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from 5:30-8:30 pm,
unless otherwise noted.
Roy Blankenship was born in Philadelphia, November 26, 1943, and was raised by his mother Alberta Insley Blankenship. By the summer of 1960 while working at the Seaward Inn, Rockport, MA, Roy accepted an invitation from Dr. Speck's old friend and colleague Ernest Dodge, Director of the Peabody Museum.
Upon graduating from Brandywine High School in Wilmington, DE, Roy enlisted in the US Navy in 1962, becoming a Radioman and Cameraman. He served from 1965 through August 1966. After being honorably discharged in August 1966, Roy spent the autumn plein air painting in Vermont and New Hampshire, and on Cape Ann with artists Emile Gruppe, Otis Pierce Cook, Walter Bollendonk, and Marian Williams Steele. During this time, Roy became a member of the Delaware Society of Artists, the Chester County Art Association, and the Newburyport Art Association.
Roy enrolled in the University of Delaware in the summer of 1968, receiving his BAAS degree in 1973, the same year he was "grandfathered" as a Fellow into the professional ranks of the American Institute of Conservators (AIC) by the International Conservator Group (IIC).
In 1969 Roy assisted his friend Ted Segal, painting conservator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, on painting conservation projects unrelated to the museum's collections.
In 1975 Roy was in the graduate program at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, painting cityscapes with instructor David G. Pease.
Roy is a charter member and/or long-standing exhibiting member of many museums and arts organizations. Major works by Roy are in numerous public and private collections around the country. Roy was juried into the professional artist membership of the Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts (DFVA) in 2001 and was elected as an Artist Member of the Board in 2004.
Roy and his wife Lois maintain a studio and home in north Wilmington, Delaware.