Haibat Balaa (1952) received her BA in Fine Arts from Beirut University College now (the Lebanese American University) in 1975. She has taught in the Lebanese American University for 17 years. Since 2001-2022 Balaa is the Fine Arts Coordinator and Art professor at the American University of Science and Technology (AUST). Now acting as a Fine Arts professor. She has participated in collective exhibitions in AUB, LAU, ALBA, Haigazian, Galerie Rochane, Station Des Arts, Sursock Museum, Grand Palais de Paris, Cairo, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrein, Kuwait, among others. She was invited to participate in the 8th Biennale in Beijing (2019). Haibat Balaa held solo exhibitions at Amateur Gallery (1991), Epreuve d’Artist (1996), Espace SD (2006), Galerie Alwan (2010), AUST (2012), Art On 56th (2014) and Agial Gallery (2018). In 1982, she was awarded the first prize but not unique by the Central Bank of Lebanon for designing a new Lebanese currency. Also got the first prize in Makhoul show in 1979 and 1980.
A monograph of her work was published in 2012 titled “ Haibat Balaa Bawab: The Art of Collage”. Balaa composed two AUST publications titled “Beyond the Medium I” and “Beyond the Medium II”. Haibat Balaa is a member of the Lebanese Association of Painters and Sculptors and a member in the Artists Syndicate. Famous critics have generously given her praising for her collages and oil paintings.