Museum Collections


Fellowships, Grants and Awards

2002                     Design Consultant master plan for Westpark enhancement project in collaboration with Clark Condon architects, Houston, Texas

1994                     Design Consultant: Moody Park Renovation, in collaboration with Clark Condon Architects, Houston, Texas

Design Consultant: La Villa de las Flores, a neighborhood development plan, Houston, Texas

​Selected Group Exhibitions

Paul Kittelson was born in Wheaton, Minnesota, 1959. He received his BFA in 1982 from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his MFA from the University of Houston in 1985. Since 1992 Kittelson has served on the faculty of the UH School of Art. Besides teaching, his professional practice includes studio-generated works in a multitude of media and large-scale public art projects. His studio work has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries both nationally and internationally. For over 25 years Kittelson has engaged the larger public audience through temporary site-specific works and community-based projects. Kittelson has also completed several large-scale permanent installations that have become Houston landmarks.

2017                     On The Line, Devin Borden Gallery, Houston

2016                     Falling Skies, Devin Borden Gallery, Houston

2014                     Through The Lunchbox, One Allen Center, Houston

                             Lean, Devin Borden Gallery, Houston

2011                     Mirror Mirror, Nau-haus Gallery, Houston

2008                     Modern Conveniences, Nau-haus Gallery, Houston

2007                     Elswhere, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston

2004                     Bending Venus, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston

2003                     Melt down, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston

2002                     The Next Supper, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston

1999                     New Sculpture, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston

1998                     Too Good to be True, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston

1996                     Double Delicious, Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston

1995                     Paul Kittelson: Recent Work, Milagros Contemporary, San Antonio

                             Still Life, The Art League of Houston, Houston

1994                     Lesser Gods of Earth, Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston

1993                     Inside Out: Installation by Paul Kittelson, The Art Museum of

                             Southeast Texas, Beaumont

1988                     The Seven Deadly Sins, Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston

Public Design Projects

Selected Bibliography

415 Martin St Houston TX 77018 US

Public Commissions

Solo Exhibitions

2003                     A. I. A. Houston Artist of the Year

1997                     Creative Artist Program Award, sponsored by the Cultural Arts Council of Houston, Harris County, Texas

1995                     Artist Project Grant, Cultural Arts Council of Houston, Harris County, Texas

1989                     Mid-America Arts Alliance

1988                     Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund, presented through the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas

1987                     Creative Artist Program Award, sponsored by the Cultural Arts Council of Houston,

Roadside Attractions: The Art Car Parade, Awards won 1992, 1993, 1998, 2000, sponsored by the Orange Show Foundation, Houston, Texas

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Menil Collection, Houston

The New Museum, New York

The Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas

2014                    You Are Here, Magnolia Light Rail Transit Center, Houston TX

2010                     Take-off, in collaboration with Carter Ernst, A 30’ stainless steel bird’s nest

                             at Hobby Airport, Houston, TX

2005                     Heritage Lanterns, in collaboration with Carter Ernst, Five stainless steel

                             towers with LED lights, at Root Memorial Square Park in downtown


2002                     Bayou Beacons, in collaboration with Rey De La Reza, Architects, designed stainless steel light structures for the I45 Freeway as it passes over Buffalo Bayou, Downtown, Houston, Texas

1999                     Nicholas Broodo Playhouse, in collaboration with Carter Ernst, A concrete and tile memorial at Schlenker Elementary School, Houston, TX

1997                     Doughnut, No Tsu Oh, Houston, Texas

Passage, in collaboration with Carter Ernst, a permanent installation at the University of Houston Downtown Campus, Houston, Texas

Douglas Elementary: SPARK Park Steel Gates and tile murals Kit featuring children’s’ artwork, in collaboration with Carter Ernst, Houston, Texas

1989-96                The Children’s Brigade, in collaboration with Carter Ernst: Construction of fifteen 12’ tall cutout toy soldiers. painted by several hundred area children and used as an annual Christmas display by the Wortham Center, Houston,Texas

