Austin Ballard was born in Charlotte, NC, and 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. Austin has received numerous awards, including a Joan Mitchell Foundation Sculpture Fellowship, a Windgate Foundation Fellowship, and residencies at the Museum of Arts and Design, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.
Austin's Upcoming Workshops
Open to All
Students of any skill and knowledge level.
Jul 1 - 5, 2024
9AM - 5PM
Surface to Form: Panel Building Techniques
This exploratory workshop is for artists of all skill levels interested in an organic approach to constructing voluminous sculptures that are lightweight and strong. Students are introduced to a foundational process of panel building that reimagines Frank Lloyd Wright’s Textile Block Construction, a method that is both architecturally exacting and fluid. By combining design and spontaneous approaches, students invent their own elaborate sculptural forms using epoxy clay and a combination of porous substrates such as latch-hook vinyl and burlap. Employing this unique process of draping and patterning, students follow an organic “call and response” approach to form building.