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Noguchi November

Water / Ways 2021 Tour brought to you by Smithsonian and Indiana Humanities

Isamu Noguchi is one of La Porte’s greatest success stories, and at the same time, one of its least talked about. Isamu (aka Sam Gilmore) came to the area at the age of 13 in the early 1910s. Through the hospitality of three La Porte families, and the natural talents he possessed, he would go on to become one of the most influential sculptors and designers of the 20th century.


In honor of what would’ve been Isamu’s 117th birthday on November 17th, we are celebrating Noguchi November with a series of themed storytimes, classes, and events dedicated to his life and work!

Noguchi Art Competition

LaPorte County Public Library, in partnership with La Porte Friends of Noguchi and Vibrant Communities, is hosting an art competition for students in grades 9-12 living in La Porte County. Categories for entries include sculpture, landscape architecture/playground design, and painting. Artists may submit up to three entries, one in each category. All entries are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, November 5, 2021. Each piece must include a completed entry form. Prize winners will be announced at the Library’s Noguchi Ribbon cutting event at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, November 17th. 


First Prize: $500

Second Prize: $250

Third Prize: $100


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