Juror: Ellen M. Blalock
Ellen M. Blalock, originally from Philadelphia, has made Syracuse, New York her home for several decades. As a narrative artist she wants to share the stories of joy, strength, and perseverance of her ancestors, family and community. The main mediums she works in are quilting, drawing, photography and video. Blalock started quilting to symbolically replace the quilts that have been stolen from her family almost a century ago. This was the birth of The Quilt Project which illustrates her family’s oral history. Her latest quilts focus on trauma and mental illness in the lives of African American. Blalock has a BFA from Temple University and MFA from Syracuse University. She has exhibited her work in many one woman shows and group shows throughout the nation.
Photo of Ms. Blalock by Dennis Nett