Ledelle Moe

MFA, 1996

Ledelle Moe was born in Durban, South Africa in 1971. She studied sculpture there at Technikon Natal and graduated in 1993. Active in the local art community, Moe was one of the founding members of the FLAT Gallery, an artist initiative and alternative space in Durban. A travel grant in 1994 took her to the United States where she embarked on a period of study at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Sculpture Department Master’s program. She completed her Master’s Degree there in 1996 and soon after accepted an adjunct position in the Sculpture Department at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland. Later she taught at the Corcoran College of Art in Washington, DC, Virginia Commonwealth University and St.Mary’s College of Maryland. Moe has exhibited in a number of venues including the Kulturhuset (Stockholm, Sweden) the NSA Gallery (Durban, South Africa), the International Sculpture Center (Washington, DC), The Washington Project for the Arts (Washington, DC) and American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY. Throughout this time Moe has remained strongly connected to South Africa, returning to visit annually. In 2013 she has returned to live and work in South Africa and teach at Stellenbosch University. Projects include large-scale concrete installations at Socrates Park and Pratt Institute in New York City, and The African Museum of Art in Washington DC . In 2002 Moe was the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Award and in 2008 Kreeger Museum Artist Award. Projects include installations in Salzburg, Austria, Brooklyn, NY, Boston MA, Cape Town, India and the Biennale Internationale D’Art, Martinique.

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What have you been up to since graduating from VCU?

Creating sculptures, teaching, learning, drawing, eating, living, singing, moving, staying still.

What advice would you give a current VCU Sculpture student?

To work hard and curiously.

How did VCU prepare you for your current situation?

VCU gave me an amazing groundwork for understanding critical thinking, hard work and the application of the two. From 1994 to now, I have found VCU to be an amazingly generative place of the most intelligent and insightful minds. In conversation with these incredible artists I have been found the permission to take chances, expand, grow, and stay focused.


How do you define success?

Working with amazing people and loving what you do.

Why did you decide to study sculpture?

It’s a way I can think out loud.