Guy Crittington Maccoy Biography

Guy Crittington Maccoy

American

1904-1981

Biography

Serigrapher, painter, and muralist Guy MaCcoy was born in Kansas in 1904. MacCoy began his art studies at the Kansas City Art Institute and continued with Ernest Lawson in Colorado Springs. Upon moving to New York City, he studied at the Art Students League and at Columbia University. In 1932 he began producing silkscreen prints in New York City with his wife, Geno Pettit, working as a supervisor in the WPA project.  Maccoy has been credited by some scholars as having produced the first "original" screen print.

During the Depression he enrolled as a muralist in the Federal Art Project. He and Geno moved to Los Angeles in 1947 and co-founded the Western Serigraph Society. He taught at Jepson and Otis art schools until retirement in 1965. MacCoy died in Los Angeles on March 18, 1981.

Collections: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philbrook Museum of Art, New York Public Library, Library of Congress. Murals: Brooklyn Museum; Girls' Industrial School (Brooklyn) to name a few.