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Quilt National ’25 Juror

As a narrative artist and documentarian, Ellen M. Blalock works in several mediums: quilting, photography, film/ video, drawing, and installation.  

“I am an artist with a mission. I believe my job is to be a conduit to listen and tell the stories of people that need to  be heard and represented; the ones who lives and experiences have been marginalized. I am interested in the African  diaspora, particularly the African American experience in the United States.” 

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, she currently lives in Syracuse, NY. She has a BFA from Temple University and  MFA from Syracuse University. She has taught art history and studio arts at Syracuse University, Georgia Southern  University, Georgia College & State University, SUNY Oswego, and/or Onondaga Community College.  

Her art has been exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions, including: Gibbs Museum, Charleston, SC; Bundy  Museum, Binghamton, NY; Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY; Natural History Museum, Los  Angeles, CA; The African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA; and Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY.  

After more than two decades, Blalock left her job as an award winning multimedia journalist at New York Media  Group ( and The Post-Standard) to focus all her time on making art. 

Blalock has received several awards, grants, fellowships and residencies, including the Light Work residency,  Syracuse, NY; and SUNY Oswego’s first artist-in-residence. She is currently the artist-in-residence at the  Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn which is supported by the Creatives Rebuild New York fellowship from the  Andrew Mellon Foundation.