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Born in 1902 in Philadelphia, PA, Blackburn began studying art in 1922 at The Graphic Sketch Club and The Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art, eventually continuing his education at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Blackburn was ingenius with his use of materials, exploring traditional and new painting and printmaking techniques. He was one of the first to use silkscreen (screenprint) for fine art prints in the early 1940’s.
As a faculty member at The Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art and at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Blackburn was legendary. He was honored in 1928 and 1929 with two Cresson Traveling Scholarships and with The John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 1952. His work was included in almost every Annual Exhibition at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts from 1930 to 1968.
Morris Blackburn died in Philadelphia in 1979 leaving a legacy to benefit The Scholarship Fund of The School of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
British Museum, London
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland
Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington
Federal Reserve Bank, Philadelphia
Free Library of Philadelphia
The Huntington Library & Gardens
Jundt Art Museum, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington
Library of Congress, Washington
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Museum of New Mexico
National Gallery of Art, Washington
National Museum of American Art, Washington
New Jersey State Museum, Trenton
New York Public Library, New York
Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester
Syracuse University, New York
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Wichita Art Museum, Kansas
Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia