Photo courtesy of Jonathan Kolbe


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.  

Ballard’s art has been commissioned as a cover for Time Magazine special Woman of the Year double edition in 2020. Her work has been in film productions and exhibited at Rush Arts Philadelphia, and other prestigious galleries, museums, nationwide. Ballard has been named by Black Art in America as one of the Top 10 Female Emerging Artists to Collect. Her work has been acquired by prominent collections such as the African American Museum of Philadelphia, the Colored Girls Museum, the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection and the Grant and Tamia Hill private Collections.


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, fibers, and collage, and combines them with reclaimed items.

Ballard creates in the Philadelphia, PA area.

Photo of the artist courtesy of Ted Waters



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

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


Select Solo Exhibitions:


2020     Rutgers University-SWG- ‘Her-Stories: Visual Narratives of Women of the                       African Diaspora’- Camden, NJ

2019     Noyes Museum Stockton University ‘Souls of Black Folk’- Atlantic City NJ

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

2017     Cheney University 'Herstory'- Cheyney, PA

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


 Select Group Exhibitions:

2020    Galerie Myrtis- ‘Women Heal through Rite and Ritual’- Baltimore, MD

2020     Penn State- Women X Women Group Show, PA

2019     Prizm Art Fair, Miami Art week’ Black Art in America’- Miami, FL

2019     Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia- ‘Ronald Walton &                           Friends’ - Richmond VA  

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 Gallery- Contain her, NY, NY

2018    March on Washington Film Festival -Spiral Artist Exhibition- 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     Timicua Arts House- ‘Housewives Collectives’- Orlando, FL

2018    Little Berlin Gallery-‘Mother’s Day’- Philadelphia, PA

2018     Stella Jones Gallery- Made in Louisiana’- New Orleans, LA

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

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

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


Awards and Honors


2020    Yaddo Artist Residency Fellowship awardee, Saratoga Springs, NY

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     Alice C. Cole Fellowship Nominee, Wesley College   

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

2014     Gullkistan Artist Residency- Laugarvartn, Iceland

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

2014     Roberta K. Tarbell Art History Scholarship 


Select Bibliography:

Cover Art, '1955 The Bus Boycotters' Special edition Women of the Year - TIME Magazine, March 10-17, 2020

Valentine, Victoria, ' Time Magazine Recognizes 100 years of Influential women with Covers by...'  Culturetype Magazine- 3/8/2020

Starnes, Sam, ' Finding Art in Fences' , Rutgers Camden Magazine 3/6/2020

Pine, D.W., 'We designed 100 New covers for TIME's Women of the Year Project. Here are the stories behind them.' Time Magazine- 3/5/2020

Osterheldt, Jenee, ‘Art Basel bears far better fruit than that $120,000 banana’, The Boston Globe, 12/11/2019

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



Sugarcane Magazine IG Live - Art studio interview

Studionoize Podcast- 'In My Life Time w/ Lavett Ballard'

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

Art displayed Season One of CBS TV Drama –‘The Redline’

Art displayed in movie- ‘The Photograph’ with Issa Rae


Speaking Engagements/Visiting Artist Lectures:

2019 Tulane University, Visiting Artist Speaker Series - New Orleans, LA

2018  International Curators International, Livestream Artist Talk on Social Justice


 Select Patrons/ Collectors:

The Grant and Tamia Hill Art Collection

The Petrucci Family Foundation Collection

Syracuse University Collection/Community Folk Arts Center 

Stockton State University Collection/Noyes Art Museum

ABC Studios

NBC/Universal Studios

T. Thomas Fortune Cultural center

Weeksville Heritage Center

Najee & Santeria Dorsey Art Collection

The Colored Girls Museum

African American Heritage Museum of South Jersey

The Nixon Art Collection

Rowan College Burlington County

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


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