Jean Blackburn Bio



Yale School of Art, Yale University, M.F.A., Painting
Rhode Island School of Design, B.F.A., Painting, design

“Feed,” PIEROGI, N.Y., N.Y.
“Warp,” Rafius Fane Gallery, (installation, paintings, works on paper), Boston, MA (March–April)
Dolly and Richard Maass Gallery, School of Art and Design, Purchase College, Purchase, NY (September–October)
Jean Blackburn, McDough Museum of Art, Youngstown State Univ., Youngstown, Ohio. Curated by Leslie Brothers
“Holed,” (paintings and sculpture), Caren Golden Fine Arts, N.Y, N.Y. (March–April)
“Livingroom,” (sculpture and paintings,) Caren Golden Fine Arts, N.Y., N.Y. (October–November)
Deven Golden Gallery, (Sculpture and drawings), N.Y., N.Y. (March)
Bronwyn Keenan Gallery, Sculpture, N.Y., N.Y. (March)
Dahn Gallery, Sculpture and drawings, N.Y.,N.Y. (October)
“Reconstruct,” PIEROGI, sculpture and drawings, Brooklyn, N.Y. (November)

“Double Down”, PIEROGI, N.Y. (June 25–August 12)
Summer Show, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, N.Y., N.Y.
Summer Show, sculpture, Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA (August 2–27)
Group Show, Outdoor Installation, Kennard Park, Newton, MA. Curated by Allison Newsome
“Pierogi XX: Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition,” PIEROGI, Brooklyn, N.Y.  (September 5–October 5)
“Locally Made,” R.I. School of Design Museum, Prov. RI (July–October)
“Raid the Attic,” Granoff Center, Brown University, Providence, R.I. (March 19-April 19)
Group Show, Chazan Gallery, Wheeler School, Providence, R.I. (March)
“A Separate Piece,” McNeill Art Group, N.Y., N.Y. Curated by Anna Ort and Shane McAdams (June 16–August 29)
“Informed by Function,” Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, N.Y.   Curated by Susan Hoeltzel and Claudia Calirman  (February 5–May 16)
“Domestico,” Lerimonti Gallery, Milan, Italy (January 15–March 15)
“Brief Encouters,” Caren Golden Gallery, N.Y., N.Y. (December 4–21)
“Transitional Objects,” Neuberger Museum, Purchase College, Purchase, N.Y. Curated by Dede Young
“Material Abuse,” Colgate University, N.Y. (October–November)
“Material Abuse,” Caren Golden Gallery, N.Y., N.Y.
Group Show, Sun Valley Center for the Arts. Curated by Jennifer Gately (June 29–August 4)
“Plastic Fantastic,” The Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, Long Branch, N.J. Curated by Christopher Chambers (April 21–May 26)
“Secretive,” Wheeler Gallery, Providence, R.I. Curated by Annette Cyr (February 16–March 8)
“Synthetic Aesthetic,” The LAB. Curated by Christopher Chambers (January 5–14)
“Design for Living,” Islip Art Museum, East Islip, N.Y., curated by Karen Shaw (Sept. 21–Nov. 20)
“ Annual Summer Invitational Exhibition,” De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, MA (April 30–July 30)
“Rearranged/Redefined: Domestic Objects Reconsidered,” Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA. Curated by Mary Salvante (May 13–June 8)
“Material Matters,” sculpture, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.  Curated by Andrea Insellman (January 22–March 20)
3 person show, ceramics, David Florio Gallery, Aspen, Colorado (November 26–December 24)
“About Sculpture,” The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Curated by Ian Berry (June 2004–January 2005)
“Undomesticated Interiors,” Smith College Art Museum. Curated by Linda Muelig
“Perforations,” McKenzie Fine Arts, N.Y., N.Y. (June–August)
“Form to Function,” John Michael Kohler Arts Center
3 person show, Bettcher Gallery, Miami, FL. Curated by Cora Bettcher (December)
“Floor to Ceiling,” 3 person show, Aldrich Museum , Ridgefield, CT. Curated by Harry Philbrick. (January–May)
“Imprints, Punctures & Other Pointed Maneuverings,” paintings and sculpture, University of Rhode Island. Curated by Judith Tolnick (January–March)
“LOUDLY MINIMAL quietly baroque,” highlights of 1/4 Hora Project Space, Elgin, TX, Blue Star Gallery, San Antonio, TX. Curated by Margo Sawyer (November 2001–January 2002)
“The Chasanoff Collection,” The Mint Museum of Craft & Design, group show of the Chasanoff Collection, Charlotte, NC (November–March)
“Multiple Sensations,” a traveling group show curated by Joe Amrhein, Pierogi, Brooklyn, N.Y. for the Yerba Buena Center (San Francisco), Post Gallery (Los Angeles), and Block Art Space (Kansas City), MO (September–February)
“Threshold,” Virginia Center for the Arts, traveling show, curated by Andrea Inselmann, Virginia Beach, VA (September–November)
“Welcome,” group show, curated by Jennifer McGregor, Wave Hill, Bronx, N.Y. (May–August)
“Best of the Season,” Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT (September–November)
“Working in Brooklyn,” 4-person show, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, N.Y. Curated Charlotta Kotik (December 1998–June 1999)
“Threshold: Invoking the Domestic in Contemporary Art.” Curated by Andrea Inselmann, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI (April–August)
“Rage for Art,” inaugural exhibition, PIEROGI, Brooklyn, N.Y. (September)
“Southern Exposure,” Ambrosino Gallery, Miami, FL. Curated by Sean Gelb
“Annual Benefit Show,” The New Museum, N.Y., N.Y. (May)
“Out of the Frying Pan,” Pace University Art Gallery, Pace University, N.Y., N.Y. Curated by Linda Gottesfield, (March)
“Redefinitions: A View From Brooklyn,” Main Art Gallery, Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton, CA. Curated by Sue Joyce (November)
“New York Drawers” (Pierogi’s Flat Files) Gasworks, London and Corner House, Manchester, England. Curated by Joe Amrhein. Hosted by Shawn Cummins (September–October)
“Slad,” Apex Art, N.Y., N.Y. Curated by Janice Krasnow and Mary Jones (January)
“A Walk in the Woods,” Islip Art Museum, East Islip, N.Y. Curated by Karen Shaw (September)
“Downtown Art Exchange,” Bronwyn Keenan, N.Y., N.Y. (June)
“Gramercy International Art Exhibition,” Gracy Mansion and Fred Dorfman Art Projects, Gramercy Park Hotel, N.Y., N.Y. (May)
“Annual Benefit Show,” The New Museum, N.Y., N.Y. (May)
“Wish You Were Here,” Bronwyn Keenan, N.Y., N.Y. (March)
“Annual Benefit Show,” White Columns, N.Y., N.Y. (March)
“Multiples,” PIEROGI, Brooklyn, N.Y. (December)
“Way Cool,” Exit Art, The First World. sculpture, biennial survey show, N.Y., N.Y. (May)
“Furniture,” Jack Tilton Gallery, sculpture, N.Y., N.Y. (December)
“Backroom,” Four Walls, sculpture, 2 person show, Brooklyn, N.Y. (October)
“New York Biennial of Glass,” Robert Lehman Gallery, Urban Glass, sculpture,  Brooklyn, N.Y.
Photonominal, photo-based sculpture, The Forum Gallery, Jamestown, N.Y. (January)
“Boundaries, Light, Paint and Constructions,” sculpture, 148 Gallery, N.Y., N.Y. (January)
“Body and Soul,” Warren St. Gallery, Hudson, N.Y. Curated by Laura Battle and Kiki Smith
“Against the Tide,” photo-based sculpture, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, N.Y.
“Travel and Leisure Show,”  photography, Four Walls, Brooklyn, N.Y.
“Neurotic Art Show,” sculpture, Artist’s Space, N.Y., N.Y.
“Photo Projects,” photo-based sculpture, White Columns, N.Y., N.Y.
“Manipulation and Photography,” The Gallery, photo-based sculpture, group show, N.Y., N.Y.
“Four Corners of Abstract Painting,” Paintings, curated by Bill Arning, White Columns N.Y., N.Y.

