This year PAAM is pleased to welcome the Fine Arts Work Center’s 2022 Visual Fellows. This exhibition will include sculpture, installation, paintings, drawings, textiles and mixed media. Featuring a stylistic mix of figurative, abstract and conceptual works of art, the artists explore a number of topics including the limits between body and architecture, anxiety and intimacy; issues of place and representation, more specifically how the two inform one another; as well as the complex layers of extraction, violence, and expression within the American landscape.
AUSTIN BALLARD creates sculptures both surreal and therapeutic. Exploring the limits between body and architecture, anxiety and intimacy, Ballard works through lo-fi pattern-making and ceramic coil-building. Born in Charlotte, NC, Ballard received an MFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, where he also served as an Assistant Professor in Textiles. Ballard has received numerous awards including a Joan Mitchell Foundation Sculpture Scholarship, a Windgate Foundation Fellowship, a Kenneth Stubbs Endowed Fellowship, a Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant, a Dan Bown Project Award, and the Rhode Island School of Design Graduate Studies Grant. He has been awarded full fellowships to the Museum of Arts and Design, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Ox-Bow School of Art, the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Vermont Studio Center, Wassaic Project, and the McColl Center for Art + Innovation. Ballard has been featured in Maake Magazine, Art Maze Magazine, Wall Street International and Wide Walls. Ballard has held solo exhibitions at Smack Mellon, NY, Wave Hill, NY, Napoleon, PA, Real Art Ways, CT, and Ithaca College among others. Ballard currently lives and works in Ridgewood, NY. (Second Year)