Ballew presents at Central Christian College Art Festival

headshot-web-h_FrankBallewDirector of Publications Frank Ballew ’05 was the guest speaker at Central Christian College’s 4th Annual Art Festival on Oct. 12 in the Wesley Black Fine Arts Center as part of the college’s Homecoming weekend activities. The theme was “A Reflection of Kansas.”

Ballew’s presentation featured examples of illustrations and artwork spanning his career, showing how his artistic skills have grown over the years. From rough pencil sketches, to portraits and landscapes, to published illustrations, Ballew’s work started with a series of pencil drawings of the Civil War done in the fifth grade and ended with his most recent rendering, Kansas Morning.

Kansas Morning

“Kansas Morning” by Frank Ballew ’05

Ballew came to Bethany in 1999. He is a graduate of the Art Institute of Boston, where he won an award for best portfolio in illustration, and Bethany College. He is noted for his ability to design publications using technology as well as his drawings and paintings. In 2012 he was recognized by the community of Lindsborg for several years of outstanding illustrations used for promoting Bethany’s annual Messiah Festival of the Arts. Other work has included the college’s dove logo and each design and layout of the Bethany Magazine. Ballew is co-advisor for the campus newspaper and employs student workers interested in graphic design.

Prior to Bethany, Ballew has served as a graphic designer for the San Bernardino Health Department in California, Light and Life Press in Indianapolis, Ind., and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. As a freelance artist, Ballew has a special skill for his realistic portraits, which he paints upon commission. He also enjoys drawing and painting fantasy figures and landscapes and illustrating children’s magazines using a variety of media, including acrylic paints, markers, colored pencils, and pen and ink.