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Babette Wainwright

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Babette Wainwright is a born and raised artist (sculptor, painter, writer, and poet) from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Wainwright uses her environment to create her sculptures and paintings, and is influenced by her African roots. "My approach to art is rooted in my cultural past. I use forms that define beauty in terms of who I am, a woman of the African diaspora. I want my sculpture to speak of ‘transformation’, both spiritual and cultural. Unlike the flat storytelling nature of my paintings, the malleability of clay allows me to give physical dimensions to my deepest thoughts and emotions. The pit-fired clay is a link to humanity's common past. It is a language, which is both personal and universal. In order to stimulate this ‘language’, I burnish each piece with a stone. This encourages the dance of smoke on the surface, creating works with distinctive markings." – Babette Wainwright[1]

Wainwright earned both her BA in Psychology, and Masters in Social Work from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She also earned her Master in Fine Arts in Ceramics, at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  

Babette Wainwright's art has been exhibited at the Centre d’Art of Port au Prince, Haiti as a youth. Wainwright has been exhibited also in the United States in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Atlanta, Georgia, Washington, D.C., Iowa, North Carolina, and Chicago, Illinois. Also in the Wisconsin, Wainwright's paintings were showcased in solo and group exhibitions around the city of Milwaukee. Her work has been exhibited at Rhonda Schaller Gallery, NY, Madison Museum of Art, WI, Milwaukee Art Museum, WI, Woman Made Gallery, IL, and etc.

Babette Wainwright has received grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board, and in 2001 received a NCECA Merit Award for her ceramic sculpture “Low Tides” from Clay Times magazine. Her work is in various collections around the country.


  1. Campbell, Bolaji (2008-01-01). "Of storytelling and the slippery medium of clay: Babette Wainwright's Image of the Women at the Diasporic Crossroads". African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal. 1 (1): 59–71. doi:10.1080/17528630701676661. ISSN 1752-8631.


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  1. "Resume". Babette Wainwright Artist. Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  2. "Rhonda Schaller Studio". Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  3. "Babette Wainwright | Woman Made Gallery". Retrieved 2019-12-09.