1983-95                Mud Sculptures, Using locally found mud, several sculptures have been done each year at local schools, colleges, museums, and various public events.  The sculptures generally consist of life size figures. They are created on site and last for several weeks. Hou, TX

1995                     Cunningham Elementary: SPARK Park tile benches and concrete paving featuring children’s artwork, Houston, Texas

1993                     Garbage Monster, A roving animated sculpture, in collaboration with Tim Glover, commissioned by the Houston International Festival, Houston, Texas

1992                     Travisaurus, an outdoor play-area including concrete dinosaur bone play-structure and surrounded by children’s artwork at Travis Elementary School, Houston, Texas

1991                     Children’s’ Art Wall, in collaboration with Carter Ernst.  A permanent outdoor installation of children’s’ ceramics in Mariposa Park, Corpus Christi, Texas

1988                     Children’s Art Wall-Houston, in collaboration with Carter Ernst. A permanent outdoor installation of Children’s ceramics and cast faces in Old Sixth Ward Park, Houston, Texas

1988-90                Roadside Attractions:  The Artist’s Parade (a.k.a. The Art Car Parade). Sponsored by the Orange Show Foundation, Houston, Texas

1987                     Whale.  45’ long installation in a downtown public park. Sponsored by the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas

1986                     Stegosaurus. 35’ long sculpture made of discarded foam rubber and placed in a local freeway underpass. Sponsored by DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas

Hodges, Lauren, “Measuring Up, Scaling Down”, Encore, Vol 21, Pub 21, Nov 21, 07,pp24-25, cover.

French, Christopher, “Paul Kittelson”, review in Art News, Summer 2007, Volume 106, #7, p.207.

Davenport, Bill, “Household items give tinkerer a voice”, Hou Chronicle, Thur, Mar 15, 07, Sect Star, p 4.

Meyer, Michael, “Houston Hideaway”, Continental Magazine, Dec 2007, Vol 11, Issue 12, p 107.

Whitney, Kathleen, “Paul Kittelson: Curious Objects”, Sculpture Magazine, November,

2003, Vol. 22 No.9., p.18, 19.

Johnson, Patricia,  “Artists offer personal perspectives by tapping into memories.”

Houston Chronicle, June 14, 2003, section d. p. 9.

Lauster, Daryl. “Paul Kittelson’s The Next Supper”. Artlies. Fall 2002. P. 88.

Harrison, David. “Nothing to Eat But Food”, Glass Tire, Texas Visual At Online. Fall 2002.

Greene, Alison de Lima. “TEXAS: 150 Works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston”,

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2000

Bilger, Burkhard. “Genetic Countdown”, The Sciences, March-April 2000, p.9, illus.

Johnson, Patricia.  “Shows offer a mix of reality, experimentation, physicality.” 

Houston Chronicle.  May 11, 2000, section d, p. 1.

Anspon, Catherine D. “Paul Kittelson: New Sculpture.” Houston CitySearch.

December, 1999.

Watson, Randy. “April.” ArtLies. Fall, 1998

Moore, Jodi and Williams, Robert. “Making Art: Making a Life.” Collegium. winter, 1998.

Anspon, Catherine D. “Houston’s Art Haven - The Heights.” Public News. October 29,


Dewan, Shaila.  “Sweet Stuff:  Paul Kittelson’s giant candy proves a summer treat.” 

Houston Press.  July 18, 1996, p. 43, illus.

Paris, Wendy.  “The Lesser Gods of Earth.” (review) Sculpture Magazine, November-

December 1994, pp. 51-52, illus.

Kalil, Susie.  “Plastic Jesus: with his poetic kitsch gods, Paul Kittelson is one of

Houston’s most important artists.”  Houston Press.  July 14, 1994, p. 30, illus.

Johnson, Patricia Covo.  Contemporary Art in Texas.  Craftsman House, 1994. pp.,


Wong, Teresa.  “Paul and Carter’s Public Art.”  Museum and Arts Magazine,

September 1993, pp. 22-27, illus.

Kimmelman, Michael.  “Sculpture, sculpture, everywhere.”  New York Times.  July 31,

1992, section c, pp. 1, 22.