Behringer, David. “Broken Chairs and Floating Trash: 4 Mysterious Summer Artworks,” Design Milk, July 18,
Adams, Abraham. Artforum, April 2017, Ctitic’s Pick, Boston,
“Give and Take Portfolio,” Manual, Issue 8, Spring 2017, Published by the RISD Museum
Carlock, Marty. “Kennard Sculpture Trail,” Sculpture Magazine, March 2017
Alexander, Janet. “Go Brooklyn Open Studios,” Resource, Sept. 10,
Van Siclen, Bill. “In the Galleries,” The Providence Journal, March 15
Young, Dede. “Transitional Objects: Contemporary Still Life,” exhibition catalogue, Neuberger Museum, Purchase,  N.Y.
Luby, Abby. “Still Life in Motion,” The Advocate/ Greenwich Time, September 17
Insellmann, Andrea. “Material Matters,” exhibition catalogue, Herbert Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
Bernstein, Fred. “This Old Museum,” The New York Times, June 6, Art/Architecture
“Undomesticated Interiors,” exhibition catalogue, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
Amy, Michael. “Reviews: Jean Blackburn” Sculpture, Vol. 22 No. 9 / November
Chasin, Noah. “Jean Blackburn ’Living Room’,” Time Out New York, Oct. 31–Nov. 7, 2002
Kasson, Joy S. “The Allan Chasanoff Collection,” American Craft, Vol. 61 No.4, August / September, Allan Chasanoff CERAMIC Collection, permanent collection catalogue, by Mary Douglas, Curator, Mint Museum of Art and Craft, Charlotte, N.C.
“Review of Exhibitions: Jean Blackburn at Deven Golden Fine Art,” Art in America, December
Johnson, Ken. “Art in Review: Jean Blackburn,” The New York Times, April 2, Weekend Section
Gibson, Wesley. “Jean Blackburn,” New Art Examiner, June
Johnson, Ken. “Art in Review: Domestic Transformations,” The New York Times, January 15
Inselmann, Andrea. “Threshold,” exhibition pamphlet, John Michael Kohler Center, Sheboygen, WI
Kotik, Charlotta. “Domestic Transformations,” exhibition pamphlet, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Smith, Roberta. “Art in Review,: Jean Blackburn,” The New York Times, April 11
Art Net, April, Reviews, “Jean Blackburn at Bronwyn Keenan” by Meaghan Dailey, a.k.a.
New York Times Magazine, Sept. 1, cover photo, “The Do-It-Yourself Dealers”, by Ellen Pall.
Bijutsu Techo, March, by Manami Fujimori.
Le Millenium, No . 15, Tokoyo, Japan.
New York Press, Nov. 29, “Good Ship, Arty Pop” by Stuart Servetar.
New York Press, Oct. 25-31, Picks by Stuart Servetar.
The Daily News, June 3, by Stuart Klawans.
New York Newsday, May 19, “Young Artists Exploring By Light of Imagination” by Amie Wallach.
Glass Magazine, Nov. 1994, “The Newest Biennial: Ideas in Glass”, by John Perreault
New York Times, Sunday, June 19, “Artistic Visions Make a Case for a Troubled Environment”, by Vivian Raynorre Pelham Art Center Show.
Zyma-Art Today, Stuttgart, no. 5 (Nov.-Dec.), pp. 6-15, “New York Discovered”, by Susan Felleman and Peter Chametzky. The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J., June 7 by Eileen Watkins

