Ann McCoy

Ann McCoy is a New York-based sculptor, painter, art critic, and Editor at Large for the Brooklyn Rail. She has a background in Jungian psychology and philosophy and has lectured on art history, the history of projection, and mythology at the Yale School of Drama until 2020 and taught in the Art History Department at Barnard College from 1980 through 2000.  McCoy has studied alchemy since the 1970s in Zurich and in Rome at the Vatican Library.  Most of her work is based on her dreams and their relationship to alchemical texts. For McCoy, alchemy is a symbolic language of processes dealing with spiritual transformation.  


Her work is included in the following collections: 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 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 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. McCoy has exhibited 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 primarily known for her large format drawings, work with projection, installation, and bronze sculpture.