Ashley V. Blalock was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She holds an MFA in Sculpture (installation focus) with honors credits from the San Francisco Art Institute, an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History from the University of California Riverside, and graduated magna cum laude with Distinction in Art with a BA in painting and printmaking from San Diego State University. Her graduate art history thesis was an analysis of the formative years of Black Mountain College and the pedagogical and personal conflicts between Josef Albers and John Andrew Rice. Her current research interest is the material history of crochet. She was a resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Wassaic Project, and Vermont Studio Center, and a visiting teacher at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
Her solo installation venues include the Hunter Museum of American Art, Franconia Sculpture Park, Nevada Museum of Art, Lux Art Institute, and the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York. Her work has been exhibited in group exhibitions at ESXLA, Miniartextil in Como, Italy, the Craft in America Center, Huntington Beach Art Center, Oceanside Museum of Art, Mingei International Museum, and the Whatcom Museum. Her site-responsive installations have been placed in and around historic homes such as Edith Wharton’s The Mount, Highfield Hall, and the Heritage Museum and Gardens.
Published reviews of her work include articles in the Boston Globe, the Huffington Post, and Art and Cake. Her work has been featured in FiberArt Now, The Bulletin of the International Organization of Lace, Vogue Knitting Crochet, and Interweave Crochet Magazine. Ashley V. Blalock lives and works in Southern California.
MFA, Sculpture (Installation), San Francisco Art Institute
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
MA, Art History, University of California Riverside
BA, Painting and Printmaking, minor in Art History, San Diego State University (credits earned equivalent to double major in art and art history)
Art 1200 Creativity, Imagination, and Consciousness
Art 2280 From Teaching Artists to Social Practice: A History
Art 2400 Introduction to Chicanx Art
Art 3400 Art and Social Action
Art 3520 Socially-Engaged Art
Art 4460 Art and Human Development