Robert McCoy

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Robert  McCoy The Back Room
The Back Room, 2017
oil on linen
36 x 45 in
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Robert  McCoy
Trail Scout, 2016
mixed media on polyester canvas
26 x 36 in
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Robert  McCoy Days End
Days End, 2016
oil on linen
48 x 48 in
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Robert  McCoy Open Range
Open Range, 2016
Mixed media on canvas
48 x 60 in
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Robert  McCoy Tools of the Trade
Tools of the Trade, 2016
oil on poly canvas
35 x 47 in
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Robert  McCoy

Robert McCoy

Robert McCoy Description

Robert McCoy (American, b. 1942)

Robert McCoy was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1946. His family arrived in Colorado by covered wagon in the mid 1870’s. His great grandfather has a dairy farm on land that is now part of Colorado College, and his sons owned and operated the Ox-Bow cattle ranch near pueblo. Over the years McCoy visited the ranch, and was inspired by the rugged lifestyle, and the stories that were told. He spent his formative years in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the 1950’s, an experience that gave him an appreciation for Native American and Hispanic culture, and exposure to their works of art. Later he moved to San Antonio, Texas where he began studying painting with Warren Hunter, a noted artist and illustrator, who taught classes in historic La Villita.

After McCoy was discharged from the military in 1970, he continued studying art at the University of Houston, receiving a BFA degree in 1974. Upon completion, he was given an opportunity to teach in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and later traveled by freighter to teach in Rome. When he returned to Texas, he attained a MFA degree from the University of Houston in 1981. McCoy has taught all levels of painting and drawing at various institutions, including Rice University, the University of Houston, Bennington College, the New Orleans Academy of Art, and the Glassell School of Art, where he also served as Dean of Faculty. He has been a professional artist since 1974, and his paintings are in museum, corporate and private collections. 


MFA University of Houston, Houston, TX

BFA University of Houston, Houston, TX

Lo Morris College, Jacksonville, TX

Teaching Experience

Rice University, Houston, TX, Visiting Lecturer

Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Dean of faculty

Bennington College, Bennington, VT

University of Houston, Houston, TX

San Jacinto College, Houston, TX

New Orleans Academy of Art, New Orleans, LA

Private Instructor, Rome, Italy

Private Instructor, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Selected Group Exhibitions

“Frivolity and Mortality: The Tradition of Vanitas in Contemporary Painting”, Sherry French Gallery, New York, NY Traveled to: Silvermine Guild, New Canaan, CT; Noyes Museum of Art, Stockton University, Oceanville, NJ; Utah Museum of Fine Art, Salt Lake City, UT; Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA; Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN; Valparaiso University Museum of Art, Valparaiso, IN; Tyler Art Gallery, Oswego, NY; Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY; Oklahoma Arts Center, Oklahoma City, OK; and PS1, New York, NY.

“Fresh Paint: The Houston School” Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Curated by Barbara Rose

“Contemporary Art: The Big Picture”, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

“The Life of Inanimate Objects” Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

International Exhibition of Texas Artists, Conference of the Association of College Unions, Houston, TX

“Contemporary Realities” Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

“Selections 1986” Dishman Gallery, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX

“Emerging Realists: East Meets South”, College of the Mainland, Texas City, TX

“The Life of Inanimate Objects” Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

“Culture Influence”, Karan Ruhlen Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

“The Anatomy of Drawing”, Hokks Epstein Gallery, Houston, TX

Numerous Faculty Exhibitions

Selected Solo/Two Person Exhibitions:

Robert McCoy/Anne Moore, Two Person Exhibition, Harris Gallery, Houston, TX

Myla Bertinot/Robert McCoy, Williams Tower, Houston, TX, Curated by Sally Sprout

“Remembeances”, Harris Gallery, Houston, TX

“Transitional Realities” Harris Gallery, Houston, TX

“Robert McCoy, Works from 1976-1996”, Aviart Gallery, San Antonio, TX

“Robert McCoy Paintings”, Harris Gallery, Houston, TX

Selected Public Collections:

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Valero Energy Corporation

Ultramar Diamond Shamrock


Schreiner College

Texas Brangus Breeders Association

Highland Coors

Vinson and Elkins


College of Business, University of Houston

Bracewell and Patterson


The Houstonian Estates

Winstead, McGuire, Secrest and Minck

Numerous Private Collections 

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