Julie Blackstone

Julie Blackstone

Assistant Professor of Art

Office Location Art Annex
Phone (Office) 405.585.4343
OBU Mailbox # 61194
Email julie.blackstone@okbu.edu

Biography

Julie Marks Blackstone claims that she experiences "more fun” at work than most professors because of the wonderful variety of mediums she gets to teach in her studio classes—see list below. Nevertheless, she’s also quite serious about teaching art: she believes that it’s not merely a job, but a calling. She has been pursuing this calling full-time at OBU since 1997, but her connections to the University go further back. Blackstone’s grandparents graduated in the 1920’s; her father in 1950. Numerous other family members are alums, notably (or notoriously) her great-uncle Fred McCaulley, who brought "Ka-Rip" to OBU.

Early in her career, Blackstone served as an intern with an advertising agency in Leeds, England, and she remains, as a result, something of an Anglophile. After her graduation from UCO, she worked as an artist/designer at the Glasshaus Stained Glass Studio while teaching as an adjunct at OCCC. Her first work at OBU began in 1981, in the Ceramics Lab, and in the years before she became a full-time Faculty member, she helped run the lab, sold artwork in galleries, and taught private lessons.

Professor Blackstone teaches a variety of mediums, but she is best-known for her textiles/fibers. She has had work accepted in numerous shows, on a regional and national level.
Julie is an active member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

Education

  • B.A., Central State University
  • M.Ed., Central State University

Courses Taught

  • Drawing Basics
  • Design Basics
  • Color Theory
  • Three-D Design
  • Crafts Design
  • Calligraphy
  • Stained Glass
  • Fibers I & Fibers II
  • Ceramics I, Ceramics II, & Ceramics III
  • Painting I & Painting II
  • Watercolor
  • Senior Practicum
  • Advanced Drawing

Memberships

  • Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition
  • Fiber Artists of Oklahoma
  • Handweavers' Guild of America

Awards

  • Three-time "Best of Show" winner in Fiberworks
  • Two-time winner of the Handweavers’ Guild of America Award for Excellence
  • Two-time winner of the Rachael Valliere Award for Best Original Handwoven piece
  • Winner of the Joe Handley Award for Excellence in Weaving
  • Recipient of the Silver Needle Award for Excellence in Weaving

Selected Artwork

  • Artwork accepted in the juried regional show, Fiberworks, every year since 1994
  • Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition 12X12 (by invitation only) show since 1999
  • The Oklahoma State Capital
  • The National Cowboy Hall of Fame/Western Heritage Museum, OKC
  • IAO Galleries, OKC
  • Living Arts Gallery in the Brady Arts District, Tulsa
  • The Kirkpatrick Galleries of Omniplex, OKC
  • City Arts, OKC
  • Untitled Gallery, OKC
  • Mabee Gerrer Museum of Art, Shawnee, OK
  • Eleanor Hayes Gallery, Northern Oklahoma College, Tonkawa, OK
  • Rose State Performing Arts Center and Gallery, OKC
  • Myra Block & George Kaiser collections
  • The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy Dean’s Collection
  • Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
  • Spiva Arts Center, Joplin, MO
  • 108 Contemporary, Tulsa
  • Shawnee Public Library
  • The collections of many OBU staff (a great honor)