Ann Wyeth McCoy was the youngest daughter of artist-illustrator N.C. Wyeth and the fourth of his five children. She was born in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. She is a New York-based sculptor and painter whose career began in 1972. She is a working artist, as well as, a curator and art critic who writes for the Brooklyn Rail. McCoy taught in the Art History Department at Barnard College from 1980 through 2000.
She is known primarily for her large-scale pencil drawings, which are based on her dreams, studies in alchemy, and depth psychology. Ann McCoy worked with Prof. C.A. Meier, Jung’s heir apparent for twenty-five years in Zurich. She has a background in Jungian psychology, archeology, and philosophy.
The artist began sculpting in bronze at the Kansas City Art Institute at sixteen, and continues to work in the medium. During her year on the Prix de Rome, she worked on large winged tubs at the Mariani Foundry in Pietrasanta. Her large-scale projection pieces have included “Conversations with Angels” at the Majdanek Museum in Poland.
She is known primarily for her large-scale pencil drawings, which are based on her dreams, studies in alchemy, and depth psychology.
Her work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Australia, the Roy L. Neuberger Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.
Ann McCoy has received the following awards: the Asian Cultural Council, the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Award, the Award in the Visual Arts, the Prix de Rome, the National Endowment for the Art, the Berliner Kunstler Program D.A.A.D., and the New Talent Award of Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
She has shown work in the Venice Biennale and the Whitney Annual, and has had one-person exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, New Delhi, Poland, and Berlin. She is known primarily known for her large format drawings, work with projection, installation, and sculpture. She designs for the stage in projection.