William Ludwig attended art school in the early 60’s when a formal, academic education was strongly emphasized. At the Hartford Art School, Bill studied under Wolfgang Behl, Rudolph Zallinger, Clifford Jones and Paul Zimmerman and graduated cum laude in 1966 with a BFA. He went on to do graduate study at Tulane University under Jules Struppeck and Jessie Poesch and received an MFA in Sculpture with a minor in American Art History in 1968. 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. After he received his MFA in 1968, Ludwig 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 produced approximately 35 new, unique bronze sculptures annually and is represented by galleries throughout the U.S. William Ludwig, sadly is no longer with us. He passed away in November of 2011 at the age of 76.
Ludwig managed his own studio/foundry operation in the New Orleans, opened in 1972. In 1985, he designed and built a 3,000+-sq. ft. art casting foundry/studio in Albany, Louisiana. Ludwig cast all of his own sculpture as well as work for area sculptors and architects, and had the longest continuously-operating fine arts foundry in Louisiana. Ludwig served as visiting artist at colleges and universities in Louisiana, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. He also served on the faculties at Loyola University and Tulane University in New Orleans. He was 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 credits.
1984 – Ludwig was awarded a commission by the Louisiana Vietnam Veterans Leadership program to design and cast the official Louisiana State Vietnam War Monument.
1990 – He 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.
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.
1996 – William 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.
1996 – He 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, William Ludwig 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.