Published on August 3, 2012 by Amy
Ruthe Blalock Jones (born 1939) is an award-winning Delaware-Shawnee-Peoria painter and printmaker from Oklahoma.
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.
She earned an associates 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.
At the age of 13, Jones entered her first juried art show at the Philbrook Museum of Art and won an honorable mention. She works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink, and pencil as well as printing monotypes.
Her first art award was an honorable mention at the Philbrook Art Museum’s annual show in 1954, when Jones was 15 years old. 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.
“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.”