Ruthe Blalock Jones

Ruthe Blalock Jones (1939 - )

Jones, Ruthe Blalock (Chu-Lun-Dit)
Delaware/Shawnee/Peoria, 1939-
Okmulgee, Oklahoma
Works in the collection | Artist Photo

First a student and then Art Director and Professor at Bacone College, Muskogee, Oklahoma, Ruthe Blalock Jones is known for her flat painted vignettes of the rich Southern Plains ceremonial dancing traditions. Her passion for art led her to admit in a 1995 interview, “Painting is everything to me... Even if I never sold another painting, I would continue to paint.” With a career packed with honors, prizes and exhibits, chances are she will never have the chance to so test her resolve. Among her honors, she was a recipient of the Woody Crumbo Memorial Award for excellence in traditional paintings at Santa Fe Indian Market, and was awarded Best of Show at the Philbrook Museum’s 1993 competition.

Klethla Valley Days by Shonto Begay

The Shell Shakers glimpses an intimate moment before dancers begin their performance, whle providing ethnographic detail regardsin the women's accoutrements. Jones has an extensive collection of dance paraphernalia that she ncorporates into her paintings. The serenity of this scene is in marked contrast to the energetic dance performance that is about to commence.


Text by Diane D. Dittemore, ASM Ethnological Collections Curator.
This is an excerpt from the exhibition catalog, Connections Across Generations: The Avery Collection of American Indian Paintings. The catalog can be purchased from the ASM "Native Goods" museum store. Please call 520-626-5886or email the ASM Museum Store for more information.
1 Object by Ruthe Blalock Jones