Tom Orr

A dedicated artist working in Dallas while exhibiting internationally, Tom Orr has developed a body of sculpture work that utilizes formal traits to disrupt and create vibrant optical patterns. Experiential movement brings the nuances of the work to life.

Tom Orr received his BFA in Sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design in 1973. He has exhibited extensively during his career both in the United States and in Japan. His site-specific works have been installed in places ranging from John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, to the 21st Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture in Ube Japan. The many collections in which he is represented include the Foundation of Culture in Osaka, Japan, The El Paso Museum in Texas and the Utsukushi-Ga-Hara Open-Air Museum in Nagano, Japan.  Among his public art projects are two large-scale wall installations in the international terminal at the Dallas Ft. Worth Airport, a station design for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit, and Intersected Passage, a large-scale sculpture at Love Field Airport.  Orr and fellow artist and partner, Frances Bagley designed the sets and costumes for the Dallas Opera’s production of Verdi’s Nabucco, which celebrated the Opera’s 50th anniversary season.  This project was followed by an invitation from The Dallas Museum of Art to create a museum installation based on the set designs from the opera for the exhibition Performance/Art.

In 2011 Orr was awarded a Pollack Krasner Foundation Grant.

He is represented by Barry Whistler gallery in Dallas.

Images of costumes and sets by Tom Orr and Frances Bagley can be found at The Dallas Arts Review Website.

Images of costumes and sets by Tom Orr and Frances Bagley can be found at The Dallas Arts Review Website.


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Tom Orr is represented by Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas.

Tom Orr’s prints are featured at Manneken Press.


Currently lives and works in Dallas, TX


1973 BFA Sculpture, Rhode Island School of Design

Solo Exhibitions

2019New Works on Paper, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, TX
2015 Tightrope, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, TX
2012Delicious Poison, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, TX
2011Tom Orr, Onagadori, Blue Star Contemporary Art, San Antonio, TX
2010Ghost Stories, Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX
 Tom Orr, Recent Work, Brookhaven College, Dallas, TX
2008Maquettes, Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX
2006Identity , Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX
1999H2O and Other Elements, Turner & Runyon Gallery, Dallas, TX
1998Installation, Tulsa Artist Coalition, Tulsa, OK
1994Installation, Amarillo Museum, Amarillo, TX
Tom Orr – Recent Work, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
1993Tom Orr, One Person Exhibition, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX
1991Tom Orr, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX
New Constructions, Dallas Visual Art Center, Dallas,TX
1979Tom Orr, Recent Work, 500 Exposition Gallery, Dallas, TX


