Enrique Alférez

Sculptor

Katie Bowler Young

The Historic New Orleans Collection 2020 • hardcover 
7.5" x 10" • 200 pp.
122 images
ISBN 978-0-917860-85-0

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"A thoughtful, comprehensive, and visually rich assessment of Enrique Alférez’s life and work."
—Josephine Reed, National Endowment for the Arts "ArtWorks" podcast
 
Enrique Alférez, born in Zacatecas, Mexico, lived nearly the entire 20th century. After service in the Mexican Revolution as a youth, he emigrated to Texas; studied in Chicago; and, in 1929, first made his way to Louisiana. For almost 70 years, he worked in New Orleans. His lasting imprint is seen among figurative sculptures, monuments, fountains, and architectural details in prominent locations from the Central Business District to the shore of Lake Pontchartrain and beyond.
 
Author Katie Bowler Young has gained unprecedented access to Alférez’s personal and family holdings and has crafted a poetic evocation of the life and work of this preeminent artist. Enrique Alférez: Sculptor is the latest entry in the well-received Louisiana Artists Biography series. The book, featuring more than 100 images of Alférez’s work in New Orleans and beyond, will be the first in the series to center on sculpture and public art.
 
Available at independent booksellers and major online retailers, Enrique Alférez: Sculptor retails for $49.95 and is made possible with generous support from The Helis Foundation and members of The Historic New Orleans Collection’s 2019 Bienville Circle and Laussat Society. 
 
About the author
Katie Bowler Young is the author of Through Water with Ease (Louisiana Literature Press, 2019) and State Street (Bull City Press, 2009). Her poetry and prose have appeared in journals including the Southern Review, the Midwest Quarterly, the Carolina Quarterly, and Louisiana Literature. Her work often focuses on art, culture, and perspective. Young is director of global relations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, responsible for international programs and partnerships. She is an adjunct faculty member in poetry in the creative writing program at Warren Wilson College. Among other honors, she has earned a Fulbright-Nehru International Education award and was a finalist for the Marble Faun Prize for Poetry. Young earned degrees from the University of New Orleans and the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.
 
Virtual Book Launch: Tuesday, May 4, 2021
6 p.m. Central Time | hosted on Zoom
featuring Paul Soniat, Jack Davis, and Katie Bowler Young
presented with The Helis Foundation’s Enrique Alferez Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Botanical Gardens
Stay tuned for a link to the recording of this event.