Architect and artist Mac Ball finds inspiration in the landscape and waterways of southern Louisiana.  Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Ball has painted since his teenage years, vacillating between abstraction and realism over time.  The artist’s paintings are modernistic with their reduced color palette and his angular, sketchy brushwork, and yet he retains the sense of place and narrative qualities of the landscape.

Also known in New Orleans for his architectural work, Ball graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975. He attended the Yale School of Architecture where he won the William Wirt Winchester Traveling Fellowship and received a Master of Architecture in 1978. Before forming Waggonner & Ball Architects in 1989 with J. David Waggonner III, he worked for Cesar Pelli and Associates from 1979 to 1986. He has taught architectural design at Yale and Tulane Universities and has been inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.

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