Natural Woman by Lavett Ballard

If art was no longer your day job what would you be doing?

Likely teaching Art History

What figure in history would easily represent your alter ego?

Its a toss up between Elizabeth Catlett and Oprah Winfrey

What movie can you watch over and over again?

The Color Purple

What do you ultimately want to be remembered for?

Telling the stories of African American women in a powerful way.

Favorite childhood candy?
Hershey Bars (No peanuts)

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.

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