Lavett Ballard is an Artist, Art historian, Curator, and Author. She holds a dual Bachelor’s in Studio Art and Art History with a minor in Museum Studies from Rutgers University. She also has a MFA in Studio Arts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  

Her work has been include in notable collections and  exhibited in museums, galleries, public and private institutions nationwide. Ballard has been nominated for a Pew Arts & Heritage funded Residency, in alliance with the African American Museum of Philadelphia. Ballards is listed as among the “Top 10 Emerging Black Female Artists” in Black Art in America.  She also is a regional finalist for both New York & Philadelphia for the Bombay Artisan Emerging Artist competition. Her Art  has had the honor of being included in literary, film, theater productions. 


Lavett’s interest in themes of History, Colorism, Afro-futurism & feminine beauty, her art translates to visual narratives of people of African descent. Ballard’s work is a diverse collection  of people of African descent in a historical context. She uses formal elements of paint, charcoal, oil pastel, and collage, and combines them with reclaimed items.

Ballard creates in the Philadelphia, PA area.



2017              University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA- MFA Studio Art 

2014              Rutgers Camden Double major BA-Studio Arts Painting & Art History

2011              Burlington County College, Mount Holly, NJ 

                      - AFA in Studio & Arts Education


Select Solo Exhibitions:


2019      Noyes Museum Stockton University 'WoodStories'- Atlantic City NJ

2019      Art Sanctuary- 'Reclaiming Our Time'- Philadelphia, PA

2017      Cheney University 'Herstory'- Cheyney, PA

2016      African American Heritage Museum of South Jersey- ‘Musical Elements’ -Atlantic City, NJ

2014      Ocean County College- ‘Artful Words’-Toms River, NJ

2014      Gallery 224-‘Paints of Obstruction’- Philadelphia PA

2014      Jose Sebourne Gallery- ‘StoryTales’- Philadelphia, PA

2010      Burlington County College, Creations Gallery – ‘Beauty of a People’ -Pemberton, NJ

2009      Rowan College Enterprise Center - ‘The Essence of Color'- Mount Laurel, NJ

2008      The Priory at New Community Corp- ‘Soul Visions' – Newark, NJ

2008      Taina's Art Gallery, Montgomery, AL

2008      Ocean County Public Library, Toms River NJ ‘Visions on Canvas'

2007      Burlington County Library- ‘Visual Narratives’ -Westampton NJ

2007      African American Heritage Museum of South Jersey- ‘Visual Narratives’-  Newtonville, NJ

2006      Astah's Fine Art Gallery- ‘StoryTales’- Maplewood, NJ 

2003      II Sisters Gallery - ‘Black in Bold’- Hartford, CT

Select Group Exhibitions:

2019      Houston Museum of African American Culture- Dorsey Collection- Houston, TX

2019      Noyes Museum of Art, Kramer Hall 'Driving While Black'- Atlantic City , NJ 

2019      Noba Art space, 'PHOTO-Based' -Bala Cynwyd, PA

2018      Moore College of Art Galleries" Pew Leeway 25 Exhibit-Philadelphia, PA

2018      Trestle Project Space- 'Contain Her'-Brooklyn, NY

2018    Zucot Gallery-"Afreau X' Atlanta GA

2018    March on Washington Film festival 'Spiral Now: 55 years in the making, New Artists Familiar Struggle'-Washington DC

2018    Weeksville Heritage Center-‘Forward Ever! Sacred Ground & Sovereign Space              -              Brooklyn NY

2018     African American Museum of Philadelphia-‘Art for Social Change’-

             Philadelphia PA

2018     Philadelphia City Hall-Philly Celebrates Jazz- Philadelphia, PA

2018     Timicua Arts House- ‘Housewives Collectives’- Orlando, FL

2018     Little Berlin Gallery- ‘Mothers’- Philadelphia, PA

2018     Art at the Atrium- Lift Every Voice ATA 26th Invitational- Morristown, NJ

2018     Rush Arts Gallery Philadelphia - Giving up the Ghosts-Philadelphia, PA

2017     MFA Thesis Exhibition-Icebox Project Space- Philadelphia, PA

2017     The Colored Girls Museum-'Urgent Care'-Philadelphia, PA

2016     Gallery Guichard- ‘Urbanism’-Chicago, IL

2015     Cheney University- ‘Black Lives Matter’-Cheney, PA

2015     Painted Bride Gallery- Artisan Show-Philadelphia, PA

2014     Rush Arts Gallery - Bombay Sapphire Artisan Show- Chelsea, NY

2012     James E. Lewis Museum of Art- ‘Speak my Name’- Baltimore, MD

2012    Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center- Black Male Identity Project- Baltimore, MD