Double Take, analysis of Von Kobel’s painting on paper in the RISD collection, by the RISD Museum in their award-winning publication Manual
Furniture as Prop in the Social Theatre of Life, article for Furniture Studio 4: Focus on Materials, Annual Journal of the Furniture Society, Ed. John Kelsey

Scientific Illustrator /Collaborator for Assist. Prof. Jian Chen, Brain Tractography Visualization Study, Dept. of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Collaborator/ Professor, Scientific Illustration Class, Trilobite Morphology, collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History, N.Y., with Melanie Hopkins, Assist. Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology.
2012, 13, 16,17
Scientific Illustrator, Etruscan Archaeological Excavation, U. Mass Amherst, Poggio
Civiate, Murlo Italy, Antony Tuck, lead archaeologist
Scientific Illustrator, Roman/Nabatean Archaeological Excavation, Southern Temple Project, Brown University, Petra, Jordan, Dr. Martha Joukowsky, lead archaeologist
Scientific Illustrator, for a book on the archaeological history of Turkey for Dr. Martha Joukowsky of Brown University.
1991,1994, 1997
Scientific Illustrator, for publications on Mayan Archaeology, for Dr. Michael Coe, Dept. of Archaeology, Yale University
Scientific Illustrator, reconstruction of a Roman bath at Kasfiki, Cyprus for Dr. Martha Joukowsky, Brown University

Frazier Teaching Award, given to one full-time and one part-time faculty member each year in recognition of teaching excellence
2011, 07, 02, 1998, 94, 91
Faculty Development Grant, R.I.S.D., Providence, R.I.
New York Foundation for the Arts, sculpture, N.Y., N.Y.
Symposium Participant, Art and Education, R.I.S.D.
Mass. Council-on-the Arts State Lottery Grant, for production of painting for the Marine Museum of Fall River
Ford Foundation Summer Grant, Yale University, awarded to 5 students
Ford Foundation Grant, Yale University, awarded during the year to promote special projects

1982 to present
Professor, Rhode Island School of Design
Courses taught include Drawing I and II, Painting I and II, Scientific Illustration, Visible Cities, The Domestic Object, Advanced Drawing, 3D Illustration
October 2015
Visiting Critic, Roger Williams University
December 2011
Visiting Critic, Brown University. Critic for sophomore painting project
Summer 2010, 08, 06, 03
Vermont Studio Center, Painting and Sculpture, Johnson, VT
November 2006
Visiting Critic, Anderson Ranch.  Critic for winter residency program.
Summer 2005
Instructor, Anderson Ranch.  Course taught: Sculpture