helps participants design, carve, and polish a lasting work of art in alabaster (a soft, translucent stone). Open to all levels and inspirations. His last several classes sold out, so register early. All materials included. Bring a bag lunch.

To register click here

Click here for images of previous student work.

 

 
   

Walter Magazine

Great article about a couple of very special patrons. Check out the link:

http://www.waltermagazine.com/mountain-living-redefined/

 

 
 

A work of mine being presented to the former Nebraska governor and senator Bob Kerrey, By George Breece on behalf of th National Association for Advancement of Orthotics and Prothetics.

 
   

"Icarus Stelae, the Rise and Fall "

Carved limestone, granite and gilding.
Newly carved work heading to Bristol, Virginia/ Tennessee ( there is a line down the middle of Main Street separating the two states) as part of the Art in public places project.

 
   

 

Private memorial completed, carved in very hard but beautiful Cherokee Crystal marble. This stone is famous for its brilliant glittering surface.

 
   

Moved an older work, I think from about 20 years ago. Client purchased a new house and wanted "His" sculpture to move along with him. I called it "The Way".

 

   

Two Day Workshop: Alabaster in the Time of Leonardo- Class Full (9-1-2015)

September 26th & 27th, 2015

East Building Studio 2, 10am-5pm

$165 museum members/ $175 nonmembers

Take a virtual trip back in time and create a sculpture of translucent Italian stone. Award-winning sculptor Paris Alexander leads this two-day workshop. His last class sold out, so register early. All materials included. Bring a bag lunch.

To register click here

Click here for images of previous student work.

"Creation" alabaster work by Paris Alexander

 
    Summer 2015: "Eninka"Installed at Cornelius, NC as part of the Beyond Walls Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
 
 

 

Summer 2015: "Portal VIII " installed at River Front Park in North Charleston, SC as part of the Juried National Sculpture Competition.

"Outstanding Merit Award"

       
 

 

Spring 2015: "Orpheus" installed on the grounds of the Rowan Museum in Salisbury, NC. As part of the Salisbury Sculpture Exhibition.

 

 

Movie Prop for "The Disappointment Room"

Release Date: September 25, 2015

The Disappointment Room starring Kate Beckinsale. Lots of mystery. This carving I did for them is pure fiction. I would NEVER otherwise have posted this image; its just a fictitious character in the movie. Please understand this is not a real child's memorial!!!

 

August 2014: "Love Bound w/ Claws ", was awarded an Honorarium for Chapel Hill, NC's Annual Juried Outdoor Sculpture Visions Exhibition.

 

 

2014: Summer Workshop at the NC Museum of Art!- Class Full- This class fills fast!

More Workshops to come in FALL OF 2015!

The Allure of Italian Alabaster

Click here for images of student work.

 

   

Great Article on Paris by Max Halperen in the Triangle Downtowner!

 

   

June 2014: "The Burning", was awarded an Honorarium for Kingsport, TN's Annual Juried Outdoor Sculpture Walk Exhibition.

 

    Salisbury Sculpture Exhibition 2014-2015: "Jacob's Ladder", was awarded an Honorarium for Salisbury, NC's Annual Juried Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition.

 

       
    2014 Artspace New Works:"Portal VIII" is a part of the New Works Exhibition.
       
  2014: "Nemesis", installed at a private residence in Ashville, NC.
       
  2014: Private memorial installed at Historic Oakview County Park in Raleigh, NC.
       
    2014: Cary Visual Art & Paris Alexander's Clay Workshop at the Lucy Daniels Center
       
   

2014 NC Museum of Art: Fayetteville Sculpture Class a Success! N.C. Award-winning artist Paris Alexander lead a group project that will be installed at the Fayetteville Arts Council building. This project is made possible through funding from the Humber Endowment at the NC Museum of Art, the Arts Council of Cumberland County, and the Ellington-White Community Development Corporation.

Click here for images of student work.

       
 
 

October 2013: The North Carolina Botanical Garden is holding an invitational show of outdoor three-dimensional art interpreting the theme “Sculpture in the Garden.” The show will be held from October 1 to December 8, 2013.

