Associate Professor Charles Timm-Ballard teaches a wide variety of studio art courses and is a practicing artist. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Before teaching at Whitman, Prof. Timm-Ballard taught at Pomona College Claremont California, Lawrence University Appleton Wisconsin, and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, held a residency at the Europees Keramisch Werkcentrum, and is the winner of numerous awards. Charles is represented by Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art http://www.sherryleedy.com/.
Charles Timm-Ballard’s work does for painting what bronze did for sculpture; solidifying and encasing the fleeting nature of expression into a more enduring material. The piece shown here seamlessly and impressively eliminates any perceived categorical boarders between painting and ceramics. Working within a traditional, rectangular painting format, in a traditional landscape genre, with traditional ceramic materials, Timm-Ballard’s work modestly elevates the whole lot; revering and broadening ceramics, painting, and tradition effortlessly without a hint of presumptuousness. His work is and enduring amalgamation of form, content, and process that celebrates materiality right down to the stunning varnish of glaze that fissures and cracks like aging oil paint.