Tia Blassingame

Assistant Professor of Book Arts/ Scripps Press

Office Address: Steele 222
Office Phone: (909) 607-2119
Email: TBlassin@Scrippscollege.edu
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

Selected Research and Publications

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2014: The Exact Measure of Cruelty: Slavery and Racism in Artists’ Books by Tia Blassingame, Milner Library, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois
  • 2011: Along the Primrose Path: Artists’ Books & Prints, T J Gallery, St Louis, Missouri

Selected Group Exhibitions


  • Formative & Persisting: How the Thesis Lives On, Sol Koeffler Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island
  • 20/20 Vision: Celebrating the Next Generation of Book Artists, San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, California
  • Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, Fenwick Library, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia


  • Cherchez la Femme, Women’s Museum of Art, San Diego, California
  • The Floating Library, Silverwood Park, St Anthony, Minnesota


  • Rare Book and Special Collections, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
  • Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, Rochester Library, Rochester, New York
  • SDBA 6th National Juried Exhibit, Geisel Library, UC, San Diego, California


  • Printivale!, Translations Gallery, Canton, Ohio


  • Lessons in History Vol. II – Democracy, Grahame Galleries, Brisbane, Australia
  • New England Broadsides, Kellogg Hubbard Library, Montpelier, Vermont


Type Impressions, Danish Museum of Media, Odense, Denmark
  • The Printed Page, Alabama Print Kitchen, Tuscaloosa, Alabama


  • Art Inside the Park, Jefferson City, Missouri
  • Infiltrating the Library, Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense, Milan, Italy

Curated Exhibitions

  • Kindred: Race and Identity in Art and Design, Gelman Gallery At The RISD Art Museum, Rhode Island School Of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, 2014-2015

Awards and Honors

  • Project Grant, College Book Art Association, 2015
  • Graduate Print Purchase Prize, RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island, 2015
  • Visiting Artist, Art Department, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, 2014
  • Visiting Artist, Nature Conservancy’s Andy Warhol Preserve, Montauk, New York, 2012
  • Visiting Artist, Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, 2012
  • Artist-in-Residence, Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York, 2011
  • Artist-in-Residence, MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire, 2001, 2004, 2010
  • Artist-in-Residence, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2010
  • Artist-in-Residence, Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Red Wing, Minnesota, 2004

Courses Taught

  • Typography & Book Arts