JUNE 8, 1939


Ruthe, born in Claremore, Oklahoma (OK), became a student of artist Charles Banks Wilson at age 10. At age 13, she won honorable mention at the Philbrook Indian Annual show–her 1st competition. Ruthe earned an associate degree (Bacone College, 1970), bachelor’s in fine arts (University of Tulsa, 1972), and master’s degree (Northeastern State University, 1989). Since 1979, she has taught art at Bacone College. Jones works in various media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, and pen & ink, painting Indian women in dance attire often placed in ceremonial or spiritual contexts. Her work is in the Heard, Gilcrease, Philbrook, Eiteljorg, Southern Plains Indian, and American Indian (Heye Foundation) Museums, Bacone College, U.S. Department of the Interior, and University of Tulsa. Honors include: OK  Governor’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (1995); OK Governor’s Arts & Education Award (1993); OK Women’s Hall of Fame (1995); and Red Earth Festival’s Honored One (2011).

  Dianna Everett, “Ruthe Blalock Jones (1939-   ), Oklahoma Historical Society. Retrieved 11/16/2021, Jones, Ruthe Blalock | The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture (okhistory.org)
Photo: Uyvsdi, 10/9/2011. Permissive Use.

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