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.