An exhibition honoring Morris Blackburn’s artworks and his teaching excellence will be on view at Brookdale Community College’s Center for Visual Arts (CVA) Gallery from January 22 through February 21, 2020.
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 his former students. Artists include: Patrick Connors, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Kandice Fields, Vineland, New Jersey; Larry Francis, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Edgar Jerins, New York, New York; Gilbert Lewis, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Dan Miller, Brooksville, Pennsylvania; Nancy Witt Mulick, Columbus, Ohio; Mary Nomecos, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Keith Ragone, Millville, New Jersey; Rhoda Rosenberg, Boston, Massachusetts; Elizabeth Tasker, Millville, New Jersey; Bill Scott, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Stuart Shils, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Pat Vanaman Witt, Millville, New Jersey; Martha Zelt, Roswell, New Mexico; 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. He was an early American modernist, an early practitioner of silk screen printing as an art form, and a prolific landscape painter in South Jersey, Philadelphia and Taos, New Mexico. He was a celebrated teacher for more than 45 years. Blackburn’s lectures to his students were recorded and transcribed throughout his teaching career. They have been edited and prepared for publication at this time, 40 after his death.
“Blackburn’s creative force, 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,” said Marie Naples Maber, exhibition curator.
Blackburn’s works are in the permanent collections of The 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.
The exhibition is free and will be on view in the CVA Gallery January 22 through February 21, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A public reception will take place on Friday, January 24th, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Photo Caption: Morris Blackburn, Self-Portrait, Woodcut