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Publish Date: 08-Jan-2014

Dallas Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The Fairmont Dallas is pleased to announce the first Artist in Residence of 2014 as local multimedia artist Paul Peña. As a participant in the Artist in Residence program, Mr. Peña will enjoy a private studio space and a penthouse suite at the newly renovated luxury hotel during the three-month residency period. At the conclusion of the residency, he will contribute a custom piece to the Arts District hotel’s permanent collection, which is on view throughout the lobby, public spaces, The Pyramid Restaurant & Bar and the themed Arts District Suite.  

Mr. Peña’s contemporary sculptural pieces utilize optical illusions, Trompe l’oeil influences and three dimensional geometric effects. A native of Washington, he began drawing as a young child and continued to develop his skill by studying iconic masters over the years. In 2010, he began a full-time career as an artist and founded Ludwig Design House. With a professional background in engineering, his artistic process involves equal parts analysis and creativity.Mr. Peña has exhibited work at Kettle Art Gallery and the Bath House Cultural Center.

Mr. Peña finds creative inspiration from iconic artists including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg. “Outside of the art world, my wife and daughters drive me,” said Peña. “They inspire me to improve not only as an artist, but as a husband and dad.”

During his tenure, Mr. Peña will be working in the glass-front Artist in Residence studio located on the O level of The Fairmont Dallas. Hotel guests and members of the public are encouraged to visit the studio to interact with the artist. Studio hours will vary. Please contact for appointments. 



Established in 2010, The Fairmont Dallas’ Artist-in-Residence program features local, regional and national artists who reside in the hotel for three months at a time while working in an onsite studio located on the O level in the hotel’s south tower. Artwork created throughout the length of the artist’s stay serves various purposes – some is displayed in public areas of the hotel, others illuminate the hotel’s themed Arts District Suite and a number of select pieces benefit various philanthropic efforts.


Located at 1717 N. Akard, The Fairmont Dallas is situated in the heart of the Downtown Dallas Arts District, just steps from fine dining, shopping, arts and entertainment. Offering 545 elegant guest rooms and luxury suites, the newly renovated hotel combines hospitality, comfort and that special Texas flair for an unrivaled experience. Fairmont Gold, an exclusive lifestyle experience, is designed to fulfill the needs of the discerning business executive and leisure traveler, with many of the comforts of home and more. The Fairmont Dallas hotel can accommodate your lodging needs for business or leisure, grand events, weddings, conferences, or intimate meetings. For more information or reservations visit or call 214-720-2020. Follow the hotel on Facebook and on Twitter  

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