Since she graduated in 1989 from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, her hometown, Christine Blair has had a long artistic and teaching career in all the mediums of printmaking. Christine finally fulfilled her dream of having her own screenprinting studio when she set it up in the basement of her own house in South Philadelphia in 2015.
Christine founded the Fleisher screenprint program in 1996. She also taught intermediate/advanced intaglio from 1993-2010 at Fleisher.
Besides being a teaching artist at Fleisher since 1993, Christine has taught all printmaking mediums and some drawing on the college level at PAFA, Moore College of Art & Design, Tyler School of Art of Temple University, and pre-college at Carnegie Mellon University, Tyler School of Art and University of the Arts.
Christine received her M.F.A. in printmaking from Tyler School of Art of Temple University; her B.F.A. in printmaking and drawing from Carnegie Mellon University; and studied at Parsons Paris School of Design, the American University, and École des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Before coming to Philadelphia for graduate school, Christine worked in New York City as a printer’s assistant at Solo Press (currently named “Solo Impression”) and as a studio monitor at Bob Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop.
Christine has been an artist-in-residence at Fleisher, a Wind Challenge artist, and a Workspace Program Artist at Dieu Donné Papermill, Inc., New York, NY, where she was one of four national artists selected to produce new projects in handmade paper in collaboration with master papermaker Paul Wong.
Notably, Christine’s work has been exhibited at George Billis Gallery and Dieu Donné Papermill, New York, NY, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, and the San Diego Museum of Art, CA. Locally, some noted spaces Christine has exhibited her work include: Nexus Gallery, The Philadelphia Art Alliance, The Painted Bride Gallery, Abington Art Center, Borowsky Gallery, Highwire Gallery, and The Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ.
“My artwork is about what I notice. It is a reflection of what I am living and experiencing while connecting with humanity and the wider universe. It is about noticing beauty and sometimes in the unexpected. Having lived in cities my whole life, I am interested in the beauty of urban environments, while at the same time I have always been inspired by nature. Since I was 21 years old, I have been interested in our ties to the earth and sky dating back to the Stone Age. Over the years, physically my prints have ranged from large scale lithographs to mixed media print installations, to smaller scale etchings and screenprints. I have also worked in mixed media handmade paper, drawing and experimental works on and of paper. I love printmaking in general for all the vast possibilities it offers in expression.”
Find her on Instagram @christineblairart and www.christineblair.com.