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Horace D. Ballard

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Horace D. Ballard Jr. (1984-) is an American curator and art historian. He currently serves as the Theodore E. Stebbins Associate Curator of American Art at the Fogg Museum, part of the Harvard Art Museums.[1] Previously, he was the curator of American art at the Williams College Museum of Art.[2][3] He is the first African-American to serve as the stewarding curator of an important public collection of pre-1900 colonial- and early-federal era American painting, sculpture, and design.

Early life and education[edit]

Ballard was born in Virginia and moved often as a child, living in North Carolina and Pennsylvania before college. He attended the University of Virginia where he earned a B.A. in American Studies and English literature. After working at Monticello, he attended Yale University where he was a student at the Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School, concentrating in religious visual culture. He then received his Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University.[4]


In 2015 Ballard was appointed Curator of Education at the Birmingham Museum of Art.[5] He has additionally worked at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum.[6]


  1. "Harvard Art Museums Appoints New Curator Of American Art". Retrieved 2022-04-05.
  2. Ballard, Horace D.; Ballard, Horace D. (2021-11-23). "Horace D. Ballard on the Early Americas and Creative Intentionality". Retrieved 2022-04-05.
  3. "Harvard Art Museums Appoint Horace D. Ballard Associate Curator of American Art". Culture Type. 2021-06-16. Retrieved 2022-04-05.
  4. "Harvard Gazette: New American art curator wants us to engage in big questions of our time through works of another" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved March 19, 2022.
  5. Ghorashi, Hannah; Ghorashi, Hannah (2015-08-25). "Birmingham Museum of Art Appoints Horace D. Ballard Curator of Education". Retrieved 2022-04-05.
  6. Writer, Colleen Walsh Harvard Staff (2021-09-14). "New curator at the Harvard Art Museums discusses the role". Harvard Gazette. Retrieved 2022-04-05.

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