Artist and architect Mac Ball finds inspiration in riverine environments and coastal southern landscapes. Raised along the waterways and marshes of Charleston, South Carolina, he now resides in New Orleans where he has been witnessing an ever-increasing crisis of land loss and environmental devastation. Since Hurricane Katrina, his architectural firm has been rebuilding the City and has focused on sustainable water management. Waggonner & Ball has teamed with experts from the Netherlands to weave stormwater management concepts into urban design initiatives and coastal stormwater projects in Connecticut, Norfolk, Charleston and Houston.

Mac’s love of Louisiana’s coastal landscape and a fascination with the way water alters one’s perception of the environment has fundamentally changed his artistic direction in this time of sea level rise. Counterpoised with coastal imagery, a fascination with the source and movement of water that flows to the sea has also born a body of work that is focused on movement and the refraction of light and color that plays upon highland streams.

“Climate change will continue to erode and transform landscapes and waterways, yet Earth will continue to yield magic and beauty throughout this ongoing and inevitable process. My hope is that my work will, for a brief moment, capture the materiality and light, the feel, of this ephemeral threshold in time.”

Born 1953, Charleston, SC
Currently lives and works in New Orleans

Education
1975
B.A. Studio Art / English; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
1978
M. Arch; Yale School of Architecture, New Haven; William Wirt Winchester Travelling Fellowship

Select Solo Exhibitions
2018
Topological Narratives, Cole Pratt Gallery

2016
Wish You Were Here, Cole Pratt Gallery

2013
Modern Life, Cole Pratt Gallery

2012
Recent Paintings, Cole Pratt Gallery Select Group Exhibitions

2010
James Stirling at Yale/Student Work. Yale School of Architecture

2009
Make it Right/From Concept to Community, Contemporary Art Center

2008
Group Show: Mac Ball/Recent Paintings, Uptown Gallery

1999
Art by Architects, Contemporary Art Center

1995
Ten Years Out, Yale School of Architecture

1993-98
Birdhouses By Architects, New Orleans Museum of Art

Select Collections
Iberia Bank
The Historic New Orleans Collection
Bayou District Foundation / Columbia Parc
Capital One Bank
Plauche Maselli Parkerson, LLC
Lambeth House Senior Living

Related Experience
2011
Elected to College of Fellows (FAIA), American Institute of Architects

1989-Present
Principal and Founder, Waggonner & Ball Architects, LLC

1985-1989
Associate, Eskew, Vogt Salvato & Filson Architects

1979-1985
Design Team Leader, Cesar Pelli & Associates, New Haven

1978-1979
Roth and Moore Architects, New Haven

  • Recess

    July 11 to August 30, 2019