Paul Sutinen

I am an artist living in Portland, Oregon.

Here are a couple links to digital copies of exhibition catalogs of my work published by The Art Gym at Marylhurst University:

Paul Sutinen : Five Works, 1982-1987    

Paul Sutinen : Incidents and Ideas, 1975-2000 

My work is also included in these group exhibition catalogs:

Bonnie Bronson Fellows: 20 Years: http://www.lclark.edu/live/files/9984-bonnie-bronson-fellows-20-years-catalog

RE-presenting the Object : Evidence, Notes, and Observations

Unabandoned Abstraction : Past and Present Works

Walls : Siteworks for The Gym

And I wrote the essays for these catalogs:

Laura Ross-Paul : A Decade of Painting, 1981-1990

Lee Kelly : Thirty-five Years of Painting and Sculpture, 1959-1994

Lee Kelly at Marylhurst : Outdoor Sculpture

Lucinda Parker : Paintings, 1976-1981 

Mel Katz : Drawings, 1973-1981

Portland Painting Now : Major New Works




Nine Gallery, Portland Oregon (annually)

Paul Sutinen: Incidents and Ideas 1975-2000, The Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Oregon

Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Nine Gallery, Portland, Oregon

The Art Gym, Marylhurst College, Marylhurst, Oregon

Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Hallie Brown Ford Gallery, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon

Northwest Artists Workshop, Portland, Oregon
Anne Hughes Gallery, Portland, Oregon

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:                                                                                                  

Fruits of Captiva, Rauschenberg Project Space, New York, New York

Nine@25, Nine Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Bonnie Bronson Fellows: 20 Years, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon

Members Exhibition, Nine Gallery, Portland Oregon

The Portland Grid Project, 7th Internationale Fototage, Mannheim / Ludwigshafen, Germany
One Foot After Another: Photography, Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Later, part of Core Sample, a festival of exhibitions, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art

The Portland Grid Project
, Nine Gallery
The Portland Grid Project, Buckley Center Gallery, University of Portland, Oregon
The Portland Grid Project, Autzen Gallery, Portland State University, Oregon

Clackamas  Sculpture Exposition
, Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, Oregon

Carrying On,
Autzen Gallery, Portland State University, Oregon

Clackamas  Sculpture Exposition
, Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, Oregon

Blue Sky Gallery 20th Anniversary  Show, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Portland, Oregon

Dennis Cunningham and Paul Sutinen, Gresham City Hall, Gresham, Oregon

RE-Presenting the Object,
The Art Gym, Marylhurst College, Marylhurst, Oregon

Crosscut, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon

No on Nine Gallery, Nine Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Sculpture in the Landscape, Marylhurst College, Marylhurst, Oregon

Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon
A Response to the Gulf War, Nine Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Abstraction I: Focus on Form, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Unabandoned  Abstraction, The Art Gym, Marylhurst College, Marylhurst, Oregon

Miniatures and Small Works, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon
 4/9ths, Nine Gallery, Portland, Oregon
Clackamas Outdoor Sculpture Invitational, Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, Oregon.

Oregon Invitational Small Sculpture Exhibition, Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon

Works on Paper by Sculptors, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Art is the Center, Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Portland, Oregon
Oregon Invitational Small Sculpture Exhibition, Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon

Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, Northwest Artists Workshop, Portland, Oregon

Urban Artworks, The Public Art Space, Seattle, Washington
Blue Sky Gallery Tenth Birthday Show, Portland Center for the Visual Arts and Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon.

Northwest Projects, Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Portland, Oregon

The Farm Project, Glowen Farm, Arlington, Washington
Walls, Siteworks for The Gym, The Art Gym, Marylhurst College, Marylhurst, Oregon

Paul Sutinen/Michael  Bowley, Buckley Center Gallery, University of Portland, Oregon

Greetings from Portland, Southern Exposure Gallery, Project Artaud, San Francisco, California
Michael Bowley/Paul Sutinen, Wentz Gallery, Museum Art School, Portland, Oregon

Oregon Artists Under 35,  Portland Art Museum, Oregon


Arts Build Communities, program of the Oregon Arts Commission, public art consultant, member of design team. Consulted on public art project parameters and planning for the communities of Astoria, Boardman, Cave Junction, Coos Bay, Echo, Enterprise, Falls City, Lowell, Madras, Redmond, Umatilla, Woodburn, and White City, Oregon.

Oregon Holocaust Memorial, member of design team for memorial in Washington Park, Portland, Oregon.

Gresham City Hall, City of Gresham, Oregon. Collaboration with artist Dennis Cunningham on series of artworks integrated into new city office building.

Westside Light Rail,  Tri-Met (transportation district, Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas counties, Oregon). Designer for Elmonica Operations Facility walkway, gateway and fencing. Consulted with architects, landscape architect, engineer and other artist on integration of projects into overall planning.

Master Action Plan for the Visual and Cultural Reclamation of  Lincoln City, Oregon, sponsored by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, funded through a Design Arts Grant from the National Endowment for  the Arts. Member of three  person design team (landscape architect, community development specialist, artist). Co-writer of final report.

