Sheleen Jones

A renown New Orleans visual artist, our  Living Legend talks art, inspiration and the importance of following “your” path.

Several of her sculptures are displayed throughout the New Orleans Metropolitan area. Commissioned sculptures include, Armstrong National Park “Chief Allison Tootie Montana”, Rev. Avery C. Alexander, “Forever a Crusader” of Civil Rights, the Memorial Plaza, and “Opening the Gates” A Memorial to A. P. Tureaud Sr.

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Count Time Podcast Living Legend Sheleen Jones


Sheleen Jones


Selected quotes and notes from Count Time Podcast with LD Azobra Interview with Sheleen Jones

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She is a graduate of Xavier University of New Orleans and Florida State University. She is currently working on a sculpture Heritage honoring Black servicemen and women that will be permanently displayed on the grounds of the Louisiana State Capital. Ms. Jones is also on the faculty of Xavier University of New Orleans.
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“In my sculptural portrait, I strive to capture the attributes of the person or entity in particular moment of inspiration. It is an honor to create memorial sculptures for communities, and I hope to continue creating images that capture, and celebrate, our humanity our, struggles, our beauty and our fortitude.”
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Good evening. Good evening. Good evening it’s 4:00 PM. Stand up it’s count time, time for every man and woman to stand up and be counted. Welcome to another edition of Count Time podcast. I am brother LD Azobra. Thank you for joining us today.

I read something where they call her instead of divine. They call her the diva. We’re going to call her the Queen of Sheleen. That’s what they call the Queen of the east. Welcome to Count Time. It’s an honor that you allowed me to come here and do this podcast today. So we thank you for being here.

Thank you very much.

What we want to do, I want you to tell your story. I want to give your history. Still a young lady, but you’ve done a lot of great things here in the city of New Orleans and still doing great things. You are a sculpture?

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Well, I’m an artist, and my main concentration is sculpture, but I do as a university student, I guess you’ve been trained in all these different areas print making, painting, sculpture, design courses. So you’ve been given so much, so many different types of experiences in the university. And so by the time I’ve gone on to graduate school, I was able to select which one that I gravitated toward and which was wind up being sculpture. Now, my teacher was Professor John Scott. The great Professor John Scott, Xavier University in New Orleans. And he was a sculptor, so I don’t know if that was an influence or not, but definitely it was great to be able to have somebody who had understanding of three dimensional thinking.

And that is basically, for me, what is taught in the universities. Three dimensional thinking or just thinking about seeing things and not just looking at something, actually observing it from all views or perspectives. And that’s even in painting, because even when you’re doing a drawing, that when you’re doing a drawing, you’re still creating illusions. You’re not actually creating something that is real. It’s a picture of something else. So you’re trying to create an illusion of something.