2019Monumental II, BarryWhistler Gallery, Dallas, TX
2018 New Edition, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, TX
It’s Only Black and White….ButI Like It, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, TX
2017 Tangled Up in Blue, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas TX
2016 30 Years, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, TX
2015 Texas Abstract, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, TX
AMPlified ABStraction, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
2014 Texas Abstract, Galveston Art Center, Galveston, TX
Invitational, Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Washington, DC
Office Space, DB14 Dallas Biennial, Dallas, TX
SUM MER FALL, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, TX
2013Texas Biennial Invitational, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX
Boom Town, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Flight Deck, University of Texas at Arlington, TX
2012Showmen, Brand 10 Gallery, Ft. Worth, TX
2011Modern Ruin, Down and Dirty, Ft. Worth, TX
 Silver, 25thAnniversary Exhibition, University of Texas, Arlington, TX
 Art in Container, Kobe Biennial, Kobe, Japan
 Texas Biennial, Austin, TX
 Collections, Cultures and Collaborations, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
 Imprints, Three Generations at 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX
2010Transmissiosns, Ft. Worth Contemporary Arts, TCU, Ft. Worth, TX
 Modern Ruin, curated by Christina Rees and Thomas Feulmer, Modern Ruin, curated by Christina Rees and Thomas Feulmer,
 Sustenance, Site-specific installation at a vacant factory, Dallas,TX
2009Performance/Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas,TX
 Cedarhurst Biennial Sculpture Exhibition, Mitchell Musem, Mount Vernon, Illinois
2008More Than This, Invitational Cadd Art Lab, Dallas, TX
 Prints 2008, International Print Center New York , NY
 Group Hug, Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX
 Triple Vision: Ted Kincaid, Tom Orr, Susie Rosmarin, Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX
 Your Favorite Artist Was a Member: 30 Years at 500X, 500X, Dallas, TX
2007Marty Walker Gallery @ Aqua Wynwood, Miami, FL
 Group Exhibition by Gallery Artists, Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX
 Elemental , Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX
 Texas Biennial , Dougherty Arts Center, Austin, TX
2006Inaugural Group Show, Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX
200521st Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture in Japan , Ube City Museum, Japan
 Space Invaders , Gene Binder Gallery, Marfa, TX and Univ. of TX at Dallas
 Parings , Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX
 A Friend in Deed , Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, TX
2004100 Drawings, Haggerty Gallery, The University of Dallas, TX
20042004 Mavens, Three Person Invitational, Haggerty Gallery,The University of Dallas, TX
2003Opposite Attraction, Untitled Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK
Invitational, 500 X Gallery, Dallas, TX
2002Essential Space, Belo Sculpture Series, The McKinney Ave. Contemporary, Dallas, TX
Drawn II, Barry Whistler Gallery , Dallas, Tx
New American Talent, The Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Austin, TX
Modalities of the Visible: A Survey of Contemporary Art in North Texas, Brookhaven College, Dallas, TX
Percent for Art Dallas II, The Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, TX
2001Hung, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Tx
2001Biennial Exhibition, McKinney Ave Contemporary, Dallas, TX
Braille, Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, TX
2000Living and Working in Texas, Park Central, Dallas,TX
Art-Man-Nature, Anniversary Invitational, Connemara Conservatory, Allen, TX
Percent for Art, City of Dallas, Bathhouse Cultural Center, Dallas, TX
1998 20 x 500, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX

9th International Osaka Triennial, Osaka Foundation of Culture, Osaka, Japan.
Installation: Within the Floating World, Tom Orr and Frances Bagley, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI.
To Float: Tom Orr and Frances Bagley, Irving Art Center, Irving,TX
1997Second Texas Annual, The Contemporary Art Center, Ft. Worth,TX
Floating Mountain, Center for Research in Contemporary Art, University of Texas at Arlington,TX
1996Sun and Star Japan Festival, Two Person Exhibition with Yonekichi
Tanaka at One Ferris Plaza and Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX.
Relatively Speaking: Two Person Invitational, Galveston Art Center, Galveston, TX
Two Person Invitational, Parchman Stremmel Gallery, San Antonio,TX.
Establishment Exposed, Dallas Visual Art Center, Dallas, TX.
Made in Texas, Parchman Stremmel Gallery, San Antonio, TX.
Group Invitational, Mitchell Museum, Mt. Vernon, Illinois
6th International Osaka Triennial, Osaka Foundation of Culture,
Osaka, Japan. (Bronze Prize)
2nd Fujisankei Biennale International Exhibition for Contemporary Sculpture,
(Prize for Excellence) Utsukushi- Ga- Hara Open-Air Museum, Nagano, Japan
1995Simple Things, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, TX.
Structure and Form, Two Person Invitational, City Art Center,
Oklahoma City.
1994Abilene 13th Annual Sculpture Exhibition, Abilene, TX.
Abstract Matters, Brookhaven College, Dallas, TX.
Group Exhibition, Hakone Open Air Show Museum, Hakone, Japan
1993500X at 15, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX.
Texas Biennial, State Fair Grounds, Dallas, TX.
19921992 Forty Views, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, TX.
Contact 92, Trammel Crow Center, Dallas, TX.
Collectors Show, D- Art Visual Art Center, Dallas, TX.
1991New Constructions, D- Art Visual Art Center, Dallas, TX.
Burn Invitational, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX.
The Vessel, 501 2nd Ave, Dallas, TX.
Woodworks, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, TX.
31st Annual Invitational, Longview Museum, Longview, TX.
Three person Invitational, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX.
1989Two Person Exhibition, 3309 Studio, Dallas, Tx.
The Constructed Image, Southern Methodist Univ. Dallas, TX.
Installations, Connemara Sculpture Park, Allen, TX.
Self Portrait Invitational, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX.
1988Autorama, Brookhaven College Invitational, Dallas,TX.
Art in Architecture, Plano Cultural Arts Center, Plano, TX.
500X Gallery, Dallas, TX. X 500 X Invitational
Two Person Invitational, East Texas State University Commerce, TX.
City Place, Dallas, TX. City Fair, Commission Installation
Plaza of the Americas, Dallas, TX. Excellence ’88
Trammel Crow Bld. Dallas, TX., Zoomorphism, Animals in Art
1987500 X Gallery Dallas, TX. Invitational
1985Alternate Gallery Dallas, TX. Madonna Show
Madonna Touring Exhibit
1984University of Texas At Dallas, Richardson, TX. Invitational
Theater Gallery Dallas, TX. Three Person Invitational
1980500 Exposition Gallery Dallas, TX. Project Room Installation
1979Room Show, D.W. Coop., Dallas, TX
1978New Spaces, Gallery Premier Group Exhibition, 500 Exposition Gallery
1976First Saturday Art, Group Exhibition, 842 1st Avenue, Dallas, TX
1975Group Exhibition, Allen St. Gallery, Dallas, TX
First Saturday Art, Group Exhibition, 842 1st Avenue, Dallas, TX
1970Painting and Sculpture Annual, The Modern Museum, Ft. Worth, TX

