Jerrold Ballaine Biography

Jerrold Ballaine






Jerrold Ballaine, painter, sculptor, and educator, was born in Seattle, Washington on 16 February 1934.  He attended the University of Washington, Seattle between 1952 and 1955 and, after serving in the military, he furthered his studies at the Art Center School in Los Angeles in 1958. He earned his B.F.A. degree from the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco in 1959 where he studied with Richard Diebenkorn and his M.F.A. degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1961.

Ballaine began his teaching career in 1963 when he joined the faculty of the Cornish School of Allied Arts in Seattle.  In 1965, he was hired to teach at the University of California, Berkeley and retired from there in 1994.  While at Berkeley, he served as Interim Museum Director for the academic year 1975-1976. Ballaine started out as a Bay Area Figurative painter and after studying at the San Francisco Art Institute he turned toward depicting landscapes in his oil painting.  Since the 1970s he has painted in acrylic. His sculpture has been created in clay, fabricated plastic, and marble.

His numerous awards and honors include the San Francisco Museum of Drawing and Print Art, Annual Award, 1960; Fourth International Young Artists Exhibition Award Tokyo, Japan, 1967; Summer Faculty Fellowship, University of California at Berkeley, 1969; Creative Arts Institute Grant, University of California, Berkeley, 1971; and the Humanities Research Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 1980.

Jerrold Ballaine is represented in the collections of the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth; University Art Museum, University of California Berkeley, California; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California; Denver Art Museum, Colorado; Hirshhorn Collection, New York; Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska; Logan Museum of Art, Logan, Utah; Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California; Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California; Seattle Art Museum, Washington; Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, California; Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Wichita Art Museum, Kansas; and the Swiss State Museum, Zurich, Switzerland.