K. Joy Ballard Peters

(Atlanta, Georgia) – Artist, Educator [inducted 2012]

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Joy attended public school. She studied at Howard University and received Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Design in June 1969, with minors in Art History and Graphics.  She received the Ceramic and Watercolor Painting Award; Howard University Annual Student Exhibits 1966, 1967, 1968. She participated in an exhibition with mother/teachers/artist E. Loretta Ballard.  The “MOTHER-DAUGHTER SHOW”, in 1969 took place at the Margaret Dickey Gallery, D. C. Teachers College.

Joy moved to Boston Massachusetts in January, 1969 and taught art in  the Brookline Public School System for three years.  She studied at Boston University, received  her Master of Fine Arts in Art Education in 1974 with a minor in Education. She became Co-Director of the Children’s Art Centre, 1973.  Her works were shown in the D.C. Art Association Annual Exhibits from 1971-1976.  First appliqués shown in 1973.

Joy Ballard Peters relocated to Atlanta, Georgia in August 1973. She became a founding faculty member in the University System of Georgia’s Atlanta Metropolitan College (formerly Atlanta Junior College) from September 1974 – February 2001; She retired as a Professor of Art. She remains active in the visual arts community on neighborhood, city, county, and state levels serving on all arts council for a period of time.

Her first major exhibition showing appliqués was “THREE D.C. ARTISTS SHOW”, Smith –Mason Gallery, 1974, Washington, D.C.. Her group shows included Atlanta Artists Club Traveling Shows, and Black Artists/ Atlanta Annual Exhibitions.  Her juried Shows include “Artists in Georgia”, “Atlanta Life Annual Exhibits”, “Atlanta Arts Festival”.  Her 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, P LLC (Maryland) and Andrea Young.

Ms. Peters is highly acclaimed for her work in “appliqué collage,” and has dedicated her career to art education and appreciation. Through her life’s work, she epitomizes all that The Pierians, Incorporated represents. For more than 28 years, she pursued a career as an educator in art, throughout all academic levels. Her work with elementary school children, both in the classroom and through community organized projects, demonstrates her commitment to bringing the elemental aspects of art appreciation to our youth.  She continues to remain active in the visual arts community on neighborhood, county, city and state levels. As a visual and commercial artist, she has demonstrated exceptional innate talent, imagination, and creativity, most notably through her unique appliqué collages, which are created from fabric, and depict a broad range of American life.  As creator and coordinator of the National Black Art Festival’s Artists Market, a national event, she has promoted community awareness of art and generated a greater interest in collection of art awareness, and the careers of emerging artists for more than 15 years.