Mary Walling Blackburn

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Mary Walling Blackburn
EducationUniversity of New Hampshire
Alma materUniversity of New Hampshire
AwardsArt Matters Award 2011[2]

Mary Walling Blackburn (born 1972, Orange, California) is an American artist, writer, and feminist who works and lives between New York, where she is an artist and director of the Anhoek School[3] and its sister radio station WMYN,[4] and Dallas where she teaches art at Southern Methodist University.[5] She has been described as "“a singer, a tutor, a choreographer, a documentary filmmaker, a tourist, a critic and a translator” with a strong but politically uncategorizable activist streak."[6][7]

Anhoek School[edit]

Blackburn created the Anhoek School[3] as an educational experiment, an alternative to the GRE system. It is an all-women's graduate school that bases its curriculum on cultural production. Tuition is based on a barter system where student labor is exchanged for classes.[8] Its name is a "purposeful malappropriation" of the name Ann Hutchinson, a midwife in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, who was expelled from the colony on charges of heresy, witchcraft and political anarchy.[9]


  • Sister Apple, Sister Pig, 2014.[10]
  • Art in America, After Glenn Beck’s Blast, a Conversation with Mary Walling Blackburn, Vogel, Wendy, 2015.[11]
  • E-flux Journal #92: Sticky Notes 1–3, 2018.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Sticky Notes, 1–3". Retrieved February 16, 2024.
  2. ^ "Mary Walling Blackburn". Art Matters Foundation. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Anhoek School, Accessed February 16, 2024.
  4. ^ "BOMB Magazine — Portfolio by Mary Walling Blackburn". Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  5. ^ "Mary Walling Blackburn". Archived from the original on March 10, 2016. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  6. ^ "'The Contemporaries,' 'Painting Now' and More". The New York Times. June 28, 2015. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  7. ^ Profile, Accessed February 16, 2024.
  8. ^ "Anhoek School". Retrieved 2016-03-04.
  9. ^ "The Anhoek School". Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  10. ^ Blackburn, Mary Walling (2014). "Sister Apple, Sister Pig" (PDF).
  11. ^ "After Glenn Beck's Blast, a Conversation with Mary Walling Blackburn". April 6, 2015.

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