Moore, Barry.  “Triceratops.”  Houston Press.  June 18, 1992, p. 18.

George, Ron.  “Art Wall.”  Corpus Christi Caller-Times.  August 11, 1991, section d,

pp. 1, 10.

Dobay, Louis.  “Texans through the looking glass.”  Houston Press.  March 17, 1991. 

p. 26

Johnson, Patricia.  “Artistic duo married to their work.”  Houston Chronicle. 

Zest Magazine, March 10, 1991, pp. 16, 18-19.

“Wall of Youth.”  Turista, September 1990, front cover and p. 3, illus.

Holms, Ann.  “Fields of art.”  Houston Chronicle.  Texas Magazine, October 15, 1989,

pp. 4-7, 10, 22.

“Here They Come:  Houstonians to Watch in 1989.”  Houston Metropolitan, January

1989, pp. 26-33.

Johnson, Patricia.  “Strong Showing: CAM exhibit turns heads.”  Houston Chronicle. 

September 21, 1988, section d, p. 1.

Brenson, Michael.  “Sculpture its muscles outdoors.”  The New York Times.

September 6, 1987, section h, pp. 25, 27.

Gambrell, Jamey.  “Art Capital of the Third Coast.”  Art in America, April 1987, no. 4, pp.

199-204.  Gulf Coast ‘86.  University of Houston:  Houston, 1986.  Front cover, illus.


2015                    Size Matters, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Al

                            Mixed Doubles, Devin Borden Gallery, Houston, TX

                           Inherent Palette, Devin Borden Gallery, Houston, TX

2014                   True North, Outdoor Exhibition on Hieghts Blvd., Houston TX

                           Another Layover, HAA’s Alliance Gallery, Houston TX

                           Simple Ingredients, The Mariago Collective, Houston TX

                           A Panoramic View/ Texas Sculpture Group, Lawnday Art Center, Houston TX

2013                   Western Sequels: Art From The Lone Star, Tophane-I Amire Culture & Art Center,

                           Istambul, Turkey

                           Luck Of The Draw, Diverse Works Artspace, Houston, TX                                             

2012                  Swirl, ACU Art Gallery, Abilene, TX

                          Pride, Protest And The Plains, Red Arrow Contemporary, Dallas, TX

                          Espoused, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX

                          Western Sequels: Art From The Lone Star, The Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens


2011                  Scratch Off, Art Gallery @ HCC Central

                          Itchy Acres Artist Community, Gallery Nord, San Antonio TX

                         Texas Uprising: Selections from the Texas Sculpture Group Part II, Blue Star Art Space,

                          San Antonio TX

                          Vacation, Williams Tower, Houston TX

                          Objectivity, DM Allison Gallery, Houston TX

                           Pan Y Circos, PG Contemporary, Houston TX

2010                   30 Years Revisited, Abilene Reunion Exhibition, Center for Contemporary Art, Abilene

                           Arts in Academics: Works by Houston Arts Faculty, Beeville Art Museum, Beeville TX

                          Material & deStructure: The Creative Alternative in Art, Poissant Gallery, Houston TX


2009                    20009 Art in the Park, Arts Assembly of Midland, TX

                           Great Texas Sculpture Round-up, Part 2,  Art Car Museum, Houston, TX

                            Great Texas Sculptue Round-up,  Beeville Art Museum, Beeville, TX

2008                     Collage, Williams Tower Gallery, Houston

2007                     Big and Little, 2 exhibits at the Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC

                             Amistad, Texas Art In Peru, Museum Del Arte Nacionale, Lima Peru

                             Abilene Outdoor Exhibition, Abilene TX

                             LU, The ArtCar Museum, Houston 

                             Art on the Green, Kemp Center for the Arts, Wichita Falls TX            

2006                     Houston Now, Williams Tower Gallery, Houston

                             Contemporary Arts Houston, Shanghai Museum on Fine Art, Shanghai China

2005                     Texmas, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston

                             Root Squared Cultural Arts Council, Houston/Harris County, Houston

2003                     Sweet Tooth, COPIA The American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts, Napa California

