In the Gallery:
Morris Blackburn and His Legacy: Painter, Printmaker, Writer, and Teacher
An exhibition honoring Morris Blackburn, his artwork and his teaching excellence as seen in artworks created by over a dozen of his former students, will be on view at Brookdale Community College’s CVA Gallery from January 22 through February 21, 2020. The opening reception is scheduled to take place on Friday, January 24, 2020, 4:00 – 7:00 PM.
The exhibition, “Morris Blackburn and his Legacy: Painter, Printmaker, Writer, and Teacher” features 20 of his paintings, screen prints, wood engravings and etchings. The exhibition also displays a selection of paintings, drawings, and prints by over a dozen of his former students. Artists include: Patrick Connors, Philadelphia; Kandice Fields, Vineland, New Jersey; Larry Francis, Philadelphia; Edgar Jerins, New York; Gilbert Lewis, Philadelphia; Nancy Witt Mulick, Columbus, Ohio; Mary Nomecos, Philadelphia; Rhoda Rosenberg, Boston; Elizabeth Tasker, Millville, New Jersey; Bill Scott, Philadelphia; Stuart Shils, Philadelphia; Pat Vanaman Witt, Millville; and Louis Sloan (1932-2008), whose painting is on loan from a private collection.
Morris Blackburn (1902-1979) was born in Philadelphia and resided there his entire life. His early works were in the style of Early American Modernism. In the 40’s he was a trailblazer in the practice of using the silk screen technique in creating an art form. Later, Blackburn became a prolific landscape painter in South Jersey, Philadelphia, and Taos, New Mexico. He was a celebrated teacher for more than 45 years. His classroom lectures to his PAFA and PMA studio art students were recorded and transcribed. He had titled a grouping of 60+ of his lessons, “Model Stand Chats,” but did not publish them. As part of a Sabbatical Project, supported by Brookdale Community College, they have been edited and prepared for publication at this time, forty years after his death.
“Blackburn’s artistic production combined with his impact as a teacher and mentor to so many others, established his reputation as one of the most important American artists of his generation,”
-Marie Naples Maber, MA, History of Art, and Exhibition Curator.
Blackburn’s works are in the permanent collections of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The British Museum in London and The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, as well as several other public and private collections worldwide.