Selma F. Blackburn is a prolific painter and experienced teacher who began with a BA in Education, teaching in elementary, kindergarten and pre-school classrooms. She later obtained a second BA in Art at Hendrix College. A broad range of art media and history continue to inform her approach to art.
From 1989 until 2016 she taught workshops around the state and country, assisted teaching on foreign trips and at Louisiana Tech University, became an adjunct professor of art at Hendrix, and regularly taught beginning through advanced classes in design and watercolor at the AR Arts Center's Museum School for 27 years.
Her career achievements include prestigious awards and honors, and she has earned Signature Membership of Mid-Southern Watercolorists, the National Watercolor Society, and the American Watercolor Society. Blackburn has judged exhibitions regionally, and she has served on the Board of Mid-Southern Watercolorists in several capacities, including as President.
Her paintings are included in the AR Arts Center Foundation collection, as well as in the permanent collection of the Historic Arkansas Museum, and many are in private collections around the country.