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Tiska Blankenship Papers

Identifier: MSS-2024-04-11

Scope and Contents

Tiska Blankenship began working at Jonson Gallery at the University of New Mexico in 1985 and later served as its director until her retirement in 2000. Through her work, Blankenship developed friendships with artists Ed Garman and Paula Hocks. The collection comprises five boxes of personal and professional materials related to Tiska Blankenship’s work as curator and director of Jonson Gallery and as an artist. The collection includes correspondence with and of artists such as Raymond Jonson, Ed Garman and Paula Hocks, as well as works of art by these individuals. There are materials related to the Transcendental Painting Group and its founding, and materials related to feminist art and the establishment of a women’s art class at UNM in the 1980s. Included in the collection are exhibition catalogs, photographs, slides, essays, and a few books.

The collection is currently unprocessed; please consult with CSWR reference staff with questions and for access.

A preliminary inventory is as follows:

Box 1: Materials related to the Transcendental Painting Group. Includes some papers by Alfred Morang, who served as the group's spokesman. Also includes materials related to painter Lawren Harris, who helped organize the group. Includes slides, research for talks, exhibition materials, and a copy of The Art of Raymond Jonson, Painter, by Ed Garman, inscribed to Tiska Blankenship. Also in this box are materials related to Jonson Gallery, including exhibition catalogs, publications, essays, a binder with copies of correspondence of Raymond Jonson, slides.

Box 2: Materials related to photographer and artist Paula Hocks. Includes biographical material, photographs, 2 computer discs, 1 audio cassette, materials used by Hocks for collages, and Hocks’s copy of “Language and Silence”, a book important to her personally and professionally. Note: Paula Hocks's folding wooden book cradle is currently contained in Box 4 and a matted photo of a stone sculpture by Hocks is with other oversize items; see below.

Box 3: Materials related to the development of a women’s art class at the University of New Mexico in the 1980s. Includes a brief historical essay by Tiska Blankenship. Included also is a copy of “Daily Bread”, a publication that grew out of the class. The title was inspired by “Work of a Common Woman”, a copy of which is included. Also included are essays by Tiska Blankenship and others, slides, feminist exhibition catalogs and notices.

Box 4 and Box 5: Two small, flat gray boxes of material related to artist Ed Garman. Included are personal and professional correspondence with Ed Garman, including discussions of exhibitions; catalogs and working copies of catalogs; essays by Tiska Blankenship; and a number of booklets and sketches by Ed Garman. Box 4 currently contains Paula Hocks's wooden book cradle.

Three oversize items are shelved with but outside the boxes: a black folder of artwork by Tiska Blankenship; an oversize book of "Gold Prints" by Paula Hocks, given to Tiska Blankenship; and a matted photograph of a stone sculpture by Paula Hocks, circa 1950s.


  • Majority of material found within 1935 - 2024

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


5 boxes

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Physical Location

Shelved on B3-4B.

Separated Materials

Three books created by Paula Hocks--Dear Doppelganger, La Camara and Two Heads in Three Quarter Time: A Santa Fe Story--have been separated from the collection and cataloged as artists' books.
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131