Urgent Care Artists
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Lavett Ballard is an Artist, Art historian, Curator, and Author. She holds a dual Bachelor’s in Studio Art and Art History with a minor in Museum Studies from Rutgers University. She is currently a graduate candidate for her MFA at University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries, public and private institutions nationwide. She was a regional finalist for both New York & Philadelphia for the Bombay Artisan Emerging Artist competition. Her art has been included in literary, film, theater productions, and TEDx’s Philadelphia City Catalogue. Ballard’s style infuses Texture and Tones of Color to create whimsical and moving imagery to illustrate race and gender. Her art is distinctive in how she uses alternative materials and decorative style, which allows me to push the boundaries of how the medium of painting is perceived. Her current body of work is a diverse collection of narrative illustrations of people of African descent in a historical context. She uses formal elements of paint, charcoal, oil pastel, and collage, and combines them with reclaimed items.
Inga Kimberly Brown
Inga Kimberly Brown is an oil painter with a fine arts education, and decades of study and practice. Her early influences include playing musical instruments in her childhood, working with wood with her father, and the swampy coastal countryside of the eastern coast of North Carolina. In her current work, Brown cites familial influence, Francis Bacon, Sassafras and Cypress & Indigo by Ntozake Shange, and Kara Walker’s silhouettes as influences and inspirations.
“ I do not equate my work with the womb, but I do associate my work with the female body as a Whole. So much power is associated with the vagina. In fact, the focus on the womb and having children is a gift but not an obligation in my mind. I myself do not have children and I have never given birth. Much of my abandonment of
becoming a mother is due to my own personal struggle with breast cancer. My breast cancer struggle started in 1998 and then again in the year 2000. Although breast cancer is just a memory today, the disease took a lot from me. The ability to be pregnant would be one of the things cancer took when it left my body. I was forced in to early menopause at the ages 28 and 30 years old. I made peace with not being able to share in the pleasures and pain of flexing my womb to children. The ode to word wombman would be a dedication I would give to my grandmothers.”
Sanchel Brown is an international dancer/choreographer/actress originally from Baltimore, MD. She has obtained her B.F.A from Virginia Commonwealth and has extensively studied movement of the African Diaspora in Senegal, West Africa under the direction of GermaineAcogny at L’Ecole De Sable. Sanchel is currently based in Philadelphia,PA and has had the honor to work with many choreographers in the Mid Atlantic region including Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Maria Bauman, Paloma Mcgregor, Jumatatu Poe, David Brick and many others. Her past performance credits include Urban Bush Women's "Chalabati" and "Batty Moves",”Black Nativity”, “The Kimmel Center’s Kinetic Tree Show”, “JAMAICA the Musical”, ”Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope”, “First World Theater’s Say He Had More Than A Dream”, Freedom Theatre's “Black Nativity” and many more. She is a 2015 Barrymore Award nominee for Best Lead Actress in a Musical and winner for Best Ensemble for her outstanding performance as “Mary” in Theater Horizon’s production of “Black Nativity”. Her choreography credits include Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls”, New Freedom Theater’s “Black Nativity”, Pulliam Button Hole's "One More River To Cross"as well as her self-produced show, “Ode to Black Wombman”. Her teaching engagements include Gibney Dance Center, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Dancing Grounds, New Freedom Theater, University City Arts League, Drexel University,University of the Arts, North Carolina Undergorund Dance, Dogtown Dance Theatre and more.
Destiny Palmer is a 2017 graduate of the MFA program at Tyler School of Art at Temple University and of Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Destiny was co-founder of Traditions Remixed, an artist collective whose goal is to create a supportive community for young artists, especially artists of color, encouraging collaboration and networking. Palmer has been exploring and investigating what it means to be an artist and advocate for the arts. Palmer served on Boston’s Arts and Culture Team under new elected Mayor Marty Walsh. Palmer has also worked with organizations like Discover Roxbury, Dorchester Arts Collective and TLC Arts and Sciences Foundation, while also participating in exhibitions at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Museum of Fine Arts. Prior to moving to Philadelphia, Palmer was a faculty member at Boston Arts Academy. As an educator her goals are to mentor students as they develop as young creators, especially in preparation for college and as artistic professionals.
Calli Roche is a patternmaker, creative, and visionary based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work currently centers around themes of gender, sociality, and playing with the functional boundaries of the garment. She graduated with a Certificate in Freehand Patternmaking from the Training and Productivity Authority of the Fiji Islands, a Certificate in Couture Techniques and Fashion Design from Paris American Academy and a B.S. in Apparel Production and Manufacturing from Colorado State University. Calli enjoys hosting in her Brooklyn apartment, Facetiming her nieces and nephews and reading horology books. Her next project will be an examination of childhood, surrealist film and the subconscious.
Nastassja Swift is a multi-disciplinary artist holding a Bachelor’s degree of Fine Art from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) with a major in Painting & Printmaking and a minor in Craft & Material Studies. She is the owner and artist of D for Dolls, an online collection of handmade needle felted figures. Outside of being a doll maker, she works with paint, print and fiber within her studio practice. Her work is reflective of childhood, girlhood and identity, specific to race and gender. In the past year, she has shown work throughout Virginia, in Tennessee, California and in Qatar, where she was the 2015-2016 Artist in Residence at
VCU Qatar and put together her first solo exhibition. The solo show, I Keep Repeating it Over and Over in My Head, received rave reviews with publications in Oh LaLa Magazine, Qatar Tribune, The Peninsula Newspaper and The Gulf Times. Nastassja is currently living and working in Virginia Beach, VA.