Food Matters-Explorations in Contemporary Art, Katonah Mus of Art, Katonah, NY

Patterns & Serial Randomness, The Beaker Gallery, Tampa

2002                     I-45 Combined, Lowell Collins Gallery, Houston

Buffalo Bayou Art Park Show: Watermelon Flats, Art League, Houston

2001                     Bang, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston

                             Outdoor Sculpture, North Harris County College, Houston

Food Glorious Food, Gallery Northwest, Indiana University NW, Gary

2000                     Edible Materials, UTSA Satellite Space, San Antonio

                             New Sculpture, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston

                             Frame, Lawndale Art Center, Houston

Texas Survey - East Texas, One Houston Center, Houston; curator: M. Mayo

Fragments for a memory of the Human Body, Mother Dog Studios, Houston

                             Prints and Sculptures, Rosebud Gallery, Houston

1999                     Gallery Artists: New Work, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston

The Altoids® Curiously Strong Collection, 1999, traveled to New York, Las Vegas, Chicago,

Miami, San Francisco, and Los Angeles

                             In Motion, The Artful Garden, Houston

                             Art in the Park, Arts Assembly of Midland, TX

                             The Last Sculpture Show, Rosebud Gallery, Houston

1998-99                Artistic Centers in Texas, Galveston Art Center: Galveston,

                             The Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Austin,

University of N. Texas Art Gallery, Denton, Museum of the SW, Midland, Texas.  Organized by the Texas Fine Arts Association, curated by

Dana Friis-Hansen and Lynn Herbert.           

1998                     Sculpture, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, Texas

1997                     A Wink and a Nod, Sally Sprout Gallery, Houston, Texas

                             The Money Show, Lesikar Gallery, Houston, Texas

1996                     A Feast for the Eyes, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, Texas

                             Imprint, Barbara Davis Gallery/Pennzoil Place, Houston, Texas

                             Sculpture in the Garden, Commanders Point Art Space, Austin, Texas

1995                     Seductive Surfaces, Sally Sprout Gallery, Houston, Texas

                             Crest Hardware Show, Brooklyn, New York

Full House, Installation in collaboration with Carter Ernst, Project Row House,

Houston, Texas

                             Open House, Diverse Works, Houston, Texas

                             Texas Art Celebration, 1600 Smith, Houston, Texas

1994                     Born Again Objects, Bridge Center for Contemporary Art, El Paso, Texas

                             Uncommon Objects, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, Texas

                             Texas Selections from the Art Museum of Southeast Texas                    

                             Dishman Gallery, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas

                             The Box: An Invitational Exhibition, Hooks-Epstein Gallery, Houston,

1993                     Sculpture on the Green, The Houston Omni Hotel, Houston, Texas

                             Houston’s Known and Underknown, One Allen Center, Houston, Texas

Buffalo Bayou ArtPark: Past, Present, and Future,

Mother Dog Museum of Modern Art, Houston, Texas

                             Exploring Scale in Contemporary Art, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin

                             Sculptors and Paper, Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas

1992                     Silhouettes of the Southwest, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, State Island, New York

Recreation/Re-Creation: Art from Found Objects,

Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas

Ship-Shapes, Galveston Art Center, Galveston, Texas Inaugural Exhibition,

Buffalo Bayou ArtPark, Houston, Texas

1991                     Garden of Earthly Delights, in collaboration with Carter Ernst,

                             Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas

                             Twelfth Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Abilene, Texas   

                             Contemporary Issues, Diverse Works, Houston, Texas                                                                                                    Creative Partners, Sewall Gallery, Rice University, Houston, Texas

                             Landscapes, outdoor exhibition organized by DiverseWorks, Houston

1990                     Found Objects, Edith Baker Gallery, Dallas, Texas

                             Project Houston, Diverse Works, Houston, Texas

1988                     Art in Public Places, collab. w/ Carter Ernst, Downtown Holiday Display, Houston, Texas

                             Tenth Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Abilene, Texas

                             The First Texas Triennial, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas

Houston ‘88, the Houston Art Dealers Association, Cullen Center, Houston, Texas