Devin Balara (b. 1988) is an artist living and working in New Orleans, Louisiana

2014 MFA in Sculpture, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

2010 BFA in Sculpture, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL

Residencies + Awards


Stoveworks Artist Residency (October), Chattanooga, TN


Stoveworks Artist Residency (November-January), Chattanooga, TN


Monson Artist Residency (April), Monson, ME


The Wassaic Project, Mary Ann Unger Fellowship Recipient (September-October), Wassaic, NY              

Say Uncle Artist in Residence (November), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

First Place Prize, Contemporary South Juried Exhibition, Visual Arts Exchange, Raleigh, NC


Vermont Studio Center Full Fellowship Award (July), Johnson, VT


Elsewhere Museum Artist in Residence (May - August), Greensboro, NC

8550 Ohio (formerly Harold Arts), Invitational Artist in Residence (July), Chesterhill, OH

Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, NJ

Friends of Art/Grunwald Gallery Thesis Prize, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Sculpture Trails Cast Iron Conference, Artist in Residence, Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum, Solsberry, IN

Solo + Two-Person Exhibitions


Blue Hole
, Coco Hunday, Tampa, FL, solo exhibition


Endless Reach
, exhibition with Bradley Marshall, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA

Deeper + Deeper, exhibition with Bobby Gonzales, Roots & Culture, Chicago, IL

The Living Daylights, exhibition with Douglas Degges, Cleaner Gallerym Chicago, IL

Big Spiral, sculpture installation and performance as a part of the Terrain Biennial, Chicago, IL


Doggy Dog World
, exhibition with Mac Akin, Alone Time Gallery, New Orleans, LA


What Did You Expect, What More Do You Want
, solo exhibition at Comfort Station, Chicago, IL


, result of residency with Say Uncle exhibited without permission at Lincoln Mall in Urbana, IL and at DEMO Projects in Springfield, IL


, William Thomas Gallery, University of Georgia, Athens, GA


, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Grunwald Gallery, Bloomington, IN

Selected Group Exhibitions


(upcoming March) Life is Delicious, Curve Line Space, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Alana-Lynn Berglund


Lilac, Moonbeam & Heavenly Blue, Goldfinch Gallery, Chicago, IL, curated by Dove Drury-Hornbuckle


Fall Ability
, curated by Madeleine and Alberto Aguilar, Mayfield project space, Chicago, IL


Kismet, curated by Meghan Grubb and Jessica Hunt, Monaco Gallery , St. Louis, MO


Fuzzy Transposition
, curated by Jesse Malmed, Monaco Gallery, St. Louis, MO

Animal Tactics, curated by Jordan Martins, Goldfinch Projects, Chicago, IL


Pocket Objects, traveling exhibition of small keychain sculptures curated by Noel Morical

Alligator, floating lake-based sculpture curated by Partial Shade Collective, Huntsville, TX


One Liners
, with Aay Preston Myint and Danny Giles, Ox-Bow Gallery, Saugatuck, M

To See The Moon Fall From The Sky, Spring Break Art Fair, Times Square, NYC, curated by Will Hutnick and Mark Joshua Epstein


The Mysterious Flight of the Peacock, COOP Gallery, Nashville, TN, curated by MikeCalway-Fagen

 Contemporary South, juried exhibition, Visual Arts Exchange, Raleigh, NC, First PlacePrize recipient

I Wish I Felt This Way at Home
, curated by The Packing Plant, Torrance Shipman,Brooklyn, NY

The Soul and the Pawn Shop, Sediment Arts, Richmond, VA

The Reject Show, The Living Gallery, Curated by Katherine Farley, Brooklyn, NY


International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement Award Exhibition, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

Do You Belong Here?, curated by Lauren Frances Moore, Public Space One, Iowa City, IA

Wastelands, curated by Allison Remy Hall and Jacob Winchester, 313 Gallery, Jersey City, NJ

Double Vision, Invitational Exhibition, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN

Kinsey Institute Juried Exhibition, Grunwald Gallery, Bloomington, IN

Professional Experience

2024 - present Solid Space Glass, Owner/Educator, freelance stained glass artist, New Orleans, LA

2016 - 2023 Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency, Metal Studio Manager, Saugatuck, MI

2014 - 2016 University of Tennessee, Metal Studio Manager, Knoxville, TN