Both schools emphasized cast bronze sculpture, and in the same year he received his MFA, Ludwig began a co-operative foundry with another sculptor. The first one-man show of his work at a professional gallery occurred the same year (1968), and he cast his first life-sized figure in bronze the following year.
Ludwig has managed his own studio/foundry operation in the New Orleans area since 1972. In 1985, he designed and built a 3,000+-sq. ft. art casting foundry/studio in Albany, Louisiana. Ludwig has cast all of his own sculpture as well as work for area sculptors and architects, and has the longest continuously-operating fine arts foundry in Louisiana.
Since he received his MFA in 1968, Ludwig has worked as a sculptor and participated in numerous juried and invitational shows, 29-one-man shows and 26 two-person shows. Three of the two-person shows were with Wolfgang Behl, his former sculpture professor at Hartford Art School. Ludwig produces approximately 35 new, unique bronze sculptures annually and is represented by galleries throughout the U.S.
Ludwig has served as visiting artist at colleges and
universities in Louisiana, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. He has also
served on the faculties at Loyola University and Tulane University in New Orleans.
He has been involved in work/study programs with the College of Design at Louisiana
and Loyola University of the South that permitted his assistants to obtain college
In 1984, Ludwig was awarded a commission by the Louisiana Vietnam Veterans Leadership program to design and cast the official Louisiana State Vietnam War Monument. The monument, which consisted of four life-sized figures, was the first state monument to the Vietnam veterans in the United States, dedicated on Veterans’ Day, 1984.
In 1990, Ludwig was commissioned to do a life-sized portrait of philanthropist Malcolm Woldenberg with his grandson for Woldenberg Riverfront Park at the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans which he completed in the same year.
In April, 1992, Ludwig completed a commissioned work for the City of Orlando, FL consisting of two life-sized bronze citrus workers—one figure standing on a ladder, one seated on an orange crate, located in Leu Gardens in Orlando.
In 1996, he completed a sculpture of the fictional New Orleans character, Ignatius Reilly, from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. The life-sized bronze sculpture has been placed beneath the old D. H. Holmes’ department store clock (now a Chateau Sonesta Hotel) on Canal Street in New Orleans.
In late 1996, Mr. Ludwig was commissioned to create a life-sized bronze figure of the Crucified Christ by St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church in Slidell, LA. This figure, mounted on an 8’ cypress cross, was installed for the spring, 1997 Easter celebration. At the same time, he received a commission to do a sculpture of a life-sized figure of the Holy Mother Mary as a young girl. This was installed in their outdoor garden in August, 1997.
Most recently, Mr. Ludwig has completed a commissioned sculpture of two life-sized bronze figures, an older man and a young boy, seated in conversation, for Presbyterian Homes in Lake Forest, Illinois.
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