Biography – Blocton

Lula Mae Blocton graduated cum laude from Indiana University receiving a Master of Fine Arts in Painting that included a minor in African, and African-American Art. Being the second of seven children she is the first generation to attend college. With a four-year scholarship, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan.  She is a Professor of Art, teaching painting and drawing in the Visual Arts Department at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Her color pencil drawing Octagon Winter Twist received the Rockport Publishers Award at the 1997 International Color Pencil Exhibition in Chicago, IL. Another color pencil drawing, Octagon Twist Clear Night, was selected to appear in Creative Inspirations, a publication from Rockport Publishers. This is part of a new fine art series featuring full-color selections that showcase the abstract paintings created by today’s artists in a variety of mediums. This book is scheduled for distribution throughout the United States and abroad.

Her latest work involves a series of self-portraits made with color pencils on toned rag paper. These drawings include different images of her in different environments along with autobiographical symbols throughout. During the Connecticut Women Artists 68th Annual Juried Show in June 1997 the Ribbon Self-Portrait was favorably reviewed by Patricia Rosoff in the Hartford Advocate.

Her paintings and drawings are in the collections of the Albright Knox Museum, Prudential Life Insurance Co., The Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, Larry Aldrich, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art and many private collectors. The artwork is published in an Anthology of Contemporary African-American Women Artists, Gumbo Ya Ya,  Midmarch Arts Press and two color pencil-drawing books Creative Color Pencil and The Best of Colored Pencil 2, Rockport Publishers.  Some professional activities include being selected as a delegate for People to People, Citizen Ambassador Program of Art Educators to the Middle East, Egypt, Israel and Turkey. Lula Mae traveled to London, Paris and Amsterdam and studied the major museum collections in those cities. Her latest travel experiences involve a safari to game parks in Kenya and Tanzania.