Jan Ballard, Principal
Jan Ballard founded Ballard Fine Art over 20 years ago and today it is a leading public and private art consultation firm with some of the largest and most complex public art projects in Canada. Our projects aspire to the best in contemporary art practice with conceptually rigorous, innovate and compelling public art and interventions that positively contribute to the public realm and engage diverse audiences on a multitude of levels in meaningful ways. Large public art projects have also included successful facilitation and implementation with First Nations and individual indigenous artists, requiring collaborative approaches, nuanced protocol and cultural sensitivities required for a successful art process.
Jan has management and international curatorial experience and expertise in all facets of private and public art. As past Executive Director of a leading commercial gallery in Vancouver and California specializing in modern and contemporary painting and sculpture, Jan’s myriad of high level responsibilities and duties included management of gallery staff (20 plus), art inventory, art commissions and sales, curation and organization of art exhibitions, artist research and writing. As well as developing and maintaining relationships with local, national and international artists, galleries, museums, institutions, and clients. Distinguished exhibitions organized and curated by Jan included working with artists Helen Frankenthaler, Louise Nevelson (Estate), James Hart, Bill Reid (Estate), Kenneth Noland, Denis Oppenheim, and Sorel Etrog.
Jan is committed to contemporary art and discourse with regular attendance and participation at important international and local art and architectural exhibitions, conferences and fairs including the Toronto International Art Fair, Art Basel, Documenta, Venice Biennale and New York Frieze. Jan is a current Board of Director at the Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) and active on the new facility and fund-raising committees, involving establishing and maintaining relationships with City officials, stakeholders and patrons. As well, Jan served on the Boards of The Polygon Gallery (Presentation House) and The Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Centre A) and has participated as jury member for numerous art initiatives and organizations. Active in the local and national art scene, Jan offers education, guidance and mentorship to young art professionals, artists, galleries, museums and nonprofit art institutions as well as support to the vibrant arts and culture scene in Vancouver.
Sara MacLellan, Consultant & Project Manager
Sara brings a wealth of related public art experience as an art historian, writer, and multidisciplinary creative with extensive knowledge of contemporary art and curatorial practice. She also has dynamic experience in communications, digital engagement, and non-profit fund development.
Sara is a PhD Candidate in Art History at McGill University, and holds an MA in the History of Art, Design, & Visual Culture from the University of Alberta as well as a Bachelor of Humanities from Carleton University. As an advocate for the public life of art and ideas, Sara is committed to making contemporary art accessible to a wide audience and encouraging participation and collaboration in the arts.