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Paul Moore Receives Top Oklahoma Art Awards

OU artisit-in-residence Paul Moore created a three-dimensional bronze sculpture of the famed Sooner Schooner and its ponies.

OU artist-in-residence Paul Moore will receive a Special Recognition Award for his unique contributions in support of the arts during the Governor’s Arts Awards ceremony at the Oklahoma Capitol Nov. 13. 

Moore is currently working on one of the world’s largest bronze sculptures, the Oklahoma Centennial Land Run Monument.  When complete, it will span 365 feet in length and will consist of 45 life-and-a-half-sized bronze elements.

He also received top honors at the recent Cowboy Artists of America show, held at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.  Moore won the Gold Medal for Sculpture, the Anne Marion Best of Show Award and the Ray Swanson Award for his bronze “Offering to the Sun.” 

Moore was recruited to OU from Santa Fe, N.M., in 1997 to become the first figurative sculpting instructor at the university since 1969. Since then, he has led the revival of the School of Art and Art History’s Figurative Sculpture Program.

“Paul Moore is one of the greatest sculptors in the history of our state,” said OU President David L. Boren.  “We are extremely grateful to him for sharing his time and talent with our students at the University of Oklahoma.”

Together with his wife, Kim, Moore has established several scholarships at OU, including scholarships for Figurative Sculpture students. In addition, they have created scholarships for OU’s Art History Program for the Study of Native American Art and the Art of the American West, a scholarship for Latino and Spanish students and a scholarship for students that participate in Olympic Style Sports for the Athletics Department. 

To raise additional funds for academic and athletic scholarships, Moore created a three-dimensional bronze sculpture of the famed Sooner Schooner and its ponies.  OU alumni and friends can own a replica of this beloved icon while, at the same time, providing valuable scholarships to deserving OU students.

A limited edition of bronze castings of “The Sooner Schooner” – each measuring 24 inches in length and 10 ½ inches in height – are being sold. The sculptures are available for $7,500 each.  Of each purchase, $5,500 is tax deductible.

Each sculpture is numbered and signed by Moore.  The base of the sculpture includes a plate reading, “The University of Oklahoma Sooner Schooner, A Tradition of Champions.”  Shipping and handling is included in the purchase price. Please allow up to 12 weeks for delivery from the foundry.

People can contact Paul Massad at (405) 325-3701 or pmassad@ou.edu for more information.

Numerous other examples of Moore’s works are displayed across the university, including his sculpture of the Seed Sower that greets members of the OU family and visitors at all three OU campuses. Moore has left a legacy for the OU family and visitors to enjoy for generations to come through his creation of a 6-foot OU seal in the floor of the Stuart Landing in Oklahoma Memorial Union and sculptures of the late OU President George Lynn Cross on Parrington Oval outside Evans Hall and of the late former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Carl Albert near the main entrance to Oklahoma Memorial Union. 

He also has created more than 40 statues in building niches, countless reliefs and busts.  In 2007, Moore was honored as the recipient of the $20,000 Otis Sullivant Prize for Perceptivity, presented annually to a faculty or staff member at OU who exhibits “keen perceptivity.”

A fifth-generation Oklahoman, Moore also has been honored nationally and internationally for his sculptures. He grew up hearing stories about his relatives who took part in Oklahoma’s major historical events, such as the Trail of Tears, the Chisholm Trail and the Oklahoma Land Run. His grandfather grew up next door to Quanah Parker. Quanah’s youngest wife, Tonacey, made baby moccasins for his grandfather at his birth, and over the years, Quanah gave his grandfather many gifts, including a bear claw necklace and horsehair rope. These stories, as well as a life-changing visit to the then-Cowboy Hall of Fame when Moore was young, influenced and inspired his decision to become a sculptor.

Moore continues to be in constant demand for portrait and monument commissions, and in the past 30 years has sculpted more than 130 commissions. His work is in the U.S. Capitol Collection, the Brookgreen Gardens Collection, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Numerous municipal, corporate, private and international institutions also have collected his work.