“I want to bring to the world a new vision of inner beauty that whispers serenity, leaps for joy, and inspires viewers.”

-Karen Cauvin Eustis
Karen Cauvin Eustis of Eustis Studio
Karen Cauvin Eustis, Sculpture Artist

Artist Statement

“As an artist, I want to bring to the world a new vision of inner beauty that whispers serenity, leaps for joy at acts of kindness, and inspires viewers to recognize a need for allowing more beauty into their physical environment.’
 
To this end, I choose to create believable and realistic subjects that are visually and symbolically accessible, and can help viewers experience a thirst for wanting more harmony and peace in their lives.”
Karen holding AWA 'Most Evocative' Award with her Spirit Warrior Sculpture
Karen holding AWA 'Most Evocative' Award with her Spirit Warrior Sculpture

About the Artist


The sculptures of award-winning artist Karen Cauvin Eustis have been
featured in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and cultural centers,
including National American Women Artists most evocative work, New York Art
Expo, Annmarie Sculpture Gardens in Dowell, Maryland and the Sable V
Gallery in Wimberly, Texas.

In New Orleans, her work has been exhibited at the Academy of Fine Arts,
the Sibley Gallery, Salon De Automne, the New Orleans School of Glassworks
Gallery, Galerie Lafitte, Necessities Gallery, and the Hanson Gallery.

In addition, her sculpture, The Guardian, was selected by the City of Los Altos, California for exhibition in a public space from 2013-2018.

Karen Cauvin Eustis studied at the Tulane University School of Architecture and the Academy of Fine Arts in New Orleans.

Education


Tulane University, School of Architecture

New Orleans, Louisiana

Academy of Fine Arts

New Orleans, Louisiana

Public Commisions


City of Los Altos, California. 2013 – 2018

Sculpture Loan Program

Awards & Honors


2016 Designation – Associate member of distinction in the National American Women Artists

2016 Winner Most Evocative Sculpture American Women Artists – Bennington, Vermont

2013 Winner  Public Outdoor Sculpture Competition – City of Los Altos, California

2001 Winner – Cecile Usdin Award for Sculpture – Academy Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

2000 Winner – 12th Annual Women in the Arts Competition – New Orleans, Louisiana

1998 Sculpture Award – New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts – New Orleans, Louisiana

“Many of my designs and sculptures are expressions that convey… a journey towards peace, love and harmony.”

-Karen Cauvin Eustis, as quoted from ArtPrize

Exhibitions & Solo Shows


2018

Art For Life

Chicago, Illinois

2017 – Present

Richard App Gallery

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Women’s Work 30th Anniversary, Woodstock, Illinois

2016

The Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vermont

New Orleans Art Center, New Orleans, Louisiana

New York Expo, New York City, New York

2015

ArtPrize exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Artfield exhibition, lake City, South Carolina

2013

Annmarie Sculpture Gardens, Dowell, Maryland

American Women’s Artists, Online. Juried

2011-2012

Eustis Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana

2010

Sibley Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

2009

Salon De Automne, Silverman Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans School of Glassworks Gallery, Louisiana

2008

New Orleans School of Glassworks Gallery, Louisiana

2005

Sable V Gallery, Wimberley, Texas

2004

Sable V Gallery, Wimberley, Texas

2003

Sable V Gallery, Wimberley, Texas

2002

Galerie Lafitte, New Orleans, Louisiana

2001

Galerie Lafitte, New Orleans, Louisiana

Academy of Fine Arts, New Orleans, Louisiana

2000

Academy of Fine Arts, New Orleans, Louisiana

1999

Academy of Fine Arts, New Orleans, Louisiana

1998

*Necessities Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

Academy of Fine Arts, Louisiana

1996

Hanson Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

Selected Collections


Anonymous
Egypt

Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn Cimini
Metairie, Louisiana

Alfred Maund
New Orleans, Louisiana

Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Emboullis
Mandeville, Louisiana

Drs. Cynthia & Thomas Lategan, Andover
Massachusetts

Mr. & Mrs. David Hahn
Mandeville, Louisiana

Mr. & Mrs. Huey Farrell
Mandeville, Louisiana

Mr. & Mrs. Colin Clark
Austin, Texas

Mr. & Mrs. Tim Murphy
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Dr. & Mrs. Steve Clark
Austin, Texas

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Cox
Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Linda Tidwell
Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Lori Ann Kinder
Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Stephen Metcalf
Charlotte, North Carolina

Mr. & Mrs. Steve Wulf
New Orleans, Louisiana

Mr. & Mrs. Roger Wheaton
New Orleans, Louisiana

Jane Doucet Eshleman
Mandeville, Louisiana

Ms. Fox
New Orleans, Louisiana

Mr. & Mrs. Newt Reynolds
New Orleans, Louisiana

Ms. Redmond
New Orleans, Louisiana

Mr. & Mrs. Julio Torres
Kenner, Louisiana

Mr. Allan Novotny
New Orleans, Louisiana

Mr. & Mrs. deKay
New Orleans, Louisiana

Bronze Statues, Crafting and Sculpting

Bronze is a material that has long been used by craftsmen and artists alike. At one point in history, bronze was considered the most important material in the world. Hence the term Bronze Age. This period of time ranging from approximately twenty-five hundred B.C. to thirty-one fifty B.C., some experts claim. Artifacts such as the “dancing Girl” bronze statue have been dated to as early as twenty-five hundred B.C. and is considered the first bronze statue in the world. Weapons and tools were also crafted of this versatile material during this time but the discovery of iron and steel put an end to crafting bronze weapons due to their superior strength.

Crafting with bronze is an art form that has never been lost. Artisans use newer tools and more advanced techniques, but for the most part, the craft has remained the same throughout the ages. Modern casting techniques for pipe fittings and other hardware are manufactured with pour-casting for commercial purposes. Artists typically use the Lost Wax Method or Investment casting. The process begins with carving or sculpting a clay model. This method is preferred by artists because it allows greater detail and can be combined with other molds to create unique products more quickly.

The mould is crafted from non-drying materials in most cases, but some artists prefer a more natural or porous look. When the mould is complete a cast or hollow is created. Hollows are used for larger products that would take too much material to fill. Smaller products are cast solid because it’s quicker and easier to simply pour the metal. A core is cast in the mould and made ready to cast the final product. Pins are used to maintain the shape of the cast and vents are used to dispose of gas that may have gotten trapped.

The wax is melted from the cast in a kiln to remove any remaining moisture. Once the wax has run off the investment is ready to be filled with molten metal. Once the metal is cast – pins, vents, and risers will need to be removed. The external materials must be chipped away and then excess metal removed by sculpture artists. Marks on the final product will need to be sanded and polished in order to leave a clean finish. Smaller projects such as figure sculpture don’t take long to finish depending on how detailed the item is and what the desired finish is.

Larger projects such as custom bronze statues are considerably different. Commissioning large projects is an involved process and could take some time to get the details perfect. Bronze art can’t be rushed and finishing a large project takes time. For more information about how Karen creates her beautiful sculptures, or to discuss purchasing on of her unique pieces, please visit the contact page.

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