2011     Crossroads Theater- ‘Inspiration’- New Brunswick, NJ

2011     Vivant Art Collection Gallery-‘Paris Noir- the Parisian Experience’-                        Philadelphia PA

2011     Newark School of the Arts- ‘Strong Women’-  Newark, NJ

2010        Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center- Open Doors Newark 2010 ‘Ironbound 

             Unbound’- Newark, NJ

2011     New York University, Kimmel Center- ‘ Take Root’ -NY,NY

2010     Colonnade Gallery- ‘Visual Magic’- Newark, NJ

2009     Burlington County College – ‘Best of Show’ - Mt. Holly, NJ

2008     Cheltenham Art Center –‘Rise’ -Cheltenham, PA

2007     Alabama Shakespeare Festival- ‘Crowns: Women in Church Hats’

- Montgomery, AL

Awards and Honors

2018    Listed by Black Art in America as one of the ‘Top 10 Emerging Black    Female Artists to collect.’

2018    The Colored Girls Museum Artist-in-Residence

2018    The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Fellowship, Nominee through the AAMP

2018      Alice C. Cole Fellowship Nominee-Wesley College

2016    Artist of the Year of Philadelphia- The Harvest Spoken Soul 215 1st Annual  Awards

2014-2015     Bombay Sapphire Artisan Competition Semi-Finalist- Philadelphia

2014     University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA- Graduate Fellowship

2014     Odyssey Arts Award Travel Scholarship

2014     Gullkistan Student Artist Residency- Gulfoss, Iceland

2014     First Place Center for the Arts of Southern NJ-Marlton NJ

2014     Bombay Sapphire Artisan Competition Semi-Finalist- New York

2013     Roberta K. Tarbell Art History Scholarship 

2007     Alabama Shakespeare Festival- Playbill Art Show exhibit “Crowns' Women in Church Hats” - Montgomery, AL

Select Bibliography:


Robinson, Shantay, 'Artist on the Move: Lavett Ballard', Black Art In, 6/14/2018

Najuma, Ayana, ' New Generation of Artists weaves common threads for community empowerment', March on Washington Film Festival catalog 7/11/2018

Robinson, Shantay, '10 Emerging Black Female Artists to Collect' Black Art In, 6/14/2018

Carroll, Angela N. ‘Giving Up the Ghost Artifacts/ A Study of Power& Solidarity

Against White Violence in Modernity’, Sugarcane Magazine/ Global Black Art &

Culture-February 2018

Friedman, Sally, ‘Juried show offers a generous display of S.J. talent’, Courier Post-  ARTs section, 9/14/2014

Carbone, Mariel- ‘Art for Every Taste’-Burlington County Times- 9/18/14

‘RU Ready’- Rutgers University Camden, MATTER Magazine, January 2012

 ‘Art Scene NJ’-Featured Artist Article" -2008

‘Home Décor with a personal touch" Burlington County Times- March 2008

‘Voices and Vision Art’-Burlington County Times- February 2007

2004 Mikel, Valerie- ‘Lavett Ore knows how to paint the own’- 2001

Speaking Engagements/ Visiting Artist/Curation & Media:

Yale University Radio- Praxis – ‘Interview with Brainard Carey’

Tulane University, Center for Academic Integrity Speaker Series " But there remain large countries in your eyes: Representing Black Women & Selfhood in Art- New Orleans, LA

Colored Girls Museum, Philadelphia, PA- 'In search of the colored girl" 3rd floor- 2018-19

International Curators International, LiveStream Artist Talk on Social Justice- 2018

Kean University at Ocean Toms River NJ- Visiting Artist symposium- 2016

Good day Street Talk, Fox News NY, "African American Art and its impact today"

Monmouth County Local Television –

‘Struggles and Success in the Arts’-PNC African America n Festival, 2009   


Select Patrons/ Collectors:

Petrucci Family Foundation Art Collection

Najee & Santeria Dorsey Art Collection

Grant & Tamia Hill Art Collection

The Colored Girls Museum

ABC Studios

NBC /Universal Studios

African American Heritage Museum of South Jersey

Rowan College Burlington County

The Underground Railroad Museum of Burlington County

The Peter Mott House Museum

Chuck Navasky

Jim & Jenn Nixon

Honorable William & Kecia Cook

Kim Coles

Robert Townsend

Virtua Memorial Hospital

Atlanticare Hospital

Dr. Carol L. Adams Former Director of the DuSable Museum


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