Frances Bagley and Tom Orr photo by Nan Coulter

Frances Bagley & Tom Orr Welcome The MAC PAC

Frances Bagley and Tom Orr welcome The MAC PAC to their studio for a tour on Saturday, November 17 from 10am – 11:30am.

One of the many benefits of being a member of The McKinney Avenue Contemporary Professionals + Artist Collective (The MAC PAC), is tours of private collections and local artist studios. If are not currently a member, we encourage you to become one now by clicking here.

The MAC PAC is proud and excited to have been invited by local sculpting legends Frances Bagley and Tom Orr to tour their east Dallas studio. You may have seen their work around town in prominent locations such as the Dallas Museum of Art, Love Field and DFW Airports, or in White Rock Lake (behind the Bathhouse Culture Center) and not even realize who created the installations.


Beasts & Bunnies
Installation of group exhibition, Beasts & Bunnies, 2010

Frances Bagley was born in Fayetteville, TN, she currently lives and works in Dallas, sharing a studio with sculptor husband Tom Orr. Bagley received her M.F.A in Sculpture at the University of North Texas, after receiving her M.A in Art Education and her B.F.A. in Painting from Arizona State University. Bagley has exhibited extensively throughout her career, as an award recipient in the 10th Kajima Sculpture Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan, and in the 2007 Texas Biennial. Bagley’s work is included in several museum and corporate collections, including the Dallas Museum of Art, The National Museum of Women in Washington D.C., The El Paso Museum, and American Airlines, among others. Bagley has also been involved in numerous public art projects, and in 2006, collaborated with her husband, artist Tom Orr, to create sets and costume designs for Verdi’s Nabucco, which opened The Dallas Opera’s 50th anniversary season. Her awards include, the 2011 Moss Chumley Artists Award from the Meadows Museum, the Individual Artist Grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and the 1995 Legend Award from the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art.

Tom Orr, Light Lines, 2011
Tom Orr, Light Lines, 2011, image courtesy of Barry Whistler Gallery

Born in Dallas, in 1950, Tom Orr received his BFA in Sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design. His extensive exhibition record includes both the 2007 and the 2011 Texas Biennials as well as the 21st Contemporary Sculpture Biennale in Ube Japan, the 6th Osaka Triennial and the Fujisankei Biennale in Nagano, Japan. In 2011 he was awarded a Pollack Krasner Foundation Individual Artist’s Grant and was included in the book, Texas Artists Today.

Orr has been involved in numerous public projects such as a large-scale installation in Terminal D at DFW Airport and a soon to be installed entrance sculpture at Love Field Airport. In 2006 he collaborated with his wife and partner, Frances Bagley, to design the sets and costumes for the Dallas Opera’s production of Verdi’s Nabucco, which subsequently lead to their 2009 site-specific installation at the Dallas Museum of Art.

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