Boris Bally

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Boris Bally is an American artist and metal smith in Providence, Rhode Island.


Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Bally's interest in the metal arts began at age 13 through a class where he made brass knuckles and throwing stars. His interest continued to grow as he experienced the industry through more classes and meeting local artists. He began classes at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts, the Tyler School of Art, and Carnegie Mellon University. Through his travels and apprenticeships, Boris showed an interest in the more extreme and mechanical aspect of design.

Photo of the interior of the Ryan Post building in Providence, RI. The first floor is Boris Bally's sculpture studio.

Initially, Bally focused on jewellery and flatware to establish himself as an artist. Continuing his interest, he expanded into scrap objects and road signs.[1][2][3]


  • University of Akron, Metalsmithing II, Adjunct Jewelry Instructor 1995
  • Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Jewelry Instructor, lecturer 1990–1995
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Artist/Lecturer, Department of Art, 1993
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Design, 1989–1991


  • Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Prof: Carol Kumata BFA: Metals 1984
  • Tyler School of Art, Foundation and Metals Program, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1980–1982
  • Intensive Goldsmith Apprenticeship, Alexander Schaffner Goldschmied, Basel, Switzerland 1979–1980

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • De-Sign: Boris Bally's Exploration of the Available. Kendall College of Art, Sarah Joseph, Grand Rapids, December 15, 2003- Feb 20, 2004
  • Urban Enamels: Soul-Stirring Works by Boris Bally. Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, December 14, 2001 – January 13, 2002.
  • Introducing Boris Bally, Contemporary Metal Artist. Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, Arizona. June 1–30, 1999.
  • American Metalanguage I. main foyer, Barbican Centre, London, England. April 10-June 7, 1998.
  • Signage: A Solo Show, Gallery I/O, New Orleans, Louisiana. October 1–31, 1996.
  • Constructed Metal Objects. Joanne Rapp Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona. April 1–3, 1996.
  • Structure/Geometry. Nancy Sachs Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri March 8-April 13, 1996.
  • Bally/Darway. The Works Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. October 1-November 15, 1995.


  1. ^ Linda Yablonsky - September 26, 2008 00:00 EDT (2008-09-26). "Hair Tapestry, Q-Tip Art Blend Kitsch, Sadism at New MAD Museum". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  2. ^ Malarcher, Patricia (1995-12-24). "CRAFTS - Ideas, Not Fluids, Flow In College Exhibitions". Retrieved 2011-02-04. 
  3. ^ Anderson, Harry Martin; Bally, Boris; Berman, Harriete Estel; Baum, Don; Cleaver, Randall; Hoyt, Judith; Kuhn, Rolf Eric; Nagelbach, Fred; Sewell, Leo (2000). "Sculptures and installations from recycled materials: February 20-April 30, 2000, Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, Wisconsin". Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts{{inconsistent citations}} 

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