Discipline Based Art Education Advisory Committee, Portland Public Schools, Portland, Oregon. Art criticism consultant to the committee.

West Seattle Bridge Replacement, Phase II,  Seattle Arts Commission, Seattle, Washington. Artist member of design team. Designed artwork.

South Park Blocks Redevelopment Project, Department of  Parks and Recreation, City of Portland, Oregon. Artist  member of design team. Designed and installed paving artwork.                                          


Oregon Department of Forestry, Salem, Oregon. Stone paving inlay in new plaza.

Gresham City Hall Building, Gresham, Oregon. Three glass murals and collaborative paving work.

Painted steel sculpture, Festival of Flowers, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, Oregon.

Permanent outdoor artwork, Hopkins Family Collection, Portland, Oregon.

Permanent artwork design, West Seattle Bridge Replacement  Phase II, Seattle Arts Commission, Seattle, Washington.

Permanent sculpture, South Park Blocks Redevelopment Project, City of Portland, Oregon.
Drawings for proposed permanent artwork, Urban Artworks, Seattle Arts Commission, Seattle, Washington.

Temporary site/event related outdoor artwork, Artquake  (arts festival), Portland, Oregon.

Temporary site-related outdoor artwork, Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Portland, Oregon.

Temporary site-related outdoor artwork, Marylhurst College, Marylhurst, Oregon.

Drawings and temporary site-related outdoor artworks under the Art in Public Places Program, Metropolitan Arts  Commission, Multnomah County and City of  Portland, Oregon.



Rauschenberg Residency, Captiva, Florida

Bonnie Bronson Fellowship, Oregon Community Foundation

Artist’s Project Grant, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland, Oregon

Art Critic’s Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC


Member of the Grants Review Committee, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland, Oregon

Member of the Citizen Advisory Committee for Park Block 5, City of Portland, Oregon

Member of the Public Art Advisory Committee, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland, Oregon

Member of the Board of Directors of Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Chair of the Exhibition Committee


Freelance art critic. Articles and essays published in Visions (Los Angeles), Artweek (Oakland), Vanguard  (Vancouver, B.C.), Art Express (New York), National Arts Guide (Chicago), Oregon Arts Commission News, and in exhibition catalogs for Marylhurst University, and Portland Center for the Visual Arts

Art critic for Willamette Week  newspaper;  194 articles published

Panelist for discussion of “regional criticism,” convention of the American Section of the International Association of Art Critics, New York

Art critic for Oregon Times

Art critic for The Portland Scribe


Collier, Patrick,  Spot On: Time for Nine, http://www.orartswatch.org/spot-on-time-for-nine/, September 24, 2012.

Inocencio, Maria, Nine@25, [exhibition catalog],  Nine Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 2012.

Bonnie Bronson Fellows: 20 Years, [exhibition catalog, several writers], Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon, 2011.

Jahn, Jeff, Paul Sutinen at the Nine Gallery, PORT, http://www.portlandart.net/archives/2008/05/paul_sutinen_at.html, May 2, 2008

Hull, Roger, Paul Sutinen, Sculpture, Washington, DC, May 2001, p. 70.

Allan, Lois, Paul Sutinen: Incidents and Ideas 1975-2000, Marylhurst University,

Marylhurst, Oregon, 2000.

Photo Americas 2000  (CD-ROM), Blue Sky Gallery, Portland,  2000.

Walch, Dean M., Eyes of a City: A City of Eyes  (CD-ROM), Blue Sky Gallery, Portland,  2000.

Walch, Dean M., 1998 Sculpture Exposition, Clackamas Community College (CD-ROM), Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, Oregon, 1998.

Row, D.K., Curating on a hunch, The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, May 8, 1998.

Walch, Dean M., Blue Sky Gallery 20th Anniversary CD-ROM, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, 1997.

 Allan, Lois, Contemporary Art in the Northwest, Craftsman House, 1995.

Anderson, David R. , Art from the ground up,  The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, Dec. 30, 1994, p.B2.

Francis, Kevin, Is It Art?,  Willamette Week, Portland, Oregon, Feb. 9-15, 1994, p. 57.

Gragg, Randy, Critic’s Choice — RE-Presenting the Object,  The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, Feb. 4, 1994, A&E p.26.

Ferranto, M.D., You call that art? RE-Presenting the Object at The Art Gym,  Arts Oregon, Jan. 1994, p. 40.

Hopkins, Terri, Paul Sutinen , RE-Presenting the Object — evidence, notes and observations (exhibition catalog), The Art Gym, Marylhurst College, Oregon, 1994.

Edmunds, Kristy; Roberts; Prudence; Toedtemeier, Terry; Weber, John, CROSSCUT, Contemporary Art from Oregon, Portland Art Museum, Oregon, 1993, unpaginated.

Gragg, Randy, Critic’s Choice: Paul Sutinen, The Oregonian, Portland, February 12, 1993, p. A&E 29.

