Margo Humphrey

Margo Humphrey is a painter, printmaker, and arts educator from Oakland, CA. She received a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts), Oakland, in printmaking and an MFA from Stanford University, CA, in 1974. She creates lithographs, monoprints, woodcuts, etchings, and drawings that are known for their contemporary style, expressive forms, vibrant colors, layering, and unbound composition.

Humphrey’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; Hampton University Museum, VA; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and the National Gallery of Modern Art, Lagos, Nigeria. In 2011, Robert E. Steele and Adrienne L. Childs curated a retrospective of Humphrey’s work at the Hampton University Museum titled Her Story: Margo Humphrey, Lithographs and Works on Paper

Humphrey has taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz; University of Texas, San Antonio; San Francisco Art Institute; and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has worked with the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper (now the Brodsky Center at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia); Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop; and Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM. 

Humphrey has taught outside the U.S. at the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji; Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Nigeria; University of Benin, Nigeria; Margaret Trowell School of Industrial & Fine Arts, Kampala, Uganda; and the National Gallery of Zimbabwe School of Visual Arts, Harare. She has won many awards as an artist, including teaching fellowships from the United States Information Agency Arts America Program, fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and the James D. Phelan Award from the World Print Council. 
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records

Artist Info


June 25 1942

Oakland, California






African American