We Are What We Eat

K. Joy is a full-time visual artist who is constantly creating some form of art and enjoys every moment of the challenge. She thinks of herself as the artist who is “radiantly beautiful, vibrantly healthy, and joyously alive!”

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Title: We Are What We Eat

Artist: Joy Ballard Peters

Medium: Mixed

Joy Ballard Peters

Visual Artist & Retired Professor of Art

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., attended public schools.  Studied at Howard University and received Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Design in June 1969, with minors in Art History and Graphics.  Received Ceramic and Watercolor Painting Awards; Howard University Annual Student Exhibits 1966, 1967, 1968. Exhibition with mother/teachers/artist E. Loretta Ballard, “MOTHER-DAUGHTER SHOW”, in 1969 at Margaret Dickey Gallery, D. C. Teachers College.

Moved to Boston Massachusetts in January, 1969.  Taught art in Brookline Public School System for three years.  Studied at Boston University, received Master of Fine Arts in Art Education in 1974 with minor in Education. Co-Director of the Children’s Art Centre, 1973.  Works shown in D.C. Art Association Annual Exhibits from 1971-1976.  First appliqués shown in 1973.

Relocated to Atlanta, Georgia in August 1973.  Founding faculty member in University System of Georgia’s Atlanta Metropolitan State College (formerly Atlanta Junior College) from September 1974 – February 2001; Retired as a Professor of Art. Active in the visual arts community on neighborhood, city, county, and state levels serving on all arts council for a period of time.

First major exhibition showing appliqués was THREE D.C. ARTISTS SHOW, Smith –Mason Gallery, 1974, Washington, D.C.. Group shows included Atlanta Artists Club Traveling Shows, Black Artists/ Atlanta Annual Exhibitions.  Juried Shows include “Artists in Georgia”, “Atlanta Life Annual Exhibits”, “Atlanta Arts Festival”.  One Woman Atlanta Exhibits include: “Expressions of Joy”, 1977, Handshake Gallery; “Quiet Fire”, 1979, Phoenix Arts Cultural Center; “EXHIBITION OF RECENT APPLIQUES”, 1981, Phoenix Gallery. Art work in Bishop College Collection, Texas; Georgia Art Bus, Fulton County Arts Council, Apex Museum, Bellsouth in Atlanta, Georgia; other corporate and private collections including Brown & Company CPA, PLLC (Maryland) and Andrea Young.


Second Place Award, Mixed Media category, 1990, Atlanta, Georgia

“Black Arts Renaissance, A CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE”, One of three visual arts awards presented during Delta Sigma Theta National Convention, 1985.

Artwork on the cover of EMPHASIS magazine, 1983, Vol. XXX, National Association of Market Developers. Appliqué, “Profile of a Black in Corporate America”.

First Prize, JUHO RISSANEN PICTORIAL ART EVENT, Kuopio, Finland, 1980. Ten day international activity. One of two artists representing the USA.

Website:  www.NJoysArt.com

Email: njoysart@aol.com          

Phone: 404-402-6764




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NOMA Presents: “Lina Iris Viktor: A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred.”
Lina Iris Viktor's first major museum exhibit will be on display at NOMA from October 5th through January 6th.


The phenomenal and thriving artist Lina Iris Viktor will present her first major museum exhibit at The New Orleans Museum of Art, opening this fall. Titled Lina Iris Viktor: A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred, the installation will be on display from October 5th, 2018 through January 6th, 2019.

A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred will feature an entirely new body of work created by Viktor that investigates the narratives surrounding America’s involvement in the founding of Liberia. Throughout the exhibit, the artist reimagines the rich history of Liberia’s colonial past. “Liberia appears in Viktor’s re-imagining as a kind of paradise lost, and as a cautionary tale,” said Allison Young, an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow of Contemporary Art. “At the same time, her work transcends this narrative, revealing how examples of visual culture—from Dutch Wax fabrics to national emblems to gestures in the history of portraiture—exist as remnants of these colonial histories.”

Based in New York, the British-Liberian artist is highly known for her luxurious large-scale paintings and installations that are adorned with gold and include references to both modern and traditional West African culture.

“NOMA is pleased to present Lina Iris Viktor’s exhibition, and to foreground a lesser-known history of which the American South was a part,” said Susan Taylor, NOMA’s Montine McDaniel Freeman Director. “In this series, Viktor offers her unique perspective on a complex and multifaceted history.”

Programs related to the exhibition feature conversations led by Lina Iris Viktor and Allison Young, a film series, and a special talk with Viktor and curator Renée Mussai. For more information, please visit NOMA READ MORE........