Margo Humphrey was born in Oakland, California in 1942. After graduating from Oakland High School in 1960, Humphrey attended the California College of Arts and Crafts and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and printmaking. While attending Stanford University’s Graduate School, she pursued Post Graduate studies at the Whitney Museum of American Art Summer Program in 1972. She graduated from Stanford University with Honors and a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking. As a master printmaker, “The Last Bar-B- Que” is one of Humphrey’s most well- known lithographs.
She began teaching in 1973 at the University of California and three years later, was invited by the Queen of Samoa to teach University Satellite courses at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. Humphrey has also taught at the University of Texas, San Antonio; the San Francisco Art Institute; and has served as Visiting Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Humphrey was sited as “One of the most exciting artists making prints today”, in the Tamarind Technical Papers in 1986. She currently teaches at the University of Maryland at College Park
She has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, among them: The James D. Pheland Award bestowed by The World Print Council, Two National Endowment of the Arts Fellowships, a Ford Foundation Fellowship and twice initially awarded a Tiffany Fellowship for full tuition to Stanford University in 1971 and again in 1988 for an Artists Fellowship. A one-year Fellowship in 1980 was awarded to Humphrey by the Ford Foundation, National Research Council for research at Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, through the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC.
She has since taught at The University of Texas, San Antonio, and The San Francisco Art Institute and has served as Visiting Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been awarded three Teaching Fellowships from the United States Information Agency Arts America Program to demonstrate and teach various techniques in printmaking Fine Art, Ekoi Island, Nigeria, The University of Benin, Benin Nigeria, The Margaret Trowell School of Fine Art, Kampala, Uganda, and at The National Gallery of Art, Fine Art School, and Harare, Zimbabwe in South Africa. Humphrey was honored with an invitation from the Nigerian Government to be the first artist to open the American section of the Nigerian National Gallery of Art. She joined the faculty of the Department of Art at the University of Maryland in 1989 and served as Graduate Director of the Department of Art from 1991- 1993. Presently Department Head of Printmaking at the University of Maryland at College Park.