On the Deck
oil on canvas
24'' x 32''
Blackburn, Morris
1902-1979

Morris Blackburn was born in Philadelphia in 1902.  He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and with Arthur B. Carles, Jr.  He won Cresson European Scholarships in 1928 and 1929, and was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in painting and graphic art in 1952.  In addition to his work as a painter, he is well known     for his accomplishments as an etcher, engraver, lithographer and serigrapher. 

Among Mr. Blackburn's awards are 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 Prize, 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. 

He is represented in the following public collections:  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. 

Mr. Blackburn had many one-man exhibitions and his work has been shown widely in the United States, as well as in Europe, Canada and India.  He also served on the faculty of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 

The artist died in 1979.