Kim Bernadas


Kim Bernadas  works in both figure and portrait sculpture using a classical approach, with emphasis on proportion , gesture, and individuality to express the essence of the subject. With a background as a physical therapist and a former ballet instructor, Kim has had a life long study in the dynamics of the human form . Her artistic training began at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts in 1991, where she has been on faculty since 2006. Additionally, Kim conducts Sculpture intensives at several locations in the Southeast throughout the year.

Her professional career has included many public and private collections; most recently the Walter Dumas Bust for the Baton Rouge Community College, Ed McKee Plaque for Livingston Parish, Baby Pan for the Soniat Garden and The Lifesize Mother and Child for the Tulane Medical Center Maternity Pavillion. As of Fall 2011, "Birth of a Muse", the first Post Katrina Public Art Commission for City of New Orleans, was installed as part of a revitalization project for the Coliseum Square Park. and was recently chosen by the Arts Council of New Orleans as one of the top 25 public art contributions in the past 25 years as part of the Percent for Arts Program.  She was also featured in the New Orleans Magazine and named the 2005 WYES Artist of the Year, as well as an award winner in the 2004 National Drawing Exhibition in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has been recently elected to the prestigious Portrait Sculptors Society of the Americas, and WAOW - Women artists of the West, two very respected national artist organizations.