Ellie Balk was born 1976 in St. Louis, Missouri. 2002, in the small town of Bowling Green, Ohio she became an artist and earned her Bachelors of Fine Art. These pursuits led her to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn where she received her Masters in Fine Art in 2005. Ellie has lived in the same dollhouse building since her move to Brooklyn. She is dedicated to her community and supports it through her artistic practice.
As a community artist, she collaborates with organizations, schools and residents to create collaborative and interactive work. Her goal is to inspire connections and use art as a tool to bring people together. Centered on this goal, Ellie’s artwork often employs the concepts of data visualization, relying on the input and efforts of the community to create a formalized image. Seemingly abstract, the images created can be read and interpreted by viewers allowing further interaction and connection to the data.
Ellie was recently awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant where she collaborated with 9 pianists from NYC to create a musical landscape on a 130’ wall under the BQE in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. She is a multi-year recipient of Brooklyn Arts Council’s Local Capacity Building Grant where she collaborates with schools and communities to create murals and public art projects. As the new Executive Director for the not-for-profit artist group South of the Navy Yard Artists (SONYA), she has a deep-rooted investment in bringing arts to the community and community to the arts. Working with BRIC Contemporary Art Gallery, she gets the opportunity to create integrated school beautification projects with Brooklyn Public schools. For more information on new projects visit: www.elliebalk.com