Isabelle Ballard ’16 paints Centre’s study abroad experience

Posted by Centre News in News, Studio Art, Study Abroad 05 Oct 2017

muralFrom studio art major to commissioned painter, Isabelle Ballard ’16 is using her artistic skills to illustrate the Centre College study abroad experience in a mural that will be displayed in the College’s Center for Global Citizenship.

Original sketch of the mural

Director of the Center for Global Citizenship Kyle Anderson came up with the idea to commission a mural. Assistant Director of the Center for Global Citizenship Leigh Cocanougher, who is familiar with Ballard’s work, contacted her about the opportunity.

Ballard currently has two other paintings on Centre’s campus, one in the library and one in the Campus Center.

Since the idea originated from Anderson, he had a clear concept of what he wanted the mural to represent. After meeting with him to hear his suggestions, Ballard started drawing the design on paper and then made a 3D model on her computer in order to understand what the mural will look like placed in a corner.

“I began designing the mural in August and actually started working on the physical object (building the panels) on Sept. 1,” Ballard explained. “I hope to make a lot of progress on it by Homecoming so that we can share my work with students and visiting alumni.”

Ballard has embraced the unique challenge of painting the public mural, as most of her work is more personal.

“I just hope that every Centre student, faculty and staff member who sees it can find something in it they relate to,” she concluded.

Ballard is posting updates of her mural work on her professional social media accounts, including photos and time-lapse videos, as well as periodic video blogs on her website.

by Kerry Steinhofer
October 5, 2017