Tia Blassingame

Assistant Professor of Art

Department: Art
Office Address: Steele 222
Office Phone: (909) 607-2119
Personal Website:

Tia Blassingame will be on leave during the spring semester.

Tia Blassingame

Academic History

  • MFA in Printmaking, Rhode Island School of Design
  • MA in Book Arts, Corcoran College of Art & Design
  • BA in Architecture, Princeton University

Areas of Expertise

Artists' Books, Papermaking, Printmaking, African American History, American History, Poetry

Selected Research and Publications

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019 I Am Mourning/Warning: Tia Blassingame, Morey Family Gallery at Art Reach of Mid-Michigan, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
  • 2018 Mourning/Warning: Tia Blassingame, Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College, Santa
    Barbara, California
  • 2014 The Exact Measure of Cruelty: Slavery and Racism in Artists’ Books by Tia Blassingame, Milner Library, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois

Selected Group Exhibitions


  • New Prints in Focus: Tia Blassingame, Allison Conley, and Inês Martins, International Print Center New York, New York
  • Page by Page: Contemporary Artist’s Books, Hudgens Center for Arts and Learning, Duluth, Georgia
  • The Politics of Place, Center for Book Arts, New York, New York


  • Rewriting the Master Narrative, Arts + Literature Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Text & Textile, Art and Architecture Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Contemporary Black Artists exhibit, Decker Library, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, Maryland


  • Un/Settled, Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Issues and Debates in African American Literature, Morris Library, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
  • Wake the Form: Artists’ Books in Context, Hirshland Exhibition Gallery, Carl A. Kroch Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York


  • High Performance Printmaking: Artist Books from the Booklyn Gallery, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas
  • Formative & Persisting: How the Thesis Lives On, Sol Koffler Gallery, RISD, Providence, Rhode Island
  • 20/20 Vision: Emerging Book Artists, San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, California
  • Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, Fenwick Library, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

Selected Collections

Amherst College Bavarian State Library, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Brown University, Harvard University, Iraq National Library, Library of Congress, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Princeton University, Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum, Smith College, Stanford University, State Library of Queensland, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, University of California, Berkeley, University of California at Irvine, University of Delaware, University of Puget Sound, Yale University, private collections.

Awards and Honors


  • Visiting Artist, Berea College, Berea, Kentucky
  • Artist Residency, Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania


  • Artist-in-Residence, International Print Center New York (IPCNY), New York, New York
  • Visiting Artist, Rare Book School, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Visiting Artist, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio


  • Visiting Artist, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, California


  • Visiting Artist, Nature Conservancy’s Andy Warhol Preserve, Montauk, New York
  • Visiting Artist, Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania


  • Artist-in-Residence, Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York


  • Artist-in-Residence, MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire
  • Artist-in-Residence, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Courses Taught

  • Typography & Book Arts
  • Letterpress & Book Arts
  • Race & Identity in Book Arts
  • Social Justice/Social Practice in Book Arts
  • Core I: Histories of the Present: Truth
  • Letterpress Printing
  • The Artist's Book