Morris Blackburn (1902-1979) was born in Philadelphia and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and privately with Arthur B. Charles, Jr. In 1928 and 1929 he was able to explore European art after winning the Cresson Traveling Scholarship. Well-known as a painter, Blackburn also used etching, engraving, lithography, and serigraphy to realize his vision. In 1952 he was awarded a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation.
As a teacher at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art, he taught many young artists and was well known for his talent. He also owned a house in Taos, New Mexico where he spent his summers until 1969. His style represents a variety of the artistic developments of the first half of the 20th-Century and embodies the discourse between Europe and America in graphic art.
Blackburn’s work is held in public collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the U.S. State Department, New Jersey State Museum, and the New Mexico Museum of Art. His work has also been displayed in over forty one-man shows.