This piece of art was created by Lavett Ballard, world-renowned artist, and adjunct art professor at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland, who is curating an exhibit titled “Stories My Grandmother Told Me,” which will be held at RCSJ’s Arts & Innovation Center, in Millville.
Photo Courtesy: Lavett Ballard
Award-winning artist and Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland (RCSJ) adjunct art professor, Lavett Ballard, is curating an exhibit titled, “Stories My Grandmother Told Me.” This exhibit, which is free to the public, will be held at the College’s Arts & Innovation Center (AIC) located at 321 N. High St., in Millville and runs from Sept. 25 to Nov. 10. A special artist reception, which is also free, will take place on Oct. 20 from 6-9 p.m.
This powerful art display will include the artwork of international, national, and local artists. The intention of “Stories My Grandmother Told Me” is to “visually narrate [the] culture, communities, beauty, and history” of people of African descent.
Ballard is a world-renowned mixed media visual artist, art historian, curator, and author. Her artwork has been used in film, television, and multiple literary publications. Ballard’s work has also graced the cover of “Time Magazine” twice; once in 2020 for the esteemed periodical’s
100 Women of the Year Project
and in 2023 as an accompanying “visual narrative” to author Isabel Wilkerson’s piece written for “Time” titled
“Division & Destiny: How to Build a Truly Equal American Democracy.”
Ballard, who has accrued a copious number of accomplishments throughout her career including receiving a 2023 New Jersey State Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship award, gives RCSJ–Cumberland students a real-life example that the possibility of reaching astronomical heights in the art world is not a far-fetched idea.
“I think it is amazing and greatly beneficial to the institution and students to have a successful artist as a teacher,” said Jackie Sandro-Greenwell, director of Fine Arts and Clay College, RCSJ–Cumberland. “They have the opportunity to benefit from her in-depth knowledge, her contacts in the art world, and her extensive experience.”
Work from another acclaimed artist, Sara Bunn, is also included in the exhibit. According to Sandro-Greenwell,
Bunn’s textiles and costuming work
was once featured on the long-running CBS Sunday Morning show.
The AIC is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m.- 9 p.m., Saturday noon-5 p.m., and closed on Sunday.
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