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Artist in Residence Biography: Reagan Word

las_ainr_reagan_word_headshotFrom the first thrill of receiving a blue ribbon in the second grade for his crayon painting, it was the artist’s life for Reagan. Nothing has been able to distract or derail his creative intentions.  He was born to build and create. His paintings and drawings have received numerous awards and accolades for decades and the collectors of his art span the globe.

His background in architecture has given him a foundation on which to expand his creativity:  first into painting in dry brush watercolor and later in bronze and ceramic sculpture.

For the last 19 years he has created architectural renderings for firms across the country to help them see their ideas illustrated before they became a reality. This experience has given Reagan a great way to push the limits of his own creativity. Rendering his ideas before they exist is a great way to peek into the future of his imagination and artistic endeavors.

las_ainr_the_open_gate_rwHe was awarded the contract for the Sedona Arizona Roundabout Art Competition at Schnebly Hill Road with his entry, The Open Gate. This monumental sculpture is now in the round about in front of the Garland Building on Hwy 179.

His calling is to make visible ideas that inspire and motivate others to look at the beauty of not only this creation but venture beyond and imagine what is yet to be.