Award-winning Sculptor Shepherd Ndudzo Visits Campus

April 11, 2019

By Shannon Desmond '19

Winner of the Outstanding Piece Award at the 5th Beijing International Art Biennale in 2012, sculptor Shepherd Ndudzo is visiting Saint Anselm this spring to guide Anselmians through the process of creating perfect ironwood carvings. Ndudzo, originally from Zimbabwe and a local of Botswana, will work alongside Associate Professor Kimberly Kersey Asbury of the fine arts department to assist her spring 2019 Sculpture class with wooden relief carvings.

Ndudzo learned to carve from his father, creating impressive models of the people and objects that surrounded him. As the first “artist in residence” at Saint Anselm, he is dedicated to teaching students the techniques and tricks behind creating more realistic pieces of art. Many students are delighted for the opportunity to learn from his expertise. 

“Shepherd is a really talented sculptor. You can definitely see that in his craftmanship and how passionate he is about what he does,” says Meghan Birkmeyer, a senior fine arts major and sculpture student.

Ndudzo’s passion drives him to create artwork with important messages. His carving, titled “Rising,” features a figure in motion during various stages of movement. When the figure is seated, it represents the stored potential within all humans. As the figure rises, it symbolizes how as people rise above their challenges, they gain insight that transforms them into better versions of themselves.

Students and faculty interested in viewing Ndudzo’s work can attend the “Shepherd Ndudzo Sculpture Exhibition” on Apr. 25, from 4-5 p.m. at the Living Learning Commons (LLC) building. Following the viewing session, he will give an hour lecture about his artwork. A short reception is scheduled to follow from 6-7 p.m. in the LLC.

Ndudzo will also host a carving workshop (also at the LLC), on Apr. 26 from 2-5 p.m. All students are welcome to attend, and can register by emailing Professor Asbury, for a chance to learn how to create their own simple carvings.

Through collaborative commission work with Professor Asbury, a final carving demonstration with Ndudzo will occur on Apr. 30, from 1-5 p.m. in the LLC. Students can stop by for tea, coffee, cookies, and a chat with the artist as he carves an ironwood sculpture.

Professor Asbury would like to thank the physical plant team, led by Kim Fletcher, for its help in transporting 1,138 pounds of Ndudzo’s work in preparation for his art exhibition.