Paul W. Perkins-The Ring
Paul was born in Oklahoma City on June 21, 1973 and this is where he attended grammar school and high school. In the years that Paul went to public school he exhibited a strong interest in the practice of creating visual art. Paul’s mother, who is half Creek Native American and a Native American counselor and teacher working for the Oklahoma City public schools, was a continuous source for inspiration. She and his Father helped Paul understand the importance for creativity in the arts. Also, because the Native American language uses more symbols than letters, he was introduced to the craft of creating at a very early age. While growing up, Paul and different family members frequently created artworks within thier home. In addition, from around the age of five, Paul also showed artworks publically around Oklahoma City.
Following a visit by a college representative to his high school when he was in ninth grade, Paul became interested in attending college at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The idea of surrounding himself with like-minded individuals at this school was a motivation and his dream. This became a reality in 1992 when he was awarded with a Merit scholarship from the Art Institute when he was a senior at U.S. Grant public high school. Although he was offered several scholarships, including the Scholastic Regional Scholarship Award, he chose to attend The Art Institute. Taking advantage of all this institution had to offer; he worked hard to earn a BFA with a focus in studio sculpture.
While attending college, Paul paid his bills by acquiring a trade in the culinary arts. The trade remains to be a means for some financial stability. Professionlly, Paul has also been teaching drawing for five years in various Chicago Public Schools.
After college, Paul continues to pursue his studio art practice, working almost daily. He has also completed commissioned pieces for both public and private spaces. While in his studio, Paul feels like he is most able to respond to the world around him. Like the Creek Native American language where symbols are used to communicate, Paul’s language is his art. His creative process is like a broom that he uses to spat away all the ghosts that want to play.

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