Tia Blassingame

Claremont, CA
Tia Blassingame was born in 1971 in New Haven, Connecticut. She is an artist and educator who initially got her start in architecture. Now her work focuses on printmaking and letterpress, producing beautiful works which exhibit a clear vision and a commitment to research which informs her more historical pieces.

Combining handmade paper, printmaking techniques, book binding with letterpress printing, Blassingame employs period typefaces to create a look and ambience to transport the viewer to the appropriate era. The disturbing images and histories that she renders using wooden or metal letters, a lithographic stone or an etching plate become atmospheric and allow for a nuanced discussion on issues of race to be introduced that might otherwise repel the viewer.


Artist-in-Residence, Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY, 2011
Artist-In-Residence, MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH, 2000, 2004, 2010


Master of Fine Art in Printmaking, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island 2015

Master of Art in Printmaking and Book Arts
Corcoran College of Art & Design, Washington, DC 2012
Bachelor of Art in Architecture, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 1993, Magna cum laude

Bibliotheca Librorum apud Artificem, Sydney, Australia
Corcoran College of Art + Design Library, Washington, DC
George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Florida Atlantic University Libraries, Boca Raton, Florida 
National Library of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq
State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, Georgia
Tate Modern, London, England
University of Alabama Libraries, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
University of California, Irvine, California
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia