Gloria Abella Ballen
Gloria Abella Ballen is an international award winning artist/author of the acclaimed book,
More recently she collaborated with Ilan Stavans, doing the art work for
Her preparation for writing about the Hebrew alphabet took her to libraries and archives from the United States to Israel, Spain and theU.K. (British Museum and Oxford's Bodleian Library), as well as studying the Zohar and contemporary works such as The Alphabet of Creation by Ben Shahn and The Book of Letters by Rabbi Lawrence Kushner.
Abella Ballen has taught classes on creativity and expression at Georgia State University and the University of the Andes in Bogota. In addition to her graduate degree in art from SUNY-Buffalo, she did specialized work on creativity and expression with Larry Rivers and John Cage.
Abella Ballen has been visiting lecturer on Jewish art, Jewish illuminated manuscripts, and her own work from the Mishkan Omanim, Herzliya, Israel to the University of Essex and the Camberwell School of Art in the U.K. and University of Xinjiang in China among others.
In addition to her writing, she has exhibited at Christie’s in London and Louis Stern in Los Angeles, from the Carrillo Gil Museum in Mexico City to the Bellevue Art Museum in Seattle. She has exhibited in the United States, Israel, Japan, Colombia, Mexico and England. Her art is in museum, corporate and private collections, from Colombia (National Museum) to the United States (Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Occidental Petroleum, Mayo Clinic, et.al.) and Canada (Royal Bank of Canada). She is of a Sephardic family, born in South America.
Awards and Recognitions
Best Book, Design and Production - Southwest Book Design Awards
Latin American Graphics Biennial
Pan American Graphic Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
She can be contacted at
Gloria Abella Ballen
P.O. Box 23924
Santa Fe, NM 87502
Writing of Distinction
Jewish Life, Learning & Legacy
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