Paris has two works showing:

"Sea Star "(left) & "Jacob's Ladder "(right)

    2013: "Orpheus", Installed at the visitor's center in Historical Tryon Palace, New Bern, NC
   

2013: National Sculpture Competition & Exhibition North Charleston, SC , "The Burning "

Juried by Janet Kagan, founding principal of the Public Art Collaorative

   

2013 Town of Clayton Outdoor Sculpture Trail Exhibition

"Portal VII " was awarded an Honorarium for the Town of Clayton Outdoor Sculpture Trail Exhibition.

 

   

2013 Cary Visual Arts Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

"Eninka" was awarded an Honorarium for the Cary Visual Art's 2013 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

Artist Reception:

Friday, August 9, 2013 at the Cary Arts Center from 6-8 pm. Click here for more info and tickets to the reception.

       
   


Outreach Programs 2013:

Pathways for People

Governor Morehead School of the Blind

NC Museum of Art

 

 
 
   
     
   

2013 SUMMER WORKSHOP at the NC Museum of Art!-SOLD OUT

Dynamic Torsos

 

 

   

Public Project Completed: Wake County Justice Center Lettering, Downtown Raleigh, NC

Carved insitu on four street corner locations of the building on Boreal Green Granite.

     

Paris Alexander is in Walter Magazine 's Artist Spotlight Feature as part of Paris' paticipation with Artspace's Mystery Build: From Start to Art: Paris Alexander shows us how its done

Photos by Mark Petko

Paris artwork will be shown on April 5 at Artspace as part of April’s First Friday gallery walk. It will be auctioned online on Ebay on that date. For more information, go to:

www.artspacemysterycreate.wordpress.com

       
       
   

2013: Lecture and Demo with Paris Alexander at the NC Museum of Art!

Sculpture Workshop: The Art of Alabaster Stone Carving-workshop full

 

   

 

2013: Carolina Ballet's Annual Mardi Gras Ball

Dinner for 8 with Paris Alexander is on auction for the Carolina Ballet!

A truly unique cultural experience of art and eating. Enjoy a catered dinner by Ladyfingers for eight and one-of-a kind white wine from Tobacco Road Cellars in sculptor Paris Alexander's studio located in Artspace. Paris will present on lecture on his creations and techniques.

   

Cary Visual Art Ball 2012

Cary Visual Art will host its 16th annual Art Ball on Nov. 17 at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary. The black tie event includes a art auction and live sculpting by Paris Alexander, who will auction off the finished work during the auction along with many other works by local artists.

       
   

Artspace Collector's Gala 2012

Paris donated "Figure Carving" for Artspace's annual Collector's Gala. It will be part of the Live auction.

When: Saturday, November 17th from 6 to 11pm

 

Saks Fifth Ave Purchases 3 works for three locations (works listed from left to right):

"Portal VI" to Bal Harbour, Florida

"Polar Star" to Troy, Michigan

"Silence" to Chevy Chase, Maryland

 

       
   

October 2012: The North Carolina Botanical Garden is holding an invitational show of outdoor three-dimensional art interpreting the theme “Sculpture in the Garden.” The show will be held from October 1 to December 16, 2012.

Paris has two works showing:

"The Burning" (left) which recieved a Merit Award

and

"Aurora"(right)

       
   

Greenville Museum of Art

"I'll Be My Own Ruin" and "Le Cure" were selected as part of the Greenville Museum of Art Juried Exhibition
September 7th– October 7th.

"Le Cure" was awarded third place.

       
   

Cary Visual Arts

"Love Bound, with Claws" was awarded an Honorarium for the Cary Visual Art's 2012 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

Juried by Jeff York, Public Arts Administrator for the Town of Chapel Hill.

       
   

"Jacob's Ladder"

awarded an Honorarium at Art in Public Places Outdoor Sculpture Competition in Bristol, VA/TN

Juried by Ben Hernandez, Co-Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).

       
   

Check out The latest News and Observer Article on Paris!

