Andrew Blanchard was born in the wild swamps of Louisiana, though was raised in Waveland, a small beach community on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Like most boys who grew up close to a beach, he fished and swam until the ring of the dinner bell. At a young age, he became fascinated with the bold, curvilinear woodcuts of another Coast native, Walter Anderson. From this early inspiration, he established his love for printmaking.
Blanchard earned a B.A. degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2000 with an emphasis on printmaking and a minor in photography. Shortly thereafter, he traveled to Paris, France to work and study with Frederic Possot, a master lithography printer. This experience solidified his desire to be a lifelong artist-printmaker. In 2004, he earned his M.F.A. degree from The University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS. Blanchard’s lithographic and photo silkscreen prints have been included in over sixty national and international juried printmaking exhibitions. In addition, his prints have been collected throughout the United States, as well as in Hawaii, France, Bulgaria, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. Several of his prints were included in Printmakers Today, Schiffer Publishing’s new text on international, contemporary fine-art printmaking. In the summer of 2011, his latest work was featured in the Southern Edition of New American Paintings magazine.
Blanchard is currently the Associate Professor of Printmaking and Photography at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.