Photo courtesy of Jonathan Kolbe


Lavett Ballard is an Artist, Art historian, Curator, and Author. She hold a dual Bachelor’s in Studio Art and Art History with a minor in Museum Studies from Rutgers University, she also has an MFA in Studio Art 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 released March 2020. Among her accolades she is a 2021 Yaddo Artist residency fellow, named by Black Art in America as one of the Top 10 Female Emerging Artists to Collect. Ballard’s work has been in film productions and exhibited at galleries and museums nationwide. Ballards work has been acquired by prominent collections such as the African American Museum of Philadelphia, the Colored Girls Museum, the Grant Hill and Petrucci Family Foundation Collection, and Syracuse University Community Folk Arts Center, and Jule Collins Smith Fine Art Museum at Auburn University Collections.

       Ballard views her art as a re-imagined visual narrative of people of African descent. Her use of imagery reflects social issues affecting primarily Black women’s stories within a historical context. Her current body of work uses collaged photos adorned with paint, oil pastels, and metallic foils. These photos are deconstructed and layered on reclaimed large and small aged wood fences. The use of fences is a symbolic reference to how fences keep people in and out, just as racial and gender identities can do the same socially. The fusion of wood and photography offers artwork that both explores her southern roots, visually speaks volumes to continuing themes within her community.

Lavett Ballard is currently Co-Represented by both :

Long Sharp Art Gallery- Indianapolis, IN

Galerie Myrtis- Baltimore, MD

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     Community Folk Arts Center, Syracuse University-' Stories my                             Grandmother Told Me'- Syracuse NY

2020     Long Sharp Gallery- ‘When She Roars’ - Indianapolis, IN

2020     Saint Joseph’s University- ‘Just Like a Woman’ -Philadelphia, PA

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


 Select Group Exhibitions:

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

2020     Penn State- Women X Women-Petrucci Family Foundation Group Show, -Lehigh Valley, PA

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

2019      Houston Museum of African American Culture –‘Dorsey Family collection’-Houston, TX

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

2018     Trestle Project Space Gallery- Contain her, NY, 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     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


Select Bibliography:


Heguiaphal, Maia, ‘Lavett Ballard’s African American & Female Narratives’ Daily Art Magazine, 12/14/2020

Baker, Chenoa, ‘“To Set at Liberty Them that are Bruised”: Hybrid Antidotes Artistic Apothecaries and Women of…’ Sugarcane Magazine,7/14/2020

Dobrin, Peter, ‘Philly actors, musicians, dancers can’t imagine when they’ll work again:…’, Philadelphia Inquirer,4/25/2020

Graves-El, Ahmad, ‘Timeless Perfection: Local Artist Creates Cover for TIME’s 100 Women of the Year Issue’, SNJToday,  4/7/2020

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

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



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

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

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


Speaking Engagements/Visiting Artist Lectures:

2021 Novartis Corp. - Artist Studio tour lecture

2021 The Art Institute of Chicago- Visiting Artist Virtual lecture-Chicago, IL

2021  Columbia College- Visiting Artist Virtual lecture-Chicago, IL

2020  John Hopkins University- Black Womanhood: Language Art & History

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

2018  International Curators International, Livestream Artist Talk on Social


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


Awards and Honors

2021   Yaddo Artist Residency Fellow 2020

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

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

2014     Gullkistan Student Artist Residency- Gulfoss, Iceland


 Select Collections/ Collectors:

The Petrucci Family Foundation Art Collection

The Grant and Tamia Hill Art Collection

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University

Stockton University Art Collection

Syracuse University collection/ Community Folk Arts Center

Saint Joseph’s University/Barnes Museum- shared Private Collection

ABC Studios

CBS Studios

NBC/Universal Studios

The Colored Girls Museum

African American Heritage Museum of South Jersey