 

       
   

WakeMed, Apex Commission Completed!
Paris was commissioned to create a series of monuments for WakeMed Hospital's 50th Anniversary. The Monument "Healing Hands" installed in April 2012, is the third of four monuments commissioned by the hospital.

       
   

“Memento Mori”
awarded a honorarium for installation at the
North Charleston Riverfront Park, SC as part of the National Sculpture Competition & Exhibition.

Juried by Steven Matijcio, curator of Contemporary Art, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA).

       
   

“Le Cure”
receives Best in Show in the New Works Show
at Artspace.

Juried by David J. Brown, the former Chief Curator of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston Salem, North Carolina.

       
   

December 2011-January 8, 2012: Durham Art Guild

Paris caps off another award winning year with his work "Portal VI" which recieved 1st Place as well as the Solo Show Award in the Durham Art Guild's 57th Annual Juried Art Show.

Juried by Linda Dougherty, Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary Art, NC Museum of Art.

 

   

December 2011: WakeMed Cary Hospital Commission Completed!

Paris was commissioned to create a monument for WakeMed Cary Hospital's 20th Anniversary. The Monument "Healing Heart" was dedicated on December 2nd.

     

 

October 2011: The North Carolina Botanical Garden is holding an invitational show of outdoor three-dimensional art interpreting the theme “Sculpture in the Garden.” The show will be held from October 1 to November 19, 2011.

Paris has two works showing:

"Portal VI" (front) and "Love Bound with Claws" (in the background)

   
Check out the video of "The Burning" at Appalachian State University by Lauren Brigman, Station Manager, 90.5 WASU-FM.
   

September 2011: Art on the Main, Chattanooga, Tennessee

 

"Orpheus", Limestone

 
   

May 2011: WakeMed Commission Completed!

Paris was commissioned to create a monument for WakeMed's 50th Anniversary. The Monument "Healing Hands" was dedicated on May 12th.

       
   

May 2011: The 25th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, Turchin Center for the Arts, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

"The Burning"

2011 Rosen Juror: Mel Chin

Click here to see the 360 video.

 
   

April 2011: Salisbury's Annual Juried Sculpture Exhibition "Memento Mori "

Installed at the Rowan County Public Library

Click here to see the installation video.

 
   

April 2011: National Sculpture Competition & Exhibition North Charleston, SC , "Nemesis"

Juror, Sylvie Fortin, editor-in-chief, Art Papers. Ms. Fortin is an independent curator, art historian, critic and editor who has worked internationally since 1991.

Click here to see the 360 video.

 
 
   

April-May 2011: North Carolina Museum of Art , Art of the Auction

Paris' work "Poet's Head" was chosen for the NCMA juried art auction.

       
   

March 2011: Raleigh Fine Arts Annual NC Artists Juried Exhibition:

Paris' work "R. Mapplethorpe's Arm " recieved 1st Place in Sculpture.

Juried by Peter Nisbet, formerly the Daimler-Benz Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum at the Harvard Art Museum, is now the chief curator of the Ackland Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

       
   

February 2011: Artspace's New Works Show

Paris' work "Portal VI" recieved the Award of Distinction.

Juried by Melissa Peden, board of trustees member at the North Carolina Museum of Art and President of the Raleigh Fine Arts Society.

   

 

January 2011: Frank Gallery Presents 'Seeing the Figure' an invitational exhibition of contemporary work that is inspired by the human form which will include some works by Paris Alexander.

The public is invited to the artists' reception on Jan. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m.

 

 

   

November 2010: Chapel of the Cross Commission Finished!

See the video progression.

Click here to see the Updated Carving Progression

 

   

October 2010: Completed Commissions

Venable Hall Lettering, UNC Chapel Hill

&

Private Monument

 

Ongoing Commisson...

Paris has begun a commission carving the tympanium over the main entryway into the historic Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill. Click here for some details.

 

 

Summer 2010: Another successful year of workshops!

