Morris Blackburn Biography

Morris Blackburn

American

1902-1979

Biography

Morris Blackburn was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1902. He began studying art at The Graphic Sketch Club and The Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art in 1922. He continued his education at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and worked with Arthur B. Carles, Jr. He worked as a painter, etcher, engraver, lithographer and serigrapher, being one of the first to use silkscreen in the 1940s.

Mr. Blackburn was a faculty member of The Philadelphia Museum of Industrial Art and The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He won numerous awards including the John Gribbel Prize, Philadelphia Print Club, 1942; Gold Medal, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1946; Fellowship Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1949; Rosenwald Fund Grant, Print Club, 1950; Mary S. Collins Prize, Print Club, 1950; Harrison S. Morris Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1951; Thornton Oakley Prize, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1960.

Mr. Blackburn is represented in the public collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Butler Institute of American Art, the Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, the Clearwater Museum, the United States State Department, Free Library of Philadelphia, Woodmere Art Museum, Pennsylvania State University, Library of Congress, Childe Hassam Fund-University of Montana, Fleisher Art Memorial, Friends Central School, and the New Jersey State Museum.

The artist's work has been shown in the United States, Europe, Canada and India.

Morris Blackburn died in 1979.