Margo Humphrey

Margo Humphrey is a painter, printmaker, and arts educator from Oakland, California. She received a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in printmaking and an MFA from Stanford University in 1974. She started teaching at the University of California Santa Cruz, then taught at the University of Texas at San Antonio, the 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, the Bob Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, and the Tamarind Institute in New Mexico. She creates lithographs, monoprints, woodcuts, etchings, and drawings that are known for their contemporary style and expressive forms. She uses vibrant colors, methods of layering, and unbound composition. 

Humphrey was also an art instructor at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, Yaba Technological Institute of Fine Art in Nigeria, University of Benin in Nigeria, Margaret Trowell School of Fine Art in Uganda, and Fine Art School of the National Gallery of Art in Zimbabwe. She has won many awards as an artist, including, Teaching Fellowships from the United States Information Agency Arts America Program, Ford Foundation Fellowship in 1981, Tiffany Fellowship in 1988, and The James D. Pheland Award from the World Print Council. Humphrey’s work has been exhibited internationally at several institutions including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Hampton University Museum in Virginia, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, and the National Gallery of Modern Art in 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. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ collection features two of her works The Red Bed (2005) and Sunday Afternoon (1988–89). Margo Humphrey teaches art at the University of Maryland.

Artist Info


June 25 1942

Oakland, California






African American