Lavett Ballard earned her BA in Studio Art and Art History with a minor in museum studies from Rutgers University, and a MFA in Studio Art from the University of the Arts Philadelphia Lavett Ballard is not only highly qualified in her arena but also immensely passionate, her art has been commissioned for a Times Magazine Woman of the Year double edition front cover in March 2020.

2020 was a great year for Lavett with a residency as a Yaddo Artist, and representation with not one but two prominent female-owned galleries. She was named by Black Art in America as one of the Top 10 Female Emerging Artists to Collect. With such accolades under her belt, it is no wonder that she has some celebrity admirers who collect her work, the likes of CCH Pounder, Hill Harper and Grant Hill are among some of the many.

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.

There are some very exciting things to come for Lavett Ballard in 2021 – check out her portfolio at


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