Blackstone Wins ‘Best of Show’ Art Award

Julie Marks Blackstone, Oklahoma Baptist University assistant professor of art, won the $1,000 "Best of Show" award in the FIBERWORKS 2010 show for her piece, "Knotty Girl II: Mme. Gautreau meets Messrs. Seurat and Klimt," a recreation in fiber of a John Singer Sargent portrait of a woman in an evening dress.

Blackstone's award-winning piece is on display at the Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery, 706 W. Sheridan in Oklahoma City, through July 17.

FIBERWORKS features works by artists from across the state. It is an eclectic show that includes weaving, art quilts, basketry, felted works, needlework, paper, soft sculpture and other work primarily constructed of fiber. The show features quality workmanship and original design and is sponsored by Fiber Artists of Oklahoma, Individual Artists of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Arts Council.

An accomplished artist, Blackstone has taught full-time at OBU since August 1997. Her career has included international study and experience at art studios and colleges and schools across Oklahoma. Before becoming an educator, she worked as an intern with an advertising agency in England, and was an artist and designer with Glasshaus Studio.

Blackstone earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Central State University, now the University of Central Oklahoma. She has taught private art lessons for many years, and worked as a volunteer ceramics assistant in OBU's art program for nearly 15 years. She has had her work accepted at numerous juried shows, and is a two-time winner of the Handweavers' Guild of America Award for Excellence.

She annually contributes art to fundraising efforts for non-profit organizations in the area, including Habitat for Humanity and the Unity Hospital Foundation. She is an active member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Shawnee.

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