Paris finished teaching his 16th annual Stone Carving Workshop

Other classes taught this summer:
Basic Anatomy and Figure Drawing
Sculpting the Figure in Clay
Spectacular Sculpture for Rising 7th-10th graders
Portfolio Prep Class for High School Students


If interested in future classes,
please email: paris@parisalexander.org

 

 

May 2010: Kingsport, Tennessee Sculpture Walk, 2010-2011

"Love Bound, with Claws"

Juried by Hank Foreman, Director and Chief Curator of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachain State University in Boone, NC

Click here to see a video of Hank Foreman's commentary on Paris' work.

 

 

Paris Alexander & the Governor Morehead School of the Blind, Sculpture and Outreach Program


Sculptor Paris Alexander taught an art outreach program at the Governor Morehead School for the Blind as part of their celebration of 150 years of Arts at the school, produced a stone sculpture that is now permanently installed in the campus gardens.

Click here to see a video of Paris' carving progression.

 

 

Salisbury Sculpture Exhibition 2010-2011

"The Burning" , 2nd Place

Juried by Jeff York, Public Arts Administrator for the Town of Chapel Hill.

“Although somewhat static and heavy as the materials from which the sculpture was carved, I appreciated the craftsmanship and labor required of the artist to free the image from the stone. The rough solidity and verticality of the limestone hand contrasts well with the smooth, horizontal marble slab on which it is placed. There is a story being told by the two sides of the sculpture, but like an ancient monument recently unearthed, its meaning remains enigmatic.”

-Jeff York, Public Arts Administrator for the Town of Chapel Hill.

 

Check out the article in the Raleigh Downtowner about the stone carving workshop.

   

Paris Alexander's work "Valkyrie" was awarded an Honorarium for the Craven Arts Council's Annual Juried 2009 Sculpture Exhibition in New Bern, NC

 
   

Panther Creek High School Commission Completed!

Panther Creek‘s first graduation class of 2009 has commissioned Paris Alexander to carve the school crest in limestone as a senior gift to the school. To be installed early October.

       
   

Cary Visual Art's 2009 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

"Orpheus"

Juried by Linda Johnson Dougherty, Chief Curator & Curator of Contemporary Art for the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh

    Check out the new write-up on "Orpheus" at Cary Town Hall
 

Check out Heather McCuiston's Article on Paris.

 
  Paris Alexander is on London's Saatchi Gallery Online.  
   

"Jacob's Ladder" on The CW show ONE TREE HILL, Season 8

Paris Alexander was contracted by Warner Brothers Studios to supply a sculpture for the set of the upcoming Season 8 of the show One Tree Hill on the CW network.

   


Outreach Program 2009: Salvation Army

Sculptor Paris Alexander worked with 15 youths (3rd-6th graders) at the Salvation Army on Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC, instructing them in the carving of limestone sculptures, which are assembled into a permanent sculptural installation on the grounds of the Salvation Army.

   

Craven Arts Council's Annual Juried 2008 Sculpture Exhibition in New Bern, NC

"Nemesis"

Juried by Dr. Lawrence Wheeler, Director of the North Carolina Museum of Art

Here are the comments made by Dr. Lawrence Wheeler to the Craven Arts Council on Nemesis:

"Dr. Lawrence Wheeler our show juror mentioned that he’s known your work for quite some time” and that you “always achieve the mark.” Calling it “original” and “expressive,” he had the feeling that “there’s a figure in there, almost mummified, trying to get out, to live and breathe free.” He also mentioned how your carved striations in the limestone have great rhythm, “ saying, he loves “the technical inventiveness” with which you carve."

   

Cary Visual Art's 2008 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

"Jacob's Ladder"

Juried by Hank Foreman, Director and Chief Curator of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachain State University in Boone, NC

 

"Memento Mori", Merit Award, Artspace's New Works Exhibition

Juror: Xandra Eden, UNCG Weatherspoon Art Museum Curator of Exhibitions

   

Raleigh Fine Arts Society

"Death Puppet for John Donne"

1st Place: Sculpture and Ceramics

Juried by Dr. Lawrence Wheeler, Director of the North Carolina Museum of Art

 

 

 

LINKS

 

 
Tidewater Gallery - Fine Art In Historic Coastal Swansboro, NC  
 

 

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