Collections (public)

UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas TX
Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas, TX
 American Airlines Collection, Dallas, TX
 UT Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX.
 Frito Lay Collection, Regional Headquarters, Dallas, TX
 Nations Bank Corporate Headquarters, Charlotte, N.C.
 Utsukushi-Ga-Hara Open-Air Museum, Nagano, Japan
 Osaka Foundation of Culture, Osaka, Japan
 Belo Corporation, Dallas, TX
 Billingsley Company Collection, Dallas, TX
 El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX
 W Hotel, Dallas, TX
 One Arts Plaza, Dallas, TX
 Conoco/Phillips, Houston, TX
 Corgan Associates, Dallas, TX


2011Pollack Krasner Foundation Individual Artist’s Grant
 Exhibition Prize, Kobe Biennale, Kobe, Japan
2008Bernard Kuntz Sculpture Award, Cedarhurst Art Center/Mitchell Museum, Mount Vernon Ill.
2001Hanley Award, Best of Show, McKinney Ave Contemporary Biennial
1999Visiting Artist Fellowship, Brandywine Press, Philadelphia, Pa.
1995The Award for Excellence, Fujisankei Biennale, Nagano, Japan
1995Bronze Prize, 6th International Osaka Triennial, Osaka, Japan
1989The Assemblage Award for 3 Dimensional Art, Dallas, TX

Public Art and Projects

2017-2019Forest of Light, permanent exterior installation, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas TX
2016-2017 Memory Mountains, exterior sculptures, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
2011-2013Love Field Airport, Entrance Installation, Dallas, TX
 Battan Railway project, El Paso, TX
 Firestation #27, Ft. Worth, TX
2006Set and costume design of Dallas Opera’s 50 th Anniversary production of Nabucco, Dallas, TX
2002 – 2005International Terminal, DFW Airport, Dallas, TX
2001Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Plano Station Design. Plano, Tx
2001Water Theater, collaborative work with Frances Bagley, White Rock Lake Bathhouse, Dallas, TX.
1996Sun and Star Japan Festival, Installations at One Ferris Plaza, Dallas, TX.
1993Prairie Basin, public art work winning design for Plano Texas Municipal Center
1991Collaborative public elevator design with Green Architects, Dallas, TX.
1989Wave, Connemara Conservatory, Public Art Park, Allen, TX.


