International Sculpture Center



      Back to Directory Search

Deborah Ballard

1237 S. Selva
Dallas, TX 75218., U.S.A.
View Map

Phone: (972) 239 2441     Fax: (972) 239 1462

More Information

Click image to enlarge.

Artist Statement:
My work is a continued experimentation concerning body language, sculptural medium, and color. A series of mixed-media drawings, and maquettes allow me to explore the interaction between gesture, texture, and color. The large figures illustrate interaction between the sculptures and the activity, which encircles the pieces.
The devotion to focused studies, research, and experimentation concerning areas of the human form and psyche result in the evolution of my sculptures.
The initial attraction of the observer to the position of the figure conforms to the 20th century principles of abstraction. I have established deliberate tension between realism and abstraction, femininity and masculinity, culture and character, and modernity and classicism. Slight variations in form allow for interaction between the viewer and the sculpture with relativity to other sculptures.
It is through my sculpture that I aim to encompass the mental and physical aspects of people intertwined with the social effects of everyday life.

Short Artist Biography
Deborah is a native American Indian who was born in Dallas and has lived here most of her life. After receiving her Master of Fine Art Degree in sculpture from Southern Methodist University in 1991, Deborah has worked full time in her Dallas studio and has taught sculpture at SMU and The Creative Arts School in Dallas. She has shown her work nationally and is presently represented by Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Dallas , the Jack Meier Gallery in Houston, Texas. Awards include the Connemara Grant in 1991 and the Art Park Project Grant in 1996 and the Buffalo Bayou installation grant. Deborah’s’ work is included in collections nationally and internationally including The Tom Thomas collection, Dallas, The Hanley collection, Dallas, The Nylander collection, Stockholm, Sweden, The Dedman collection, Dallas, and The Museum of Art in Monterey, Mexico.

Most recent exhibitions include:

  • 2007  D. Ballard Sculpture, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • 2006  One Person Show, Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, Texas                      
  • 2004  “D. Ballard”, Jack Meier Gallery, Houston
  • “50th Anniversary Show”, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • 2003  Sculpture by Deborah Ballard, Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, Texas.
  • Small Sculptures and Drawings by Deborah Ballard, Civic Gallery, Seaside, Florida
  • 2002 “New Work by Deborah Ballard”, Cidnee Patrick Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • ‘’Deborah Ballard”, Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • “Deborah Ballard and Friends”, Creative Arts Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • 2000-2001 “Figurative Expressions”, Invitational, Collin County Community College Art Gallery, Plano, Texas
  • “From Wax to Bronze”, Show of Maquettes by D. Ballard, Henry Moore, and students of D. Ballards from the Arts Magnet High School in the Fina Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • Magnet High School, Dallas Museum of Art Gateway Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • “Figurative Expression”, Invitational, Fine Arts Gallery, Collin County College, Plano, Texas
  • 2000 Deborah Ballard and Ray Donley, Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • “DepartuReturn”, Invitational Alumni Exhibition, Southern Methodist University, Meadows Museum, Dallas, Texas
  • “Cool Summer Gardens”, Invitational, Edith Baker Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • Buffalo Bayou Art Park, Invitational sculpture exhibition, Houston, Texas
  • 2000 Buffalo Bayou Art Park, Invitational sculpture exhibition, Houston, Texas.
  • 2000 The Sculpture of D. Ballard, Jack Meier Gallery, Houston, Texas
  • 1999 The New Work of Deborah Ballard, Edith Baker Gallery, Dallas, Texas.
  • 1999 "Masters of the 90s", Hawn Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas.
  • 1999 "Collaborations" traveling invitational exhibition, 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas and the Community Artists’ Collective, Houston, Texas.
  • 1999 Deborah Ballard Sculpture, Taylor Contemporanea Gallery, Hot Springs, Arkansas.
  • 1998 Art Park National Juried Invitational, Tranquillity Park, Houston, Texas.
  • 1997 "Ballard and Siptak", Edith Baker Gallery, Dallas, Texas.