Weinstein, Joel, The art of seeing nature, The Oregonian, Portland, November 6, 1992, p. A&E 27.

Allan, Lois, Sculpture in the Landscape, Time/Space Relationships,  Reflex, Seattle,  November/December, 1992, P. 22.

Allan, Lois, “NO ON 9” AT NINE GALLERY (PORTLAND) ,  Reflex, Seattle,  November/December, 1992, P. 27.

Norred, Chris, Exploring art from a different perspective,  The Lake Oswego Review, Lake Oswego, Oregon, October 29, 1992, p. C1.

Bonansinga, Kate, Paul Sutinen, The Liberation of  Reduction,  Reflex, Seattle, July/August, 1992, p.16.

Whittemore, L.J., SERVICE TO THE IDEA: Conceptual Art in Portland,  Reflex, Seattle, March/April, 1992, p.11.

Lawrence, Debra Y., REGIONAL ABSTRACTIONS,  Reflex, Seattle, March/April 1991, p. 18.

Carlsson, Jae, ABSTRACTION: FOCUS ON FORM at Elizabeth Leach Gallery, (Portland)Reflex, Seattle, March/April 1991, p. 18.

Allan, Lois, Abstraction Undaunted, Artweek, Oakland, February 7, 1991, p. 17.

Henderson, Christine, Elizabeth Leach [Gallery], Willamette Week, Portland, January 31-February 6, 1991, p. 24.

Larson, John M.,  Marylhurst exhibit shows commitment to abstract art form, Lake Oswego Review, Oregon, January 31, 1991, p. C1.

Gragg, Randy, Old meets newThe Oregonian, Portland, January 18, 1991, p. R24.

Gragg, Randy, Formalism or not? Yes and no, The Oregonian, Portland,  January 18, 1991, p. R25.

Hopkins, Terri, editor, Paul Sutinen (interview), Unabandoned Abstraction, Past and Present Works by Judy Cooke, Mel Katz, Lucinda Parker, Margaret Shirley, Paul Sutinen (exhibition catalog), The Art Gym, Marylhurst College, Oregon, 1991.

Banyas, Rebecca, editor, What is Formalism? A discussion held in conjunction with Abstraction I: Focus on Form, an exhibit at Elizabeth Leach Gallery January 3-February 2, 1991,  Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, January 2, 1991.

Halloran, Anne-Marie, Experimental art show should arouse the curious, The Downtowner, Portland,  December, 1990.

Gragg, Randy, Now, enjoy art in great outdoors,  The Oregonian, Portland,  April 27, 1990, p. R25.

Johnson, Barry, At Leach, how sculptors take to paper, The Oregonian, Portland, June 2, 1988.

Johnson, Barry, Gallery shows range from funky to austere,  The Oregonian, Portland, June 2, 1988, p. B6.

Johnson, Barry, Sutinen’s artful ‘woodworks’ featured in Marylhurst show, The Oregonian, Portland, October 21, 1987.

Hopkins, Terri, AfterwordPaul Sutinen, Portland, Oregon, Five Works 1982-1987 (exhibition catalog), The Art Gym, Marylhurst College, Oregon, 1987.

See Portland’s new arts complex—as part of a 2 1/4 mile tour of public art, Sunset, Menlo Park, California, August 1987.

Geology on the walls of Portland, Sunset, Menlo Park, California, March, 1986.

Sutinen, Paul, Wood in Wood, Willamette Week, Portland, October 12-18, 1982.

Ullman, Sabrina, Siteworks at Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Willamette Week, Portland, September 28-October 4, 1982.

Hayakawa, Alan, ’Sitework’ branching out all overThe Oregonian, Portland, September 17, 1982.

Cropp, Mildred L., Sutinen exhibit reflects visions, Collegian, Willamette University, Salem, November 12, 1981.

Steinman, Louise, Keeping ’em down on the farm…, The Oregonian, Portland, September 24, 1981.

Kangas, Matthew, DOWN ON THE FARM: ENVIRONMENTAL SCULPTURE INVITATIONAL, Artweek, Oakland, September 12, 1981.

Miller, Michael, Pair utilize ’space’, The Beacon, University of Portland, Oregon, April 5, 1979.

Sutinen, Paul, Sweep,  High Performance, Los Angeles, Vol. 2, No. 3, September, 1979.

Sutinen, Paul, Chapters, Dropping Spheroids, High Performance, Los Angeles, Vol. 1, No. 3, September, 1978.

Murch, Anna Valentina, FOUR PORTLAND ARTISTS AND A PERFORMANCE WORK, Artweek, Oakland, February, 1977.

Hull, Roger, ART VIEWS: A SHOW THAT TELLS YOU TO TAKE A WALK,  The Oregonian, Portland, December 12, 1976.

Hull, Roger, ART VIEWS: WHAT’S AT STAKE?, The Oregonian, Portland,  April 18, 1976.

Zusman, Barbara, Art of Change, SUTINEN AND McINTIRE, Artweek, Oakland, April 10, 1976.

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