Mary Walling Blackburn

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Mary Walling Blackburn
EducationUniversity of New Hampshire
Alma materUniversity of New Hampshire
AwardsArt Matters Award 2011[1]

Mary Walling Blackburn (born California) is an artist, writer, and feminist who works and lives between New York, where she is an artist and director of the Anhoek School and its sister radio station WMYN,[2] and Dallas where she teaches art at Southern Methodist University.[3] She is also 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."[4]

Anhoek School[edit]

Blackburn created the Anhoek School 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.[5] Its name is a "purposeful malappropriation" of the name Ann Hutchinson, a midwife in the Massachusetts Bay Colony expelled on charges of heresy, witchcraft and political anarchy.[6]


  • Sister Apple, Sister Pig, 2014.[7]
  • Art in America, After Glenn Beck’s Blast, a Conversation with Mary Walling Blackburn, Vogel, Wendy, 2015.[8]
  • E-flux Journal #92: Sticky Notes 1–3, 2018.[9]


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

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