Dangle Scratcher, Welded and fabricated copper, 26" x 35" x 13"
Ruby Red-Legged Rugas Watching Nightfall @ Lac Beouf, mixed media collage, 12" x 9"
Michael w. Howes
The flora and fauna of South Louisiana are incorporated in much of Michael w. Howes’ work. A number of his sculptures are kinetic, using wind or water to activate their movement. Although he has used many different materials in creating sculptures and installations, his specialty is cast and fabricated metals.
From 1977 until his retirement from teaching in May, 2008, Howes taught sculpture at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Howes’ work has participated in juried and invitational shows throughout the U.S., in addition to international exhibitions in New York and New Jersey, London and Florence, Italy.
Howes has completed more than eighteen commissions for private residences and public settings. In collaboration with other sculptors and designers, he has also created public art works in the cities of Covington, Franklin, and Monroe, Louisiana. He assisted in designing the foundry facility at Southeastern Louisiana University and, together with Frank Hayden, built the first casting facility at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He designed and installed a ceramic shell foundry facility at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, supported by a LEQSF Grant.