Ruthe Blalock Jones
Ruthe Blalock Jones
Ruthe Blalock Jones

(1939-06-08) June 8, 1939 (age 84)
EducationMA Northeastern State University, BFA University of Tulsa, AA Bacone College
Known forpainting, printmaking
MovementBacone school
AwardsRed Earth Festival Grand Award, 1987
Oklahoma Governor's Arts and Education Award, 1993
Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame, 1995
Bacone College's Dick West Award, 2000
Red Earth Honored One, 2011

Ruthe Blalock Jones (born 1939) is a Delaware-Shawnee-Peoria painter and printmaker from Oklahoma.[1]


Ruthe Blalock Jones was born on June 8, 1939, in Claremore, Oklahoma. Her parents are Joe and Lucy Parks Blalock. Her tribal name is Chulundit.[1] She is enrolled with the Shawnee Tribe.[2] Her father Joe Blalock was Shawnee/Peoria and her mother Lucy Parks Blalock was Delaware. She is a member of the Horse Clan of the Lower Band of Shawnee.[3]

She earned an associate degree from Bacone College in 1970. She then earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Tulsa in 1972. In 1985 she attended the University of Oklahoma and earned her master's degree from Northeastern State University in 1989. Her art career began much earlier, when she was ten years old and students under Charles Banks Wilson.[1]

Art career

At the age of 13, Jones entered her first juried art show at the Philbrook Museum of Art and received an honorable mention. She works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink, and pencil as well as printing monotypes.[4]

Her first art award was an honorable mention at the Philbrook Art Museum's annual show in 1954, when Jones was 15 years old.[5] In 1995 she was inducted in the Oklahoma Women's Hall of Fame. In 2011, she was named the Red Earth Festival's Honored One.[5] In 2014 she was awarded the American Indian Circle of Honor Award by the Tulsa City-County Library.[6]

"Ruthe's art speaks volumes about the pride of her tribal relationships. ... She pays acute attention to authenticity in detail of dress and the ceremonial aspects of traditional tribal life, and some of her paintings could easily be her childhood recollections," writes art historian Dr. Mary Jo Watson (Seminole). "Ruthe has many talents maybe others are not aware (of). She is a champion hoop dancer, war dancer and excellent cook."[5]

Public collections

Ruthe Jones' work can be found in the following public collections:

Published works


  1. ^ a b c Watson, Mary Jo. "Jones, Ruthe Blalock (1939—)." Oklahoma Historical Society's Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture. (retrieved 23 Aug 2010)
  2. ^ "Five Osage elders to be honored at AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors Oct. 10". Osage News. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 2023-02-18.
  3. ^ "RUTHE BLALOCK JONES: NATIVE AMERICAN ARTIST AND EDUCATOR". Indiana University. Retrieved 2023-02-18.
  4. ^ a b Lester, 274
  5. ^ a b c McDonnell, Brandy. "Nationally known artist-educator Ruthe Blalock Jones is named 2011 Red Earth Honored One." NewsOK. 3 June 2011 (retrieved 4 June 2011)
  6. ^ "Ruthe Blalock Jones to Receive 2014 Circle of Honor Award", Tulsa City-County Library, October 8, 2013.
  7. ^ Voices from the Delaware Big House Ceremony on Google Books. (retrieved 23 Aug 2010)
  8. ^ "Hero, Hawk, and Open Hand." Yale University Press. (retrieved 23 Aug 2010)