2011Brinkley, Rob and Coulter, Nan, “He Sculpts She Sculpts”, Paper City, October 2011. Pp. 34-37.
 Bourdaniotis, George, “Kobe Biennale 2011”, Kansai Scene, Kobe Japan, September 12, 2011, p. 2.
2010Anspon, Catherine D., TEXAS ARTISTS TODAY, Marquand Books, Inc., pp 184-187.
 Terranova, Charissa, “Tom Orr” Arts and Culture, November 2010
 Carter, Rebecca, “Ghost Stories”, Front Row, D-Magazine, October, 2010
 Starr, Erin, “Sustenance”, Art Lies, September 2010, p 8.
 Jagers, Chris, “Pics from Modern Ruin”, Glass Tire, February, 2010
 Zimblist, Noah, “Modern Ruin”, Front Row, D-Magazine, Feburary, 2010
2008Carter, Steve, “The Radar Art”, Modern Luxury Dallas, June 2008
Mitchell, Charles, Dee, “Gallery Gourmet”, Dallas Morning News, March 11, 2008
2007O’Brien, Titus. “Five artist, and Mother Nature, pull together nicely”, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Sunday January 14, 2007
2006Hurt, Cindy. “Tom Orr: Identity,” Art Lies, Fall 2006, p. 93
Cantrell, Scott. “Stage Craft”, The Dallas Morning News, Thursday, November 9, 2006, p. 1G (photo).
Babcock, Mark. “New and Interesting in Dallas”, July 2006
Rush, Kate. “Marty Walker’s Inner Artists”, Paper City, March 2006
Kutner, Janet, “A Gallery of Talent”, The Dallas Morning News, February 22, 2006. p. 1G.
Phelps, Paige. “Party of the Week: Marty Walker Gallery Opening,” Preston Hollow People, March 10, 2006, pg. 2A (photo).
2004Heinkel-Wolfe, Peggy. “Mavens: Haggerty Gallery at the University of Dallas,” Art Lies, Spring 2004.
2002Sime, Tom, “Gathering Places”, The Dallas Morning News, Wednesday, January 9, 2002, p12C.
Langford, Terri. “Committee chooses airport artists,” Dallas Morning News, Saturday May 18, 2002, p. 40A.
Lee, Jody. “George Smith, Tom Orr, Cameron Shoepp: McKinney Avenue Contemporary,”
Art Lies, Summer 2002, p. 82-83.
Kutner, Janet. “Texas sculptures flood the senses on a grand scale at the MAC,” Dallas Morning News, Wednesday, May 29, 2002, pg. 12C.
1999Mccabe, Bret. ”Water Music,” The Met, September 1999
1998Shuford, Tom. “Sculptors Come Up with Big Ideas for Commissioned Works at Gallery,” The Dallas Morning News, Sunday, Nov 8, 1998, pp 8, 9R.
Daniel, Mike. “Hope Floats, Icebergs Soar in Uplifting Show,” The Dallas Morning News, Oct 8, 1998, p 55.
Sime, Tom. “Wishing is an Art Form at Irving Exhibit,” The Dallas Morning News, Friday, Oct 23, 1998, p 2C.
1997Hicks, Don. “Frances Bagley and Tom Orr, Center for Research in Contemporary Art, Sculpture Magazine, October, pp 64-66.
Hicks, Don. “Frances Bagley and Tom Orr.” Art Lies, Spring 1997, pp 48-49.
1996Goddard, Dan. “Clean lines and coils,” San Antonio Express-News, Friday, November, 8, 1996, pg 1G.
Blankenstein, Amy. “Tom Orr: Boat,” Sculpture Magazine, March 1996, p. 13.
Kutner, Janet. “The illusionists’ art,” Dallas Morning News, Monday, September, 30, 1996, p. 1C.
1995Mitchell, Dee. “Three views of art outside New York,” Dallas Morning News, Saturday, April, 22, 1995, p. 1C.
Kutner, Janet. “Sculptor wins prize in competition,” Dallas Morning News, Monday, October, 9, 1995.
Kutner, Janet. “White Rock couple make a strong case for giving up their day jobs,” Dallas Morning News, Sunday, July 16, 1995, p. 1C.
1994Kutner, Janet. “Dream Boat,” Dallas Morning News, Sunday, May 29, 1999
1993Mitchell, Dee. “Exhibits build on simple ideas,” Dallas Morning News, Saturday, October 30, 1993, p. 1C.
Kutner, Janet. “Daringly different show,” Dallas Morning News, Friday, November, 26, 1993, p. 1C.
1990Kutner, Janet. “A New Spark for the City’s Modern Art.” The Dallas Morning News, May 20, 1990, pp 6C-8C.